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How Not to Sell My Salvage Titled Volvo


As you may remember, my beloved 6MT Volvo V50 T5 was rear ended and declared a total loss in April. Some enterprising individual¬†bought the wreck at an auction, proceeded to fix/replace the rear hatch, and flip it on Craigslist. Almost three months later, it still sits, stale. Make the jump to see why. … Continue Reading

Craigslist: El Caminillac?


Sometimes I want to ask a car owner exactly what he was thinking, but then I remember it’s my own fault for being a Craigslist trawler. Anyway, today’s Craigslist find is brought to you by the 80’s: now with 100% real malaise!

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1981 Caprice Taxi…in South Africa?


The cool thing (well, one of the cool things) about surfing the Interwebs is the unprecedented opportunity we have to peek in on far-flung locales that we’d have known nothing about pre cyber-age. Working my Google-fu (if you’ll excuse my millennial jargon) while searching for the images I used in today’s Encyclopedia Hoonatica post, I found this Caprice taxi that somehow ended up Far Far Away in Edgemead, South Africa. The seller claims that it was a New York City taxi in a past life, and that it’s “The only New York Chev Caprice in the country“. OR IS IT? Our own Kamil Kaluski thinks otherwise, pointing out,

“I’m not sure that it’s a NYC cab. NYC cabs never came with those checker stickers, that I know of, at least none that I have ever seen, not in the 80s. No roof light, no medallion stencil,… it might be a cab, but I don’t think it was a NYC cab.”

Excellent points, but the seller does say that it “comes with the original taxi number and indicator on roof”…although the roof looks unaltered and the¬† indicator is nowhere to be seen in the two very basic photos provided. What say you, is this the real NYC deal, or an imposter? In any case, it would still be a rare and most excellent way to drive around on the wrong side of the road at the opposite tip of another continent.

Source: www.gumtree.co.za

Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Crossing a Honda Z600 with a Suzuki Samurai, and you get a Monster!

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Continuing on with this weekend edition of Automotive Oddities (From a Morris Minor with Fiat Power, to a Mercedes S500 with a Mustangectomy) we have our next contestant. This was once a Honda Z600 Coupe that was available here in the states from 1970 to 1972. So, this is what happens when you have a solid Z600 body, and Suzuki Samurai Chassis, and a spare Chevrolet 2.8L V6 just lying around. So, the question is this… Cool finished product, or Meth Induced Disaster?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit WTF Moment – This is a 2000 Mercedes S500, and it is for sale…

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Ah, Central New Jersey, so much Meth, so little time. This popped up on my feed this morning, and all I can say is WOW… I am not sure what kind of drugs are responsible for this creation, but would I be out of line in saying I wouldn’t mind my share… Make the jump to see more…

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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 – 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 – Your dose of Malaise for the Weekend; A 1977 Mercury Cougar XR7

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You know it wouldn’t be a Hooniverse Weekend without at least one feature that included a Detroit Boat made during the Malaise Era, and why not showcase one from a dead nameplate? This is a 1977 Mercury Cougar XR7 that shared a great deal with the Ford Thunderbird and Torino at that time. This had every excess 70’s styling cliche of the period… And that’s what makes it so damn desirable (at least it does for me…).

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – This was once a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am…

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On the Weekend I usually look at quite a few Facebook Feeds to see if there is anything out there that I can bring to your attention, and look what appeared on the Future $500 race cars! Even if the owner doesn’t know it yet Facebook Page. This thing was once a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am, but I am not sure what the Kit Car Make is… The only thing about this car I know is this: It’s a Hot Mess….

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