The Truth About Cars » Curbside Classics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Curbside Classics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/curbside-classics/ Curbside Classic Special: 1959 Edsel “Eco-Boost” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/curbside-classic-special-1959-edsel-%e2%80%9ceco-boost%e2%80%9d/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/curbside-classic-special-1959-edsel-%e2%80%9ceco-boost%e2%80%9d/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 23:47:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397846 Editor’s note: Ladies and gentlemen, for one night only, it’s the return of Curbside Classics to TTAC. You can catch Paul Niedermeyer’s work (along with contributions from an ever expanding crew of TTAC commenters and more) on a regular basis at the new Curbside Classics site. But this piece? It just had to be on […]

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Editor’s note: Ladies and gentlemen, for one night only, it’s the return of Curbside Classics to TTAC. You can catch Paul Niedermeyer’s work (along with contributions from an ever expanding crew of TTAC commenters and more) on a regular basis at the new Curbside Classics site. But this piece? It just had to be on […]

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Curbside Classic: 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/curbside-classic-1975-chevrolet-monte-carlo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/curbside-classic-1975-chevrolet-monte-carlo/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381017 You’d think that all the Malaise Era Montes would have been crushed 15 years ago, but you still see the occasional survivor chugging around these days. I spotted this battered-but-solid example in a Denver park a few months back. You could get a 235-horse 454 V8 for the Monte Carlo in ’75, but most of […]

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You’d think that all the Malaise Era Montes would have been crushed 15 years ago, but you still see the occasional survivor chugging around these days. I spotted this battered-but-solid example in a Denver park a few months back. You could get a 235-horse 454 V8 for the Monte Carlo in ’75, but most of […]

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Snorkel-ized, RHD Diesel Land Cruiser Laughs At Denver Winter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/snorkel-ized-rhd-diesel-land-cruiser-laughs-at-denver-winter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/snorkel-ized-rhd-diesel-land-cruiser-laughs-at-denver-winter/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380374 In my first Denver winter after a driving lifetime in coastal California, I’m now experiencing my first real taste of driving in snow. My ’92 Civic is doing pretty well (i.e., I haven’t crashed or become stuck yet), but I’m starting to eyeball Craigslist listings for IHC Scouts and FJ40 Land Cruisers. After spotting this […]

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In my first Denver winter after a driving lifetime in coastal California, I’m now experiencing my first real taste of driving in snow. My ’92 Civic is doing pretty well (i.e., I haven’t crashed or become stuck yet), but I’m starting to eyeball Craigslist listings for IHC Scouts and FJ40 Land Cruisers. After spotting this […]

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Cargo Capacity Slightly Diminished, But Totally Worth It! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/cargo-capacity-slightly-diminished-but-totally-worth-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/cargo-capacity-slightly-diminished-but-totally-worth-it/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:00:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380123 Here’s a totally practical daily driver I spotted on the south side of Denver a while back. My sources tell me that this Svenmeister Hardcore Kustoms creation, which appears to be a ’49 Ford pickup, was driven to the salt flats and back immediately after completion. Must have been a rough ride, but who cares? […]

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Here’s a totally practical daily driver I spotted on the south side of Denver a while back. My sources tell me that this Svenmeister Hardcore Kustoms creation, which appears to be a ’49 Ford pickup, was driven to the salt flats and back immediately after completion. Must have been a rough ride, but who cares? […]

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Shorty Shoebox-amino Astounds, Confounds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/shorty-shoebox-amino-astounds-confounds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/shorty-shoebox-amino-astounds-confounds/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380039 Not many of us wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, “I think I’m going to shorten and narrow a ’57 Chevy wagon, give it a truck bed, and install a 427 with a 5-speed!” Check out the powered bed-cover! The owner of this incredible machine, however, did say that to himself, and […]

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Not many of us wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, “I think I’m going to shorten and narrow a ’57 Chevy wagon, give it a truck bed, and install a 427 with a 5-speed!” Check out the powered bed-cover! The owner of this incredible machine, however, did say that to himself, and […]

