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Last Call- Not So Demure Club De Mer Edition

Robert Emslie March 4, 2015 Last Call

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I’m embarrassed to admit that while I am well familiar with the 1956 Motorama concept, the Pontiac Club De Mer, I have in fact never seen the car from the back. What strikes me, having finally seen it from this angle is how similar it appears to the contemporary Mercedes Benz 300 SL. In fact, aside from the shark fin aggressively rising above the swooping tail as though through a breaking wave, there’s not much that’s all that wilder than the production German.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

I’m not sure what went down last week, but it appears that everything from our contest after the jump disappeared into the cornfield. That’s too bad because there was some really pithy back and of course the previous week’s winner. Hopefully this week we’ll be able to see the coolest diesel mini truck deal and get thing back to the normals.

This week we’re going to let it ride – not with the diesels but with the theme of mini. I don’t know about you but for me at least, spring is in the air, and that means getting out and shaking off the morass of winter’s long confinement. Maybe I’m a bear? Regardless, let’s prep for that eventual wanderlust and look this week to find the best and worst of mini-motorhomes for sale. Cab-overs, Mini-Winnies, what have you. And like last week, price is no object.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

  1. Easiest way to not get caught in the spam filters is to create an IntenseDebate account. If you do so and your posts aren’t appearing, let us know at [email protected] and we can put you on the whitelist
  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a  account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link.

Got that? Good, now fingers crossed, lets look at last week’s winner.

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Redusernab Asks-Rear- or Front-Facing Third Row, What’s Your Preference?

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Most all of us appreciate the utility and inherent good looks afforded by the longroof editions of our favorite sedans. Another for cars that extend weather and wind protection over what would normally be the trunk is the ability to put people back there instead of just cargo. Now, I know what you Mafiosos are thinking; people ride in trunks all the time, what’s the big deal? Well, some of us like to enjoy the view when we’re passengers, even when relegated to the rear-most set of perches.

It seems like almost all of today’s SUVs – and of course Minivans – position the third seat facing forward. That’s fine if you want to see where you’re going, but what if you’ve heard that maxim that hindsight is 20/20 and you want to see what that’s all about? Then you’d need to avail yourself of one of the many mid-size station wagons – especially those hailing from Europe, as many of those offered rear-facing third rows.

That of course makes it easier to get in and out of the seat – just pop the hatch and out you go. It even helps a little if mom pulls the car forward suddenly while you’re stepping out. Keeps you on your toes. On the downside, rear-facing seats can be nausea-inducing for those with weak constitutions, and nobody wants to be trapped back there with a spewin’ Stew. I guess you’ve got to take the good with the bad and today I want your take on which is the better form of third row. What’s your preference: front-facing, or back?

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Last Call- I Wouldn’t Steer You Wrong Edition

Robert Emslie March 3, 2015 Last Call

Steer Car

March 15th marks the date of the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and this year the show will be highlighting “Cars of the Cowboys.” That will include Leo Carrillo’s famous Steer Car, a 1948 Chrysler Town and Country convertible with a longhorn head mounted between the headlights. I find it both amazing and more than a little disturbing.

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Track Tuesday- Name That Track

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race course from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s sweepers. Good luck!

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Redusernab Asks- Acknowledging Edsel, What Tainted Car Name Will Never Again be Used?

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Does your family have a member so disreputable that no one even dares speak their name? That’s usually the case and it took me a while to figure out that the reason I didn’t know that individual’s ID in my family was because it was me. We’ve all since come to terms with the situation. Many businesses never come to terms with a failed product name, and in fact they typically cast the offending sobriquet onto salted earth, lest it ever spring forth again. That’s why we’ll never likely see another Microsoft Bob, Colgate Kitchen Entrees, or yes, the big Kahuna of tainted names, the Edsel.

