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Toyota’s 1979 FCX-80 Concept Car Was Extremely Original And Extremely Ugly

When it comes to auto design, it can often feel like all of the big ideas have already been explored, and that the world of design is, like the Earth, completely mapped and known. I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, as I believe there are still many undiscovered islands of design out there. Some, […]

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The Coolest Truck I’ve Seen In A Long Time Isn’t Even Really A Truck

You may recall that just a couple of days ago, I was losing my mind-kittens over an airport plane-hauling tug that was surprisingly sleek. Well, that sent me down a rabbit hole of airplane-towing equipment, a hole that had hidden inside it one of my new favorite vehicles, the Talet-30. The Talet-30 was designed to…Read […]

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Behold, A Car So Ugly It Looks Like It’s Already Been Wrecked

My tolerance for cars that many consider ugly is abnormally high. I’m delighted by goblin-faced Citroën Amis and have publicly defended the late ‘90s Fiat Multipla. I’m not squeamish. That said, I have to admit that I have recently learned of a car that even I can’t defend, aesthetically: the Denag Lorelei.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Flyer For An Odd Little Car Uses One Of The Most Unsettling Performance Analogies Ever

There’s a certain class of car that we almost never really see anymore, but it’s a class of car I’m particularly fond of: the dramatically up-rated shitbox. The basic idea is you take a cheap economy car, then re-work it to make it perform better, be much more luxurious, and imbue it with a certain […]

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This Flyer For An Odd Little Car Uses One Of The Most Unsettling Performance Analogies Ever

There’s a certain class of car that we almost never really see anymore, but it’s a class of car I’m particularly fond of: the dramatically up-rated shitbox. The basic idea is you take a cheap economy car, then re-work it to make it perform better, be much more luxurious, and imbue it with a certain […]

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This Little Beast Is One Of The Coolest Race Cars You’ve Never Heard Of

I feel confident saying that this is a race car—and a whole race series—you’ve never heard of because Turkish readers make up a pretty small percentage of our vast, remarkably attractive readership. And this race car is so Turkish that it’s the first purpose-built racing car ever designed in Turkey. That’s pretty…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Has to Be the Weirdest Car Engine Ever Mass-Produced

For the most part, car engines are pretty conservative things—the vast majority of the cars you see and drive use one of a handful of basic engine designs and layouts. That’s why unusual engine designs—air-cooling, rotaries, radials, whatever—are so fascinating—they’re a working, revving reminder that there’s all…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Nobody Wanted the Most Futuristic and Confusing Car of the 1990s

The 1990s can be considered to be the start of the “modern” era of automotive design and technology: we get true aerodynamic-based design, extensive use of computers and electronics, and most of the features we take for granted today. The 1990s also saw the creation of what may be the most aggressively…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Oddly Cute Little Car Was the First Mass-Produced 4×4 Passenger Car Even Before the Jeep

Four-wheel drive vehicles have been around longer than you may realize; there were experiments by Joseph Diplock in 1893, and the first real car Ferdinand Porsche engineered, the 1900 Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid, was a 4WD hybrid electric car. When we think of mass-produced 4WD passenger cars, though, most people…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Before the Tata Nano There Was the Meera, India’s First Cheapest Car

I’ve made no secret of my admiration for the Tata Nano. Okay, thanks to ridiculous cultural fixations on status, the $2,500 new car never really achieved the success I think it deserved, but it’s still a triumph of automotive engineering. What I didn’t realize was that the Nano had a spiritual ancestor, also from…Read more… […]

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Mitsuoka Is Back With the Miata-Based Corvette Sting Ray You Didn’t Realize You Needed

Mitsuoka, one of the last bastions of actual raw joy left in the automotive world and the leading transformer of boring Nissan econoboxes into hilariously cartoon-like vintage Jaguars, has announced a new triumph: they’ve used their powerful Mitsuoka Magic to transform a new Miata into a dead ringer for a 1963-1967 C2… Read more…

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This Strangely Cartoonish Little Car You Never Heard Of Had The Mini’s Innovations 13 Years Earlier

The original BMC Mini is widely considered to be one of the most technically influential cars of all time. Its transverse front-wheel drive layout is the basic design of nearly all mass-market small cars to this day. Yet a surprising number of the Mini’s revolutionary design decisions were present in another tiny car…Read more… Continue […]

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You Should Know About The Biggest (Best?) Saab Ever, It Had Six Wheels

Saab always built unusual and perhaps even idiosyncratic cars, but it was also anchored by a sense of rationality. Sure, it put keys in weird places and used unconventional drivetrains (two-stroke threes, V4s, and longitudinal front-drivers) but it always had good, rational reasons for doing so. That’s what makes this…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Man Behind The Nissan Z Once Made An Amazing But Failed Microcar 

The period immediately after WWII was, I think, one of the most interesting for cars, at least in the countries that didn’t come out of the war in such great shape. The lack of almost everything—money, materials, fuel, everything—forced some genuinely creative solutions to the very tricky problem of how to make cars…Read more… Continue […]

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Nissan Once Made An Unbranded Generic Car

Minimalism has become, somewhat ironically, a status symbol unto itself. How many painfully self-satisfied articles have you read about rich people “decluttering” and instead just having a few crazy expensive things carefully placed in a stark white loft? Too many, probably. That just shows how far ahead of its time…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Madagascar’s Homegrown Auto Industry Is Fascinating

While most of the cars we tend to encounter on a daily basis are made by huge, global corporations, it’s important to remember that there’s interesting cars being put together all over the world, including places that one doesn’t normally associate with automobile production. Madagascar is one of those places. As an…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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