J.W. Burleson photo / Boquillas del Carmen, Coah.


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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 www.peterbehrens.org 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.

Friday, January 27, 2023

1970 Chevrolet C-10. Marfa, Texas

Basha Burwell photos. We posted a dolled-up GMC Sierra edition  of this truck from Echo Park in LA a while back. And another 1970 C-10 in Colorado Springs. And a 1967 C-10 4x4 Suburban in Maine. and a SWB C-10 stepside, also in Marfa.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Late 1980s Peugeot 309: streets of Paris


From Don Green Culbertson, à Paris. "A embodiment on wheels of the French late-80s. In its day, the classic sedan, an emblem of middle-class mobility.."
Don has an eye for Peugeots. Our favorite is this 1970 504

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

1954 Plymouth Suburban

This wagon is on the block this week at Hemmings. One of our favorite cars is a modified 1953 Plymouth Suburban wagon from Deer Isle, Maine. And here's the same car, post-primer. And then there's the Suburban woody...

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Studebaker Marfa

Basha Burwell photo ©2023
Plenty of Texas Studebakers in this AL post from Canyon, TX.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Volvo 1800-ES Rally-ready

"The Volvo 1800ES...was built on the foundation of the Volvo P1800 and the original design sketches had been labelled the “Beach Car” by designer Jan Wilsgaard...Its two-door configuration coupled with the long “estate” rear means it’s classed as a shooting brake in Britain ...(aka stationwagon). 8,077 examples of the model would be made and surviving examples are now popular with collectors..." -from Ben Branch's piece on a rally-ready 1800ES in Silodrome
AL has posted several 1800ES, in green...and yellow. But perhaps our favorite Volvo is the P-210.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

He Made the Beetle Huge

"When he came to the United States as a young  Volkswagen executive, Carl Hahn inherited an undesirable office and a job that seemed impossible: make the Beetle huge.
He was an outsider with fresh eyes who saw that he couldn’t beat American companies with much bigger head counts and budgets. The only way to win was for the German car maker to play another game altogether.
It needed to be different. It needed to think small..." 

See Ben Cohen's piece in WSJ on Carl Hahn, the man who led Volkswagen America from 1959 to 1964 and figured out how to market a weird, noisy air-cooled German car in the US.
Here at AL we posted this 1972 bus a while back; a VW repair shop in Belfast, Maine; a 1961 Transporter in Harvard Square; an oval window in Cambridge MA...and plenty others.


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Guests of the Nation

Hogan's flying column, Third Tipperary Brigade 1919

AL presents: an astonishing reading of Frank O'Connor's story, Guests of the Nation, by the Irish actor, Terry McMahon.