Sunday, January 21, 2018

Is Buying That Dream Car Looking a Little Pricey? How About a Lease?

 A Bristol Bullet and a Bristol 405 Drophead coupé on display at Salon Prive'. Photo by Nauyop Taiwan.
If you're finding that the prospect of finally putting that classic or exotic dream car in your garage is still looking a little too costly, maybe leasing is a solution to consider. And according to one financial services firm, demand among car enthusiasts for just that solution is growing and positioned for continued growth.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Expert Panel on Autonomous Cars: Rumors of the Death of Human Driving Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

A panel of experts who convened for a session at Auction Week in Arizona on January 18 had a clear consensus: even if the much-prognosticated "age of autonomous cars" indeed materializes, millions will still want to drive, for a wide variety of reasons.

Ford Unveils the 2019 Ford Ranger

The new 2019 Ford Ranger
On January 14, Ford unveiled the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for the North American market. According to Ford's announcement, this generation of the Ford Ranger focuses on driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Ones that Got Away: 5 Cars From My Past That I Wish I Had Back

Yes, I know. Nostalgia is a tricky thing. We tend to view the past through rose-colored glasses. Thinking back to cars from your past is no exception. You tend to remember the good and fun things about them, and filter out what was negative and frustrating. Nevertheless, what's the harm in taking a quick little trip down memory lane? So here goes. Here's a list, in no particular order, of vehicles that I either owned or drove frequently that I wish I could drive again today.

1. 1973 Chevrolet Impala. This was my second college car, and it's the car I spent the most time with in the 80s. It wasn't a sporty coupe--it was a brown 4-door colonnade  with a tan vinyl top.

A 1973 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe. Mine was a 4-door sedan, but it had this exact color scheme for the body and vinyl top. Photo by Vegavairbob (Wikipedia).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jaguar, WT#???

Current Lineup Bewilders with Strong Performance, Head-Scratching Styling             

Clockwise from Top Left (all from 2017 model year): Jaguar XE,
Ford Fusion, Jaguar F-Type, and Ford Mustang. Notice the styling
similarities? Collage was assembled from photos from the Jaguar
and Ford media sites.

I have to admit some bias here, because I grew up around Jaguars from the 50s and 60s. My older brother owned several. The ones I remember best were an XK-140 coupe and a 340 sedan. No, I wasn't from a wealthy family. I'm the son of a teacher, and our standard of living was barely middle class.