When it comes to cars, Edsel remains the gold standard of product cock-ups. It wasn’t that the cars were terrible or anything – they weren’t – it’s just that they were introduced to fill a niche that Ford thought existed, but that in fact, didn’t. It doesn’t help any that Edsel happens to be a Ford family name. D’oh!

Of course while the worst of the worst, Edsel doesn’t stand alone in the cold dark wasteland of failed automotive names, and today I’d like your votes for what other car and truck names have been in some way tainted, either by a crap product, or like the Edsel, through unfortunate positioning. What name do you think will forever be relegated to history?

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Last Call- Beat Up Beetles Edition

Robert Emslie March 2, 2015 Last Call

VW Transporter

I know that the smooshed Volkswagens are the focus of your attention in this old-school image. Or perhaps, it’s the Michelin Man on the Transporter’s grille. For me what’s the most interesting aspect of this photo is the Plymouth Valiant police (or more accurately, Polis) car attending the accident. The Swedish Polis loved their Plymouths, and described them as being so good even a cop couldn’t break it. The cars were assembled locally at an ANA plant in Nykoping out of knock-down kits shipped from the U.S., and were used until the Valiant was replaced by the Volare in the mid-seventies.

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Hoonivercinema- Monday Movie Trailer

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Everybody loves an anti-hero, the character that plays by their own rules and doesn’t take you-can’t-do-that for an answer. You don’t get much more anti-heroic than a car salesman (sorry car salesmen) and no one is better at playing an anti-hero A-hole than Jeremy Piven. Did you know he was in Black Hawk Down?

In The Goods, Live Hard, Sell Hard, the only thing going down is car sales, and in this comedy Piven plays a fixer salesman at his smarmiest. Piven’s Don Ready leads a crew of sales ‘professionals’ that includes Ving Rhames, David Koechner, and Kathryn Hahn, and they are called in by a failing dealership to sell 200 cars over the 4th of July weekend. They’re not the only recognizable faces in the film, and in fact if you’re a fan of the U.S. Office TV show, you’ll recognize a few favorites from that cast.

The movie earned a mediocre 27% on Rottentomatoes, but you can’t tell that from the trailer, which is damn funny. I’m sorry about the trailer’s intro but it’s the only version I could find that was (A) HD quality, and (B) not a red band NSFW version. Anyway, ignore the first 10 seconds or so, and enjoy the rest, especially Ving Rhames’ bit about being away from home. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks- Have All-Electric Cars Reached a Critical Mass of Acceptance?

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Electric cars have been around since the dawn of the automotive age. Back in the early days, electric cars – owing to their relative ease of use and demeanor – were marketed as cars for the ladies. That’s perhaps still the case in some instances, as I was once told by Jay Leno that out of his whole collection, his wife’s favorite car was a 1910 Baker Electric.

Over the years the fans of electric cars have grown, but mostly in the home brew crowd, an eclectic bunch who are more interested in building their own silent but deadly rides, and cornering the market on lead-acid batteries. Major manufacturers embracing the electric-only car is something that is only a few years old, but with battery technology improving steadily, and wealthy supporters like Elon Musk providing the backing, it may just be that the electric car’s time has come, and not just for the ladies.

Nissan, Ford, Fiat, Honda and of course Tesla have been at the vanguard of this surge in electric cars offered for sale. And it seems that every year brings a new manufacturer on board with their own battery-powered offering. The question is, will this explosion in electric cars last, or is this just a bubble that will eventually burst when owners find out in a couple of years what it costs to replace their precious power supplies? What do you think, are electric cars a fad, or is this their time to shine?

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie February 27, 2015 Mystery Car

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One more day and February 2015 will be one for the books. This is the shortest month of the year, and seeing how cold it’s been in many places (although thankfully not here in paradise) I’ll bet a lot of you are glad to see it go. Something that might warm your heart before it does is the weekly Mystery Car contest, and this being Friday, get ready to get warm. As always, please provide the make and model, and also as always, best of luck!

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