Hooniverse Asks: What’s The One Thing You’ve Done To Your Car That Made It So Much Better?

Perfection is a noble but historically unobtainable goal. That doesn’t mean however that we shouldn’t always strive to make the world—or at the very least our little slice of it—a better place. Many of us start small and work our way up, and a good place to do that is with our cars. You may have bought your car thinking it was the one best suited to fit your needs at the time, but I’m sure you found at least some aspect of it lacking. If that was the case, did you take it upon yourself to remedy the situation? What is the one thing you’ve done to your car to make it better?

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Last Call: ACME Meat Edition

Robert Emslie March 20, 2017 Last Call

The description of this image from its source says “Car crushed by meat truck at 5060 W. Jefferson. Mrs. Bernice Little 4-5-60.” Those were certainly simpler times. Back then apparently an Oldsmobile 88 minding its own business could get crushed by a truck, thus providing a photo op of the car’s owner standing between the wreck and an expanding pool of spilling fliuds all while surrounded by emergency responders. Hey guys, smoke if you’ve got ’em!

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Because it’s Monday: Let’s All Bask in the Glory of the Classic Compact Estate

Since it’s the start of the work week, we need something to lift our collective spirits, and I don’t think there’s a better way to do that than to gaze longingly at a classic compact wagon with sporting pretensions. This MKI Cortina Deluxe 1500 is all that and more, as it’s decked out in GT form, with split front bumper-ettes, center dash instrumentation, and a set of sweet Minilite wheels hunkered down under the arches. You can’t see it here, but a sturdy Kent four resides under the hood, paired with a four-speed manual.

The compact wagon used to be de rigueur in any serious car maker’s lineup, and whether from the factory or modded by the owner, adding a little sport to the utility was never frowned upon. Today we get Crossovers and Sport Utilities that always seem a little too tall and a little too light on the sport quotient. That’s alright though, because as long as we have cars like this awesome little Cortina everything will be okay. 

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Bare Minimum Feature Set You Would Demand of a New Car?

The 1920 Briggs & Stratton Flyer was notable for featuring five wheels—four to hold the platform up in the traditional fashion, and a fifth, hanging out back that provided some sort of motivation from its tiny one-cylinder engine. The Flyer is perhaps more notable however for the fact that it offers absolutely no other features what so ever—no doors, windshield, or even a passing sense that you wouldn’t die driving it.

The Flyer could be the ultimate expression of a car bereft of features, and that got me thinking about whether we today have a communal minimum feature set that we demand our cars and trucks possess. Could you do without power windows? What about air-con? Do you demand a tilt wheel? What set of car features are enough to make you say that’ll do pig?

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Last Call: Éirinn go Brách Edition

Robert Emslie March 17, 2017 Last Call

In honor of today being St. Patrick’s Day, I give you a shamrock green DeLorean DMC-12, which, as we all know, was built in Ireland.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie March 17, 2017 Mystery Car

Happy birthday Gottlieb Daimler, born on this day in 1834. Geez, that would today make him… let’s see… dead. Let’s celebrate all the wonderful car things he did before he died by playing this week’s Mystery Car contest. Make and model in his honor if you please.

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Hooniverse Asks: Is There Ever Any “Celebrity Owned” Regular Car Worth The Extra Money?

Whether you’re presently in the dating pool, or can at the very least remember the last time you took a dip in it, do previous partners ever enter the picture if they have been someone of note? I mean, do you ever think to yourself I’m doing you-know-what with the same person that you-know-who you-know-whated not all that long ago.

The cult of personality is strong in many societies, and we offer up to celebrities, whether they are Hollywood heroes or sports legends a sort of fealty bordering on the fetishistic. It’s creepy, but we all do it so I guess that makes it okay. When it comes to our cars, that sometimes factors in as well, since celebrities sometimes buy cars and then get tired of them. Not Jay Leno mind you, that guy is an entire Hoarders episode wrapped in faded denim. 

The idea of celebrity provenance was parodied in the famous Seinfeld episode, The Mom & Pop where Jason Alexander’s perennially also-ran George Costanza character thinks he’s hit the jackpot by buying what he believes to be actor Jon Voight’s Chrysler Le Baron, but which turns out to actually have been (Spoiler alert!) John Voight the dentist’s car. It’s yet another humbling moment for George, but it brings up the question for today, which is, would it have even mattered? There have been a ton of celebrities that have owned mediocre cars and trucks, when the opportunity arises to perhaps buy one of them down the road, should we even care? What would be a circumstance where you possibly might?

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Last Call: Wrong Brothers Edition

Robert Emslie March 16, 2017 Last Call

I’m thinking this should be called the CessNOT. Any idea what that is underneath? I’m going with Suzuki Sidekick.

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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 first car company to offer headlight wipers?

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

Hooniverse Asks: What Generally Well Regarded Car or Truck Are You Okay With Never Driving?

You know, you don’t have to drive everything out there. I’ve driven a number of cars that were so underwhelming that I kind of wish I had back those meager minutes spent behind their wheels. Some of those have been cars that others have told me they liked.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are also a slew of cars that I have driven—Lamborghini Miura, Model T hot rod, and 300SL Gullwing among them—that I wouldn’t trade the memories of for a million bucks. Still, there are some cars that just leave me nonplussed.

What about you, is there a generally well received car or truck that you’d pass on driving? What exactly might that be?

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