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New Jeep Concept Vehicles from 49th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

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It should not be a secret that I love expedition type vehicles, specifically Land Rovers, G-wagons, Land Cruisers, Unimogs, and of course Jeeps. Each year around this time Chrysler’s Jeep brand shows off a slew of concept vehicles (<- clicky) from their annual Easter Jeep Safari, and this year they did not disappoint. Below are all the concepts. My favorites are the Grand Cherokee Overlander and the Jeep Wrangler Africa. The blue Jeep Chief looks badass at first glance but I don’t love it due to its long wheelbase.

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American Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 3

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There was a time, I am guessing sometime in the early 1990s, when container ships full of cars originally sold in the United States must have been departing Port Newark for Gdansk, Poland. Those cars varied from cheap econoboxes to limousines, to classic American land yachts. Also on these ships were European and Japanese cars that were sold in America and for some reason, probably related to their price, were being shipped to the land where they were actually available for purchase new.

Today we once again look at the cars that started their lives, or were at least sold, in North America. As always all pictures come from the awesome readers of zlomnik.pl. Enjoy.

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Wagon Wednesday: Volvo 240 Super Long Wagon

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One morning I was drinking coffee and casually browsing obscure car blogs when suddenly, this!

This long longroof was spotted by the readers of a Polish website called Stado Baranow. It is obviously some kind of one-off creation, but damn, it looks good enough to be factory.

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Other Eastern Bloc Cars Living and Dying in Poland

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Welcome to another edition of some-weird-cars-that-are-living-and-dying-in-Poland. As always big thanks go out to zlomnik.pl and all the readers of that very weird interesting website. Today we look at cars that we have have not covered before, such as Romanian cars, cars of what was once Yugoslavia, and some random ones that we have covered before but which, for one reason or another, did not fit the mold of the other posts.

In lieu of the typical World War II reference I would make at this point, I would like to begin with some disturbing news. There are discussions about banning old junky cars from Warsaw. Berlin and Paris have already imposed such ridiculous rules and now Poland’s capital city wants to follow. All of this is in the name of smog and environment, of course. Many Polish people are in support of this, mostly because they want to see their city clean and opulent, but to me,  a person who purposely went on many walks just to look at weird decrepit vehicles, this is depressing. I guess you can take communism away from the communists, but you can’t take the communists away from communism.

For now crappy cars are still all over Warsaw, so let’s enjoy them while we can. After the jump are over fifty of Eastern Bloc-made cars that are still living and/or dying in Poland. Enjoy.

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For Sale: Bimmerworld 1999 Volvo VNL 420 with Great Dane Transport Trailer

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The problem with owning a race car is that race cars are not street legal and need to be transported to the race track. But if you’re serious about racing you will want to transport more than just your race car. For each race you will need tools, jack and stands, spare parts, and extra wheels. Then you have to deal with logistics stuff; food, drinks, water, clothes, possibly camping equipment. Anyway you look at it, it’s a lot of crap to haul to weekend race and clearly you will need a truck.

Have you seen current truck prices? You need fifty grand for a decent heavy duty pickup truck. You can save some money by buying a used and abused one, but it still isn’t cheap. Then you will need a trailer. Open trailers are cheaper and lighter but then you have to pile everything into the truck. Enclosed trailers are a cool option but that price creeps up quickly and you’ll definitely need a bigger truck.

But now there is this, and any serious budget focused team should take a long hard look at it:

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2015 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

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It is a pleasant coincidence that the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance occurs each year at exactly the same time I spend a week in warm southern Florida with my family – it’s like they plan it around me, which they should.

The one day concours is relatively small in size but it features something for everyone and not just the rare and the overpriced/over-hyped. Like last year there were plenty of fast and funky Europeans, American muscle, British luxury, with some micro and one-offs thrown into the mix.

Over a hundred pics and results after the jump.

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1993 Ford Bronco body on SVT Raptor frame, engine

Kamil Kaluski February 13, 2015 All Things Hoon

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While casually browsing the book of faces the other I came upon this Ford Bronco with a set of Ford Raptor wheels and tires on it. Cool, off-set seemed a bit off, but I was surprised that they fit. Then I looked at other pictures of this Bronco, and holy potatoes, this is a Bronco body on a shortened Raptor frame!

From the FB post:

Van from Tumblin Automotive brought his latest bronco project up to us to tune. All I can say is this truck is amazing. He put a 93 bronco body on a shortened 2011 Raptor frame. The metal work on this truck is insane. Then he custom fit the entire raptor interior in the truck The hidden winch behind the bumper is a nice touch.

That’s incredible!

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Truck Thursday: What the hell kind of a Land Cruiser is this?

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My Ariel Atom owning/selling friend sent me this picture. He saw this weirdness on his way to work this morning, somewhere on Route 93, north of Boston. What the hell is it?

Is it an new Toyota chassis with an old body on it? And if so, what they hell were they thinking with those taillights?

2016 Honda Pilot – Angles and Curves

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This morning, a major automotive website, and Jalopnik, provided an early showing of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot. Where I was instantly in love with the new 2015 Volvo XC90, I am sad to say that this vehicle did not give me the same feeling. At this point I should also say that I have always been a Honda fanboy; I’ve owned about eight different Hondas and I currently own an Acura MDX and an Acura Integra, and so it pains to be critical of their new designs.

First, let’s keep in mind that designing a good family vehicle, which CUV/SUVs have become, is extremely challenging. The market demands that these vehicles must be functional, spacious, comfortable, easy to drive and maneuver, efficient, and safe. In terms of looks, they must appeal equally to men and women, and at the same time have a design edge over the competition. Did Honda get this right?

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Craigslist: Dodge Viper Prototype GT-3 Production Race Car

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Each February we depart the frozen tundra that is Boston for a week of southern Florida fun in sun. Before each trip I browse southern Florida craigslist in hope of finding a gem, that rust-free-but-with-faded-paint-obscure-limited-edition-something-that-is-being-sold-by-a-widow-of-man-who-worshiped-it, for pennies on a dollar. So far I have not found such thing, but I did find a Viper race car, and who wouldn’t want a Viper race car, right?

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