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Old Aug 28, 2010, 5:34 PM   #1
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There's an impromptu car show in Great Falls, VA, every Saturday. This is one of the most popular cars shown there because very few classic car geeks have ever heard of it. It was designed by the grandfather of a friend of mine. Can you name it? Clue: 1954, and the first fiberglass body car ever produced (if you thought that was a Vette you'd be wrong); only some 400 ever produced, and only some 100 still in existence.

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looks like an old studebaker to me. But I don't know nuthin' 'bout no cars.

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It does look like a studebaker but it's not. One more clue: my friend's name is John Darrin.

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It's a Kaiser Darrin. It had sliding doors if I remember correctly
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You get a gold star. Paul. And the doors do indeed slide forward into the front fender panels.

It's worth about $100K.

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In case there's anyone here that enjoys classic cars, here are a few more from the car show I shot yesterday.

This is an absolutely original 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, worth about a half a million US dollars. (The glovebox door is signed by Carrol Shelby.)



And this is a Jaguar D-type race car. This is the car most of the normal folks attending the show, want to drive home.

(Unlike the rich lawyers cruising around in their Lambos, Ferarris, or Maseratis.)




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I did some work for a guy who owned a 289 Cobra and was nice enough to take me for a spin in the thing. Fun, fast little car but I think the leaf spring suspension would get a bit hard on the bod after awhile.

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So, Ted
How often do you take the Shelby Cobra out of the garage these days and take it around the block for a spin?

I'm not big into cars these days. But, I certainly do appreciate their beauty.

Great shots of them, too.

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I did some work for a guy who owned a 289 Cobra and was nice enough to take me for a spin in the thing. Fun, fast little car but I think the leaf spring suspension would get a bit hard on the bod after awhile.
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John, automotive engineering has improved immeasurably over time. The best cars from the '60s are basically nowhere near as good as average cars today, except that the old ones with powerful engines are very fast in a straight line. I drove a '67 MGB for many years. I loved that car but I'm not deluded into thinking its anywhere as good as any of the cars I own today.

HOWEVER, the styling of cars today sucks (most of the vehicles on the road here, are porkers that look way too much like heavy pigs ready to be made into bacon) and I think that's why many of us look fondly at the styling of older cars.

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How often do you take the Shelby Cobra out of the garage these days and take it around the block for a spin?
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Um, Zig, if I had one of those I'd sell it in a flash and retire.

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Great shots of them, too.
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Thanks. For what that lens sells for, they ought to be good shots. But getting there before sunrise does help the lighting...

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