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Last Call: The Moderns Edition

Robert Emslie May 12, 2017 Last Call

If you’re going to live in a cool mid-century modern abode, you simply must also choose to drive the most fashionable of mid-century rear-engine, air-cooled automobiles.

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 12, 2017 Mystery Car

It was 60-years ago today that A.J. Foyt caught his first chequered flag after turning pro, taking the win at a USAC Midget Race in Kansas City Missouri. Let’s see if you can channel A.J. and bring home a win with this week’s Mystery Car contest. Make and model if you feel up to the challenge.

Also, since no one got last week’s Mystery Car, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Was The Most Urgent Alert You’ve Ever Had To Give Another Driver?

When I’m out on the road I like to look at other cars. I don’t mean check out the cool ones, I mean I like to see which ones are running expired tags and who hasn’t checked the air pressure in their tires all that recently.

The former issue I let slide. I mean, what am I, a cop? The latter however does often times elicit from me the routine gaining the driver’s attention, pantomiming the rolling down the window, and then letting them know that I think their tire pressure maybe dangerously low on one of more of their corners. I get a good number of appreciative acknowledgements of my civic concern and an occasional mind your own business. That’s okay though, I know the latter ones aren’t long for this world.

Alerting other drivers to situations involving their car that might be outside of their awareness is a duty that we all share. After all, we’re all in this together! With that in mind, what’s the most dramatic alert you have ever had to bestow?

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Last Call: Mixed Signals Edition

Robert Emslie May 11, 2017 Last Call

Apparently, it’s not Hammer Time.

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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 to run the Indianapolis 500 nonstop?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump (or scroll your mobile) and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Asks: What Piece of Infamous Automobilia Are You Dying to Have?

I’m sure that somewhere out there exists the Amilcar in which dancer Isadora Duncan lost her life when her hand-painted Roman Chatov scarf got caught in the spokes of one of the car’s rear wheels. How cool would that be to have?

Infamous memorabilia like James Dean’s car—above—is a macabre form of collectible, but there’s a whole industry dedicated to its obtainment and trade. Are you an aficionado of dead celebrity automotive memorabilia? If so, what’s your white whale?

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Last Call: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again Edition

Whether your tastes and budget leaned towards Comet or Continental, O’Connor appears to have been the place to go. They wouldn’t even look askance if you wanted to wear your hat while driving off in your new car.

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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.

Last week we gave the real wheels a rest and went looking for the coolest slot car racers and model cars money could buy. They needed to be used, and preferably sold by a private party, but other than that it was run whatcha brung. We’ll see what was brought in a sec, but first this week’s challenge.
 
Last week was fun but we gotta to get back into the real cars, and you don’t get much more real than Hollywood. This week what we want are cars that look like cars that featured prominently in the movies. We’re not asking you to find the silver 1989 Lotus Esprit from Pretty Woman, but if you can find a silver 1989 Lotus Esprit and then note that it represents the plot device from Pretty Woman then your work is done here. Cars and their movie connections are the order of the day.
 
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 observe some model behavior! … Continue Reading

Hooniverse Ask: What Was History’s Most Beautiful Full Car Line—Sedan, Wagon, Coupe, Convertible…?

Today, when you go to buy a model of car your choices are typically pretty limited. With the advent of the age of Crossovers and SUVs in fact, your only option is likely to be a four-door hatchback tall wagon with black plastic wheel arches. 

That hasn’t always been the case, however. Back in the day, a model line could conceivably cover just about every modern form short of a Semi-truck. Sedans, coupes, wagons, convertibles, pillar-less sedans… you name it, many models offered it. The thing of it is, not all that many of them translated well into each and every form. Today we want your opinion on those that did. What do you think was history’s most attractive full (and we’ll leave the interpretation of what “full” means up to you) model line?

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Last Call: Limo Edition Edition

Robert Emslie May 9, 2017 Last Call

Honey, your date’s here for the prom, and he brought a limo!

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