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Cool cars, Astoria/Woodside edition.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Gangster! Spotted this late model parked along Newtown Road near its intersection with Northern Blvd. recently. It’s registration sticker says it’s a 1960 Buick Four Door Sedan, and I do believe that it’s actually a 1960 LeSabre.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I dig the way the body styling above the head lamps makes it look angry. When you’re talking about a 1960 Buick, you should be using slang like “dig,” by the way.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The car wasn’t exactly “cherry,” as it had some body issues and was missing its proper wheel covers and more than a little bit of its chrome, but there’s a body shop on the corner of Northern which often has “cool cars” flowing through its lot so I suspect that this was one of theirs and that it was going to be receiving some love and attention.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s a giant 8 cylinder engine under the hood of this auto, incidentally. If you’ve never driven a 1960’s Buick, I feel sorry for you, as you have no idea what real acceleration feels like.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This “cool car,” lords and ladies, caused a humble narrator to say out loud “me want.”

Of course, you’d be dropping half a tank of gas to get from one corner to the next, due to that giant 8 cylinder engine. It’s also from the “unsafe at any speed” era, so it’s likely that bumping into another car while parking might decapitate you, but…

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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  1. Come over to the Dark Side! It’s your destiny!

    “The car wasn’t exactly “cherry,” as it had some body issues and was missing its proper wheel covers and more than a little bit of its chrome,…”

    You’d be surprised how many guys who own cars like that will get half way through a resto then run out of money or lose interest in, or patience with the project and would be willing to part with it for a good price. The chrome trim, wheel covers and sundry missing parts can be found easily these days on the ‘net and often cheaper than you might think.
    Besides, a less than cherry car would fit a certain raw, edgy, industrial-punk look befitting your chosen area of perambulation.

    “Of course, you’d be dropping half a tank of gas to get from one corner to the next, due to that giant 8 cylinder engine.”

    And a bargain at twice the price.

    “Unsafe at any speed”, Yes, yes, yes, thus spake the Nanny State through the prophets of the precautionary principle but there seems to be plenty of people around from that era. Funny that, eh? Maybe they were full of shit? Dangerous toys are always the most fun toys.

    And if you were to bump another car with that one, chances are you wouldn’t even notice it except for some scrapes on the chrome bumper.

    Don Cavaioli

    Cav

    June 28, 2016 at 2:17 pm


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