Classic Captions – The 1976 Buick LeSabre Hardtop Sedan Edition


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. This week we are back in Suburbia, but we will get to that in a moment, with a rare (but needed) jump to the next page…
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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – How about a 1974 Imperial Crown Coupe, claimed as only 1 of 57 made…

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Continuing on with theWeekend Edition, and here is an interesting Craigslist Listing… This is an ad for one of the 57 Imperial LeBaron Crown Coupes sold for 1974, a claim that I find dubious at best. While not really willing to take the time to find out if it’s true, this is the last really big Imperials offered beefore these cars became the Chrysler New Yorker the very next year. Collectible or Forgettable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a Rare 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD on Craigslist…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I am going to start out with this gem I found on Craigslist. This is a car that GM decided to produce in the late 80’s to try and compete with Audi and BMW. The STE was introduced for the 1983 model year, and featured a high output V-6 engine, 5-passenger seating as standard, specific alloy wheels, and most of the luxury features offered on the imports. The last 6000 STE was produced for 1989 before the STE nameplate moved to the Grand Prix. So is this last year model desirable?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1955-58 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup

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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 discover hidden treasures while doing so. The convergence of the Pickup Truck and the Passenger car started during the booming years of the mid 50’s. At one time, cars and trucks used to share the same chassis, sheet metal, and interiors. But it was one Chuck Jordan, who later rose to become head of Chevrolet Styling, that started drawing stylized pickup trucks after he returned to GM after his stint in the U.S. Air Force. The design for a stylish, top of the line truck, met little resistance from corporate management. With a few changes suggested by engineering, a new type of Pickup Truck emerged from GM. Introducing the Chevrolet Cameo Pickup.

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Classic Captions – The 1960 Mercury Park Lane Convertible Edition


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. This week we are litterly going to the dogs, but we will get to that in a moment…


Last time, we had an image of a Chevrolet at a Golf Country Club, and once again the participation rate was disappointing, so I ask what is it going to take to get our caption rate to increase? Leave your suggestions within the comments if you have any ideas. Our runner up comment was from our own Queen of the Captions, $kaycog, and her caption was very well done: “I’m sorry, sir, but there’s not room in your wife’s car for these golf clubs. She already has too much junk in the trunk.” Thank you $kaycog for the entry, but there was one more that seemed to be the favorite this time…

And the winning comment was from Beer Expert, Irishzombieman☆, and his caption had a peculiar twist: Bob bought a black Brougham because he balked at beige. Betty begged Bob to buy blue but Bob’s bowels banged and the baño beckoned before Betty could bargain, so Betty bought Bob a baby blue blazer that matched her blouse. “Bye,” said Bob as Betty’s baited breath blew by, and the brook behind babbled like Betty’s brother did when he imbibed a bottle of beer. Lazlo, the porter, faked a smile and tossed the golf sticks in the trunk, all the while thinking of phrases the rhymed with “I’m going to kill them.” While not my favorite caption this time, you guys seemed to like it, so very well done Irishzombieman☆ on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have once again took the liberty of using an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account. This is a vintage advertisement for a 1960 Mercury Park Lane Convertible in what could only be described as a multi-story Hotel or Motel setting. The image has it all, and by that I mean everything. Young couples looking down from the balcony to the marvelous Mercury, a cute kid staring at the pair of Great Danes, and the Driver of the mile long Convertible that doesn’t know how to park the damn thing. So, is this really a way to sell this type of car in the early 60’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 (Like how do you keep these Great Danes from simply getting out of the car in the first place…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

GM of the Early 21st Century, and a look back at their “Innovative Products”… Were they innovative or innocuous?

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By now, you are all well aware of the column written by Bob Lutz for Road & Track (online) that appeared on Jalopnik’s Kinja site recently. If not, hit the links I’ve provided and read all about the Aztek, the much maligned model that was actually a great idea executed badly. There was a lot of that going around at GM, and within the article, Mr. Luts eluded that (then GM Chairman) Rick Wagoner decreed that from some point on there was going to be 40% of the new product-line was going to be “innovative”, whatever that really meant. So, besides the Aztek, I am going to speculate what products could have fit within that 40% of innovation, before the bottom fell out of the car business in 2009. This would be new vehicles from the 2002 model year, and the Aztek will take front and center… So what else may qualify? Make the break, and speculate along with me…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a US market 1974 Opel Manta 1900 with less than 24,000 miles…

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Let’s take a look at an original 1974 US Market Open Manta 1900. The Mantas I remember from the time period was in the Luxus trim package, meaning that they all had a higher grade plush interior fabric, AM and FM Radio, some fake wood trim on the dash, and Rallye Wheels instead of hub caps and trim rings. Well, this car has none of that, but is it still desirable?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here’s a 1998 Nissan Stagea 260RS Estate… Wait… What?

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Continuing on with the Hooniverse Weekend Edition of Quick Hits, and this was originally a Craigslist Listing I discovered, but it was a little short on images, so I went to the dealership web site to see what this car was all about. The Nissan Stagea is a JDM model that was never offered here in the US. So, does this recent Canadian import make you lust for late model Nissan Estate Cars?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1971 Ford LTD Convertible that is unusually equipped…

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Welcome to the Weekend Edition of the Hooniverse, and I thought I would start out the weekend with something a bit unusual. I know, it’s another Detroit Boat from the 70s that I seem to love so well, so what is so unusual about that (you might be saying to yourself)… Well, according to the listing, this car comes complete with a Marti Report stating that this LTD Convertible is the only one equipped with both Factory Air Conditioning (unusual in itself on a convertible during this time period), and a 3-speed Manual Transmission…

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1965 Dodge Dart Charger 273

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Post, where I uncover vehicles that you never knew about, and try to convince you that they are undiscovered Musclecars. As I have stated a few postings ago, Dodge has been a staple within the Muscle Car Scene, starting with the 1953 Dodge Red Ram “Baby Hemi”, through the late 50’s with the Dodge D-500, the Max Wedge Cars from the early 60’s, the Hemi Powered dominators of the late 60’s, and even the powerful 440’s of the early 70’s. There were brand names steeped in history, and one of these brands was actually attached to a mid-sixties compact, in the form of a Dodge Dart. Very few of these were produced, and the nameplate went on to become one of the most successful brands in automotive history. Introducing the 1965 Dodge Dart Charger 273…

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