Sighted yesterday (Thursday) in Monte Vista, CO, along US 160. Yeah, it might need a little work…
Even further west on US 66, at Grand Canyon Caverns Inn – which incorporates a gas station (“Radiator Springs Service”), motel, mini-golf and access to the caverns – stumbled across this, oh, post-74 Spitfire in exceedingly poor shape. First Brit sports car seen this trip; most of the Route 66 towns and attractions have numbers of old cars scattered around, so who knows, I may see another Triumph during this excursion.
BTW, couldn’t lift the hood of the car but I did check inside: it had an automatic transmission. Looked vaguely like something out of a 1972 Ford Pinto…
Drove the longest remaining original segment of old US 66 yesterday, Ash Fork to Needles, CA, plus a few miles in the Golden State. In and around all of the old US cars scattered around the various towns, I saw my first European, uh, “exotic:” an Alfa Romeo Spider, part of the display at Romney Motel in Seligman. Looks like it might need a little work…
Spied over this past weekend. Car No. 1 – the white one on the trailer – was sighted on I-44 eastbound Saturday afternoon. As we pulled into range I thought, “Hmmm, a much-modified Vega” (look at the roof line and the b-pillar/rear side window layout). However, between a good look at the back end and a quick look at the grill, it was obviously not a Chevy Vega.
What was it? The twin exhaust pipes steered me in the right direction (no pun intended): a Holden Torana, product of GM’s Australia division, circa 1976-1978 and equipped with several engines ranging in size from an Opel-source 1.9L four up to your choice of a 4.2L or 5.0L V8. Oh, and Torana’s featured in one of the great movies of all time: “Mad Max.”
So when was the last time you saw a Holden in the US?
As for the second photo, perhaps a tad more mundane but not really. At the ZX station on Manchester east of Weidemann, an immaculate – if plain – ’70 Mustang notchback. Talked with the owner, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War; he said he’s the original owner (!) and the car just rolled over 270,000 miles (!!),
Like I said, somewhat plain, but nice and thankfully, not heavily modified with wing, etc.