MSCC MARCH 2 STAR OF THE WEEK: THIS IS THE NAME THAT CAR WEEKEND

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This is definitely some kind of car under a winter blanket of snow but the key to ID-ing this ride is simple. You have to uncover more of it.

There aren’t many astute car guys who will have a problem identifying this beauty but for the rest the biggest hint you’ll get is that it was made in Detroit.

02-imgp6685Ladies and gentlemen, here is your partially obscured MSCC Star of the Week.

Look at it as a salute to the winter of 2013-14.

 

MSCC MARCH 1 STAR OF THE DAY: MGA—A TIMELESS CLASSIC IN TODAY’S TRAFFIC

01-aimgp2033-001Vintage British cars are definitely not for the faint of heart.

They can be finicky and temperamental so long distance road trips can be a definite adventure in motoring.

They all had a distinctive “British Look” whether it was an Austin A-40 sedan, Triumph Herald, Vauxhall Victor or Rolls Royce.

This MSCC Star of the Day MGA was in traffic back in August 2010 and it carried on the classic British tradition of class and style with a flair that only came with cars designed and built in the UK.

That’s the real adventure in motoring.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 28 STAR OF THE DAY: CHEVY PANEL— REAL WORLD WORKING CLASS HERO WITH A NEW SUIT

28-september 29 high river jim pix 018-001Panel vans were pure function over form sixty years ago.

They came without rear side windows, radios, automatic transmissions or even a passenger mirror.

These trucks were built for plumbers, not soccer moms so they saw the real world from a real world working perspective…options were slim to none.

This MSCC Star of the Day Chevy panel was at a September 2013 car show and it showed what can happen when you give a working class hero a new suit.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 27 STAR OF THE DAY: 1984 W-40 HURST OLDS -THE 80S DID HAVE A FEW POSITIVES

27-aimgp2632-001The 1980s era had a few things going for it- the Berlin Wall came down, Ronald Reagan brought a can-do attitude back to the United States and democracy triumphed over communism.

Those were the highlights.

The lowlights were bad music and lame cars.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1984 Old H/O was the antidote to the lame car problem.

There were no antidotes to the bad music.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 26 STAR OF THE WEEK: METROPOLITAN CONVERTIBLE-WHEN YOU REALLY NEED AN ANTIDOTE TO A MUSCLE CAR

26-022-002The MSCC Star of the Day doesn’t follow a distinct pattern because everything from an old dump truck to a 427 Corvette can be a Star of the Day.

There’s no need to lock in on a format when the world of old iron is full of more variety than Ed Sullivan had on his show in 25 years.

A lot of the MSCC Stars do have muscle in their heritage because most red-blooded car guys are fiercely loyal to the “more power” school of thought.

This MSCC Star of the Day Metropolitan convertible was at a show back in September 2013 and it was an antidote to the typical muscle car philosophy because sometimes you do have all day to get there.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 25 STAR OF THE DAY: ’65 BUICK RIVIERA-HIDEAWAY HEADLIGHTS MAKE A COMEBACK

25-aimgp1834-001Hideaway headlights have come and gone over the decades with Detroit iron but they resurfaced in a big way on full-sized cars with the 1965 Buick Riviera.

Rivieras were ahead of the styling curve in 1963 but the ’65 Riviera set the pace for the rest of the decade.

Competitors in the full-sized sports luxury coupe played catch-up with Rivieras for years because of cars like this MSCC Star of the Day ’65 Riviera at an August 2010 show.

It’s always better to lead than follow.

 

MSCC FEBRUARY 24 STAR OF THE DAY: ’55 PLYMOUTH–THE EXNER FIN ERA HAD JUST BEGUN

There was an evolution in the mid-1950s to bigger and bigger fins but they had to start somewhere.

Cadillac started the trend in the 1940s but a guy named Virgil Exner literally took the fin to new heights in the latter stages of the 1950s.

The Exner fin era began with modest aerodynamics on cars like this MSCC Star of the Day ’55 Plymouth.

The look was there but the fins would soar to new heights every year for the rest of the decade.

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