Posts Tagged ‘convertible’

Malibu Update: One Hard SS on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

See?

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Cute Convertible vs. Ugly Convertible – MINI Cooper vs. Fiat 500

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This beauty contest isn’t hard to judge, folks:

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Hey remember when that girl asked you to go with her to San Francisco MINI to kick some tires and they were asking $38.5k for a convertible that had been sitting on a lot unsold for almost a year(!) and how SF MINI had the stones to ask for $3500 in “added dealer markup” on the Monroney?

Good times.

That San Francisco MINI dealership reminds me of an Apple $tore and not in a good way.

Oh well.

The New Fiat 500c Convertible Minicar is the Least Desirable Convertible on the Road

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Sorry Fiat, but an extra-large sunroof does not a convertible make.

As seen in the Western Addition near Alamo Square:

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I cry foul.

The 2011 San Francisco International Auto Show at Huge Success at Moscone Center – Mini Cooper Coupe, Scion IQ

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Our San Francisco International Auto Show runs through Sunday, November 27th, 2011 down at Moscone Center.

See hundreds of photos of this year’s show courtesy of Eric Broder Van Dyke.

That’s Fisker Automotive down there on the left. They make the Karma hybrid car. (Half a decade ago, Fisker competitor Tesla Automotive had this very space, but they’ve run into trouble since then and they were nowhere to be seen in 2011):  

This is the second thing you’ll see as you descend from Howard Street:

From the Academy of Art University (“the Art School of Art Schools”) collection:

Isn’t it cute?

It’s a 1959 Autobiancho Bianchina Transformabile, “the rich man’s Fiat 500.”

Lot’s of nostalgia on hand this year, as per usual:

Classic 1965 Ford Mustang pool table with working headlights:

Here’s your Best in Show #1, the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works Coupe:

All the deets:

A huge Nissan something or other:

The American Pride Camaro:

Here’s the Aftermarket Avenue. Why would you need even one flat panel TV in your trunk?

Oh look, Tesla Automotive makes gasoline-powered cars now! These Lotus cars are shorter and lighter than those failed Tesla Roadsters, so handling is probably much better. Oh, they’re a lot cheaper to boot:

Does your Rolls Royce convertible have suicide doors? If not, why not?

Toyota will slam your Prius hybrid these days. What’s next, a factory chop and channel job?

And here’s your other Best in Show, the Scion IQ 3+1. That 3+1 means that the seat behind the driver has zero legroom, basically, but the seat behind the front passenger is roomy owing to the front passenger seat being mounted closer to the windshield than the driver’s seat. Check it:

See you there!

I Am Become White Trash, the Destroyer of Worlds: Mercedes Benz Gelandewagen G55 AMG Cabriolet

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

[Apparently, these things will remain in production after all. I had thought the line shut down in the summer of 2011. This model was supposed to die in 2006, 2010, and 2011, but it still keeps chugging along...]

Achtung, baby!

As seen on Fillmore:

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Kind of looks like a VW Thing, non?

They’re out of production now, but these G rigs went for $125K+ back in the day, and that was before the convertible “option.”

Here’s an exit interview with the German version of the Hummer.

I’ll wait in Los Angeles/

I’ll wait in the pouring sun

Should Tour Bus Drivers Be Required to Follow Traffic Laws on the Streets of San Francisco?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

[UPDATE: OMG, yes this is kosher, owing to the “Except Buses” sign what appears on the second no left turn sign that you can’t see because of the bus. I stand corrected. See Comments.]

I mean, is this Kosher?

As seen on Van Ness and Post:

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I don’t think so.

Is this the designated route for this particular bus?

“80′s Barbie” and Her Blue BMW Convertible Teleport from a Quarter-Century Ago to Clement Street

Monday, June 27th, 2011

You kids are too young to remember the 1980′s, but this is exactly what it looked like.

Exactly…

Note TSV (triangular side vent) windows and tiny, tiny (by today’s standards) stock wheels:

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Don’t ever change, BMW 3-series E30.

As seen in the West Bay on a dread sunny day.

(You certainly couldn’t call it Inclement Street yesterday, that’s for sure…)


That’s Califorya: Another Excellent Capture from Kevin Montgomery of the Uptown Almanac

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The best mural ever, as shown at the Uptown Almanac:

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Speechless I am.

American Graffiti on Market Street: My Aging Oldsmobile Gives You 442 Reasons to Love Me, Baby

Monday, April 11th, 2011

See?

This Oldsmobile appeared to be in extremely good shape when last seen attempting to cruise Union Square:

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The package was dubbed 4-4-2 based on its combination of four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, and two exhausts…”

Then and Now: Governor Brown’s Visit to San Francisco’s Mid-Market Area 45 Years Ago

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Here’s McAllister and Jones today…

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And here it is, via Shorpy, 45 years back, when Governor Brown came to town in his Pontiac Bonneville:

The trolley pole’s been changed to an LED streetlight pole – that’s one difference. Can you spot others?