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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Lancia Thema 8.32

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to see if there is any room for an Italian Saloon Car. This particular featured car should stir up a lot of debate, not only because this is the first Italian Car highlighted for this series, but it was created by stuffing a 32V Ferrari 3.0L V-8 under the bonnet while still driving the Front Wheels! So, without further delay, I present to you the Lancia Thema 8.32 (Powered by Ferrari).

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Classic Captions – The 1981 GMC Caballero Diablo Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. I am currently not on my own system, so if it looks a bit wonky… well, so be it. I found this image of a GMC version of the iconic El Camino, and this iteration was called the Caballero with the special Diablo trim package, so it’s time to get devilish and come up with your own classic caption…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an extremely rare 1988 Dodge Caravan with a Stick!

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The minivan was popularized by Chrysler starting in 1983. Yes there were compact passenger vans available before these came out in the form of the VW Microbus, and the forward control Ford Econoline, Dodge A100, the Chevrolet G Series, and the Corvair Greenbriar, but it was the Chrysler twins (The Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager) that virtually dominated the market, and helped make the affordable station-wagon disappear. We all want to hate on the Minivan because of that, but I want to show you what could be one of the more interesting early example of the breed in the form of a pretty basic Caravan, with a 5-Speed Manual…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – So, What do you think about this 1974 Renault R12 found on Craigslist?

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I know it has been a little light on the weekends during the past several weeks, and I have wanted to try and bring you at least some interesting reading material, but the entire Hooniverse Staff (including myself) have been quite busy, and for that, dear reader, I apologize. So, let’s take a look at the goodies I have discovered for this Sunday… Like this very complete Renault R12 that is currently for sale. Is it worth saving?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1963-70 Buick Wildcat

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a feature in which I showcase a full sized Detroit built vehicle and try to convince you that it’s really a muscle car, and then back up that bold statement with eloquent words, and pretty pictures. Buick is a car brand that you would never think of when it comes to defining what a Muscle Car is, or rather, what it could be. Buick always had quite a stodgy image, akin to the Doctors Car. The 60’s was a turning point for Buick, and for the 1963 model year, the division introduced two breakthrough products… One was the fabulous Buick Riviera, and the other was the Muscular Buick Wildcat. So, come with me on a voyage of discovery, and see if this Wildcat deserves a spot within the Garage…

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Classic Captions – The 1960 Hillman Minx Holiday Edition

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. It is that time of year that we are bombarded with Auto Advertising about giving or receiving a shiny new Car or Truck for the holiday, and I found this ad for a Hillman Minx that shows how long this tradition may be…

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Last time, we had a GMC Van, but not by the river, and the participation rate did increase from the week before, but I know we can do better in the coming weeks… Our runner up comment was from smalleyxb122, and his caption went like this: “Pete’s pretty hard-core. He takes his motorcycle everywhere. He takes it to work. He takes it to the store. He takes it for scenic drives up mountain roads. He’s taken it from Maine to California…twice. He’s just never learned to ride, so wherever he takes it, he takes it in his van.” This was an unusual twist which was quite clever, but our readers seem to favor one caption just a bit more…

And the winning comment was from one of our long time participants, Alff, and the caption went like this: “Be careful when you load that bike in my new van. I don’t want any gaucho marks.” This was my favorite of the week, so good job Alff on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I decided to hunt for Holiday Inspired Images from around the web, and look what I found… This is an ad image for the 1960 Hillman Minx, which is a model that was part of the Rootes Group in Great Britain. I choose it because of a mixture of artwork and photography (at lease that is what I think is photography). The image shows a young woman in proper winter attire smiling as her mate (beau, hubby, stranger…) who drives up in a snappy two-tone Hillman. This is your typical holiday imagery during the time period, complete with wrapped gifts and even a little snow in the hair of our model. Is this the perfect holiday image for the time period? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption, and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very holiday inspired image.

Photo Credit: Old Classic Car (UK)

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Jaguar S-Type “R”

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Under Ford’s 19-year stewardship, Jaguar made great progress improving build quality and reliability, but in the end it became known as the English Patient. Under the ownership of the Ford Motor Company, Jaguar again created cars that people aspired to own. They were at least mostly reliable, retained their English good looks, and were truly becoming a threat to the German Über sedans. However, Ford seemed to lose the recipe to success, first with the S-Type which shared its global DEW platform with the Lincoln LS and retro Thunderbird, and then really jumped the shark with the introduction of the X-Type, which was really nothing more than a Ford Mondeo in drag. We will concentrate on the S-Type “R” for this posting, and see if this English Ford is really a latter day Muscle Car…

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Classic Captions – The 1977 GMC Gaucho Van Edition (for Two-Wheel Tuesday)

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising, dealer displays or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. Chevrolet and GMC shared the “G” series van platforms when they were introduced in the early 70’s, but here is a GMC variant that is not well known, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had a Plymouth on the Dock of the Bay, and the participation rate was awful, though I think that might have been due to the Thanksgiving Holiday (at least here in the US), so let’s see if we can keep this feature going… Our runner up comment was from Tanshanomi, and his caption went like this: “Rust. It’s acceptable, even expected fact of life…even on the most expensive ships on the world. So don’t come crabbing to us when you see some on your $2400 Plymouth. Plymouth. For discriminating drivers who don’t expect frickin’ miracles.” He has a point, but the readers of this site seem to like one caption just a bit more…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular readers, Number_Six, and the caption went like this: “Da broad says she wants a room at the Savoy, not a ride in a Savoy, ya fahkin idiots.” This was my favorite of the week, so good job Number_Six on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and this time I went back to the archives of Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account again. This is an ad image for the 1977 GMC Gaucho Van, which is a model that I never knew existed. Fun Fact: The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers this same type of set-up now, only they call it the “Crew Van”. The image shows a couple of dudes with a Motorcycle (of some sort… Try and guess the make of said Motorcycle). This image is bitchin’ with the guys rocking wide legged jeans, handlebar mustache, and a can’t care attitude. So, unlike so many of the ads I use for this post, I can actually see the point of this particular image… (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (Like, what are they doing with that cycle anyway?), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very interesting image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1990-96 Infiniti Q45

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to show that obscure muscle cars can come from the land of the rising sun. The Japanese Automakers were exploring the possibility of introducing flagship models to North America for years. Their attempts with up-scale models within their model range was met with tepid sales. Cars like the Toyota Crown and Cressida, and the Datsun (Nissan) 810 Maxima were never though of as true competitors to the European Luxury Cars of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar. All that was about to change in the 1987 model year when Honda introduced their flagship models under an entirely new brand called Acura, and the Legend would lead the charge. Toyota soon entered the Luxury Market with their return salvo in the form of Lexus, and their flagship – the LS400 – that went on sale in the States on September of 1989. Nissan was not to be left out of this arena, and made ready a version of their home market President for North American consumption. They also went for a new upscale name to market the new Luxury Performance sedan. Introducing the Infiniti Q45, and it’s the subject of this installment of the Obscure Muscle Car Garage.
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