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Last Call: Here’s To The Factory Workers Edition

Robert Emslie July 3, 2015 Last Call

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Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the U.S. and while we often take a moment on that day to -justifiably – celebrate those who made our great nation possible, we sometimes don’t give a fair shake to those who built the country into an industrial powerhouse during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Oh sure we have labor day, but think about all the people who worked to support the war effort during all our major conflicts, and the sacrifices they made. Those were people like the iconic Rosie the Riveter, embodied in the artwork by Greg Hildebrandt on this metal sign, and we wouldn’t be here today – or more importantly tomorrow – without them.

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie July 3, 2015 Mystery Car

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Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the U.S. of A. and that means flags and fireworks and hopefully beer and BBQ. Before we get to all the rockets red glare, it’s your duty – patriotic or otherwise – to try and solve this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: If you Were Going To Build a Kit or Component Car, Which One Would it Be?

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I was talking with a friend over lunch yesterday – another car guy – and the conversation rolled around to his having seen a guy at a car meet who owned a righteous Porsche Speedster. The car was burgundy over biscuit and he said that the owner was rather enfeebled by age and almost couldn’t get into the car when it came time to head home. Of course a real Speedster is a quarter-million dollar car these days and so it’s both out of my league as well as not something I would drive regularly due to the potential loss in value owed to chips, dings or possible accidents from road use.

That’s why I’ve given serious thought to buying one of the many Porsche Speedster replica kits that are presently on the market. Just don’t tell my wife. With one of those you could potentially be on the road with a VW-based car that’s almost indistinguishable from the real deal, and a tenth of the price. Home builts run the gamut from weird-ass kit cars to faithful replications of great cars, and even – such as in the case of the Caterham –  a continuation of that greatness.

The benefits of doing so are many, first and foremost being the satisfaction of driving something that you built with your own two hands, and extending to the ability for those of lesser means to enjoy a good percentage of the experience of the real car should you choose something like a Caterham, Speedster or Cobra replica. What about you, have you ever experienced the pangs of want for a car created by your own hands? If so, what would be your choice?

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Last Call: Movin’ On Up Edition

Robert Emslie July 2, 2015 Last Call

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Once Jessie bought a cool car, he thought he was finally going to make it with the ladies. Unfortunately, hot car or not, they all thought he had just too much baggage.

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About Last Week’s Mystery Car

Robert Emslie July 2, 2015 Mystery Car

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Seeing as nobody correctly identified last Friday’s Mystery Car by now, I thought it only fair to give you the answer. Of course I also thought it only fair not to spoil it for those still refusing to give up the ghost. That’s why I’m hiding the answer after the jump. Click through to be amazed and thrilled at the answer, or click the link above to be taken back to the obscured version and keep trying.

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Thursday Trivia

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This week’s question: What was the most unique construction feature of the 1949 Lloyd LP300, nicknamed the Leukoplastbomber (Band-aid Bomber)?

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Most Incongruous Old Car to Have Skyrocketed in Value?

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The classic car insurer, Hagerty had an article last week about five cars that have increased so much in value over the past half decade that we all should have had the prescience to have bought as many as we could five years back. Yeah, shoulda, coulda, woulda. The vehicles they discuss are the Jensen Interceptor, which only saw a 25% increase; the first-gen Ford Bronco, which we all know are crazy expensive these days; Porsche’s 944 which still looks like it’s doable; the E30 M3, which no longer looks that way; and the ’68-’83 Land Cruiser which apparently was discovered in the last couple of years to have been made from solid gold and uncut cocaine.

That’s an eclectic mix, and one that’s open to debate as to any future increases, but it got me thinking. There are a lot of cars out there that have inexorably climbed the supply/demand curve. Some of those, like Ferrari’s 308 series obviously were undervalued for years and are just adjusting for the present market’s appreciation. Others however, have started climbing the ladder without any obvious rationale. It’s those cars and trucks that we’re interested in today. What do you think are the cars and trucks that have seen the most unexpected – or unwarranted – increase in value?

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Last Call: Cat-vertible Edition

Robert Emslie July 1, 2015 Last Call

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Yeah, we’re just over here makin’ sure your Porsche is completely mouse-free while still being adorable and stuff. We’re almost done so you’ll be able to take it to work by… oh, I’d say next Friday.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

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Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Stick Shift Wagon would make a great tattoo, either across the shoulder blades for the gents, or right above the coin slot for the ladies. We sought just such a rare beast last week (the car, not the tat) and you know what, they ain’t all that rare. Some good stuff was found, and we’ll see which one sticks the landing the most in just a sec. First however, this week’s challenge.

Summer is upon us, in fact as of last week the days are actually getting shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere. What they are doing in the South is anybody’s guess. I hear the toilet water swirls the other way down there and that’s freaky enough to keep me away. No matter where you live I’ll bet that you’ll agree that when you were a kid there was nothing better on a hot summer day than to hear clown music that signaled the arrival of the Ice Cream Man in his Ice Cream truck. As adults, that music probably skeeves you out, but that’s still what we’re looking for this week – that’s right, I want you to find us some Ice Cream trucks for sale.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s stick it to some long roofs.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s Your Opinion of Korean Cars?

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There have been a number of articles written recently that aver that, in certain categories, the Korean car makers are beating the Japanese in quality and value. Now, you may find it realistic that the Koreans offer a better value, after all they certainly embraced the low-priced tier decades ago and seemed – unlike other challengers from Eastern Europe or South America, to make a viable go of it.

However, the Japanese have long been known as the purveyors of the highest quality rides on the planet. I mean, Toyota once advertised the Corolla as being able to have its hood welded shut, so little maintenance was required. Now that crown may have to be handed over. Here’s the thing, another factor in the whole Korean car drama is the recent research that indicates that while the country’s cars and trucks are getting vastly better – perhaps even better than those coming out of Japan in certain cases – public perception of Korean cars has not caught up.

Personally, I still think that Korean cars hold some sort of stigma. That’s even though when someone asks me what’s the best value in a mid-sized sedan I tell them that it’s the Hyundai Sonata, and not just because I love the joke of telling them it’s not-a my car, it sonata your car! Well, maybe I’ll stop doing that. What about you, what’s your opinion about Korean Cars? Do you think they have climbed to the pinnacle of quality and value, displacing their Japanese competitors? Or, do you feel otherwise? Let us know!

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