Canine motorists are just as frustrated by all this traffic as you are

“So do you think you can hurry up and move along, buddy?  Just trying to get home over here.”

Car Beat: The Best of Both Worlds

Whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He responds with some knowledge and we post the results here and it’s called “Car Beat.” I prefaced my message to him with this: ”Would’ve gotten better pics, but I was hurtling past aboard a vintage open-top streetcar from Blackpool.” Also I sent him a photo of me in the streetcar with a bottle of Jägermeister in my hand.

Here’s what Eric has to say about this vintage Jag:

First, that streetcar needs to be its own post. Looks awesome!

Second, those are nice pics to be taken at speed with a bottle of Jägermeister in your hand (if it would have been Beefeater this would have been a full-on British post…).

Looks to me to be a great example of the original Jaguar S-Type, and while it spawned the Ford PAG version in the early 2000s, this is the legit ’63-’68 variety.

The S-Type is kind of a missing link between what was then old and new Jaguar. Really it’s one of their nicest proportioned sedans, not exactly long and low like the “new” X and XJ6, but not really upright and old fashioned like the old Type II. For me, these S-Types are the best of both worlds, just a bit of a classic look streamlined with modern updates. The low roofline, short overhangs, and subtle fender skirts are really what do it for me. The aftermarket ragtop is a nice touch as well.

Thanks, Eric! (Here are a couple posts about the streetcar from Blackpool.)

When it’s time to party…

Car Beat: Not Exactly Ugly

Whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He responds with some knowledge and we post the results here and it’s called “Car Beat.” Here’s what Eric has to say about this oddity:

Wow.

What can I say? It’s not exactly ugly, but it isn’t pretty either. Definetly a custom job, but I couldn’t find any info on the kit or manufacturer (though this guy in Arkansas has a similar kit)

I’d say it’s a good impression of a (most likely) American built custom kit on a German car imitating a pre-war British coupe, which at the time were imitating their bigger American cousins.

Thanks, Eric!

Driving your car through a BART station

[via Mission Local]

Old black Volvos through the ages

Car Beat: A Studebaker!

Whenever I see a cool car around the neighborhood, I take pictures and send them to my pal Eric up in Portland who runs Other People’s Things, my favorite car blog. He responds with some knowledge and we post the results here and it’s called “Car Beat.” Here’s what Eric has to say about this little beauty:

That’s a nice car you found, looks to me like a Studebaker Lark Convertible. Very nice. Probably one of the most versatile designs from Studebaker, it had a ton of different variations; they even used the front end from the B-pillar forward in their pickup truck, the Champ.

Thanks, Eric!

And now:

Now THAT’S a rad stretch limo

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Parked just down the street from the illustrious Verdi Club. Perhaps if Uber drivers drove these instead of those boring grandpa town cars, I might even be inclined to try them out for once!

Actually, NOPE.

Gnarly pedestrian accident

@SFSavage, father of P.D. Bird was tangentially involved in a pedestrian car accident today downtown:

Apparently the driver took off before the police got involved. Really hoping the pedestrian is not too badly injured, but it sounds pretty rough. These streets are busy, and I’m hearing about too many pedestrian/car/bike accidents these days. No matter how you’re moving through a street, it’s everyone’s responsibility to be aware of what’s around. I like to think I’m careful as a pedestrian, on a bike and in my car, but we could all use a reminder.

In other news, Curbed reports that the large and confusing intersection at Haight-Gough-Market is getting an overhaul with regards to safety. Good to hear, I was the victim of a hit and run while walking across that street a year ago.

Sick unintentional YOLO number plate

(Pretty sure it’s unintentional.) (They call them “number plates” in Australia.) (For lots more Aussie, see my handy guide.)

[via @spraggster]