The Dream Garage
Favorite early stuff.
Favorites from the
1933 Graham (Bid on and lost on eBay)
1935 Auburn Speedster: Could this be the prettiest car ever?
1939 DeSoto Business Coupe ($12000 in 2008)
1952 Studebaker Hardtop. One year only body style.
1957 El Moroco: Limited production (about 30) conversion which grafted Cadillac style rear quarters (and other modifications) to '57 Chevrolets.
1958 Studebaker Starlight Hardtop One year only body style.
Chysler Turbine Car: 50 built (bodies made in Italy) to test Chrysler Turbine engine feasibility. Ordinary citizens chosen to use them in daily use for 6 week periods. After project was complete all but 3 (?) were destroyed to avoid paying import duty. All in museums. That's why this is a Dream Garage.
1963 Studebaker Avanti: The most stunning car of the 1960s. Introduced late in 1962 as a '63 model. Fiberglass body, radical styling, and available with a factory installed supercharger...it was Studebaker's swansong. I'm proud to have owned one for over 10 years (1968 Avanti II).
1965 - 1967 Rambler/AMC Marlin
The 70's are becoming strangely nostalgic. Fading are the memories of long gas lines, cumbersome Federally mandated bumpers, and uncomfortable shoulder belts. These were the days of the Japanese invasion. Those raspy, whinny, tinny little cars that were so eager to run run run 'till they rusted away. These were the swan song days of the last American independant: AMC. With bold if a little wierd designs. The early 70's saw the Muscle Car era peak...then collapse. The late 70's saw the downsizing (or "rightsizing) of the American car lead by General Motors. There are relatively few cars of this decade that belong in my Dream Garage. Perhaps because of that these few really stand out.
1972 Buick Riviera. Stunning design from deep undercut grill to dramatic boattail.
1974 AMC Matador Coupe. 2.2 acres of hood. Heavily emphisized round headlights just as everyone else went to square.
Now to be removed from dream garage...because I have one!
1975 AMC Pacer: "America's first wide car". Originally designed to feature a Wankel rotary engine but produced with conventional AMC powerplants.
1977 Oldsmobile Toronado XR. Neet wraparound rear window reminisent of Studebaker Starlight Coupe. 2 year only body. Low production: 1977 = 2714, 1978 = 2453.