The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), a review: Yellow Rolls-Royce DCM194Soundtrack artwork chosen because it contains the true star of the movie front and center.

The Yellow Rolls-Royce is not a car movie in the traditional sense; it’s barely about the car itself. It’s about the circumstances surrounding the life of a yellow 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II (2JS) sedanca de Ville by coachbuilder Barker, who was the silent witness of the choices of three of its owners made while in ownership.

Fresh off the flatbed delivery truck (Rolls-Royce aficionados get a kick out of that scene, and are quick to point out its subtle discrepancies), the yellow Rolls-Royce is bought by British aristocrat Lord Charles Frinton (Rex Harrison) as an anniversary present for his wife Eloise (Jeanne Moreau), after talking with the dealer sales rep. about some of its features. After finding Eloise and her lover making out in the yellow Rolls-Royce, Lord Frinton decides to keep the wife, but get rids of the yellow Rolls-Royce; its presence reminded him of the very unpleasant event that not even his racehorse’s win could dampen the blow. This is the shortest story in the movie. Fans of Mr. Harrison and Ms. Moreau will get the short end of the stick. Continue reading

1977-1984 Coupe De Ville/Sedan De Ville, 1977-1986 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, 1987-1992 Cadillac Brougham

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Where I work, there’s a used car dealership right beside us. It holds an eclectic collection of automobiles, ranging from Hyundai econoboxes to old Ford Super-Duty trucks suited for different applications. Among them there’s old ‘80s metal for sale. Parked right outside the window I stare out of in a daydream-like haze is a worn-down, big, white Cadillac.

From that view to that dealer I’ve lusted after a neat, red Z31 Nissan 300ZX and a beater early-3rd-gen Chevrolet Camaro, to name some. Then how come that Cadillac, with mismatching whitelines and blackwalls and faded business advertisement telephone numbers still present on its rear flanks grabs my attention as much as iconic 1980s sporty coupes? Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have a case of car lust. Continue reading

The James Bond Cars (In Loving Memory of Sir Roger Moore)

Bond Cars 12 18 08 030We’ve all wanted cars we can’t have… but how about wanting cars that don’t exist?  Well, OK, maybe some of these do, but when is the last time you operated an oil slick or machine gun from your driver’s seat?  Had pontoon skis pop out of your rocker panels?  Have you ever said, “Can you swim?” then driven off the end of a dock?  Lost an unwanted passenger via an ejector seat?  Of course you and I haven’t, but we all know somebody that has, with vehicles that feature all of these “usual refinements” and more, and he’s been around for quite some time now. Continue reading

AMC Hornet: The Best Bond Car Ever

Note: I am posting this to honor the passing of Roger Moore in whose film this car appeared.

“He’s mad, I tell you, mad!”

No, I’m not. (“Denial! That’s the first sign!”) Friends and fellow car lovers, before you start composing angry emails to management berating them for letting a raving lunatic type his incoherent rantings into the blog, first lend me your eyes and allow me to make the case.


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Roger & Me, a review:

amazon 51GAPX0WTVLRoger & Me is not a car movie per se, but it’s automotive-related enough to warrant mention here, IMO. It talks about the social-economic nosedive of the once-prosperous historic town of Flint, Michigan (the director’s hometown and point of interest and ironically enough, General Motor’s birth city) and the quest of the documentary’s director to talk to the man who has been labeled responsible for the loss of jobs due to outsourcing and restructuring: the General Motors CEO Roger B. Smith. Along Moore’s odyssey to even get close to Roger, we see everything from glory-days flashbacks to inevitable then-current state of things ranging from foreclosures and evictions to disturbing forms of making ends meet and survival, as well as interviews with Flint-raised celebrities, the rich, the laid-off and the hopelessly optimistic (a fancy Hyatt hotel in Flint to make it a more appealing destination. Really?). Continue reading