Weekend Edition: Daihatsu Charade Turbo


If the 1977-introduced Daihatsu Charade was as humble as an early Civic, the ’80s and ’90s turbocharged, sometimes De Tomaso -endorsed turbo versions were anything but. Sharp bodykits, large graphics, two-tone paint – you name it, these things probably had it. Boosted triples galore!

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Weekend Edition: 1977-1983 Daihatsu Charade G10


This weekend is a Daihatsu Charade weekend. The Toyota-owned, often overlooked Japanese manufacturer has turned out a lot of interesting vehicles – and Daihatsu is also the oldest Japanese car maker, a fact that should not be forgotten. The Charade is a nameplate that has stuck with the maker for quite a long time, as the first ones were built in 1977.

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Japanese Party Van in Finland: 2002 Nissan Elgrand Highway Star

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Japanese vans are pretty commonplace here, as a lot of stuff is still moved from place A to location B with a Toyota Hiace, or a Nissan Vanette at the very least. This narrow and tall, totally JDM-weird RHD people carrier immediately caught my eye, and at first I took it for a Toyota Granvia, as those are the Hiace equivalent.

But no, this was a Nissan!

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Hooniverse Asks: What Would You Do With This Lonely Citroën V6?


It’s a lovely problem, isn’t it? Certainly, it’s more likely for a car to lack a working engine, than an engine to lack a fitting car. But that is the issue here, faced by my friend Lauri: he has a perfectly fine, leftover PSA 3.0 24-valve V6, but nowhere to put it. He ended up with the engine as his otherwise impeccable 406 Coupé suggested another transmission could come in handy, and the powertrain was dropped in his lap as a pair in a deal he could not resist.

So, which car would most benefit from the addition of over 200 French horsepower in V6 form? Hilarious mid-engined shopping carts come to mind, but surely there are other options. The sky is the limit!

Weekend Edition: Old & Rusty Meet in Slovenia

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One sure sign of the winter ending are the car meets popping up here and there, as it’s time to get one’s pride and joy out of the garage and out on display. One such gathering was this Slovenian eastertime meet held over the weekend, with a boatload of old classic metal on show.  There are a lot of pics here, snapped by a friend of Hooniverse, Aleš.

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Weekend Edition: 1986 Honda Civic Hatchback


This ’86 Honda Civic is one of those cars you never really see anymore. They started showing rust badly somewhere in the mid-1990s, so two decades later it’s a joy to see one around. Mechanically they are unburstable, but the rockers could only take so much Bondo.

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Weekend Edition: 1966 Volvo Amazon 122S


This 1966 Volvo 122S is probably the nicest car I’ve seen this weekend. I shot it in Jyväskylä, central Finland, just casually sitting on a side street not far from the town centre.

It’s wearing the right kind of Minilites, aux lights, mirrors, everything, and the paint is the right shade of brick red.

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Spring Chicken: Triumph Herald 13/60


I took my Miata in for its yearly inspection the other day, as it had to be done by the end of this month. I’ve been driving it for a year now, without much problems at all! That does also mean I haven’t spent much time improving anything on it.

I was amused to find this True British Sports Car  British econobox parked on the next lot. It seemed to have been covered with a tarp, but the winter winds had blown the cover clear from the car. In any case, it was the most handsome Michelotti-styled car I had seen all day!

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Weekend Edition: Old German cars on a Slovenian street

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A Slovenian friend of mine, Aleš shot these classic German cars in his town of Maribor the other day. Both of them are in need of light restoration, even if they’re durable enough to trundle around the streets in the condition in which they are now.

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Weekend Edition: Estonian cold start videos are captivating

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At this point, I’m certain YouTube was set up as a treasure trove for cold start videos. There’s trains being cranked into life, tractors, you name it. But this Estonian channel is one of the most interesting so far, as the cars and trucks have sat for quite a while, and a lot of them look like they’re definitely easiest let untouched. All of the video material is long and HD quality, so it’s very interesting for the wrenching inclined Hooniverse commentariat.

Jump over to see some of the most interesting Flexiny videos.

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