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Jun
11
Carbon E7

Carbon E7

On March 22, 2010, the Carbon Motors Corporation placed an order with German automaker BMW for almost a quarter of a million 6-cylinder diesel engines. Obviously, Carbon Motors’ management was feeling optimistic about the firm’s business prospects.

Jun
06
Good Omens Car

What would an agent of Satan drive?

With an IMDB.com user rating of 8.6, the comedy/fantasy miniseries Good Omens has proven to be a hit with viewers. The Amazon Prime original program is based on a novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as supernatural beings conspiring to prevent an end-times apocalypse.

Apr
01
Vulcan V6

Ford Vulcan V6

A hit with fans and critics alike, the 1998 Wes Anderson film Rushmore is a rare treat for movie fans with an appetite for mild surrealism combined with sparse but brilliant dialogue–not to mention the incredible directing. But there’s something else brilliant about Rushmore that often goes overlooked: the music.

Mar
18
Volkswagen SP2

Volkswagen SP2

If you were a Volkswagen fan in America in the early Seventies, and you were looking for something sporty to drive, you were kind of out of luck. There was the coachbuilt-body Karmann Ghia—a car which was arguably gorgeous, but not really all that sporty. Mechanically identical to the contemporaneous Beetle, the Karmann Ghia was more of a casual touring car—it was a little too slow, and its handling a little too pedestrian, to be engaging. However, Brazilian VW fans of the day had it a little better.

Jan
16
Hindustan Ambassador Mark II

1964 Hindustan Ambassador

To the extent that any vehicle can be said to embody the spirit and optimism of a nation, the Ford Model T did. Produced between 1908 and 1927, the “Tin Lizzie” was both a literal and figurative representation of American mechanization and expansion.

Jan
02
1988 Trump Limo

The 1988 Cadillac Brougham Limousine Trump Executive Edition, as catalogued at Fleetofcads.com.

By the time Donald Trump had stamped the White House with his personal brand, the New York real-estate mogul had lent his name to a number of products and services. Numbering among the many short-lived Trump-branded commodities are mail-order steaks (2007), vodka (2006), and a board game (1989).

Dec
05
Zimmer Quicksilver

Zimmer QuickSilver

Culinary mashups are hot right now. Chicken and waffles, that time-tested soul-food classic, is now so Twitter-active that even KFC has gotten in on the deal. As a vegetarian, I have never indulged in the savory crispy/maple-y buttery promise of chicken and waffles, but I have good things to say about the improbable pairing of peanut butter and pickle relish. Really.

Nov
19
Sterling Bullet

What was the Sterling Bullet, and why do so many truck enthusiasts claim to own one? Read on…

Between 2007 and 2009, commercial-truck manufacturer Sterling sold a rebadged Dodge Ram chassis cab as the Bullet.

That, in a nutshell, answers the question: What was the Sterling Bullet? But the story gets so much more interesting from there…

Oct
17
1999 Packard Twelve Concept

1999 Packard Twelve Concept

If you’re roughly my age—let’s say five decades into this whole life process—you’ve seen a fair number of automobile brands fade into the sunset.

I was probably most impacted by the demise of Pontiac, but I remember feeling a twinge of sadness at the deaths of AMC, Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and—no kidding—Checker.

Aug
28
What ws the Iron Duke?

Though technically a Pontiac engine, the Iron Duke found a place under the hood of dozens of non-Pontiac models.

The Chevrolet Vega was meant to be a technical and efficiency tour de force. The good-looking, lightweight little car featured a number of cutting-edge features, and was positioned to prove that the Bow-Tie Brand—and on a broader scale General Motors—was in a position to take on the low-cost and fuel-efficient imports that were starting to show up in dealerships at the beginning of the Seventies.

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