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This is my 1972 Lotus Europa Twin Cam before the restoration project. 

It might look fine on the outside but it was actually in very rough shape under the body.  The project is currently about two-thirds of the way done.  Unfortunately it stalled because of other unavoidable priorities, but I hope to have it finished by summer of 2019.

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1939 Crosley Series-1A Convertible Coupe at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Crosley was a successful appliance company that was famous for its inexpensive radios and refrigerators, but its founder, Powell Crosley, always had his eye on automobile production.  After a few failed attempts at car manufacturing, he finally found success in 1939 with the tiny car pictured above.  It had a small 2-cylinder 39 cu in (637 cc) boxer engine that provided 14 horsepower (10 kW).  Those handful of horses were able to eventually carry the Crosley to a top speed of 50 miles-per-hour (80 km/hr).  It’s the closest thing to a U.S. mass-produced micro-car.  A big reason for their popularity is that fuel rations during World War 2 made fuel-efficient vehicles more desirable.  The Crosley company would continue to build inexpensive cars until 1952.

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1969 DeTomaso Mangusta at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

This particular car is the European version that features a 306 horsepower (228 kW) Ford V8 engine.  Only about 150 of these versions were built out of a total of 401 Mangustas.  Of those 401, it’s believed that only about 250 still exist.

In case anyone was wondering, “Mangusta” means “mongoose” in Italian.

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1930 Duesenberg Model J at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Duesenberg was founded as a race car manufacturer in 1913 in St Paul, Minnesota by brothers Fred and Augie Duesenberg who were self-taught engineers.  Their cars won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925, and 1927.

They also built some of the most luxurious cars at the time, such as this one.  Powered by a massive inline-8 cylinder, 265 horsepower (198 kW), 420 cu in (6.9 liter) dual overhead cam engine, this Duesy was capable of 120 miles-per-hour (193 km/hr).

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan at Klairmont Kollections in Chicago.

This was the first year that Cadillac produced the pillarless sedans.  It featured a 365 cu in (6.0 liter) V8 engine producing a much needed 263 horsepower (196 kW) and 378 lb-ft (513 Nm) of torque to push all of that Detroit chrome and steel to 60 miles-per-hour (97 km/hr) in around 12 seconds according to Popular Mechanics.  This was very impressive at the time.  As expected, fuel consumption was 10.6 miles-per-U.S. gallon (22.19 L/100km).