Vintage Pin Up: Alberto Vargas

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Sunday Morning Music

Hi —
I hope you’re having
a groovy weekend.

Today we thought
we’d bring you some
cool stuff from the
1960’s and 1970’s
that you mighta missed .

(or maybe you’re one
of them there
whippersnappers that
never had a chance
to hear the stuff in
the first place )

Either way, I hope
you enjoy our collection.

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Cold Blood —
If You Will

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The Babys–
Everytime I Think of You

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Led Zeppelin —
Immigrant Song

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The Crystals —
Then He Kissed Me ”

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Yardbirds —
Shapes Of Things

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Chicago —
Movin In

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Curtis Mayfield —
The Makings Of You

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Laura Nyro —
It’s Gonna Take A Miracle

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Sly and The Family Stone —
If You Want Me To Stay

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The Easybeats —
Friday On My Mind

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Nick Lowe —
Cruel To Be Kind

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Jerry Butler —
Only The Strong Survive

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Janis Joplin —
A Woman Left Lonely

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The Box Tops —
” You Keep Me Hanging On

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Neil Young —
” Cortez

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Four Seasons —
Walk Like A Man ”

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Fleetwood Mac —
” Oh Well

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Beach Boys —
Wendy

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Eric Burdon —
Hold On I’m Comin’

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Redbone —
” Witch Queen of New Orleans”

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George Harrison —
I’d Have You Anytime

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The Equals —
Baby Come Back

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Seekers —
The Carnival Is Over

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Todd Rundgren —
” I Saw The Light

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Pilot —
” Magic

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Little Anthony and Imperials —
Out Of My Head

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Joni Mitchell —
Coyote

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!!! HOY !!!

Saturday Car Post: The FACEL Vegas

The French-made
Facel Vegas, particularly
the FV, HK 500,
and Facel II —
are rarely seen items at
most American vintage
car shows–

but were some of the most luxurious and stylish
non-domestic cars made in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Ford Comete

Facel started in the automobile
business after World War II
by manufacturing special
order car bodies for
companies like Simca,
Bentley, Panhard, and
Delahaye – although their
first real mainstream
marketing challenge was
with the Ford Comète.

They started building their
own models in 1954, with
the FV and then the HK500.

These were American style
luxury coupes made for the
European market – and were
equipped with Chrysler built
V-8 Hemi engines like the
DeSoto 276 c.i. in 1954 – 1955,
the Chrysler 331 c.i. in 1956,
and a 354 and 383 available
after 1958.

So, despite their size, these
cars made good off the line
speed and handled extremely
well.

Still, a smaller sportier model
to compete with the Mercedes
Benz SL class , especially the
190 SL, was the goal of their
engineering team in 1959 –
and in 1960, they released the
Facellia – available in three
body styles –  a cabriolet,
a 2+2 coupé and a 4-seat
coupé.

Since their intent was to create
a more ‘European’ sports car,
they replaced the Chrysler made
powerplant with a badly designed
Pont-à-Mousson manufactured
4 cylinder 1.6 liter engine.

That turned out to be a serious
mistake for the company, with
the resulting disastrous warranty
repair costs threatening to
bankrupt them-

Facel switched over to
a practically bullet-proof
Volvo-made B-18 straight
four engine – but the damage
to the company’s image was
already done.

Even a last minute model release, in 1964, of
the Facel-6, with an
Austin-Healey made 2.8 liter
engine failed to revive the
company.

Their main claim to fame these
days is the number of famous
celebrities who were Facel Vega owners –

– Frank Sinatra owned a
Facel II, as did Ringo Starr,
Princess Grace, Pablo Picasso,
the Shah of Iran,
and many others.

Ava Gardner
owned three.

The magazine “Motor”
described the Facel II
in it’s heyday the best :

” One can enjoy the latest
refinements of American brute
force with European standards
of control in an environment
of British luxury and
French elegance. ” 

And it’s hard to argue with
any car that matches THAT
description.

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!!! HOY !!!

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The Ford Gyron

Motorcycles are my thing.

