By on July 19, 2006

500.jpgOn the same day TTAC published Sajeev Mehta's less than flattering review of the Lucerne, a Buick spinmeister emailed the site to offer a cross-Canada jaunt in said sedan.  To their credit, GM's Zen division (Beyond Precision?) weren't daunted by the Divine Mr. M's mauling of their quiet tuned car.  The offer stood.  So Sajeev gathered-up his wits– and his Mom– and flew off to sample the Strongbad-like millieu known as a GM junket.  Sajeev's willingness to confront his, um, confrontees illustrates the writer's spirit of adventure and his dedication to the truth.  That's one of the key reasons the Houston-based writer has quickly become one of TTAC's core reviewers. The other is… style.  Time to meet and greet the man who rolls in American splendor.    

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22 Comments on “Meet Sajeev Mehta...”


  • avatar
    JSForbes

    Mr. Mehta, you are exactly the kind of person I want car advice/insight from.

  • avatar
    Jonny Lieberman

    You went with your mom?

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    JSForbes: That’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received. Thank you.

    I was a little nervous on the interview, but it came out pretty good. First time for everything!

    Props to Farago, never mind the correct color, that Galaxie’s also an LTD hardtop like mine! That’s attention to detail. :)

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    Sajeev Mehta

    Jonny: Damn straight. I can’t pack a weapon for international travel, so I took self-defense to the next level. LOL

    (not that self defense was needed, it was a fun trip for everyone)

  • avatar
    Happy_Endings

    I’ve always wanted to go the Maritimes. How are they?

  • avatar
    taxman100

    Mr. Mehta,

    I knew when I read your Grand Marquis review, you were a man after my own heart (the traditional meaning, not the modern). In addition to Grand Marquis #2, I also own a 67 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible.

    Don’t understand Ford Motor Company at all today – they are actually pissing me off enough to never buy another one of their products, especially sans Panther platform.

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    A ’67 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible? Please don’t tell me you have the 7-liter engine. My frail constitution couldn’t take it.

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    I’m a Mopar guy, and I’d commit illegal acts to get my hands on a ’66 Galaxie 7-Litre, especially a convertible. Ford’s finest moment of my lifetime…

  • avatar
    Jonny Lieberman

    Um… your mom?

  • avatar
    Lesley

    I think Jonny’s interested in meeting your mom…

  • avatar
    TomWyld

    My Uncle always drove Buicks. When I was a young teen in the early 1960s, he bought himself a 4-holer coincident with his becoming a 32nd-degree Mason. No offense to Masons, as I’m still not sure what that means, but it definitely sounds like it deserves 4 holes.

    I am now as old as my uncle was then, and Buick still conveys, at least to me, a single impression. They don’t make cars for me.

    I see two options. First, the company can thin their ranks and promote the men and women prepared to design a new-for-2008 ’54 Buick Roadmaster convertible or ’53 Skylark. Second, I can, of course, grow up and buy the car they are still building for my late uncle.

    Great writing here at TTAC. I appreciated Sajeev’s review of the Lucerne. And I see Sajeev’s mom as important on this trip. I’m wondering whether the Buick is built for her. I’ll bet it is not.

    Tom
    First Car: 1964 Austin Healey Sprite, sold by a certain Mom one month before my sixteenth birthday.

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    taxman100

    Nope, no 7 liter, neither the 427 nor the 428. I have to make due with a measley 6.4 liters, better known to the pre-emissions controlled world as the 390. You know, the kind of engine you could run until it locked up from no oil, let it cool, re-oil it, and the 500 lbs of Ohio-Valley made American iron cast for the block and head would fire back up, and send you on your way via the C-6 tranny that has never been apart in 39 years.

    Still has the original steel wheels and full steel hubcaps, and the flying whip rear antenna on the trunk lid. Completely stock – including the radio.

    Crawl under a 67 Ford and a 2006 Grand Marquis – not as much difference as you may think.

  • avatar
    o_fizzle

    As an Indian whose dream job would be to test and review cars, you’re my hero! Too bad I’m in marketing, not nearly as glorious as your job.

    I live in Houston too; good place to be if you’re a gearhead.

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    Happy_Endings: We (yes Jonny, that includes Mom) were at Prince Edward Island only, it was quite nice. I’m used to Carribean islands, and PEI was remarkably similar in attitude…just a lot colder. :)

    taxman100: My LTD was a 352 4V; boat anchor of a motor. Didn’t matter, that car was wonderful. Does your ’67 have the word “Hi” stamped in the firewall too? Those 1960s Ford engineers had a twisted sense of humor, that’s for sure.

    o_fizzle: Thanks for writing, and yeah, Houston’s a great car town. Just watch out for the cell-phone toting soccer moms in Tahoes, that is.

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    o_fizzle

    Yeah, it’s a good thing my ’05 Ford Focus is nimble enough to dodge the cell phone-wielding, Tahoe-driving soocer moms here. Only if the interior was as good as its agility…

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    You mean you’re Indian and you don’t drive a Civic, Camry or Corolla? (Desi gasp!)

  • avatar
    taxman100

    No odd stampings inside the engine that I’ve found, though I do have the “Powered By Ford” stamped on both valve covers.

    Oh yeah – I pulled the headlights a couple of years ago – they were stamped “Ford Canada 67” on them – still had 3 of the 4 original headlights! I replaced them in order to preserve the old ones.

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    taxman: its gotta be there, check the firewall behind the driver’s side bank of cylinders. :)

    Sounds like a nice original. Mine had well over 200,000 miles when I got it, the only thing original was the body, paint and interior.

  • avatar
    liquidflorian

    Sajeev: I’ve been interested in trying my hand at automotive journalism for some time, and hearing how you got your start in fascinating. This coupled with what zeFrank said about good ideas has pushed me a bit closer to giving this a try. I really dug your review of the camry

    Nice call on the Veyron too……

  • avatar
    warreneaux

    I am new here to TTAC’s. I am personally aquainted with Sajeev, his Mom and Brother. Also met Dad once. His Mom bought a car from me. I can tell you that Sajeev is one particular person when it comes to cars. You should see his 1994 Lincoln Mark VIII. Awesome.
    I even arranged for his Buick Lucerne that he test drove. Even tho the Buick did not get glowing reviews, I know, in his opinion that is just the way he sees it.
    BTW, great interview Sajeev.
    Warreneaux

  • avatar
    Sajeev Mehta

    Howdy Earl, nice to see you’re still checkin up on me. And thank you again for the Buick hook up.

    (ps: its a 1995 Mark VIII)

  • avatar
    mailman

    I’m with you, buddy. And just to prove it in my ever so modest way, I’ve just deleted my bookmarks to AUTOBLOG and to the Detroit News’ Auto Insider. I’ve got one main auto site in my bookmarks, and it is YOURS. Good Luck.

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