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1975 BMW 2002tii http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/1975-bmw-2002tii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/1975-bmw-2002tii/#comments Sat, 25 Dec 2010 19:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378583 Yes, owners of classic cars still drive them on the street during the winter in Denver (though we haven’t seen any real snow yet); I spotted this rare Bavarian at the park yesterday. It’s nowhere near show quality, but it’s a solid, running example of a car you almost never see outside of shows and […]

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Yes, owners of classic cars still drive them on the street during the winter in Denver (though we haven’t seen any real snow yet); I spotted this rare Bavarian at the park yesterday. It’s nowhere near show quality, but it’s a solid, running example of a car you almost never see outside of shows and […]

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Curbside Classic: 1980 Chevrolet Citation – GM’s Deadliest Sin Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1980-chevrolet-citation-gms-deadliest-sin-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1980-chevrolet-citation-gms-deadliest-sin-ever/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:01:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378038 The greatest crime in ancient Greece was hubris. And the perpetrator that carried out the sins as a result of their hubris inevitably faced great shame and retribution, most often fatal. So for the sake of this CC, we’re going to drop the Citation’s X-Car moniker, and call them the H-Cars. And just in case […]

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The greatest crime in ancient Greece was hubris. And the perpetrator that carried out the sins as a result of their hubris inevitably faced great shame and retribution, most often fatal. So for the sake of this CC, we’re going to drop the Citation’s X-Car moniker, and call them the H-Cars. And just in case […]

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Curbside Classics: The First Mini-Pickups: Datsun’s 1964 320 1200; 1967 520 1300; 1969 521 1600 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classics-the-first-mini-pickups-datsuns-1964-320-1200-1967-520-1300-1969-521-1600/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classics-the-first-mini-pickups-datsuns-1964-320-1200-1967-520-1300-1969-521-1600/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:56:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377698 The Toyota pickup has become such a dominant vehicle in its class worldwide, its easy to assume that it was always that way. Not so. It was Nissan’s little Datsun trucks that essentially invented the modern mini-pickup genre, and was top puppy in the US for well over a decade before handing over the throne. […]

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The Toyota pickup has become such a dominant vehicle in its class worldwide, its easy to assume that it was always that way. Not so. It was Nissan’s little Datsun trucks that essentially invented the modern mini-pickup genre, and was top puppy in the US for well over a decade before handing over the throne. […]

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The Curbside Classics Treasure Hunt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/the-curbside-classics-treasure-hunt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/the-curbside-classics-treasure-hunt/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:15:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377205 This week’s Silversides Bus and Tempest CCs were high on my wish list, and finding them motivated me to put in some serious overtime. So today I need a breather, say an urban hike from our house to Skinner Butte, the geographic focal point of Eugene. Now some of you have asked if you could […]

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This week’s Silversides Bus and Tempest CCs were high on my wish list, and finding them motivated me to put in some serious overtime. So today I need a breather, say an urban hike from our house to Skinner Butte, the geographic focal point of Eugene. Now some of you have asked if you could […]

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Curbside Classic: 1963 Tempest LeMans- Pontiac Tries To Build A BMW Before BMW Built Theirs And Almost Succeeds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1963-tempest-lemans-pontiac-tries-to-build-a-bmw-before-bmw-built-theirs-and-almost-succeeds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1963-tempest-lemans-pontiac-tries-to-build-a-bmw-before-bmw-built-theirs-and-almost-succeeds/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:25:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376863 In the thirties and forties, GM pioneered and brought to market some of the most innovative, successful and lasting new technologies: diesel-electric locomotives, the modern diesel bus, automatic transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, high compression engines, independent front suspension, and many more. But GM’s technology prowess was just one facet of its endlessly warring […]

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In the thirties and forties, GM pioneered and brought to market some of the most innovative, successful and lasting new technologies: diesel-electric locomotives, the modern diesel bus, automatic transmissions, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, high compression engines, independent front suspension, and many more. But GM’s technology prowess was just one facet of its endlessly warring […]

