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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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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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Classic Captions – The 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Brougham LS 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 I decided to use a very Domestic Luxury Sedan, but can you spot the flaw in this image? (We will get to that in a moment…)

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Last time, we had an image of a French Coupe in a Pond, and while the participation rate increased, I think it was because I was complaining, but let’s move on… Our runner up comment was from long time Hoon topdeadcentre, and the caption was fairly fong, so buckle up: Out-of-Photo Hooniverse Peasant: Listen. Strange women standing in ponds distributing obscure French cars is no basis for a system of Classic Captions. Supreme automotive cleverness derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!
Driver: Be quiet!
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Hooniverse Peasant: You can’t expect to wield supreme style and panache just ’cause some watery tart threw a 1960’s Panhard at you!
Driver: [grabs Peasant] Shut up! Will you shut up?!
Hooniverse peasant: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system!
Driver: [shakes Peasant] Shut up!
Hooniverse Peasant: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help, I’m being repressed!”
I’m not sure how to take this particular caption, so I will take it as a compliment for the series (well done topdeadcentre!) However, there was one caption that was the overwhelming favorite this time…

And the winning comment was from another longtime Hoon, smalleyxb122, and his caption tied in the main character from Beverly Hills Cop (Though I don’t really get the connection, so here goes:) “Mr. Foley had been missing for days. The search team was having no luck until Greg decided to drive his car through the forest and its lush April foliage. After all, what better way to locate Axel under the spring leaves than with a Panhard?” This was one of the more confusing captions in a long time, so very well done smalleyxb122 on winning this weeks classic caption contest.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have once again swiped an image from Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account. This is a Dealership Placard for a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Brougham LS Sedan in all of its 80’s glory. If this was a Dealership Image that was used to display this model, then they really screwed up. Can you spot the obvious flaw in the image? Well, when these were trimmed at ASC (American Sunroof Corporation), they added the extension to the roof, and covered it with a padded vinyl cover. However, if the trunk lid wasn’t modified, it would simply open right into the window. So, the trunk lid wouldn’t go any higher than you see in the picture, which limits the usefulness of the trunk… So, is this really a way to sell this type of car in the late 80’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 (I wonder if the porter hit his head on the trunk lid…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very modern French image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota

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Welcome to another edition of the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, where I profile a car, truck, or van that you might not ever think of as a muscle car, and try to open your mind as to what a muscle car can or should be. Carroll Shelby was brought in to the Chrysler fold to try and breathe his brand of performance upgrades to workaday Dodge vehicles during the 80’s and early 90’s. Some of the cars that were offered as Shelby’s include the Omni GLH (and GLH-S), 024 Charger, the FWD Daytona, the Lancer, the Shadow, and our current feature, the Dakota Pickup from 1989. So does this tarted up mid-sized pickup truck really belong in the Obscure Muscle Car Garage? Make the break to read on…

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Classic Captions – The 1963 Panhard 24 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 or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This week we take a look at something French, but we’ll get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Band with a Toyota, and the participation rate was still a little off, and it makes me wonder if this feature has run its course (Let me know in the comments section), but let’s carry on anyway. Our runner up comment was from long time Hoon mdharrell, and the caption was pretty funny: “Maybe we should drive farther uphill. The guy who sold me this 2000GT said all the cool bands are really high on grass.” I think this is a first time that Professor Harrell has placed this high in our little competition, so well done. However, there was one caption that was just a bit better, and it was a Photoshop…

And the winning comment was from another longtime Hoon, HycoSpeed, and his caption was actually a photoshop that you can see on the left… This was very well done, so congratulations HycoSpeed on winning this edition of the Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest…

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I have once again trolled for images at Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream Account, and this was a very interesting image. This is a 1963 Panhard 24 Coupe, with a very 60’s vibe. The female model looks very modern in a form fitting dress, evening gloves, simple pumps, and a very Jackie O hairstyle. Her Beau in the car is also very 60’s modern, but what is the car doing in a pond of some sort? I really don’t see a way for the lovely young couple to drive it out of its current location, and in all reality, why is the car there in the first place? I really like how timeless this image is, but is this really a way to sell an Obscure French Car 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 (I bet that dress is still timeless today…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this very modern French image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell Flickr Photostream