Contributed by Ed Sindoni
On the last Saturday of the month, this store located in Lutz (Tampa) opens it doors to all car enthusiasts and encourages them to display their rides alongside of the consigned vehicles being offered for sale. Entering from the main showroom, you are greeted by what could only be described as some of the best “classics” in the area for sale. Beyond the air conditioned/ office showroom area are the treats (free coffee and sweets), a photo studio, and about 100 vehicles waiting for new owners.
Outside, you can watch the cars cruise-in for their chance to “show off” or simply socialize with others who have the same interest. Spectators stroll both in and outside telling stories of their own experiences with the same or similar vehicles, and one of the best stories told is the amount they paid back in the day (ordered a new Chevelle SS 396 for $3,300 back in ‘69).
One of the more unusual and interesting cars was this Citreon produced in 1985/86. Owned by Veronica DeGuenther of Tampa, this is one of six produced in this color combination. The “Dolly” was first produced in France following World War II to provide cheap and much needed transportation. Throughout the years only very minor changes were made to keep the vehicle inexpensive. The 602cc engine produces 28 hp and is coupled to a 4 speed transmission to move its 1323 pounds. The car is “magnifique”, non?
Streetside does schedule a few formal shows each year with the next one happening in December. Either check their web site or call the office for further information. https://www.streetsideclassics.com/
For more pictures from this event, visit Ed's page HERE.