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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!

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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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s a double apex with some green runoff. Good luck!

And since nobody seemed to get last week’s track, here’s the answer.

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Hooniverse Asks: Car Swag—Brah! or Blah?

Back when he was staring in Smokey and the Bandit we all thought Burt Reynolds was the coolest of the cool. Today, even the coolest can’t make that screaming chicken Bandit windbreaker look like anything other than what it really is: cheesy.

In fact, there are very few car-brand items of clothing or accessories that don’t look a little ridiculous. Does wearing a t-shirt with Ferrari on the front really show your sincere support for the venerated Italian brand as you climb into your grimy Hyundai Excel? What about seeing someone with a Lamborghini laptop? What kind of person do you perceive that to be?

Car swag has a long history, but the question for today is, should it? Do we need to have our clothes and accessories match our choice-or worse our aspirations—in cars? What do you think about car swag, do you give it a brah! or a blah?

Image: Road & Track

Last Call: All the Wings Edition

Robert Emslie May 8, 2017 Last Call

How many Ferrari F40s do you need in one place to be happy? Would three of them suffice?

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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Because it’s Monday: Let’s Contemplate the Tiny Alternator on Jay Leno’s Daimler SP250

The best way to get Jay Leno to show up at your car show is to hold the event close enough to his Burbank, California shop that the car needn’t come up to heat to get there. That wasn’t quite the case with the recent Queen’s English car show where Jay brought his Daimler SP250 (nee, Dart) to show off, but that was okay since the car appears to be sorted out now.

If you’re familiar with the Jay’s restoration blog then you’ll know that wasn’t initially the case, and the former TV host made the point of demonstrating what it took to get the car right when he debuted the finished product on Jay Leno’s Garage. Those shows where a car is restored in like two days, he said, were a bunch of bunk. Prior to coming into Jay’s possession, this 1962 Daimler SP250 spent its life out of doors, and the last ten of those sitting fallow in a yard. It’s now—at least after a couple of false starts and a number of years—a beautifully-running and appearing machine.

Jay doesn’t call the car a “resto-mod” but it does have a lot of updating below its fiberglass body. That includes upgraded brakes, a Tremec five-speed in place of the original Moss box, and a couple of interesting updates to the engine compartment. The SP250 is powered by a tiny hemi-headed 2.5-litre V8 and that was traditionally fed through a pair of SU HS6 side-draught carbs topped with pancake wire air cleaners. Jay has chosen a single 2BBL down-draught with electric choke. With its tiny rectangular air cleaner that looks odd enough, but add to that the seemingly half-scale Japanese alternator where originally a twice as deep generator would sit and you’ve got an SP250 that looks like it’s out of Gulliver’s Travels.

Since it’s Monday and we need something to take our minds off the work week ahead, let’s consider whether these updates are likely worth their comical appearance.

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Hooniverse Asks: What Piece of Car Advice Do You Wish You Had Gotten Sooner?

They say that hindsight is 20/20, and for the longest time I thought that meant it was okay to look at sexy butts. I now know that it means to learn from your mistakes, but honestly who of us would rather not make those mistakes in the first place? 

When it comes to spending the kind of money it often takes to buy and maintain a car, bike or truck, that foresight is especially important. There are times however when we need to make a decision based on the information at hand, only later to learn that information was incomplete or inaccurate. Have you ever been jabbed by fate’s fickle finger, having bought or done something of a questionable nature to a vehicle only to be told after the fact information that would have stopped you in the first place? What is the piece of car advice you wish you had heard sooner?

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Last Call: Ruiner Edition

Robert Emslie May 5, 2017 Last Call

The Stator stand-up EV scooter: wicked cool concept, already ruined by hipster association.

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

Today represents a sad day in history, as it’s the anniversary of the passing of Bertha Benz. Loyal wife of Karl Benz, she was also the first person documented to take a trip of any significant length by automobile. Karl and Bertha were married in 1870 and 18 years later she packed up their two teenaged sons and drove a Benz Motorwagen 65-miles to visit her mother. The trek took all day and required multiple stops in villages along the way for repairs. The trip engendered interest in Karl’s invention and Bertha is credited with saving his fledgling company. 

We’ll tip our hats to Bertha’s memory and will celebrate her achievement in the only way we know how, with a Mystery Car contest. Today you get nothing more than a grille, not even  a headlight or trace of a badge. That’s okay, you’ve seen harder. Make and model please.

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Hooniverse Asks: What’s the Worst Example of Unnecessary Complication You’ve Ever Run Across?

Ahh, there it is in all its glory and denuded of its plastic frippery—the Audi 2.8-litre 30V  V6. Did you know that in order to replace the thermostat you have to pull the entire front end—bumper, lights and radiator—away from the car AND remove the timing belts? Yeah, don’t ask me how I know this.

Unnecessary complications, we hate ’em, right? What’s your favorite least favorite complex solution to a seemingly simple task?

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