My name is James. I export new/exotic/classic cars as well as maintain the role of sales manager at the #1 new car broker firm in northern CA. That means I am in charge of inventory, be it consignment or low-mileage used cars, in addition to heading up new/used domestic and international sales. I'm also a student, but that's irrelevant.
My Oppo posts will mainly focus on cars that have caught my attention, be it a new car that is something special that we deliver or a consignment car, or even something cool/rare/awesome that a local rich car guy drives in when he comes to talk shop. We see some pretty neat stuff. As of this exact moment, in addition to the borderline boring or mundane cars that are have sitting around, we have the following:
1957 Chevrolet 210 Coupe, completely restored/mild restomod ($50k paint job!)
1965 Buick Riviera restomod
1995 Porsche 911 <3
Caterham Seven with 200hp/1210lb (owners/boss car very quick)
2000 BMW 528i with only 37k miles. It's beautiful.
For my inaugural post, I thought I would show something that caught my attention:
Let me preface this blog by stating that I am not a fan of most classic domestic cars. Never have been. Give me a pre-73 911 any day of the week. However, this 1962 Ford T-bird coupe has wormed it's way into my heart. Forget the hideous color and hubcaps, and the fact that it's slow and the power windows don't work and it has a misfire. This car is cool.
Check out the front end;
I'm pretty sure that bullbar-looking bit is only there to prevent the car from looking like it has a crippling overbite. Now, it's merely a scowl, which is better. Scowl = good, overbite = bad.
Another neat thing is the lack of Ford emblems anywhere; the car sports only Thunderbird emblems filled in with a material resembling turquoise.
The design of the emblem looks vaguely Native American. I don't know if that was intentional or not, and it makes no sense to me. I do like it, still. It's not my favorite exterior detail, though. These are:
DANGER ZONE! These are supposed to resemble afterburners and my god they did it, and did it well. Nowadays, it would be considered a bit too much, but the 60's were the jet age, and this car says it better than anything else. I love it. Fuck those spats over the rear wheel, though.
The interior takes it to a whole new level. Insert the Jetsons theme:
This car has quite possibly one of the coolest dashboard and center console combos I have ever seen. Simple, yet futuristic. I wish Ford still made interiors that look this good, actually. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
This car was made for the comfort of everyone, even those with cheeseburger guts! The steering wheel slides out of the way so you can keep those crumbs on your belly - you know, the ones you were saving for later. How awesome is that? Once you've slid your fat (or skinny, or in-between) ass behind that giant tiller, you get to gaze upon these pieces of art:
Those are some of the coolest gauges I have ever seen on a driveable car (although the 2014 IS350 F-Sport had a cool cluster too). I can't wait for the car to get the brightwork detailed so I can really feel the ambience the car was designed to have.
So it sucks to drive - who cares. Sitting in this car, even doing the dumbest errands, is an event. The natural light coming through to the cabin is wonderful, as long as your eyes aren't being violated by the sun. This car is just plain cool.
I don't know when I will post again; maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. It may be a spotlight, it may be a spotted post with a bunch of cars, or it may be something along the lines of "WHY WOULD ANYONE BUY THIS PIECE OF SHIT?"
Either way, you'll be seeing more from me. I'll leave you with this: