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  1. "Worst" is too vague. Worst in which way? Design, safety, reliability, appearance, marketing, suitability, etc. ? The Pinto was a miserable little car, but other than the eventually resolved gas tank safety issue it wasn't really any worse than anything else in its class at the time. The Corvair, the rope-drive Tempest, the fuel-injected '57 Bonneville... All brilliant designs, but total disasters in the real world. These are cars that are fun to read about and make great collectibles today, but how many first owners agreed? The Edsel was a marketing failure, but not a bad car. The Aztec is fu
  2. I agonized over this for years. My Chevy only has AM radio, which unfortunately works perfectly, thus making me feel bad about ripping it out. The car is completely original, so I don't want to replace it with anything that would look out of place. I thought about finding an original AM/FM/cassette unit that would have been optional for my car, but that would still have no CD or MP3 capability, and I know that once I tear into it, I'd want to change the speakers too, and might need to run new wires and maybe do something else while I'm at it, and that's a slippery slope I don't really wish to
  3. Here's the average life of a car back then - from March 1932 issue of Popular Mechanics.
  4. Exactly. I could never understand the desirability of the '70 Chevelle, then or now. To me, the '68-'69 was perfect and '70 was a very distant runner-up. A Chevelle, albeit a '68, was my dream car too once, too, but this was in the early 1980s when I was a teenager. My tastes have become a bit more sophisticated since, though I did own a '70 Pontiac later on and got that era out of my system. By then prices for such cars went through the roof to the point that I completely lost interest. Their very popularity works against them too, as far as I'm concerned: why would I want to pay a premium to
  5. Here's me - or at least my feet - with my first car, a '79 Monte Carlo. I bought that car at 17 with my own money earned by working after school, something I was very proud of at the time. I'd been saving for a car since age 14, and wanted one of my own ever since I was old enough to play with toy cars. This car took me to college and beyond. Fourteen years ago I bought another just like it, same year, same color (my avatar). Sometimes I forget they're not the same car. The pics are both c. 1987 or so. The first is camping out on a road trip, the second is replacing the header panel in our dr
  6. A speedster type car on Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn c. 1922. The photo is interesting because the car appears to be already fairly old when photographed. What is it?
  7. I understand that the company entered the car, of course. And that the events played out the way they played out. My question is more of a "what if". Why did the Thomas team win? Was the car inherently superior in some way, or was it mostly the human factor, or was it just plain chance?
  8. Lots of interesting info in this thread. I've often wondered, what made the Thomas special? Aside from the historical fact that this specific car and crew car won the race, was the Thomas in any way better suited to the task than the other vehicles involved? Some particular feature(s), or exceptional quality, or... If the crew hypothetically had their pick of 1908 cars to take around the world, would they have had an obvious better choice than the Thomas? Or was this crew so good that they would have probably won with any other more or less comparable car?
  9. A couple of European mini-cars. What are they?
  10. Prewar? A few years ago I couldn't get my '79 Chevy inspected. As soon as they saw me pull up, they started to wave me off. Apparently, inspecting a car that old in NY required the use of some rare and/or expensive apparatus that they had no wish to risk using for a measly inspection fee. There were plenty of modern cars that did not require anything extra for the same price, so they preferred to lose an oddball customer like me. I remember hitting three or four shops until one agreed to take me on. Thankfully, no such issues in MA. But this year I needed to replace a broken fan belt, and the
  11. Here's the sedan body. White I was checking it out, its inhabitants were checking me out. One can be seen peeking through the door. See if you can find where another one hid (he's partially visible).
  12. Yes, at Ruby's. Was just there a couple of weeks ago. There are four vehicles, the Buick, a 1930s sedan body (Ford, I think) and two trucks, an International and a White. Here are pics of the International:
  13. Wow, that was fast. Yep, I googled images of 1918 Buicks and it seems like a match. Thanks!
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