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Last Call: Bonham Behind the Wheel Edition

Robert Emslie March 31, 2015 Last Call

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Despite the one song mashing up an appreciation for cars and women, Trampled Under Foot, Led Zeppelin was never what you might call a “Car Band.” That’s part of what makes this vintage shot of John Bonham, the band’s legendary drummer, behind the wheel of a T-truck hot rod so incongruous. It’s still wicked cool however.

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Last Call: Getting Good Reception Edition

Robert Emslie March 30, 2015 Last Call

GM Tech Center

Inaugurated on May 16, 1956, the General Motors Technical Center in Warren Michigan was described by the company as the place where “Tomorrow Meets Today.” The building, which is the center of GM’s engineering efforts, is an eclectic Mid-Century design by noted modernist Eero Saarinen.

It’s home to more than 19,000 employees, and, as this 1956 promotional picture shows, features an entrance guarded by a receptionist whose desk looks like a giant bowl of soup. That modernist architecture stands in stark contrast to the ’55 Chevy and Rambler visible out in the parking lot, don’t you think?

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Last Call: Parking Lot in Life Edition

Robert Emslie March 27, 2015 Last Call

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Gesundheit.

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Last Call: Coming and Going Edition

Robert Emslie March 26, 2015 Last Call

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There seems to be a whole sub-culture of people who turn vestigial parts of their prized cars into trailers for those cars. This Ford Capri takes that to the extreme, doubling up on every part aft of the doors for a commodious and oval-windowed carry-all. Clever as it is, I have to admit it’s totally freaking me out!

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Last Call: Pop Goes The Whizzer Edition

Robert Emslie March 25, 2015 Last Call

I have decided to to come out with my own line of racer car driver underwear. It will be easy breathing, flame retardant, and most importantly, all kinds of brown.

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Last Call: Something Borrowed Edition

Robert Emslie March 24, 2015 Last Call

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The Graham Hollywood and similar Hupmobile Skylark share a fascinating and sad history of one failed brand dominoing into another. The two models are also a rare instance where one brand’s body was re-purposed for another, and where a formerly FWD design became RWD.

The Hollywood and Skylark were the result of an agreement between Graham-Paige and Humobile to co-produce cars. Hupmobile had purchased the dies for the 810/812 from the defunct Cord corporation, and these were used on an existing chassis, but with a new longer nose – designed by legendary designer Tom Tjaarda – to accommodate the more forward engine placement required of the RWD chassis. Much of the rest of Gordon Buehrig’s Cord design remained, just with a less interesting nose.

The Hollywood/Skylark were introduced in 1939 and produced until September of 1940 when their factories were turned over to wartime production. After the war, the two companies became part of Kaiser-Frazier, which of course eventually became part of American Motors, which traded hands until being absorbed by Chrysler, which is today owned by Fiat. And that’s the Cord-Cinquecento connection.

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Last Call: Later ‘Gator Edition

Robert Emslie March 23, 2015 Last Call

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Okay kids, have a good day at school, love ya.’ Kids? Kids?

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Last Call: Sidewalk Soak ‘em Edition

Robert Emslie March 20, 2015 Last Call

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You can run, but you can’t hide.

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Last Call: You Will Be Offended Edition

Robert Emslie March 19, 2015 Last Call

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It’s almost always the case that those most agreeable to be in the nude are the ones the rest of us would least like seeing nude. That’s why I appreciate the ‘cheeky’ warning this vintage private road sign affords. I like to think the farm where it was hung grew nothing but prickly pear and artichokes.

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Last Call: Flying Firebird Edition

Robert Emslie March 18, 2015 Last Call

Flying Firebird

I don’t know if the seller of this ’79 Trans Am, located in New Hampshire, has priced it right, as I can’t seem to get past the picture of the car taken from the rear. The angle is such that neither its wheels nor their shadows are expressly evident, affording the car the illusion of floating in air. If it is in fact a floating Firebird, then I’d say at fourteen grand, he has seriously under-estimated the asking price.

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