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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated – Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter 15: Special-Interest Autos

I’d like to veer off course again, this time to talk about Special-Interest Autos magazine and how it started. After three years at Motor Trend, I left in late 1965 and took a job as publications director for the University … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated – Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter 14: Alfa Romeo Montreal

If I had the luxury of opening a private, very personal auto museum that contained the 80-odd cars I’ve owned over the past 52 years (and some were very odd indeed), I’d arrange them in descending order of favoritism. I’d … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter 13: 1953 Studebaker

I was a junior in high school when the ads first began to appear in national magazines. The ads preceded the car by three months, but seeing those pictures, I immediately fell in love with the 1953 Studebaker coupe – … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated:
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter 12: Chevrolet Camaro

I stopped smoking on New Year’s Day, 1969. It’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept. I had two principal motivations. The first came from my three sons. They were all enthusiastic viewers of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Cleverly sandwiched … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography
Chapter 11: Honda S600

I very much wanted to love my little Honda S600. It looked so cute and cuddly. And on paper, it had all the qualifications and specifications of a mechanical marvel. It was strictly my fault, but I ended up…well, not … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter 10: Panteras

I was quite taken with the Pantera when I saw an early one in Gene Gabbard’s Lincoln-Mercury showroom in 1971 – a white car that ended up being sold to a fellow who lived in the foothills east of Stockton. … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated:
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter Nine

Editor’s note: This week Mike takes a look a the car hobby in general. Some of his remarks are applicable to Marty Densch’s comments the other day. I’d like to veer slightly off course in this chapter and talk about … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated:
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter Eight

Editor’s note: We’re always happy to publish Michael Lamm but we’re particularly happy that his auto-biography includes a Nash-Healey, which wouldn’t have happened if Donald Healey hadn’t noticed George Mason, head of Nash, taking some 3D photographs aboard the Queen … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter Seven
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook

This is pretty much what the 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook convertible looked like when Mike bought it in 1975 for $150. The front end had lost a battle with a lamp post, but the car was sound otherwise. Text and photos … Continue reading

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Cars I’ve Loved and Hated:
Michael Lamm’s Unauthorized Auto Biography, Chapter Six

Mike in Portland, Oregon, 1957. His 1955 VW, Gregor Samsa, stands patiently in the background. It’s the only picture he has of the car. Text and photos copyright Michael Lamm 2012 My parents fled Hitler in 1937. They weren’t allowed … Continue reading

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