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Curbside Classic: 1947 GM PD-3751 “Silversides” Greyhound Bus – The First Modern Diesel Bus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1947-gm-pd-3751-silversides-greyhound-bus-the-first-modern-diesel-bus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1947-gm-pd-3751-silversides-greyhound-bus-the-first-modern-diesel-bus/#comments Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:53:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376530 This GM bus revolutionized the industry, and set the template for all over-the road buses to come: forward control, rear transverse diesel engine, the famous fluted aluminum “Silversides” cladding, semi-monocoque construction, high floor and underfloor luggage compartments. But its wildest feature was not replicated: a four-on-the-tree shifter and its mechanical linkage back to the non-synchronized […]

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This GM bus revolutionized the industry, and set the template for all over-the road buses to come: forward control, rear transverse diesel engine, the famous fluted aluminum “Silversides” cladding, semi-monocoque construction, high floor and underfloor luggage compartments. But its wildest feature was not replicated: a four-on-the-tree shifter and its mechanical linkage back to the non-synchronized […]

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Curbside Classic – When Honda’s Mojo Was Working: 1980-1983 Honda Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-when-hondas-mojo-was-working-1980-1983-honda-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-when-hondas-mojo-was-working-1980-1983-honda-civic/#comments Thu, 09 Dec 2010 18:15:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376317 Yesterday’s piece  about Honda’s slippage left little doubt that its mojo ain’t quite what it used to be. But there was a time when Honda was on fire, and could do (almost) no wrong. The gen 1 Civic was like a little cherry bomb lobbed into a Weight-Watcher’s convention. Tiny, tinny, rude and crude as […]

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Yesterday’s piece  about Honda’s slippage left little doubt that its mojo ain’t quite what it used to be. But there was a time when Honda was on fire, and could do (almost) no wrong. The gen 1 Civic was like a little cherry bomb lobbed into a Weight-Watcher’s convention. Tiny, tinny, rude and crude as […]

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Curbside Classic: 1946 Lincoln Continental – The Most Imitated American Car Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-1946-lincoln-continental-the-most-imitated-american-car-ever/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:54:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375951 This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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This car is a jaw-dropper, a true classic, and a lucky find that rivals the CC logomobile, but it’s misnamed. By all rights, it should be the Edsel American. It was Edsel Ford’s fine taste and encouragement that made the original version of this trend-setting car happen, and in the process created a car that […]

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Curbside Classic Mercury Memorial Week Finale: The Fat Cats – 1971, 1974 And 1977 Cougar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-mercury-memorial-week-finale-the-fat-cats-1971-1974-and-1977-cougar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-mercury-memorial-week-finale-the-fat-cats-1971-1974-and-1977-cougar/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 16:49:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375685 The Cougar first arrived in 1967 as something unique and distinct: a handsome, lithe sporty coupe with a distinct hint of luxury and a dash of continental flavor. Although the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix is often credited with creating the mid-size/mid-price personal-luxury coupe coup, the first Cougar certainly predicted the trend. What wasn’t so predictable […]

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The Cougar first arrived in 1967 as something unique and distinct: a handsome, lithe sporty coupe with a distinct hint of luxury and a dash of continental flavor. Although the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix is often credited with creating the mid-size/mid-price personal-luxury coupe coup, the first Cougar certainly predicted the trend. What wasn’t so predictable […]

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Curbside Classic: The Bootylicious 1970 Mercury Marauder X-100 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-the-bootylicious-1970-mercury-marauder-x-100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/curbside-classic-the-bootylicious-1970-mercury-marauder-x-100/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375177 Memorable (def): 1. worth remembering 2. easily remembered Maurauder (def): one who raids for booty In yesterday’s Cougar CC, I claimed there were only three Mercuries truly worth remembering. The Marauder X-100 wasn’t on the list, and many of you protested. Fortunately, there are two definitions for the word, and the Marauder is certainly easily […]

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Memorable (def): 1. worth remembering 2. easily remembered Maurauder (def): one who raids for booty In yesterday’s Cougar CC, I claimed there were only three Mercuries truly worth remembering. The Marauder X-100 wasn’t on the list, and many of you protested. Fortunately, there are two definitions for the word, and the Marauder is certainly easily […]

