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The parrot on my shoulder has started informing me the market cannot bear much more of these old jalopies, so here’s the last installment for now.  Speaking of jalopies, that’s a word I deliberately chose not to use until now.  Anyone know the origin of this word?

The vehicle below . . . puzzles me in its origins as well.  I’d call it a Cienfuegos rat rod, Cienfuegos being my port of entry, where I took all of the photos in today’s post.   And as to the identification, I’m just guessing, so I might be slightly off on some.

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Here’s the first car I had a chance to look at close up.

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1949 Chevrolet

 

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1956 Chrysler and 1956 Chevrolet

 

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1950 Chevrolet

 

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1951 Ford

 

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1985 Kamaz

 

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1958 Pontiac, and that’s a gas station in the background

 

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1950 Plymouth

 

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1956 Willys

 

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1952 Chevrolet

 

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1952 Buick, with the portholes recently bondo’ed in?

 

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1957 Plymouth Belvedere

 

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1958 Chrysler

 

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1956 Dodge followed by the ubiquitous 1970s Lada

And a personal favorite from my time in Africa . . . any one guess?

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???

And here’s the final shot in the series, the commonplace Chevrolet but with a pearlescent paint job, which doesn’t show that well on this photo.

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Almost all photos by Will Van Dorp, who was auditioning as a car show model above.  Think I have a future?  I saw a very efficient “booth babe” (someone else’s term, not mine) at the NY Boat Show last month;  she had more guys checking out the products at this particular booth than at any other booth.

In contrast to the photos of the cars in Cuba, here are a few from my hunting ground in the Georgia woods.  See them all in the camouflage?

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I saw no Hudsons on the tropical island, although I did some a few Studebakers and even one Corvair.

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And as you’ve seen, Buicks were plentiful, with or without portholes.

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That blue sedan–five photos up–is a Peugeot 404 from about 1970.

And finally . . . jalopy . . . here’s the origin of the word, and here’s that location.

By tomorrow, chugster hopes to dive back into the water and re-emerge as tugster; either that, or he risks getting bit by the parrot who serves as chair of the board.

 

 

 

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