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Update: We were incorrect! Paul Pollock, the Corvette Story Webmaster – http://corvettestory.com – tells us it’s a 1958 Corvette. See his full note in the comments section.

At least we think it’s a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that was spotted parked on Santa Cruz Avenue this morning in downtown Menlo Park.

A quick Wikipedia search says the ’56 and ’57 models were “near-twins,” so it could be the later year. Maybe a car geek can set us straight.

Either way, it was in beautiful condition, so much so that we’re showing two views.

And here’s what Wikipedia says about the ’56 model: “There was no doubt Chevrolet was in the sports car business with the release of the 1956 model. It featured a new body, a much better convertible top with power assist optional, real glass roll up windows (also with optional power assist) and an optional hardtop. The 3-speed manual transmission was standard. The Powerglide automatic was optional. The six-cylinder engine was gone. The V8 remained at 265 cu in (4.3 L), but power ranged from 210 to 240 hp (157 to 179 kW).”

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What is that truck doing on the ground? Menlo Fire Captain Seth Johnson explains

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We were on assignment with InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles when we came upon an astonishing — and puzzling — sight. Parked in the driveway of the new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue was an old Chevy truck whose chassis was completely touching the ground. We’d seen “low riders,” but this was taking it […]

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Wow – the famous LincVolt makes an appearance in Menlo Park

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Setting the stage on this one: Your spouse is parking at the Stanford Park Hotel in advance of dinner at the Menlo Grill in a space next to where the electric cars plug in. Both being of a certain age, they remember the boat-sized cars of the late 50s and early 60s, so take notice […]

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Spotted: Duke the dog riding high in 1928 Ford Model A

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We spotted Duke, a big yellow Labrador Retriever, on our way to the farmers market this morning. Or rather we would saw we spotted his ride, a 1928 Ford Model A. His owner said the truck has been in his family for years and that he’d taken his driver’s license driving it. We think Duke did a […]

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Renato Iwersen talks cars – and morphing emotions and video

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We first encountered Renato Iwersen in downtown Menlo Park. It was the automobile that he was standing next to that got our attention — a 1947 Chrysler Windsor. We wanted to know more, both about the car and his Menlo Park-based startup, Cynny Inc. Renato acknowledged that he’s always been into old cars. “I’ve had the Chrysler […]

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Bob Budelli motors about his home town of Menlo Park in 1937 Touring Cadillac

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There’s a whole lot of Menlo Park in Bob Budelli. He lives today next door to the house where he grew up near downtown. When he went off to college at Arizona State, he roomed with M-A classmate Rob Dell’Ergo. His three boys all went through local schools. With his Dad, he stays active in […]

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Classic Color and Cars at the M-A Classic Car Show

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I stopped by the Classic Car Show held Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High School, an annual benefit event for the high school’s baseball teams. Lots of beautiful old cars (and drivers!) in attendance again this year. I snapped a handful of photos while taking a walk through the display – shooting with my Fujifilm X100T rangefinder camera […]

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Holiday elves hang with the hot cars in Menlo Park parking lot

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It was a bit of a surreal sight this morning in one of the downtown Menlo Park parking lots. On display were a couple dozen performance cars, many with their hoods open — all the better for inspection — along with a couple of sinister looking holiday elves. It was a meeting of the 100 Octane […]

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Why Atherton resident Tricia Young is wild about her new all-electric, cabriolet SMART car

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What’s relatively rare, cute-as-a-button, and environmentally friendly? Until we get other entries, we’re sticking with Atherton resident Tricia Young’s brand new, all-electric, cabriolet SMART car. “As far as I know, it’s the first of its kind on the Peninsula,” said Tricia, while showing off the car’s many features. “I bought it from Mercedes of San […]

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Spotted: Camouflage car hides in plain sight in downtown Menlo Park

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InMenlo contributor Jym Clendenin snapped this photo of a car with a camouflage paint job on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

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Spotted: Fun at SusieCakes official grand opening

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The rain didn’t appear to be dampening the spirits of families who had stopped by the official grand opening of SusieCakes in downtown Menlo Park today — the place was packed. Owner Susan Sarich had planned for the inclement weather, tenting the front of the store where a balloon artist and vintage Ford Mustang were stationed. […]

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