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Curbside Classic Mercury Memorial Week: 1968 Cougar – Mercury’s Greatest (Only?) Hit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-mercury-memorial-week-1968-cougar-mercurys-greatest-only-hit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-mercury-memorial-week-1968-cougar-mercurys-greatest-only-hit/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:57:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374962 I almost forgot; Mercury is dead. Is amnesia a symptom of Mercury poisoning? Was it not just about the most forgettable brand ever? Ask yourself this: how many Mercuries (not counting the German Ford Capri) over its seventy year lifespan were truly memorable? And by memorable, I don’t mean like the time the toilet backed up […]

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I almost forgot; Mercury is dead. Is amnesia a symptom of Mercury poisoning? Was it not just about the most forgettable brand ever? Ask yourself this: how many Mercuries (not counting the German Ford Capri) over its seventy year lifespan were truly memorable? And by memorable, I don’t mean like the time the toilet backed up […]

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Curbside Classic: Ultra Van – Cross An Airplane With A Corvair For The Most Radical RV Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-ultra-van-cross-an-airplane-with-a-corvair-for-the-most-radical-rv-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-ultra-van-cross-an-airplane-with-a-corvair-for-the-most-radical-rv-ever/#comments Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:38:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374511 In 1959, David Peterson, a professional aircraft designer, had a dilemma: he owned a travel trailer and a boat, but couldn’t tow them both at the same time. He dreamed of putting an engine under the floor of the trailer, and towing his boat with it. When the Corvair appeared that year, he decided to […]

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In 1959, David Peterson, a professional aircraft designer, had a dilemma: he owned a travel trailer and a boat, but couldn’t tow them both at the same time. He dreamed of putting an engine under the floor of the trailer, and towing his boat with it. When the Corvair appeared that year, he decided to […]

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Curbside Classic Fastback Week: 1969 Volkswagen 1600 Type 3 Fastback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-fastback-week-1969-volkswagen-1600-type-3-fastback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-fastback-week-1969-volkswagen-1600-type-3-fastback/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:18:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374190 Two fastbacks found in one week; now there’s something to be thankful for (not that I don’t have plenty already). The Packard Clipper Super and this Volkswagen Type 3 may not seem to share anything other than their tapering hind ends, but there is one other quality that they both have in common, and it […]

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Two fastbacks found in one week; now there’s something to be thankful for (not that I don’t have plenty already). The Packard Clipper Super and this Volkswagen Type 3 may not seem to share anything other than their tapering hind ends, but there is one other quality that they both have in common, and it […]

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Curbside True Classic: 1946 Packard Clipper Super – And Why Did Someone Dump Paint On It The Other Night? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-true-classic-1946-packard-clipper-super-and-why-did-someone-dump-paint-on-it-the-other-night/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-true-classic-1946-packard-clipper-super-and-why-did-someone-dump-paint-on-it-the-other-night/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:20:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373882 It’s mysterious enough that a genuine CCCA-designated classic car suddenly appears curbside in my neighborhood. And not just any true classic, but the immensely desirable and infinitely awesome Clipper Super Coupe, the most powerful and fastest American car of its day. But the mystery deepens: why did its owner try everything possible to keep me […]

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It’s mysterious enough that a genuine CCCA-designated classic car suddenly appears curbside in my neighborhood. And not just any true classic, but the immensely desirable and infinitely awesome Clipper Super Coupe, the most powerful and fastest American car of its day. But the mystery deepens: why did its owner try everything possible to keep me […]

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Curbside Classic: 1989 Ford Festiva – Korea Week Shitbox Shoot-out Loser http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1989-ford-festiva-korea-week-shitbox-shoot-out-loser/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1989-ford-festiva-korea-week-shitbox-shoot-out-loser/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:12:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373693 The Korean invasion began in the late eighties with three shitboxes: the Hyundai Excel, the Pontiac LeMans, and the Ford Festiva. Korea Week CC pits them against each other to determine the outcome: the Festiva loses the contest by a large margin. Why? It was way too good of a car. So losing is winning […]

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The Korean invasion began in the late eighties with three shitboxes: the Hyundai Excel, the Pontiac LeMans, and the Ford Festiva. Korea Week CC pits them against each other to determine the outcome: the Festiva loses the contest by a large margin. Why? It was way too good of a car. So losing is winning […]

