Archive for the ‘Automobilia’ Category

I-81

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Syracuse, our somehow even snowier neighbor to the east, is having an interesting argument about Interstate 81 — should it stay or should it go? This mirrors the discussions about the Skyway here in Buffalo, the Inner Loop in Rochester, the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls, and the other urban freeways that were installed to enable suburban existence at the expense of the cities themselves.

It will be interesting to see what they do.

Packard

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

How much would you pay for an abandoned auto plant? Forty acres of abandoned factory in the middle of Detroit?

How about $405k?

3 Wheeled Wonder

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Since GM isn’t using it for anything productive, entrepreneur Paul Elio is planning on retooling their Shreveport, LA plant to produce these neat 2 seaters:

Purportedly it will meet all Federal Safety and emissions regulations, get 49 mpg city/ 84 highway, and be cheaper to register since technically it falls under the “motorcycle and trike” classification of most DMVs.  At a planned MSRP of $6800, its less than 1/3 the price of a new Prius, too.

Another really interesting concept here is the payment schedule- buyers would pay a nominal down payment, and then receive a credit card which charges them triple the current gas price whenever they fill up, with the surplus used to pay down the vehicle loan.

All he needs is another 200M to get it off the ground. Peanut money, really…

Filling Station

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Plans for a filling station by Frank Lloyd Wright have finally been built.

I’ve always said that if there’s one thing missing from the average gas station, it’s a fireplace.

The ultimate AMC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

While I secretly long for an AMC to call my own, I’ll be very open about my desire for this car.

Oh mama. It’s the Holy Grail of Kenosha.

Cars Cars Cars

Friday, September 6th, 2013

An interesting article over at The Atlantic on the role of the automotive industry in our economic recovery.

But this time, cars are leading houses, thanks to a surprising source: older Americans. “[Demand] is coming from an increased buying rate of people over 55,” McAlinden said, “which is scary because we don’t have a lot of repeat sales left in us.”

Young people are essentially locked out of the car market, just as they have been locked out of the housing market — and the labor market…

Young vs. old might not be the most important binary for cars right now. That would be rich vs. poor. The U.S. is beginning to look like the aristocratic auto market we’re used to seeing in Europe, McAlinden said, where the top 25 percent buys most of the new cars and the bottom 75 percent only buys old and used. “Seventy-five percent of households here are relying on used cars, thinking ‘I hope that rich guy is done,'” he said.

Henry’s Truck

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

While all the flower children are swooning over the latest electron-car from Deutchland, I decided to upgrade my truck situation:

One of Henry Ford’s finest: a pre-emissions 7.3 liter (444 cubic inches for us “Muricans) high- pressure injection turbo-diesel, Four Wheel Drive, crew cab, and tow package.  250 horsepower, and 505 pound-feet of torque.  The F350 by itself weighs in at 6400 pounds, and is capable of hauling 3500 more pounds of cargo and passengers, or towing 15,000 pounds worth of trailer.

Yeah.  Should be adequate for my peak needs.

Car Bundling

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

An interesting idea from BMW: buy a small electric car, get access to a larger gasoline one for when you need it. From the article at Atlantic Cities:

People buy cars for their peak (imagined) need. If you can imagine that one day you’ll drive more than a handful of people to Lake Tahoe to go skiing, then (if you can afford it) you might choose a massive sport-utility vehicle.

Which is why, I think one piece of BMW’s electric vehicle announcement today is so significant. When you buy the new BMW i3, you can bundle it with access to “a conventional auto like the full-sized X5 SUV for several weeks a year.”

America!

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Man steals cop car, tries to run over officer, bites another.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Normally I’d come up with my own pithy title for this Word Press entry, but I thought and thought and couldn’t come up with anything better than the original news article’s. So here you go, a little Thursday morning news of the weird from South Kackalacki. Quote of the Day:

“Changes will be made to the patrol cars so that the windows cannot be rolled down from the inside.”

You think?