Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1967 Lincoln Continental

I drove this car around Alpine Texas on the day of the great Texas Gypsy Truck adventure. A long time since I had driven one of the heavyweight battlecruisers of the late 60's-early 70's, when the genre was topping out. The Lincoln cruises. It floats. It powers. It's very quiet. Cornering is about what you'd expect, but long straight boulevards and West Texas highway miles are what this automobile was designed to feed on. The steering wheel feels slender and elegant in the hand.  Lincolns of the era, 1961-69, show an almost Italian design gene in their sleek bodies, which are cleaner than most luxury mobiles of the era. Elwood Engel was the designer responsible. 1967 is more festooned that 1961--the style didn't improve over the decade--but it is still a very handsome car. And if you really want a four-door convertible, your choices are...well there aren't any. Except the Lincoln.

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