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Curbside Classic: 1990 Pontiac LeMans – The Lows And Rocky Mt. Highs Of GM’s Deadly Sin #12 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1990-pontiac-lemans-the-lows-and-rocky-mt-highs-of-gms-deadly-sin-12/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1990-pontiac-lemans-the-lows-and-rocky-mt-highs-of-gms-deadly-sin-12/#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 16:01:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373212 Between the years 1988 and 1993, GM decided to use Americans in a mass experiment, in which I found myself  an unwitting participant. Seemingly unable to determine on its own whether Korean-made cars would pass muster here, GM just sent boatloads of them over and slapped on the storied Pontiac LeMans name, no less. Then […]

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Between the years 1988 and 1993, GM decided to use Americans in a mass experiment, in which I found myself  an unwitting participant. Seemingly unable to determine on its own whether Korean-made cars would pass muster here, GM just sent boatloads of them over and slapped on the storied Pontiac LeMans name, no less. Then […]

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Curbside Classic: 1988 Hyundai Excel – The Damn Near Deadly Sin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1988-hyundai-excel-the-damn-near-deadly-sin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1988-hyundai-excel-the-damn-near-deadly-sin/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 16:58:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372753 Americans are a forgiving sort, and redemption from sin is just the right gesture away. Well, that applies more to politicians and celebrities than to car companies. It can be a little more challenging to overcome the damage from a poor quality car, especially if you’re the brand new kid on the block. Just ask […]

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Americans are a forgiving sort, and redemption from sin is just the right gesture away. Well, that applies more to politicians and celebrities than to car companies. It can be a little more challenging to overcome the damage from a poor quality car, especially if you’re the brand new kid on the block. Just ask […]

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The Curbside Classics Graveyard: May They Rust In Peace http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-curbside-classic-graveyard-may-they-rust-in-peace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/the-curbside-classic-graveyard-may-they-rust-in-peace/#comments Sat, 13 Nov 2010 16:02:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372530 Even in Eugene, where Curbside Classics miraculously soldier along on the streets for decades beyond their normal life expectancy, the forces of entropy cannot be forestalled forever. If it’s still running enough to get there, you could donate it to the official CC Sales Lot, and pass that slipping and leaking transmission on to the […]

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Even in Eugene, where Curbside Classics miraculously soldier along on the streets for decades beyond their normal life expectancy, the forces of entropy cannot be forestalled forever. If it’s still running enough to get there, you could donate it to the official CC Sales Lot, and pass that slipping and leaking transmission on to the […]

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Curbside Classics: Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni – Detroit Finally Builds A Proper Small Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classics-plymouth-horizon-and-dodge-omni-detroit-finally-builds-a-proper-small-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classics-plymouth-horizon-and-dodge-omni-detroit-finally-builds-a-proper-small-car/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:10:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372239 Is time slowing down? Just fifteen years separate this 1960 Imperial and the Horizon’s birth. Or was it just that Detroit was terribly slow to embrace the inevitability of modern European design? Better late then never, because not only were the Horizon and Omni the first proper small cars ever built in Detroit, they also […]

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Is time slowing down? Just fifteen years separate this 1960 Imperial and the Horizon’s birth. Or was it just that Detroit was terribly slow to embrace the inevitability of modern European design? Better late then never, because not only were the Horizon and Omni the first proper small cars ever built in Detroit, they also […]

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Curbside Classic: 1960 Imperial Crown Southampton – The Frankenstein Of Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1960-imperial-crown-southampton-the-frankenstein-of-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/curbside-classic-1960-imperial-crown-southampton-the-frankenstein-of-cars/#comments Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:51:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371891 Calling a car from this period a monster is not exactly uncommon or uncalled for. But what if its own daddy called it that? Virgil Exner, the father of the definitive automotive fins created a sensation in 1957 when they appeared on the all-new “Suddenly it’s 1960” models. With a straight face, Exner then claimed […]

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Calling a car from this period a monster is not exactly uncommon or uncalled for. But what if its own daddy called it that? Virgil Exner, the father of the definitive automotive fins created a sensation in 1957 when they appeared on the all-new “Suddenly it’s 1960” models. With a straight face, Exner then claimed […]

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