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.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

1949 Chevrolet Deluxe, Mexico D.F.

from GeoFF Park: "Roma Norte, Mexico City This car does NOT run
It's a Chevy body (which may have been shortened?) The door handle is there but there's no actual door.Somebody put a lot of love and work into this and it's not even advertising anything...
Note the key to wind it up"
AL has posted '49 Chevrolets from Maine.

Friday, November 29, 2019

1958 Chevrolet 3200 , Oregon

These from Guido Goluke, the Dutch translator and novelist. The truck's in Oregon. Almost every Chevy  of this Task Force era seems to painted that shade of turquoise/blue.
Here's another one in California.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

VW Combi bus, Mexico D.F.

from Geoff Park. "Condesa, Mexico City. Still runs."
AL caught one of these water-cooled Volkswagen buses in Harvard Square.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1958 Ford Ranchero

from Alex Emond: "Not the 'ouevos' kind but the Ford variety . This colour scheme was one of your choices , back in 1958 . Half car , half truck ... looks great and was probably a serious "chick magnet" Hasn't lost its appeal 60 odd years later. I saw this vehicle in Redcliff, Alberta."
AL: Here's a '57 Ranchero for sale in Maine.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Snowy Galaxie

Reid Cunningham caught the 1963 Ford Galaxie near Rochester, New York a couple weeks back where they had 10 inches of snow that stayed around for a while.

Monday, November 25, 2019

1972 Chevrolet C20

Clean truck. This was maybe the most basic of all Chevy truck formats and had a fairly short run, from 1967-72, when the squarebodies came in. This frame-off Chevy is on the block today at B-A-T.

Mexican Beetle

Geoff Park caught the Volkswagen in Coyoacan, Mexico City

Sunday, November 24, 2019

unsafe at any speed

from Alex Morgan:  "My favorite part is the wiring for everything outside goes out the rear window. Generator safely chained from leaf spring to where it’s located atop on a wood pallet. Water at a high location for gravity feed."

Saturday, November 23, 2019

1995 Toyota

 Somewhat guessing the vintage here. Lean, clean truck. Brattle Street, Cambridge, Mass.

Friday, November 22, 2019

1953 Plymouth Cranbook

from Alex Emond: "This blue Plymouth cruises around Mossbank, Saskatchewan. A conservatively designed vehicle with a rather stodgy name... appealing to a sensible family man of the early '50's . All these decades later, it has stood up well and still looks good, handsome, not flashy. As far as I can tell this is completely original except for tires and the air inside those tires."
AL posted a '52 Plymouth Cranbook from Belfast, Maine.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

1980 Land Rover 88 Series III

The lightweight edition. It;s on the block at B-A-T.

That's Delahaye, not Chevrolet.

Thanks to Lee Saloutos for the heads-up on a Motorlands piece on the fabulous French Delahaye cars.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fargo 100


From Alex Emond, in south Saskatchewan: Here's one of those "so ugly it's beautiful" trucks . This near the end of the "Fargo" run , a brand that ran it's course by the mid 60's and melted back into the Dodge line . Now you can jump into a big ass 'doolly' RAM like this one that blew past me the other day . It's as wide as my car is long . Anyway , the old truck is quite rare, with a long bed. Very Utilitarian.
AL: We have posted Dodge trucks of this era: in Salida, Colorado; another in Marfa,Texas. Lots more if you try Dodge in our search widget.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

1974 BMW 2002

Most of the Beems you see driving around Cambridge these days are same old/same old SUVs, but the 2002s were tight and nimble. This car looked to be in great shape, except for that anomalous rust burn on the rear deck. Perhaps a storage issue, or a fire?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Ford F350

As a rule don't like mega-trucks but I guess the City of Cambridge has its reasons and what we do like about this F350 is its no-nonsense, no-frills demeanor.