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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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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – Here are the Losers… Are any of them worth redeeming?

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Welcome to the first (or second, I really can’t seem to remember) review of the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, and I thought I would start out with all the Cars (and Trucks) that really didn’t make it into the Garage for some reason or another, and try and grant entry to at least one of these vehicles before next week… Why is next week so important? It’s the time in which we start throwing out those Cars (and Trucks) which really should never have been voted in… So, let’s review the rejects, and see if you have a change of heart…

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Classic Captions – The 1963 Buick LeSabre Estate 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. Looking at the calendar (and a quick peek outside) it looks like we are currently in the middle of another winter season, and the image of a Buick Wagon illustrates all the fun you can have this time of year, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time we had an image of a Malaise Era Mustang II King Cobra, and the participation rate was just OK, so let’s see if we can kick it up a notch, as this post is running a bit later than usual because of the Detroit Show Coverage. Our runner up comment came from one of our regulars, GTXcellent, and it was most excellent indeed: “Tails, I win – ha ha, you have to pilot this horrible, under-powered, fiery death trap.” “Well, that’s fine. But next time, I get to fly the autogyro.” That was very clever GTXcellent, 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, onrails. His caption was similar to GTXcellent’s caption (in fact, most of the other favorites were expressing nearly the same observations), but it went like this: “Listen – we BOTH had the same pile of leftover parts to work from, I just decided to make something that was attractive, fun, and useful. You’ll just have to take the car that you made.” This was also very clever onrails, so good job on winning this week’s Caption Contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I’ve raided an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Account, and decided upon this image for the 1963 Buick LeSabre Estate Wagon. This was the time before GM used faux wood paneling for their wagons (that changed for the 1966 model year in which Chevrolet introduced the Caprice Wagon with Woodgrain to compete with the Ford Country Squire) and is actually a fine looking vehicle. One has to question why the Buick is on the ski slope in the first place. Is that handsome shi instructor giving private lessons to the trio of beautiful women, or is he trying to get a date with at least one of them? Is this really the way to sell a top rung luxury wagon in the 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 (So, who needs a private ski lesson back at the lodge?), 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 – This is a nice example of a 1962 Studebaker Champ Pickup, And you can purchase it now!

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The Studebaker Motorcar Company of South Bend, Indiana used to produce a great many cars and trucks throughout it’s lifespan as a vibrant company of the mid 20th century. However, things became just a bit more complicated after the conclusion of both the World War II and Korean conflicts, what with ever stronger competitors from GM, Ford and Chrysler, and the growing popularity of the smaller European Imports, the once great midwest car company was being squeezed out of the market (along with other independent car companies). This leaves us with glimpses of the once proud Studebaker vehicles, like this Champ Pickup that was produced close to the end of Studebaker Production here in the states. So, is it as desirable as I think it is?

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