The Truth About Cars » classic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 First-Ever Honda N600 Gets Restored in New Video Series http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/coming-america-first-ever-honda-n600-gets-restoration-video-series/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/coming-america-first-ever-honda-n600-gets-restoration-video-series/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:41:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1305409 As a relative newcomer to the car-building scene, Honda doesn’t quite have the heritage of classics piling up in a dusty warehouse like most other automakers. They do have a legion of rabid fans, however, including one restorer who specializes in very early Honda cars — and found the very first N600 built for the U.S. […]

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As a relative newcomer to the car-building scene, Honda doesn’t quite have the heritage of classics piling up in a dusty warehouse like most other automakers. They do have a legion of rabid fans, however, including one restorer who specializes in very early Honda cars — and found the very first N600 built for the U.S. […]

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Piston Slap: Scootin’ Around A Classic Car Valuation? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-17/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-17/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1241513 Cheryl writes: I have a 1982 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter and I’m trying to determine its value. It has manual transmission and no A/C. Is there a source you recommend I contact? Thank you for your help! Sajeev answers: Cheryl, you don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. For something, anything, related to the Chevy Chevette. […]

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Cheryl writes: I have a 1982 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter and I’m trying to determine its value. It has manual transmission and no A/C. Is there a source you recommend I contact? Thank you for your help! Sajeev answers: Cheryl, you don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this moment. For something, anything, related to the Chevy Chevette. […]

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Porsche Wants To Get in On Some of That Classic Porsche Action http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/porsche-wants-to-get-in-on-some-of-that-classic-porsche-action/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/porsche-wants-to-get-in-on-some-of-that-classic-porsche-action/#comments Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231761 Porsche announced Friday that it opened its first classic Porsche center in the Netherlands, the first among nearly 100 centers that will sell, service and make money on maintain old sports cars. The network will eventually include a center (or centers) within North America, according to the automaker. Porsche says that nearly 70 percent of all […]

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Porsche announced Friday that it opened its first classic Porsche center in the Netherlands, the first among nearly 100 centers that will sell, service and make money on maintain old sports cars. The network will eventually include a center (or centers) within North America, according to the automaker. Porsche says that nearly 70 percent of all […]

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New or Used: Red Rover, Red Rover. Should Tim Get A Land Rover? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-used-red-rover-red-rover-tim-get-land-rover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/new-used-red-rover-red-rover-tim-get-land-rover/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1133393 Tim writes: Tim from Hooniverse here, looking to see what you and the B&B have to suggest. I’m writing for recommendations to replace my ’69 Wagoneer as the Family Dirtwagon. The Wagoneer’s great as a 46-year-old classic, but it’s a 46-year-old classic, and is a little too old, project-y and fragile for what I need. […]

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Tim writes: Tim from Hooniverse here, looking to see what you and the B&B have to suggest. I’m writing for recommendations to replace my ’69 Wagoneer as the Family Dirtwagon. The Wagoneer’s great as a 46-year-old classic, but it’s a 46-year-old classic, and is a little too old, project-y and fragile for what I need. […]

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In Pictures: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/in-pictures-pittsburgh-vintage-grand-prix/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/in-pictures-pittsburgh-vintage-grand-prix/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128953 I bet you didn’t know the longest continually running vintage car race and show in the nation is held in Yinzerville. That’s right. Every summer since 1983, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park becomes the scene of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The course consists of a 2.33 mile stretch of road inside the park that challenges drivers with its twenty […]

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I bet you didn’t know the longest continually running vintage car race and show in the nation is held in Yinzerville. That’s right. Every summer since 1983, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park becomes the scene of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The course consists of a 2.33 mile stretch of road inside the park that challenges drivers with its twenty […]

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You Don’t Need a Mill’ to Run a Mille: The Joy of Budget Classic Car Rallying http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/dont-need-mill-run-mille-joy-budget-classic-car-rallying/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/dont-need-mill-run-mille-joy-budget-classic-car-rallying/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:13:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1068202 Today, the Mille Miglia begins – indeed, as you read this, it’s probably already done so. The entry list is available online, a roll-call of million-dollar coach-built rolling-artwork. And also stuff like a Borgward Isabella, which should make Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky giddy, as he’s covering the event thanks to Jaguar. Bucket list stuff, surely, but […]

