Ben Barry goes car hunting in California

Published: 08 June 2009

A few years back I imported my wife from Berkeley, California. Every now and then she likes to take me back to remind me why, really, I should have exported myself instead. It’s a lovely place – leafy, laidback, culturally tolerant, intellectually charged, forward-thinking. Yet as much as I look forward to sipping a lentil smoothie in a freeform jazz café, I prefer to wander the streets near my mother-in-law’s to gawp at the staggeringly interesting cars at the kerbside.

Berkeley staples include the Volvo 240, Saab 900 turbo and Prius, but it’s the old stuff – often bearing the scars of a life well-lived – that I find most intriguing. So for this trip I thought I’d capture some of my favourites and share them at CAR Online.

Oh, and a round of applause for anyone who can provide a couple of street names to approximately pinpoint my roaming.

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By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator

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