Guest Blog: 2016 Portland Urban Safari

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The idea of the 8th Portland Urban Safari brought to mind the Monty Python sketch, “Climbing the North Face of the Uxbridge Road,” where four intrepid lads claw their way horizontally up a suburban London high street, roped together and driving pitons between sidewalk slabs.

But the drive through Portland, Oregon’s unpaved byways always takes organizer Eric Didier back to his childhood in France, where he and his siblings drove an ancient Renault 4CV through the woods on his grandfather’s Read More

1945 NSU Kettenkrad



Considerable care is necessary on steep slopes. The driver is flanked by the tracks and sits ahead of the engine; he’s not likely to escape if the vehicle flips

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The Kettenkrad was typical of vehicles designed and manufactured for the German Wehrmacht during WWII-innovative, well made, and generally superior to equipment used by their enemies. Designated “SdKfz 2” by the German army, the Kettenkrad was an ingenious half motorcycle, Read More

Who’s a Mister Softee, Then?



At first glance I’d have to say very well sold indeed, but what price can you put on fun? Maybe it’s a bargain

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This month’s “American Profile” is going to take a tiptoe amongst the automotive daisies, the puff and fluff of the market.

Along with the heavy hitters at RM’s February 15-17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, auction-like the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL for $495,000, the 1938 Brunn-bodied Packard for $187,000, Read More

1973 Citroën DS23 IE Cabriolet



Citroën wouldn’t sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them

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The Citroёn DS19 was launched on an unsuspecting world in 1955 and continued to be France’s car of choice well into the 1970s.
There were many interpretations of the theme, but one of the most appealing came from the workshops of established coachbuilder Henri Chapron, the “La Croisette Cabriolet.”
At Read More

1974 Gaz-13 Chaika Limousine



I suspect this car falls into the same class of collectible as hearses-you can’t get away from the Dark Side

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This Russian Gaz-13 “Chaika” limousine is number 2,511 of only 3,719 built between 1959 and 1981. The Chaika-which means Gull-was favored by Kremlin officials, Soviet heads of state, and senior KGB officers.
To the average Russian, however, the cars were sinister symbols of the terrible power of the state. Read More

1953 General Motors “Parade of Progress” Tour Bus

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One of twelve built by General Motors, this self-contained display and transport vehicle was created in 1940 by the GM design staff under Harley Earl’s direction.

The Futurliner has opening sides, interior and exterior floodlights, a retractable stage, distinctive center cockpit driving position and dual-wheel front and rear axles. The buses were used in the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit created by GM Vice President Charles “Boss” Kettering, which complemented GM’s Motorama exhibits from 1940 through 1956.

This 1953 “Parade Read More

1960 Volkswagen Split-Window Pickup



1960 Volkswagen Split-Window Pickup
Volkswagen pickups were worked to death and their lifespan was shorter than that of a Roman slave

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Unquestionably among the most innovative designs of its day, the Volkswagen “dropside” pickup stretched the definition of full-service utility vehicles. Production of the pickup was started in 1952, and it borrowed the cab from the front of the popular Transporter Type 2.
The “dropside” ability meant that the Read More

1951 Land Rover Series I



In the end, who cares about their pug-like looks. They work and they
can’t be killed

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Land Rover is one of the most charismatic names in the motoring world, with a rich history around the globe. Its beginnings were humble-it was designed as a utility vehicle and mobile power source for ranchers and farmers. There was a provision for front center and rear power take offs (PTOs) and Read More

1956 Mercedes-Benz 220S Sedan “Zippo”

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In 1953, Mercedes-Benz introduced the line of mid-sized automobiles that would be its mainstay for nearly a decade. Built using unit-body principles, they were lightweight yet strong and utilized a front sub-frame for mounting the engine. These “ponton” or “roundie” models received a number of motors, from 48-hp diesels in the 180D taxi models to 130-hp six-
cylinders in the final fuel-injected 220SE.

“Zippo,” the car on sale at Monterey, is considered to be the highest-mileage gasoline-powered Mercedes-Benz in Read More

1975-1980 AMC Pacer



“You only ride like a Pacer if you’re wide like a Pacer”

If you’re among the many who laugh at AMC Pacers, let us introduce you to “Weird” Harrel Lamkin of Ruston, LA. He drag-raced a 550-hp Pacer from 1987 to 1996, turning 10-second quarter miles at 124 mph. As he said, “I wanted to build a Pacer no one would dare laugh at. I think I succeeded.”
And lest you Read More

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