Saying Goodbye to the Amazon

It was two years ago that we watched our 1967 Volvo 122S arrive on a car hauler from Madison, WI. And now we’re going to watch it leave.

Owning the Amazon has been a delightful and enlightening experience. It was a good car when it arrived (unlike so many of the cars that I acquire), and we spent two years making it even better.

We took it on tours, to cars and coffees, to Volvo club meetings and more. Wherever Read More

July 2016 Cover Poll

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Keith’s Blog: Porsche Turbo vs. Alfa Duetto: Size Does Matter

“Old age, experience and treachery will overcome youthful enthusiasm and talent. “ In car speak, that translates to: “A mature driver in a vintage 4-cylinder sports car can easily overtake someone younger and less-experienced — no matter what they are driving.”

Two weeks ago, I discovered that saying is simply not true.

I asked my daughter Alexandra if she’d like to go to a winemaker’s dinner at Marchesi Vineyards and Winery in Hood River, about 60 miles from Portland.

She Read More

The SCM Volvo Could Be Yours!

We’ve spent more than two years and thousands of dollars fully developing and sorting out the SCM 1967 Volvo 122S “Amazon.” It’s now for sale on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/391452529684

We purchased it from noted Volvo racer Jim Perry; it had been his personal car, and he took it on some hot laps at Road America.

It came with extremely rare factory a/c that blows ice cold. Add to that the overdrive we had installed, and the full IPD suspension Read More

Should the Alfa Spider be Restored for Concours or Driving?

Here’s a quick update on the 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce.

It went to Alfa guru Bill Gillham for some rust repair in the rockers and trunk a few months ago.

As he disassembled the car, he found corrosion in nearly every nook and cranny. While the car looked good at first glance, it actually bent when you put it up on the lift.

Although I wanted to keep the patina the car had developed in my decades of ownership, it Read More