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A Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkey – The 1953-54 Hudson Jet (Or how to kill a Car Company with one model…)

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Thanks for checking on Hooniverse during your Thanksgiving Holiday. We know that between the Parades, the Football Games, Thanksgiving Dinner, and of course, Thanksgiving Drinks, we realize that the Hoons that come here during the week might want some automotive frivolity, if only to take a break from their family for a few moments. So, in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday (and for the fourth year and counting…), we thought we would roll out a few Hooniverse Thanksgiving Turkeys, as in Automotive Turkeys…

The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded in 1909 with eight Detroit businessmen that started building the company with capital from Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of Hudson’s department store. The company was named after Mr. Hudson and hit the ground running on February 20th, with the business plan of producing a motorcar that would sell for less than $1,000. By 1929, Hudson was the third largest U.S.Car Maker behind Ford and Chevrolet. Hudson had many memorable models throughout the years, but they were always just a bit more expensive than comparable makes from both Ford or Chevrolet. This really didn’t matter after the war years of 1942-45 when production resumed with warmed over pre-war designs that all the major car companies were then producing, because demand far outstripped supply.

However, the Hudson Motor Car Company decided to introduce a revolutionary new model in the form of the “Step-Down” Hudson models for the 1948 model year. Basically, these cars were built with the passenger compartment that was built inside the perimeter of the frame. Passengers simply stepped down into the passenger compartment, and was surrounded by the steel superstructure. The results were spectacular as far as handling, ride height, and to some degree, performance. One consequence of the design was the fact that it couldn’t easily be restyled. Factor in the price wars ignited by both General Motors and Ford during the 1952-54 time period, and the smaller independent automakers were struggling, including Hudson. So what did Hudson do at this point? It introduced the Hudson Jet, a compact car looking like a 3/4 scale 1952 Ford sedan, that was short, narrow, yet taller than any of the “Step Down” Hudson models of the period. It was the antithesis of what Hudson was suppose to be, and that’s why I call it my Thanksgiving Turkey…

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Classic Captions – The 1962 Plymouth Savoy Sedan 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. 1962 saw the debut of the smaller standard Plymouth and Dodge models that proved such a disaster for Chrysler, like this 1962 Plymouth Savoy 4-Door Sedan, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had a Ford Van with an interesting Delivery Driver, and the participation rate was once again not great, so I’m wondering what I have to do to spice things up a bit… Our runner up comment was from OA5599, and his caption went like this: “Ford had a better idea-a service division using attractive young women to restock the candy dishes near the cash registers of various local businesses. However, the passage of equal rights laws meant Ford had to start hiring the unattractive, the middle-aged, and males. The service died a quick death thereafter, and the windowless Ford Free Candy vans disappeared into obscurity”. This is a caption that makes you think, doesn’t it? However, you seem to like one caption just a bit more…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular readers, P161911, and the caption went like this: “”Hey buddy, wanna buy some speakers. They loaded too many on the truck.” This scam is five times more effective with an attractive female. This was very good, and my personal favorite this week, so good job P161911 on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and this time I went to the archives of Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account again. This looks like a Dealership Placard Image for the 1962 Plymouth Savoy 4-Door Sedan, and you would think that the photographer could have found a better background than a rusty ship of some sort. The image shows a lovely young lady with I would assume to be her luggage. There are four uniformed men hanging around her for some odd reason. Are they with the ship, customs, or police? I’m really not sure what is going on with this image, but it is compelling, don’t you think? It makes a great and provocative Classic Caption 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 (So what is the story with this woman’s luggage anyway?), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very stimulating image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

Classic Captions – The 1971 Ford Econoline Van 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. The Commercial Van Market has gone through a seismic shift with almost all of the vans offered completely redesigned, and the last time that happened was the late 60’s and early 70’s with the Econoline leading the way

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Last time, we had a Pinto Wagon in Drag, and the participation rate was not great, but it wasn’t bad either, so I guess I’ll continue to shake things up a bit… Our runner up comment was from dwbf11, and his caption went like this: “Who knew that a Bobcat would be so effective at hauling Cougar tail?”. That was very clever and a great observation, but there was one caption that our readers liked better…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular contributors, Tanshanomi, and it was actually the image you see below, and his caption that was very appropriate: “…or Mercury Bobcat photo” This was a terrific caption entry Tanshanomi, so good job on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

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It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and this time I went to the archives of the Old Car Manual Project. This is a Brochure Cover Image for the 1971 Ford Econoline Van. The image shows a lovely young lady with a two-wheel trolly carrying a Philco something-or-other. Remember, at this time, Philco used to be a Ford Brand for Stereo Hi-Fi’s, Color Television Sets, and major appliances, so it ties in nicely with the Ford Brand. I’m really not sure how her pose is suppose to say anything about the rugged nature of the Econoline, but so what. It makes a great cover image for a brochure. (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 I really wonder what is in that Philco Box…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this interesting image.

