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This Three-Wheeled Log Cabin Of A Car Was Supposed To Be Everywhere

The Martin Stationette was pitched as the American economy car of the future. It was supposed to make our lives better, our roads clearer, but only one prototype was ever built. That’s probably for the best. On this week’s episode of Jason Drives (I am writing the post for it because Jason is off doing stupid […]

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This Obscure Nissan Engine Is Where Modern Japanese Performance Cars Began

Back in the 1970s, Nissan was sort of stuck in a rut. The gas crises had ballooned the profits and export sales of the Japanese auto industry as a whole, but Nissan had lost its edge against Toyota and even the young upstart Honda. Particularly bad was Nissan’s company’s prestige model, the Skyline, which had […]

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America’s First Great Car Race Happened On Roads People Still Use Every Day

Before the Indy 500, there was the Vanderbilt Cup, the first car race in America to pull in major international competitors. Around the turn of the century, it was one of the most prestigious races in the world. What’s more, it took place on public roads in Long Island, New York, roads that are still […]

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The Awesome Sunbeam Lotus Was Weirder Than I Thought

These days the Ford MK2 Escort has been making the news, what with Ken Block ripping around in one lately. That’s great! And it reminded me of another old, little rear-drive rally car that sounded incredible: the Sunbeam Lotus. And that idle brain wander had me realize that the little Lotus was weirder than I […]

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I’m Pretty Sure There’s Only Been One Truck With Covered Headlights Ever And This Is It

This morning, my seven-year-old asked me a question. A question a child would ask, but not a childish question: “Do any trucks have pop-up headlights?” Normally, I can answer his car questions pretty easily—how many wheels did an Isetta have, are there new Pontiacs, and so on. But this one stopped me cold. Did anyone …Read […]

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Why A Detroit Park To Commemorate The Ford Massacre Is Something The Motor City Needs

As America in 2017 struggles with how much to publicly memorialize the ugliest parts of its past, Detroit has found another way to honor painful history and show that teachable moments have the potential to lift up an entire neighborhood. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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America’s Traffic Lights Used To Be A Confusing Nightmare

It’s kind of hard to imagine a time when there wasn’t some basic law and order on the streets, but this snapshot video from the 1930s is a perfect display of just how random and unpredictable the various traffic signals across America could be before we established the standardized system of today. Read more… Continue […]

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One Of The First Automatic Transmissions Had A Creepy Name And Was Like Watching A Ghost Shift

Today, and, really, for a few decades now, having an automatic transmission is the boring option. But it’s important to remember that this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when automatic transmissions weren’t just exciting for technological reasons, but because there was some real drama to the whole process.…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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