Tag Archives: Nice Photos

Nice Shot: Oddities

Welcome to the latest and long overdue addition to the Nice Shot series. It’s been a while.

It all started yesterday when I was reading about Tesla and Chevrolet jockeying for the #1 spot in “market value among U.S. automakers” which inspired a quick scroll through the local Craigslist. There I found an unusually high number of abandoned oddities that were most likely launched as an alternative to mainsteam when they were released. Edsel, Packard, International…something like the 50’s versions of a Tesla. Now I’m left wondering how those big batteries will age after being left in a field for sixty years?

International TruckPackardEdsel

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Nice Shot: Eleventh NorCal Installment

'57 Ford

I’ve had this ’57 Ford truck sitting on my desktop for a couple of weeks now. Generally, I try to dig up at least three vintage vehicles per installment, but I just haven’t had a lot of time to comb through the local Craigslist for images that fit my loose, very random criteria. Excuses and explanation aside, I think the beast above is worthy of a dedicated post anyway. Enjoy.

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Nice Shot: Sixth NorCal Installment

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m shocked and delighted that the SF Craigslist car & truck posts are filled with almost as much patina and temptation as the Midwest. Here are just a few of the beauties I dug up this week.

'37 Chrysler '34 Ford '65 Chevy PU

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Nice Shot: Fifth NorCall Installment

Over the years, I’ve had a handful of people ask me what exactly it is about old cars rotting away in fields and junkyards that gets me exited. I’ve probably come up with at least 15 different answers—a few slightly more logical than others. Maybe.

While it has something to do with design and historical significance, I’m mostly drawn to the idea that every rusty shell and abused machine was, at one point, brand new. Better yet, if the right person comes along, the deteriorating hunk of Americana could be restored and put back on the road. Something like coming back from the dead.

With that, my random weekend Bay Area Craigslisting led me to a couple of obscure sedans and an old Ford pickup. After I pulled this round of pictures, I realized there was a theme—with each image revealing the face of the beast. Enjoy.

'56 Ford '49 DeSoto '47 Cadillac

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