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Classic Captions – The 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe 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. Daylight Savings Time is set to expire this weekend (for the parts of the country that observe it), and with time reverting backwards, Winter is that much closer, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Buick with a yard full of onlookers, and the participation rate was not that bad this week, so I guess I’ll stick around and do a few more of these features… Our runner up comment was from our own engineerd™ (and it’s been a while…), and his caption was actually my favorite of the week: “The entire neighborhood of Shady Acres was looking for Billy’s lost dog, Rex. Rex may have been found hours earlier if it weren’t for Mr. Wilson’s new Buick.” Very clever Mr. engineerd™, but there was one caption that proved to be the favorite of the readers…

And the winning comment was from relative newcomer, paulz67, and his caption had an interesting twist: “Once again, the dog earned his keep and an extra bit of kibble, after chasing and catching a Buick this year.” How about that, the two top captions zeroed in on the Dog… and it works! Well done paulz67 on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have once the Flickr library of Alden Jewell’s Photostream Account. This is an ad for the 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe with a group of people and the Oldsmobile on a Frozen Lake, with some fast looking “Ice Boats” behind the car. I’m not really sure what this scene has to do with the car, but it is exciting, so let’s bask in its imagery… You have two handsome couples at the front of the car (with one young lady actually sitting on the car), and a determined young man at the back of the car, and I really don’t know what he is currently doing… So, what is the purpose of this image… To set a sporting tone for the Oldsmobile? To state that you can go anywhere you desire in your new Super 88? That the heater that is optional in this sporty coupe is up to the task of keeping these two couples warm on the long drive home? and once again I have to ask…Is this really a way to sell this type of car 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 (Like is winter really over the horizon?), 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

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – The Irrational Want for this 1979 Chrysler Newport Sedan is unexplainable…

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Welcome to a belated edition of the Hooviverse Weekend, and let’s start things our this way… Can anyone explain why anyone would want this particular Chrysler R-Body Newport, let alone why I have this insatiable want for what is probably one of the worst Chrysler products of the late 70’s and early 80’s? I can’t explain it, I can’t rationalize it, it’s just there… So what do you think of this very red, very rare piece of Chrysler history?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1991-95 Mercedes-Benz 500E (E 500)

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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 we can squeeze in another performance German Sedan. This is the third Mercedes Benz über-sedan that I have profiled in this series, and like the other two, it was seriously understated in its overall appearance. The difference this time is it took Porsche to develop and perform some of the assembly to this high performance German Sedan. So, let’s see what happens when you take a Bank Vault of a Sedan, and have one of the premiere sports car makers inject some serious horsepower under the hood. Introducing the Mercedes Benz 500E (or E 500 as the last ones were known as…).

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Classic Captions – The 1976 Buick LeSabre Hardtop 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. 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

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

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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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