The Truth About Cars » austin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Piston Slap: I Like the Sprite in You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-15/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-15/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187154   Nicholas writes: A friend recently acquired the carcass (very deliberate choice of words) of a Bugeye Sprite. We were discussing what engine might go into it, and I was thinking that the turbo three-cylinder Ecotec would be a light but sufficiently powerful choice. However, I know very little about what is involved in turning […]

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  Nicholas writes: A friend recently acquired the carcass (very deliberate choice of words) of a Bugeye Sprite. We were discussing what engine might go into it, and I was thinking that the turbo three-cylinder Ecotec would be a light but sufficiently powerful choice. However, I know very little about what is involved in turning […]

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Baby Dies After Being Left Alone Inside Hot Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/baby-dies-after-being-left-alone-inside-hot-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/baby-dies-after-being-left-alone-inside-hot-car/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 16:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137002 A 10-month-old baby is dead after being left alone Thursday inside a hot car in Austin, Texas, KTLA reported. Police haven’t charged the male driver, who was found at the scene, with a crime. It’s unclear how the driver and the baby may have been related. According to police, employees at a Waffle House spotted the […]

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A 10-month-old baby is dead after being left alone Thursday inside a hot car in Austin, Texas, KTLA reported. Police haven’t charged the male driver, who was found at the scene, with a crime. It’s unclear how the driver and the baby may have been related. According to police, employees at a Waffle House spotted the […]

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Google Sends Self-Driving Lexus Hybrids to Test in Texas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/google-sends-self-driving-lexus-hybrids-test-texas/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109377 Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Google’s autonomous cars have made it to the Lone Star state for testing, The Detroit News is reporting. A self-driving Lexus 450h prototype was recently dispatched to Austin, Texas for testing on that city’s streets. The cars are used to map roadways and signs for future autonomous vehicles to use. Google said the car has begun […]

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Junkyard Find: 1957 Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1957-nash-metropolitan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1957-nash-metropolitan/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496832 When we had a 1960 Nash Metropolitan Junkyard Find a couple months back, you may have thought “Well, that was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion!” As it turns out, finding examples of the little Austin-built proto-AMC commuter in cheap self-service wrecking yards isn’t difficult at all— here’s another one, discovered at a yard in Denver. This one […]

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When we had a 1960 Nash Metropolitan Junkyard Find a couple months back, you may have thought “Well, that was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion!” As it turns out, finding examples of the little Austin-built proto-AMC commuter in cheap self-service wrecking yards isn’t difficult at all— here’s another one, discovered at a yard in Denver. This one […]

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Junkyard Find: 1960 Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1960-nash-metropolitan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1960-nash-metropolitan/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489176 I find 1960s cars in self-service wrecking yards all the time, but the last time I saw a Nash Metropolitan in this type of yard was, I think, in 1983, at the long-defunct U-Pull in east Oakland. I went back to the East Bay last weekend to visit family and decided to visit some of […]

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I find 1960s cars in self-service wrecking yards all the time, but the last time I saw a Nash Metropolitan in this type of yard was, I think, in 1983, at the long-defunct U-Pull in east Oakland. I went back to the East Bay last weekend to visit family and decided to visit some of […]

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Adventures In British Leyland Marketing: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Like the MG Maestro Yet! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/adventures-in-british-leyland-marketing-you-aint-seen-nothing-like-the-mg-maestro-yet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/adventures-in-british-leyland-marketing-you-aint-seen-nothing-like-the-mg-maestro-yet/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418436 Even though I’ve never been in a Austin/MG Maestro, I feel fairly confident in stating that the Rover Group’s little front-drive compact was unexciting at best. Still, the advertising folks must have though (after 11 rounds of Singapore Slings down at the pub) we can make it look cute and sexy! You decide. Bachmann-Turner Overdrive […]

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Even though I’ve never been in a Austin/MG Maestro, I feel fairly confident in stating that the Rover Group’s little front-drive compact was unexciting at best. Still, the advertising folks must have though (after 11 rounds of Singapore Slings down at the pub) we can make it look cute and sexy! You decide. Bachmann-Turner Overdrive […]

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Town Car Comes To A Halt At 490,789 Miles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/town-car-comes-to-a-halt-at-490789-miles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/town-car-comes-to-a-halt-at-490789-miles/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 14:30:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364350 Here at TTAC, we just love to talk about the Panther-based Town Car. I’m personally a big fan, but the rest of the staff is not as fond of the last full-sized Lincoln. Whether you love or hate driving a TC, however, you have to admit that they are very durable vehicles. It’s no surprise, […]

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Here at TTAC, we just love to talk about the Panther-based Town Car. I’m personally a big fan, but the rest of the staff is not as fond of the last full-sized Lincoln. Whether you love or hate driving a TC, however, you have to admit that they are very durable vehicles. It’s no surprise, […]

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The Handsome Jenson-Built Austin A40 Sports and Other Colorful Austins From The Fifities http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-handsome-jenson-built-austin-a40-sports-and-other-colorful-austins-from-the-fifities/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/the-handsome-jenson-built-austin-a40-sports-and-other-colorful-austins-from-the-fifities/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 20:04:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353603 Today’s CC Austin A40 Devon too frumpy for your taste? Austin’s Chairman Leonard Lord (shouldn’t that be the other way around?) read your mind. When he saw Jensen’s handsome new Interceptor, he made a deal for Jensen to build a sporty body to plunk on its A40 chassis. The export markets, America in particular, were […]

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Today’s CC Austin A40 Devon too frumpy for your taste? Austin’s Chairman Leonard Lord (shouldn’t that be the other way around?) read your mind. When he saw Jensen’s handsome new Interceptor, he made a deal for Jensen to build a sporty body to plunk on its A40 chassis. The export markets, America in particular, were […]

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