And I can tell you one thing:
just because something
has two wheels and a motor
does not make it a motorcycle.

The first motorcycle was
developed in 1894-
the first car
(it had three wheels) in 1885 –
and there’s been a lot of cross-over development since then, of course.

Certain automotive concepts
along with the way have
attempted to combine
the efficiency and handling
of a two wheeled vehicle
with the all weather comfort,
capacity and safety of a car —

The first ones were:
The Bi-Autogo  —->>
in 1908,
and
the Wolseley Gyrocar,
way back in 1914.

One of my favorite attempts
at the two wheeled car
was the Ford Gyron.

Introduced at the 1961 Detroit
Auto Show, it was Ford’s look
into one possible automotive
future –

– filled with dramatic aerodynamic
designs and gyroscopic
controls.

Two passengers would, theoretically,
sit side by side, under
a rear hinged poly-plastic
canopy , as the driver
used a pad that looked very much
like a computer game controller to
drive the car –

— molded plastic seats that
kinda reminds me of my Mom’s
short-lasting ‘mod’ furniture craze
completes the interior.

The body was fiberglass
and plastic,
with motorcycle type stands that
would support the vehicle when
it wasn’t moving —

–but, since it was just a prototype,
it didn’t actually have to function –
( and the technology to do that
was still many years off — )
so, small wheels were put
in their place to hold it up.

The prototype’s main function
was simply to produce
a wow factor in the folks
who got a glimpse of it.

And in that aspect,
it worked great.

Today, several vehicles use
a similar concept but are still
very experimental —
like the Lit Motors
C-1 Electric Car.

Just don’t call it a motorcycle.

!! HOY !!

The 1961-1963 Lincoln Continental

Another of my all-time
favorite cars is starring
on today’s car post —

the stunning early
1960’s Lincolns —

Continental of course,
because Continentals
were the only cars Lincoln
produced during a 16 year
span, between 1961 and 1976.

The 1961, 1962 and 1963
Lincoln Continentals were
part of the brand’s fourth
generation, and their classic
good looks are so refined
that they might make one
forget that they have been
also described as ” the finest
mass-produced domestic
automobile of it’s time “.

Lincoln Motor Division
had been struggling
in the late 1950’s –
in order to survive,
the new fourth generation
model, due in 1961, would
have to deliver on distinctive
looks, durable build quality,
and better handling and performance.

Elwood Engel, Vice President of Ford Development, had been working on a cutting edge design for the third generation Thunderbird, and the plans were soon brought to fruition –
— not on the 2 door T-Bird,
but on the new 4 door
Continental instead –
the T-Bird uni-body was
stretched to accommodate
a 123 inch wheelbase that was
still shorter than the previous
model’s 131 inches.

It was available in four door sedan and convertible
versions only –
and equipped with a 430 c.i
big block V-8 making over
300 horsepower –
and a 3 speed
automatic transmission
was standard.

One thing most folks
remember about the
fourth generation Lincolns
were the suicide doors-

Continental’s rear doors
were hinged at the back
for looks, ease of access
and maintenance:

they were called ‘suicide doors’
because “…a reverse-hinged
door, if accidentally opened
in a moving car, would be
flung wide by the road wind,
making it easier for a
passenger to fall <or jump> out.”

Lincoln’s Continental line during this period also included the first and
only post WW-II
American-made four
door convertible –
made until 1967.

My personal passion for
these cars began in the
late 1970’s –

I owned a 1962 Continental that had well over 100,000 miles on it — and I still went
cross country with it —

– it was gorgeous,
drove like a cloud,
had room to spare,
and was mechanically
bullet proof.

Best of all, the girls loved it.

Of course, it only got about
13 miles to a gallon of gas –
but dependability was much
more important to me then,
and it still is today.

A friend of mine owns a ’62 just like my old black beauty,
and he has kept it
very original —

other than replacing the old
rear drum brakes with disks —

and it does my heart good to
hear him talk about how
dependable the car still is,
and how many looks
the car still gets.

A man could do a lot
worse, let me tell you.

!! HOY !!