Photo Credit: The Old Car Manual Project

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1994-95 Audi RS 2 Avant

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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’s is any reason to deny entry of an Über German Wagon… High performance German Luxury Cars have taken over where the Detroit Raw Muscle Car once roamed. I have outlined three Mercedes-Benz Sedans that have followed the Detroit tradition of stuffing the largest engine available under the hood of a slightly smaller vehicle which turned them into Obscure Muscle Car Legends; The 300 SEL 6.3, The 450 SEL 6.9, and the 1991-95 500E. So let’s see if this Audi, built at the Porsche Rossle-Bau plant after completing the last few E 500’s, is an Obscure Muscle Car…

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Classic Captions – The 1975 Mercury Bobcat Wagon 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. There was once a time in which the Mercury Brand offered almost everything the sister Ford dealer offered, except they were trimmed with a little more chrome to help distinguish the models… Like this Ford Pinto in Drag, the Mercury Bobcat

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Last time, we had an image of French Simca trapped in the Old West, and the participation rate was awful once again (I guess you really don’t like anything from the 1950’s), so I guess I’ll have to shake things up a bit… Our runner up comment was from our own $kaycog (Yet again), and her caption was very clever: “You know, Tex, that’s not just any run-of-the-mill car. It’s a new run-by-the-mill Simca”. Always the Bridesmaid, but one day she will ring the bell…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular readers, Batshitbox, and his caption was very appropriate: “Well, in all fairness, we did tell him to get out of Dodge.” This was a very well played Batshitbox, so good job on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have once again raided the library of Alden Jewell’s Photostream Account. This is a Dealership Placard for the 1975 Mercury Bobcat Wagon which is really a Fancier Ford Pinto. This was a typical setting for these types of images that were on display at the dealership. It shows a young couple at some kind of a shop standing next to their new Pride and Joy in motoring, only to be disappointed within a few months. There are shopping bags in the cargo area, but I really have to wonder what they contain, as the rear of the wagon sits lower than the front. Do you really think this type of imagery really sells cars? (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 this wagon seems to be overloaded already…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this highly unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited

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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 you can accept an SUV as a Muscle Car. Within the weekly series of postings, I have tried to convince all the readers of this site that certain Sport Utility Vehicles could be considered as Obscure Muscle, but it has been an uphill battle. You were not convinced that the Hummer H3 Alpha should be considered a Muscle Truck. You were then rather unimpressed with the Saleen Explorer XP8. However, I did convince you that the Saab 9-7x Aero was a rather Obscure Muscle Car, and you voted that one into the Garage… So, let’s see if you agree with me about this one. Introducing the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited…

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Obscure Muscle Car Garage Extra – A Short Video on Four Aussie Muscle Cars of the 70’s…

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It was this past Friday that I highlighted a unique Australian Muscle Car for my feature on Obscure Muscle Cars (The Leyland P76 Force 7V Coupe), and there was one comment buried deep within that post which brought to light a very interesting video… And that’s what I want to share with all the Hoons who frequent this site. This video was produced by the Australian Publishers of Unique Cars, with major sponsorship provided by Classic Car insurer Shannons Limited. So, lets discover the Holden HQ Monaro GTS, the Chrysler VH E55 Charger SE, the Ford Falcon XA GT 351, and the Leyland P76 Force 7V…

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Classic Captions – The 1957 Simca Vedette V-8 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. Did you know that Ford once had an assembly line in Poissy (France), and that our featured car is essentially a renamed Ford? We will get to this fascinating bit of history in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of an Oldsmobile on a Frozen Lake, and the participation rate was not what I expected, and I wonder why that is… Our runner up comment was from our own $kaycog (Yet again), and her caption was actually quite humorous: “You guys are going to be in trouble. This is your father’s Oldsmobile. Help me push!” Love the way $kaycog tied in with the old Oldsmobile theme, but there was one overwhelming favorite this week…

And the winning comment was from one of our regular readers, PotbellyJoe ©, and his caption had an interesting twist: “Marketing was pretty pissed when the intern returned from the shoot in Charlevoix. Somehow, “Make it look like A Nice car.” was improperly relayed due to poor handwriting.” This was a very Punny play on words, so well done PotbellyJoe © on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have sampled from the Flickr library of Alden Jewell’s Photostream Account. This is an ad for the 1957 Simca Vedette Sedan that seems to be trapped in a recreation of an “Old West” town. So, what would be the meaning of having a French Full Sized, V-8 equipped sedan parked next to a horse drawn wagon be? And why is there a couple of rugged looking dudes sitting on the wagon next to the car anyway? What is this image suppose to represent? Is this just some kind of random image published just for the American (or Australian) Market? And is this really a way to sell a French Sedan during the 50’s? (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 (A French Car in the Old West… Hmmmm…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this highly unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Well, this is the second Faux Ferrari for the Weekend; A 1983 Stiletto Camaro

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What is is with phony Ferraris in the first place? They really don’t look like the real thing to knowledgeable enthusiasts, they tend to have very poor build quality, and the image goes all to hell when the engine fires up… So, for the second time this weekend, I am highlighting another Phony Ferrari, though this one looks ten times better than the last one…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an Obscure Muscle Car you can call your own; A 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS Wagon!

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As many of you know, I have a weekly feature here on the Hooniverse called the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage. I feature truly bizzarro cars that many of you have never heard of, and then I try and convince you that they really are Muscle Cars. Well, there is one example of an Obscure Muscle Car currently on eBay, and it’s packing some heat… Take a look at this 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Wagon, and tell me you don’t want it…

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