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Germans Have a Whole Genre of Jokes About One Particular Kind of Opel Germans Have a Whole Genre of Jokes About One Particular Kind of Opel

Every country seems to have its particular cars that are the butt of jokes. Here in America, we have jokes about Mustang drivers plowing into crowds, for example. Or jokes about the creepiness of while Econoline vans. But I don’t think any particular car in America has generated such an enthusiastic and specific joke…

This Chart Will Help You Pick Which Lloyd Alexander Is Right for You This Chart Will Help You Pick Which Lloyd Alexander Is Right for You

If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you’ve found yourself having to make a difficult decision: which Lloyd Alexander do you need in your life right now, the small, inexpensive German car with bodies made of wood and vinyl, or the beloved children’s fantasy book author, best known for The Chronicles…

There's a $6,000 Bugatti Veyron for Sale in India, I'm Pretty Sure There's a $6,000 Bugatti Veyron for Sale in India, I'm Pretty Sure

If you’re looking for what is very likely the bargain of the century, you need to head over to India, where someone appears to be selling a stunning Bugatti Veyron for an astoundingly cheap ₹ 4,00,000, which comes to about $5,700 in damp American dollars. That’s a discount of about, oh, $1.2 million or so, which is…

WAIT, WAIT! I LEFT MY PILLS ON THAT ROCKET!

Quick Question: What Makes a Truck a Truck? Quick Question: What Makes a Truck a Truck?

Earlier today I was doing some research on an interesting 4x4 vehicle that predated the world-famous Jeep, when an interesting question came up: is a Jeep a truck? It seems like a passenger vehicle, but it was technically categorized as a truck. And that got me thinking: what exactly makes a truck a truck?

This Oddly Cute Little Car Was the First Mass-Produced 4x4 Passenger Car Even Before the Jeep This Oddly Cute Little Car Was the First Mass-Produced 4x4 Passenger Car Even Before the Jeep

Four-wheel drive vehicles have been around longer than you may realize; there were experiments by Joseph Diplock in 1893, and the first real car Ferdinand Porsche engineered, the 1900 Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid, was a 4WD hybrid electric car. When we think of mass-produced 4WD passenger cars, though, most people…

This Homemade New York State Inspection Sticker Really Nails It This Homemade New York State Inspection Sticker Really Nails It

Like many states, New York inspects cars to make sure they’re (roughly) safe enough to be on the road, and to prove that’s the case, they require an inspection sticker to be displayed on the windshield. Now, not everyone has the time, money, or a car that meets all the inspection standards, which can lead some people…

Here's the Soviet Equivalent of the Car Chase from 'Bullitt'

When you think about Soviet cinema, I’m guessing you tend to picture ponderous WWII epics or maybe Solaris. What you probably aren’t imagining are wild car chases, but you’d be wrong! There were some pretty good car chases in Soviet movies, but the one I want to show you is this one from a cop movie called Petrovka 38…

Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body 'Which is Not Today on the Market' But What Could That Be? Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body 'Which is Not Today on the Market' But What Could That Be?

Bugatti, a maker of rapidly-moving motor carriages targeted at people who could also afford to buy, say, a locomotive if they so chose, revealed, via an interview with their president, Stephan Winkelmann, that an upcoming next Bugatti would have a body style that’s “is not today on the market.” What the hell could he…

Mercedes' Latest Experimental Safety Car Has a Little Robot Triangle, Among Other Things

Experimental Safety Cars were a big deal back in the 1970s, when most major manufacturers were building (usually) bright yellow, heavy-looking sedans with massive black rubber bumpers front and rear, all in an attempt to develop and showcase safety technology.

I'm Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help I'm Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help

I hope you’re ready to dive into some really timely content, getting to the bottom of an automotive design decision that hasn’t really been seen since, oh, 1930. But it’s one I’ve always been drawn to, and yet one I’m not sure I understand. It’s a design conceit usually called the coal scuttle bonnet, and it’s likely…

A Very Cool Old MG and I Will Be on TV Tonight A Very Cool Old MG and I Will Be on TV Tonight

Just in case your Friday night plans involve planting your ass on some sort of cushion and receiving audiovisual information from some manner of device with a screen and speakers, I have a suggestion for you: instead of watching exciting epics of superheroes or space travel or magic or dragons, why not watch me drone…

Happy Friday, pals! Time to get in your DKW and drive under the glorious rainbows of life! Also, I’d like to point out that DKW was the only carmaker I can think of to name their cars after mathematical impossibilities, like 3=6. I mean, I get they were saying their three-cylinder two-stroke was like a four-stroke…

Guy Who Blew $4,000 Lowering His Car Is Demanding His Town Pay Because He Can't Drive Over Speed Bumps to Get to Work Guy Who Blew $4,000 Lowering His Car Is Demanding His Town Pay Because He Can't Drive Over Speed Bumps to Get to Work

Have you ever had one of those moments where some embarrassing memory launches into your mind, unbidden and unwanted, and you spend several painful moments reliving your own shame and misery? I’m guessing that such moments may become common in Christopher Fitzgibbon’s future, and I’m guessing the moments he’ll…

The Missing Link Between Volkswagen and Porsche Is Up for Auction The Missing Link Between Volkswagen and Porsche Is Up for Auction

We all know that the first Porsche, the 356, was built in 1948, and largely derived from Volkswagen Type I (you know, the Beetle) designs and components. Ferdinand Porsche was, of course, the lead engineer in charge of developing the car that would become the Beetle, then known as the KdF (Strength-through-Joy) Wagen.…

Space Genius Ted Cruz Is Super Worried About Space Pirates Stealing our Space Booty Space Genius Ted Cruz Is Super Worried About Space Pirates Stealing our Space Booty

President Trump’s proposed Space Force has found new support from a fleshy sack of dogfood and charmlessness that wears a suit and calls itself “Ted Cruz.” This talking sack is the Senator from Texas, and has decided that we need to fund the proposed Space Force to protect us from space pirates. Yep. Pirates, in space.

America's 'Most Dangerous Car' Is Actually Pretty Damn Safe America's 'Most Dangerous Car' Is Actually Pretty Damn Safe

The automotive research firm iSeeCars.com released a study called “The Most Dangerous Cars in the U.S.” and as a result, a bunch of websites have been running articles with titles like Fatal Attraction: These Are The Deadliest Cars On The Road, which certainly has some nice life-or-death drama to it. Here’s the thing,…

Citroën's Weepy-Emoji Concept Is an Interesting Study of What You Get After Building Cars for a Century Citroën's Weepy-Emoji Concept Is an Interesting Study of What You Get After Building Cars for a Century

This year marks the centenary of Citroën, a company named after a guy named after a lemon that has proven to be one of the most consistently innovative and bold automakers for an entire century. The company was one of the pioneers of unibodies and front-wheel drive, developed novel suspension systems, had striking…

There’s something really satisfying about this diagram of a Winnebago D-24 Chieftain. It’s like the RV version of those linear spaceship diagrams you see on background screens all over the place in Star Trek shows, if the colors were inverted.

This Has to Be the Most Uselessly Obsolete Car-Related Thing You Can Own This Has to Be the Most Uselessly Obsolete Car-Related Thing You Can Own

Here’s a fun experiment: if you know what that car-shaped thing up there is, try to explain it to a nearby child. If you actually manage to convey the purpose of that thing and the surrounding context of technological development, society, and culture that made it a viable product, I’m guessing the child is regarding…

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