- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- 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.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
AL has posted several Kaisers. A 1952 Kaiser in Cambridge. A 1952 and a 1953 both in Maine
A 1953 Kaiser Henry J in Framingham, Mass.,
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
You know here at AL we are very much in favor of wagons. Below is an extract from Jonathan Welsh's 2017 piece on the American icon in WSJ
"For years, American auto gurus have been predicting the station wagon’s extinction. The threats from first minivans, then SUVs and most recently crossovers were going to deliver the coup de grâce to the frumpy, wood-paneled, roof-racked relic.
"But wagons persisted. They evolved. They got into shape, building muscle with high-tech engines and improving their agility—on and off the road—with new suspensions and computer-controlled all-wheel drive. Sexier, aerodynamic shapes have eclipsed the image of the boxy, overstuffed Family Truckster of “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
"Today the station wagon is safely off the endangered-species list. While still a tiny part of the market, wagon options are multiplying. For the 2018 model year, at least 10 wagons are coming to dealer showrooms, including four brand-new models.
"Car makers that previously stopped selling wagons in the U.S., like Jaguar and Buick, have brought them back. Others, including Volvo and Volkswagen, recently baptized new models, while longtime wagon maker Subaru is setting sales records, led by its rugged, SUV-ish Outback. The company said it sold 156,277 Outbacks through October, up 8.2% over last year. Porsche, a newcomer to the segment, is further stretching the definition of a wagon with the cheetah-like Sport Turismo, which comes in a 192-mph hybrid version. You know, because the farmers’ market is closing really soon...."
AL: Most of the wagons available these days seem to be European. And they are rare. It seems like the space has been taken over first by minivans, now by the ubiquitous SUV. SUV's--to our eyes looks like frogs.Something about the squashed squareness of them.
Some wagons posted on AL: a '63 Pontiac Catalina Safari. A '59 DeSoto. And a '62 Safari. And a '59 Canadian Safari. A '57 Chevrolet 210 wagon. A '64 Chevy II wagon. You get the idea. We like wagons. Bunch more if you type wagon in our search widget.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Not many Lancias made it to the U.S., where sports-car fans seem to consider Alfa Romeos exotic enough. Fulvias had front-wheel drive and narrow-angle V4 engines ranging from 1.1 to 1.6 liters. Tiny! Sufficiently strong to win the world rally championship in '72, though.
The owner of this restored coupe said he found it in Idaho a few years ago. He said the only other one for sale at the time was in the Netherlands. Buy local."
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Craig Manning: Here is some rare old metal from Mar Vista (LA). Two AMCs, same home. A 72 Hornet Sportabout, and an 84? Eagle which is 4x4 and looking pretty beefy though it is clear she is not running any more. Stock hubcaps too, I think. AMC’s were pretty much falling apart as they rolled off the assembly line, so these entries testify to the congeniality of Mar Vista winters.
Friday, April 23, 2021
From Reid Cunningham:"I have no idea the year, but it caught my eye. It looks like this will be the final resting place for the truck, but interestingly, the engine for the well rig (photos below) looked to be good operable condition. I am reasonably sure it's an International Farmall motor, from the A, B, C series. You can see the bolsters on the front: the engine is a structural member of the tractor."
Thursday, April 22, 2021
from Reid Cunningham: "New Boston, New Hampshire (or best I could tell, on back roads it's not always clear where you are. A lot like life). I like the extra pin striping, a sign someone thought of it as more than just a tool. It had a 2020 inspection sticker, a recent runner."
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
From Michael Moore in the East Bay: