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eBay Insanity – Here is a 1970 Chrysler Newport Convertible, with a 3-Speed Manual, Armstrong Steering, and Bench Press Brakes…

Jim Brennan January 27, 2015 eBay Insanity, For Sale

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So we are in the middle of the Blizzard of 2015 here in the Northeast, and you know where my thoughts are… on Summer of course, and so I thought I would share this very unusual Chrysler Newport Convertible with all of you, which is my way of getting past the snowpocalypse currently swirling around me… See if you agree with me that this particular Chrysler is unusually optioned, even for a car that was born in 1970…

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Classic Captions – The 1961 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Hardtop 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. New England is about to get a major Blizzard, and I thought I would celebrate this occasion with a Winter Scene, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Breezeway Mercury with the retractable window, and the participation rate was less than stellar… I swear, the images I think are going to pop seem to just fizzle… so let’s review last week’s entries. Our runner up comment came from one of our regulars, P161911, and it was a different take on why you might open up the back window… “Taco night is much better now with the new Mercury Breezeway.” That was one of the funniest comments all year P161911, but there was one caption that our readers liked a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from a relative new-comer to these parts, 1977chevytruck, and he tied in smoke to something British… “A window to let smoke out? You would think the British would have though of that first. Alas, the cause of the smoke would probably prevent the window from working anyway…” Ah yes, the old reliability of British Electrics… Not very Topical, but very funny none the less, so congratulations 1977chevytruck on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I can’t seem to find ot where I found this image in the first place, though you can purchase the advertisement here. This is a Winter Scene featuring the 1961 Chrysler Newport 4-Door Hardtop, and I thought it was appropriate for the Blizzard of 2015 we are experiencing here in the Northeast right now… This ad is very retro in its feel as far as winter sports goes, with none of the nylon and other man-made fabrics on the models that seems to be a staple of every ski resort across the country. Yes, I think this particular advertisement was perfect for the period, and I really think it was a great way to sell a relatively mundane sedan… So, how would you have arranged the shoot to look even more appropriate?

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 (Lucy’s ski lesson… Day One), and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very appropriate image.

Photo Credit: Vintage Adventurers

Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Time to vote them out; These are the Obscure Muscle Cars of the 50’s…

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The Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage has been an interesting series of postings that I introduced here in April of 2013. It was my intent to expand your notion of what a Muscle Car could be, and to zero in on the more Obscure Ones you may have never known about. When this series was introduced, I always kept the option of voting in or out any of the entries profiled. Well, it is now time to make room in the Garage, and for the next six weeks, I will be providing a review of all the inductees, and sorting them by period or classification. This week, we go back and review all the cars and trucks that were profiled and built during the 1950’s, and were also voted into the Obscure Muscle Car Garage by you, our faithful readers. After this quick review, there will be a poll asking which inductee should be voted out (or maybe not…), and by the time we review all the Garage Members, we will have one final vote to see if we lose any members. Ready? Let’s begin…

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Classic Captions – The 1963 Mercury Monterey Custom Breezeway Hardtop 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’m going to get a little nostalgic with this week’s image, which has quite a bit of a Mad Men Vibe to it, but we will take care of that in a moment

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Last time we had an image of a Buick Wagon on a Ski Slope, and we seem to be steady as far as participation goes… so let’s review last week’s entries. Our runner up comment came from one of our regulars, Batshitbox, and it makes you think a bit… “I told you I was a mogul in the automobile industry!”That was very clever Batshitbox, but there was one caption that our readers like a little bit better…

And the winning comment was from another one of our regular readers, mdharrell. You know, at one time I used to have a Key Case, and this hit rather close to home… “Yes, we all agree a white key case to match the car was a perfectly sensible choice. The point is the keys are on that slope somewhere, so let’s go look again. It’ll be getting dark soon.” How many of you remember Key Cases in the first place? This was not only topical, but very retro, so congratulations mdharrell on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I decided to use another image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and decided to use this one for the 1963 Mercury Monterrey Breezeway Hardtop. This has that early 60’s Mad Men vibe to it, when smoking was not only acceptable, but encouraged. And what a great idea for a sedan in the first place, with the rear window that actually retracted a few inches to let stale air out, or to help in ventilation. With this feature, the Mercury stood apart from it’s Ford sibling, much more so than any other time before the Mercury Brand was killed off. Yes, I think this particular advertisement was compelling during this time period… Hell, I want one today. But what do you think the conversation was like within the Sedan between the occupants? (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 my dear, may I have one of your cigarettes per chance?), and we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very interesting image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Crap Can Racing Pair #2; 2 1959 Simca Aronde Sedans, for the Index of Effluency Win!

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This is to close this spectacular Weekend or Postings, and I hope you had as much fun as I have putting it together. So let’s see if we can bring these two very French, Craptastic Sedans back to some form of glory… By entering them into the 24-Hours-of-LeMons! And if you get both of them ready for your particular race venue (by some modern miricle that is), you are sure to win the coveted Index of Effluency Trophy… If nothing else!

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Crap Can Racing Pair #1; 2 Chevrolet Citation X-11’s Ready for Domination!

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Well, let’s wrap up the weekend right, with some 24-Hours-of-LeMons or ChumpCar Candidates, and the first pair are these two Interesting Chevrolet Citation X-11 Race Cars in Waiting… Let’s put it this way, Citations are about as successful in these events as, well, Corvairs… So, do you think you have what it takes to make these crappy Chevy’s contenders?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1983 Nissan Pulsar NX; Talk about a True Unicorn…

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You know what has virtually disappeared within the American Car Scene? Sensible, cheap, and reliable 2-Door Sporty Japanese Coupes and I wonder how that happened. Does everything have to be a High-Riding SUV or Crossover thingy? Do you have to have gigantic cars just to drive yourself to work? Do you have to have the latest Euro-Prick machine to impress your family and (really not) your friends? Well, let’s go back to 1983, when Nissan introduced this very unusual looking, wedge shaped, 2-door sport coupe to America, and this one is a time capsule…

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Hooniverse Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here’s a 1983 Ford Quadravan 4X4 on Craigslist… I wonder what the interior is like…

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Ok, so this is a rather late posting to the Saturday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, but how could I not share? This is one of those 4X4 Van Conversions built by a company called Pathfinder based out of San Gabriel, California. Apparently, these were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s, so maybe it’s time to combine your love of 4-Wheelin’ with your love of what ever you want to do in the back of a van…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – What do you think of this RX-7 Vega Frankenstein? (Oh yea!)

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Combing through the Craigslist Listings has been quite an experience for me, and every time I think I’ve seen everything, something new and incredibly wonderful magically appears… Like this Chevrolet Vega that sits on top of what was once a Mazda RX-7. How cool is that? And the magical part comes from the fact that it is currently for sale…

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Hooniverse Weekend Quick Hit – What can you say about this Phoenix Camper built on a VW Bus Chassis?

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Welcome to another Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, in which I uncover hidden treasures (or forgettable trash… whatever…) for your viewing and commenting pleasure. So, let’s start with this thing found on the virtual pages of Craigslist Seattle, and according to the very limited research I found, this was a vehicle designed in the late 70’s and early 80’s, with plans that originally carried the Popular Mechanics logo. So, what do you think about owning this thing?

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