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An Imaginary Car From An Imaginary Country: 1977 Spiro Scrubber

The term “death cult” is certainly potent and evocative, but it’s also so sensationalizing that it tends to deaden any objectivity when it comes to any culture that gets associated with the term. That’s why I’m reluctant to bring it up now when talking about the cars made by the Redhorn Republic, but it’s conceptually…Read […]

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Here’s Yet Another Air-Cooled Volkswagen You’ve Never Heard Of And This Time It’s Kind Of Like A Jeep

While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a particularly religious man, I am starting to believe in some sort of demigod that conjures up strange and obscure air-cooled Volkswagens for me to learn about during times of crisis, to, you know, make the pain go away. I suspect the current Coronavirus lockdown is the…Read more… Continue […]

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This Old VW Vanagon Brochure Contains An Interesting And Unintentional Hidden Brain Teaser

In these trying times, you should do whatever you can to soothe yourself, bring yourself quiet, almost meditative joy. However you go about it is your business, whether its yoga, large amounts of gin, vigorous, almost violent masturbation, whatever. For me, it’s digging through huge stacks of old car brochures (and…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The World Is Stupid Right Now So Take This Stupid Quiz To See What Kind Of Car You Are

I’d normally say something about how a goofy frivolous thing like this is good Friday content, but in this strange, undifferentiated-scenery world of lockdownitude, is Friday even a viable concept anymore? Does anything still matter? Sure, all kinds of things still matter, but that also means goofy frippery like this…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The World Is Stupid Right Now So Take This Stupid Quiz To See What Kind Of Car You Are

I’d normally say something about how a goofy frivolous thing like this is good Friday content, but in this strange, undifferentiated-scenery world of lockdownitude, is Friday even a viable concept anymore? Does anything still matter? Sure, all kinds of things still matter, but that also means goofy frippery like this…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Here’s An Update On The $900 Chinese EV I Ordered From Alibaba

Sure, the world may be collapsing all around us thanks to the relentless march of that spiny little bastard, the Coronavirus, but some important things are still pressing on, undaunted. One of those things is the progress of my order of a $900 Chinese-built electric car from the huge website Alibaba. I’m delighted to…Read more… […]

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The Torchinsky Files: Buick’s Website-On-A-Disk Before There Were Websites

Since most of us are trapped in our homes as viruses bang on our doors with their creepy little protein arms, I figured you could use a nice deep-dive Torchinsky Files episode, full of really intensely geeky crap. I think I’ve provided that for you, with this tour of something pretty amazing: essentially, a website…Read […]

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I Ordered A Brand-New Chinese $900 EV Online

Everyone, everyone, drop the that damp bag of pizza rolls and emerge from your social-distancing pillow-and-blanket forts, because I have good, non-Coronavirus-related news! As part of a bold new experiment, I have bought a new car! Finally! And not just any car—with our eyes boldly open to the future, we’ve bought an…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Two Biggest Automotive Anachronisms In Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood Hint At An Undiscovered Subplot

Okay, look, I absolutely realize that any rational window to talk about the cars of Tarantino’s alternate timeline Manson Family movie Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood is long, long past. I get that. I wanted to do some kind of “cars of” post at the time, but I was unable to get my hands on […]

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