Although I have owned a BMW, I’m not up to snuff on my I3 Electronauts. In fact, I don’t know that anybody really is. I just happened to park next to one recently. From what I can gather on the internet, which must be true, this is a super limited production electric BMW. They can race from zero to sixty in about 8.5 seconds, and they can cover nearly 100 miles with a full charge. They cost around $40,000, and they can charge to 80% in 30 minutes. I walked around it a bit and I have to admit that it looked pretty clever. The grille made it obvious of its BMW heritage, and the interior looked the role as well. I wonder what other oddball cars are sneaking under my radar. Have you spotted any low-key vehicles recently?
A car is only original once, so when you see a vehicle of 1930’s vintage in its original well-weathered outfit, its really something to be documented and cherished. I really should have payed closer attention so that I could be a little more exact with this information, but this appears to be a 1934-35 Chevy “Standard” model Roadster. They only made a couple thousand of this body style over that two year span, and there aren’t many left in existence. The fact that this car survived in this condition for so long is mesmerizing.
You may notice that I took a couple of photos of the dashboard. I’m just learning how to use a camera and I was trying to get all artsy when looking through the wheel. When staring at those photos, you may also notice that there isn’t a temperature gauge. Crazy right? Well that was not a standard item on these old Chevrolets. You’ll also notice the rusty looking torpedo on the dashboard. That was a fan in a past lifetime, but its plastic blades have long since disintegrated.
While I was ogling over this very special car, I heard multiple people walking by and talking about “how nice it would be restored”, and “what a great project car it was”. And although both of those statements are totally accurate, I think it would be an incredible shame to remove all that is original on this car. It has survived 80+ years with so many of its original parts still attached, screwing with any of them would be an amazing loss of such wonderful automotive history.
The Hudson Terraplane is a very unique car that I rarely see in my automotive explorations. The grille on the Terraplane is unlike any other from its era, and therefore extremely photogenic. This particular one also had pin striped wheels that showed their age absolutely perfectly, it’s a shame the hubcap wasn’t straight for the photo. It’s often the imperfections that catch my eye though.