The Jaguar XJ6 set the motoring world afire when introduced in late 1968, and was considered the most beautiful sedan at the time. It deserved it. The styling would go through three different series on the original body, and two subsequent redesigns going all the way to 2008. The XJ6 was a survivor. It outlasted British Leyland, the Ford buyout and lives on today with a totally different design language that was finally introduced in 2009 after 40 years of refining and adapting the original 1968 shape. While to this day, I still prefer the classic shape, the “new” design, now approaching 15 years in production, does appear suitably elegant. Just the other day I saw one in black in traffic, and it looks pretty good. Well, at least until they kill it and go all-combover-schlock, all the time, like Lincoln. But I digress!
Category: Klockau Classics
Spring Project: Colonial Yellow ’82 Seville
It’s pretty well established that I’m a Cadillac fan, even the polarizing ones like the Cimarron. And the bustle back Seville. As Popeye once said, I yam what I yam.
But I was recently excited to find out that Hot Wheels was reissuing their Seville as part of their ’80s series–which included a 1984 Corvette too. Continue Reading →
This Week’s Klockau Lust Object: Firethorn 1976 Seville
I had too much popcorn this morning (our office has a popcorn machine, and your author takes perhaps unfair advantage of that fact) so I skipped lunch and used the hour break alternating between reading a Jack Reacher novel and skimming the internet. Continue Reading →
1979 Pontiac Bonneville: Erin Go Brougham
Figured this was due to be added to the RG archives. Was searching for an appropriately St. Patrick’s Day-hued car, and voila, located this in The Vault. Cheers, and please Brougham responsibly this evening! -TK
Here’s a fine specimen of B-body 1977-79 Bonnie, in that light mint green that was available on many 1979 GM full-sizers; I’ve seen them on everything from Cutlass Supremes to loaded-up Electra Park Avenues and plain-Jane LeMans sedans. Yes, once upon a time in Detroit, you could get many different colors on your new car–even hospital green, ha ha. Continue Reading →
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
So today I actually used my brain and went to the grocery store before 10. Believe me, you do not want to be in an Aldi or Hy Vee on a Sunday afternoon. Continue Reading →
This Week’s Klockau Lust Object: 1980 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe
Are our favorite vehicles the ones we imprint on in our formative years? I think so. At least, it’s true in my case. Continue Reading →
A Lone Show In January
Not much going on lately. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone. It’s cold, gloomy and dreary here in the Quad Cities. And my favorite local Lincoln dealer, Strieter, just sold out to out of towners. Continue Reading →
This Week’s Klockau Lust Object: 1979 Ninety-Eight Regency
This week’s example of Broughams of Christmas Past was once again found on a FB group I’m in, Finding Future Classic Cars. I saw this and my Brougham Radar locked on and began beeping frantically. Especially love the black paint, no vinyl roof, rare factory accessory wheels and the red velour interior–with matching red exterior pinstriping, a Regency exclusive feature. Continue Reading →
Sycamore Mall Car Show: Setting the Wayback Machine to Iowa City, Summer 2012
Here’s an oldie but a goodie. The Sycamore Mall cruise night from July 2012. The show is still held, but it’s moved to Coral Ridge Mall in nearby Coralville. My recent “Last cruise night of the year” column was from the new location. Continue Reading →
1980 Chrysler LeBaron: Fifth Avenue Prequel
Another Broughamish artifact from the late ’70s/early ’80s? You betcha!