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1967 Ford Mustang

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags on August 7, 2009 by Kent

1967 Ford Mustang (detail)In 1967, Ford’s Mustang saw its first major redesign. For the first time since its launch, the car faced some serious competition. This resulted in Ford evaluating the Mustang’s strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to the Pontiac’s Firebird, Mercury’s Cougar, and Plymouth’s Barracuda, Chevrolet had plans to roll out their new Chevy Camaro muscle car. This resulted in Ford duking it out with its competition by creating a more muscular and powerful Ford Mustang.
1967 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang (detail)
1967 Ford Mustang (detail)

1948 Oldsmobile Coupe

Posted in Capitol Hill, Vintage Vehicles with tags , on July 29, 2009 by Kent

1948 Oldsmobile CoupeI found this vintage gem on Capitol Hill over the weekend. While it could use some loving care, it all appeared original and that counts for a lot. I think it has some really great lines as well.

I also found the great ad below from a basic Web search (sorry I couldn’t get a larger image)More images after the jump Continue reading

Vintage Ride of the Week: 1974 Plymouth Duster

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags , on July 21, 2009 by Kent

1974 Plymouth DusterI’ve frequently seen this car around the intersection of New Hampshire Ave. and Upshur Street, NW.

The Duster was introduced in 1970 to compete with Ford’s slightly smaller semi-fastback Maverick compact and Chevrolet’s slightly larger semi-fastback Nova. Unlike the Maverick and the Nova, however, the Duster only was available in a two door coupe.

1974 was a banner year for the Duster. Buyers continued to come into the Plymouth dealers in high volume, driving away every Duster that could be built. Style wise, the 1974 was a pass. No major changes at all, except under the hood. The 360 cubic inch V-8 was introduced to replace the 340.

You can read more Duster history here>>
1974 Plymouth Duster
1974 Plymouth Duster

Then and Now: Armored Vehicles

Posted in Automobiles, Then and Now, Vintage Vehicles with tags , on July 20, 2009 by Kent

Postmaster General examines new bandit proof truck 1925Then: The Postmaster General examines a new bandit proof truck ca. 1925.

Dunbar ArmoredNow: a Dunbar Armored vehicle located at the corner of K St. and Connecticut Avenue, July, 2009.

Early D.C. Fire Truck From 1907

Posted in Automobiles with tags on July 16, 2009 by Kent

To put this image in a little more context, when this postcard of a new auto chemical engine for the Washington Fire Department was created in 1907, the vast majority of the fire department was still powered by horses, some stations not switching over to automotive power until 1912.New Auto Chemical Engine 1907


1909 Columbia Mark 48

Posted in Automobiles with tags , , on July 15, 2009 by Kent

I really love the tag line: “Not necessarily the best car built … but the best car at anywhere near its price.” This is from the June 20, 1909, Washington Times.
Columbia Mark 48

Vintage Ride of the Week: 1965 Valiant 200 Station Wagon

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags , on July 14, 2009 by Kent

1965 Valiant 200 Station WagonI don’t know much about the Plymouth Valiant other than what I found on the brochure below which is from the Imperial Club Web site.Valiant 200 brochure
1965 Valiant 200 Station Wagon
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