Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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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.

Friday, November 30, 2018

1949 Packard

Saw the car at Motorland in Arundel, Maine last spring but it's gone down the road.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

North Brooklin (Maine) vernacular.

 Big house Little house Back house Barn, that's the formula.
Green sea, red hull, grey sky, Blue Hill Bay.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

1952 International L-110

from Alex Emond in the Saskatchewan Old Truck Game Preserve: "Here's a sleeping beauty. Seems to be listing to port, captain, but the body looks really good. I like the tall windshield.This is a good looking truck. I was on my way to Assiniboia and saw this in a farmyard...nobody home so I just took one shot and left.

Monday, November 26, 2018

1957 Plymouth Plaza

1957 Plymouth Plaza. Maybe the best-looking taxi anywhere? Bought the Dinky at Greene Avenue Lunch & Soda, Greene Avenue, Westmount, Quebec. June 23, 1962.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Toyota Land Cruiser (mid-Eighties?)

Michael Moore spotted the Toyota Land Cruiser in Benicia, CA. If you try our search widget (up there on the right) for Land Cruiser you'll see a bunch more of various eras, including this nimble 1970 LC in Marfa, Texas.
This is the time of year when Autoliterate very much depends on correspondents in warmer climes. Old metal on the road is rare in New England from now until May. If you see it, send it, please.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Ford Country Squire 1989?

from Michael Moore in Benicia, Calif., a "random, massive" faux-woody wagon. Something handsome in the shape.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Advanced Design 1950 Chevrolet 1300

From Alex Emond in Limerick, Saskatchewan: This handsome pick up appears roadworthy but semi-retired. Dig the visor ... the truck equivalent of a ball cap. Nobody was home - just a large sounding dog that was growling at me from the back porch. The original burglar alarm . Cheers , Alex

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Mazda 1300

Stephen Hendrickson caught the Mazda in Amsterdam, back in August. Here's one of our posts from Amsterdam a few years back. If you try Wassenaar in the search widget--up there on the right--you'll see a bunch of vehicles that caught our eye during our season at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1955 Fargo truck

from our man on the northern plains, Alex Emond " Let's call it 1955 and sue me if I'm wrong . A Fargo half ton catching some afternoon sun in Herbert, Saskatchewan. It is a happening little town on the Trans Canada Hwy. a bit east of Swift Current . This church sits on the north-east corner of town. A farming community , mostly."
Autoliterate: Fargo is Canadian for Dodge. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Studebaker Champion. 1958?

The Champ was for sale last spring in Ellsworth, Maine. Might still be there. 
llsworth, Maine

Sunday, November 18, 2018

1952 Ford wagons

Life magazine at the barbershop, Brattle Street, Harvard Square.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

1949 Mercury, powered by Tesla

Read about it in Motor Authority. Thank to Michael Moore and his brother-in-law for the heads-up.

Friday, November 16, 2018

1962 GMC 5000

from Alex Emond: "This green truck was parked in Kincaid , Saskatchewan., mid-chore. Impressive front on this machine... all business. Long may she run. Cheers, Alex"

Thursday, November 15, 2018

VW pickup. Highland Avenue, Marfa, Texas.

Thanks to Don Green Culbertson for the VW. Have a look at earlier edition VW pickup, up in Maine. And this unit, also in Maine.