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Old 15 August 2018, 10:02 PM
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Was it a green fastback???
Was red, and I only saw it from the front, so pretty much only the grill.
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Old 16 August 2018, 04:22 AM
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Here on Kauai in terms of interesting classic cars I’ve seen an early Mustang and a classic 1950s or 60s Porsche.

But what I’ve really found interesting are the numerous old pickup trucks on the island. I know it costs a fortune to ship new cars to the islands so it makes sense that people would keep them longer, but they seem to be mainly models I rarely see on the mainland anymore — there seem to be lots of old Dodge Ram 50s (aka badge engineered Mitsubishi trucks) and Isuzu P’ups on the road here. While California is a haven for old Toyota trucks I almost never see those two models anymore. Maybe those brands had big dealerships on the island a couple of decades ago.
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Old 16 August 2018, 07:24 PM
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Default Car news story I saw today.

The first Ford Mustang owner kept the car. It's now worth $350,000
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Tom and Gail Wise disagreed about whether a broken-down car should be stored in a family garage for 27 years or sold for junk. He insisted they keep it because, he promised, one day he would find the time to fix the vehicle himself.
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Old 17 August 2018, 06:51 AM
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Last night, not long after my last post I saw a classic mid 1950s Thunderbird.

Today while driving to a trail head I saw an AMC Eagle SX4 parked in someone’s yard.
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Old 18 August 2018, 07:44 AM
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A replica 1927 Mercedes touring car. Or roadsters? Anyhow. It's built on a 1977 Beetle chassis. (I asked the owner.)
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Old 19 August 2018, 07:46 PM
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I'm visiting my parents again, where one tends to see more interesting older cars. On our way home today we saw a car in front of us in the village that I couldn't identify; we wondered briefly whether it was an older Bentley but it had a round badge and didn't really look like a Bentley. (It turned into a driveway on a road a few streets from my parents).

I remembered the number plate and looked it up, and it turns out it was a 1951 Lea-Francis 14 (the model number is from looking at the photos and dates, rather than from the registration information). They apparently made a couple of thousand of that model so it wasn't (at the time) super-rare, but I'd literally never heard of the manufacturer before and it seems they're pretty much defunct now. I'd have put the styling in the 1930s rather than the 1950s, so I guess they were going for "traditional" at the time.

Possibly the rarest marque I've seen for a while, although the Aston-Martin (DB6) Volante was rarer in terms of the model itself...
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Old 20 August 2018, 12:52 AM
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Lea-Francis aren't thick on the ground at all, Richard! There's a British classic car magazine I read, and one of the editors meticulously restored a LeaF roadster that had belonged to his father - I recall that it took years and years, because the parts are unobtanium and there's like six specialists in the entire country that can work on them and they're all booked solid for years. But they're lovely cars.
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Old 20 August 2018, 02:28 AM
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Not sure what I was more surprised to see today, the Triumph TR8 I saw tthis morning or the TRD-badged Toyota Sienna I saw this afternoon.
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Old 20 August 2018, 05:37 PM
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I saw a Kia Cadenza this morning, a car I was barely aware existed. I had to use Google to figure out that it was a Kia, because it had no Kia badging on it anywhere that I could see, just a "Cadenza" badge and an emblem that was sort of an oval with an angle inside, sort of like this: (<). It made me wonder if Kia is trying to spin off the Cadenza as a separate luxury make, except everything I can find on the internet still calls it a "Kia Cadenza". Apparently it's been a slow seller in the US, selling fewer than 10,000 units a year since it was introduced.
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Somebody who lives in the same area than me has parked a nifty Mazda RX_ on the parking lot. Nice !

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Old 22 August 2018, 11:20 PM
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On my way into work today, I was passed by a Maserati Ghibli. Really nice paint!

Then, in the opposite lanes, I spotted a 1948 Ford convertible.
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Old 24 August 2018, 11:51 PM
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I saw an Audi R8 on the road today. I don't think I've ever seen one of those in person before.
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Old 25 August 2018, 12:55 AM
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I saw a T-bucket hot rod this afternoon. It was the same one I saw yesterday being pushed to the side of the road by the driver. Well, this is, it was the same one unless the driver has 2 identical cars or has a twin with an identical car.
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Old 25 August 2018, 03:22 AM
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And later while out for a walk I saw a big Cadillac, probably a 1990s Fleetwood. Bit the thing that caught my eye was the fact that it had whitewall tires. Not just a white stripe, actual full on whitewalls.
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Old 25 August 2018, 06:21 PM
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That would be a Reliant Robin. Apparently three wheelers like that were common in the UK (are they still?)
I saw one today - the first I've seen on the road for a year or two, I think. They were a lot more common in the 1980s, often with pensioners.

I also saw a nice orange VW camper van.
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Old 25 August 2018, 08:43 PM
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And today I saw another Cadillac, this one a very nice mid-1950s one, in a pale yellow color. It's interesting how that color looks nice on a 1950s car, but would probably look horrible on a modern car. And I couldn't tell if it had whitewalls because it was driving the opposite direction as me, but it seems like the sort of car that likely would have whitewalls.
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Out for a good long bike ride today, got passed by a Myers Manx.

Also, saw a MGB, an old one.
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Old 26 August 2018, 02:47 AM
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I also saw a nice orange VW camper van.
I saw two VW camper vans today - the old ones with pop ups. Neither was orange though. They aren't rare exactly but they're not common either so I was surprised to see two of them in the space of about an hour.
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Old 26 August 2018, 09:22 AM
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They're not massively rare here either, really, but this one was a nice colour that stood out.
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Old 26 August 2018, 12:19 PM
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While I was waiting for the bus near the mall yesterday, I saw a silver grey Maserati Granturismo passing by.



And today, there's a black Jeep CRD Limited parked in front of my windows.

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