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Last Call: Buying a Ferrari 308GTS is Now Off The Table Edition

Robert Emslie April 7, 2017 Last Call

You typically expect a clown car to be small and carry an impossible number of clowns who come tumbling out at the mere jiggle of the door latch. Apparently evil pays off though, as this clown can afford to ride solo in a classic Ferrari 308GTS.

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 April 7, 2017 Mystery Car

Though April showers, may come your way… they bring the flowers, that bloom in May! I don’t know about you but I’m not interested right now in the promise of flowers next month. I’m more an instant gratification kind of guy, which is why I went down to the Trader Joe’s and bought myself a nice bouquet. I also want to see somebody ID today’s Mystery Car TODAY! Make and model when you do. And chop, chop.

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Hooniverse Asks: What car Intended to Attract a Younger Audience was Actually Bought by Younger People?

Do you remember Scion? Yeah, I know it hasn’t been all that long. Hell, the body isn’t even cold. That sub-brand was introduced by Toyota in 2003 after the company found that the average age of Toyota’s clientele was creeping well into AARP territory. Scion was intended to be a hip brand, offering relatively cheap cars that would resonate with Millennials and hence draw them into the Toyota family for a life-long relationship.

Of course we all know what happened: the oldster Toyota buyers gravitated to Scion’s products because they offered Toyota quality in a cheaper package, and the old folks liked the idea of being hip too. That resulted in a loss of higher-revenue Toyota sales, and a failed attempt to make the marque cool with the kids. Scion died a timely death last year because eventually they weren’t hip for even old people to buy.

Okay, so Scion failed in its mission to secure the young person’s vote of approval, but can we blame them too much? I mean, if young people are anything it’s fickle. That makes impressing them—or more importantly becoming endorsed by them—an elusive goal. In fact, what we want to know today is whether you think any car maker has been successful in capturing that youthful lightning in a bottle. Has any car or brand intended for a younger market actually succeeded in attracting it?

Hat tip to Sjalabais for kindly suggesting today’s Hooniverse Asks topic!

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Last Call: Navigation System Edition

Robert Emslie April 6, 2017 Last Call

When I turned sixteen and obtained my driver’s license my mother gave me two gifts that I treasured at the time, and upon which I look back with great fondness now: a AAA membership and a Thomas Brothers Popular Street Atlas for Los Angeles County, my hood.

Today I have Apple Maps and Siri telling me where to go, but back in the day the amazing “Tommy Guide” was the map of choice and no Southern California driver worth his or her street signs would go anywhere without one. This driver apparently still feels that way. Speaking of which, who will be first to ID what sort of car this is?

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Thursday Trivia

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 ingenious feature of Pete “Sneaky Pete” Robinson’s dragster that the NHRA banned after only one race?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you are right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Car Makes You Thankful You’re Not Stinkin’ Rich?

I have said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again, the rich aren’t at all like you and me. We—and by we I mean those of us of fairly meager but not dirt-eating level means—have to be careful about how we spend our money for the simple reason that few of us have all that much of it, and unlike unsolicited advice, nobody’s giving it away. The well-to-do however, are unencumbered by such plebeian constraints and hence we end up with eye searing blights like the Will.i.am Delorean built as a cause celeb by West Coast Customs. 

In fact it seems that for many folks, having money can cause you to do stupid things like let someone take pictures of you wearing nothing but a champagne flute balanced on your butt, build a car YOU designed, or even run for President. 

There are so many examples of money gone wrong in the automotive world that today our quest centers on your opinion as to which one is the worst. It shouldn’t be too tough. What car makes you glad you aren’t stinkin’ rich, and hence don’t have to worry about waking up from a Goût de Diamants bender to see it your driveway?

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Last Call: Bud-Tugly Edition

Robert Emslie April 5, 2017 Last Call

And that’s what really matters in life, am I right?

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Craigslist Crapshoot

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

 Turbocharged motorcycles were the order of the day last week. We’ll see what you’ve got to do to get blown around here in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Jeep Wrangler on its way. We can’t wait to go open top off-roading, plus who’s got the kind of cash that new one will cost? With all that in mind, this week let’s look for the best in Jeep Cjs/Wranglers that $5K will buy. For you Canadians, that’s about $6,600 and those of you Europeans, that’s around 4,700€.

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 build some revs! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Worst Third Row You’ve Ever Experienced?

The sales of “cars” has for all intents and purposes ground to a halt here in the U.S., supplanted by SUVs and Crossovers the popularity of which seems to know no bounds. How bad is it? Well, in March Cadillac moved more units of their recently introduced XT5 crossovers than they did all of their sedans put together. Almost without exception auto makers are seeing the demand and requisite profits that these tall wagons secure increase.

With so many models on the road you can bet that the crossover and SUV ecosystem is filled to the gills, covering just about every single niche there is to be niched. One of those is the three-row wagon, where a small seat is deposited in the back-most part of the passenger compartment, in the area where most of us would probably put the groceries. They are one of the more popular formats, so much so that a number of manufacturers are replacing two row models with the triple headers on refresh.

Of course, not all third rows are created equal, and in fact quite a few are nigh on impossible for grown people to use, much like the ridiculous back seats in many sports cars. Some of the more capacious, like those of the Ford Explorer or Chevy Tahoe, are fine for short trips, while others, like the ones apparently only for the legless in the Nissan Qashqai are kind of a joke. What we want to hear today are your stories of having to third-row some trip, either you personally, or some unlucky soul that you forced into the act. What is the worst third row you’ve ever experienced?

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Last Call: The Most Important Meal of the Day Edition

Robert Emslie April 4, 2017 Last Call

In this case “B&B” stands for Bikes and Breakfast.

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