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Someone Explain Why the First Motorized Bus Looks Like Something Off a Horror Movie Set

I’m having a hard time pinpointing exactly what it is about the Milnes-Daimler Omnibus that makes me so uncomfortable. This thing is bulky. It’s big. It looks like it shouldn’t function and yet somehow it did. People of the early 1900s, tell me what you were imagining with this bad boy.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This Photo Of An Effigy Of A Volkswagen From Nazi Germany Reveals A Very Strange Story

As an unapologetic Volkswagen obsessive, I feel like I’ve seen almost every old, archival photo of the prehistory of the iconic Beetle, even the disturbing and difficult ones from the car’s birth under the Third Reich. Of course, I haven’t seen everything, and occasionally I’ll encounter a truly unexpected photo that…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This Cassette Tape-Based Navigation System From 1971 Is Kind Of Brilliant

This clip from a 1971 episode of the BBC television show Tomorrow’s World has so many appealing details to me, most notably the featuring of a lovely UK-spec 1962 Volkswagen Beetle, but the true star of it is the remarkably forward-thinking navigation system the Beetle is fitted with. It uses some cutting-edge…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Tatra 77a Was A Czech ‘Secret Weapon’ Because It Was So Good At Killing Nazis

About a month ago, I went on vacation in Prague and paid a visit to the very lovely National Technical Museum. It’s awesome and definitely worth a visit. Because if you do go, you’ll see a sleek, silver 1937 Tatra 77a parked on the ground floor, which I later learned was actually shockingly good at […]

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Killed By Recession: When Lamborghini Made A V10 Baby Lambo Decades Before The Gallardo

When the Lamborghini Gallardo debuted in… 2003? Wait, lemme Google that. Yep, 2003. I remembered that off the top of my head. I have a problem. Anyway, when the Gallardo debuted, everyone criticized it for not being a “real Lamborghini,” small with a V10. But that idea wasn’t as new as people think.Read more… Continue […]

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Mazda Was So Small In The 1980s That It Put Off The Miata To Make A Minivan

It’s hard to put the success of the Mazda Miata into perspective, a unbelievably huge hit from a rather small company. How small? Small enough that Mazda didn’t have enough money to to put out the Miata and a minivan at the same time, and it chose the minivan first.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Subaru Impreza 22B Was An Insane Monster That Could Never Happen Today

If you’re in the U.S. and you’re a fan of fast Subarus, you should consider yourself lucky. Very lucky. If you want a brand-new WRX STI, you can just strut into your local Subaru dealership and buy one—provided you have the money. (Or at least a pulse and a marginally decent credit score. I see […]

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