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Today, the Mille Miglia begins – indeed, as you read this, it’s probably already done so. The entry list is available online, a roll-call of million-dollar coach-built rolling-artwork. And also stuff like a Borgward Isabella, which should make Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky giddy, as he’s covering the event thanks to Jaguar. Bucket list stuff, surely, but […]

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Piston Slap: A Silver Arrow Through the Heart? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-silver-arrow-heart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-silver-arrow-heart/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:47:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1001802 TTAC commentator confused1096 writes: Sajeev, I need some insight and good advice from yourself and the B & B. Here’s the problem: After my wife’s back surgery we no longer use my ’99 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow (#120) since it’s not comfortable for her to sit in (too low down, shape of seat etc.). We […]

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TTAC commentator confused1096 writes: Sajeev, I need some insight and good advice from yourself and the B & B. Here’s the problem: After my wife’s back surgery we no longer use my ’99 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow (#120) since it’s not comfortable for her to sit in (too low down, shape of seat etc.). We […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: The Brazil Vacation, Part II http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/vellum-venom-vignette-brazil-vacation-part-ii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/vellum-venom-vignette-brazil-vacation-part-ii/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=987546   Aside from the car-less world of cruise/train travel, my post-CCS Design vacations involve seeing an American on the road only to feel their styling and (more importantly) proportioning are sleeker and prettier. Douchey perhaps, but it’s my benign contribution to American Exceptionalism. Even if this “proper” Chevy is a German Opel (sold alongside many a Korean Daewoo) introduced in […]

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  Aside from the car-less world of cruise/train travel, my post-CCS Design vacations involve seeing an American on the road only to feel their styling and (more importantly) proportioning are sleeker and prettier. Douchey perhaps, but it’s my benign contribution to American Exceptionalism. Even if this “proper” Chevy is a German Opel (sold alongside many a Korean Daewoo) introduced in […]

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Capsule Review: 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia 2.0 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/capsule-review-1983-ford-sierra-ghia-2-0/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:44:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=981897     “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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    “Wait! Is that a…” “Are you British?”  “I haven’t seen one of these since I left Venezuela as a teenager, only rich people had Sierras!” Behold random responses from gawkers of TTAC’s Project Car. The surprises continue after several hundred miles under the Ford Sierra’s belt, as life with this fish out of water is […]

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Adam’s En”light”ening Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/adams-enlightening-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/adams-enlightening-experience/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=974489 My friend Adam is a great guy. He is a first generation American, Air Force Officer and genuinely pleasant person. Like anyone else, he has his preferences and dogmas. He believes television peaked with “The Rockford Files” and owns the complete series on DVD. He also believes any car worth owning was built before 1973. As […]

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My friend Adam is a great guy. He is a first generation American, Air Force Officer and genuinely pleasant person. Like anyone else, he has his preferences and dogmas. He believes television peaked with “The Rockford Files” and owns the complete series on DVD. He also believes any car worth owning was built before 1973. As […]

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Piston Slap: A Grey Market Global Ranger? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-global-ranger-management/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/piston-slap-global-ranger-management/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:57:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=912394 H.Y. writes: Hi Sajeev, the global Ford Ranger is still sold overseas now.  What are the challenges for a person to import a modern used Ranger these days? how much addedcostsontopofthepurchase/transport price? 25% truck import duty?  even with a 4-door model ? how much paper work?  US customs, EPA, State safety inspection, DMV plate? what if the truck […]

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H.Y. writes: Hi Sajeev, the global Ford Ranger is still sold overseas now.  What are the challenges for a person to import a modern used Ranger these days? how much addedcostsontopofthepurchase/transport price? 25% truck import duty?  even with a 4-door model ? how much paper work?  US customs, EPA, State safety inspection, DMV plate? what if the truck […]

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Classic Review: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT V6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/classic-review-1986-pontiac-fiero-gt-v6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/classic-review-1986-pontiac-fiero-gt-v6/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:07:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=876441 The Pontiac Fiero is one of those cars that is forever showing up on lists. A simple on-line search finds that it’s one of the 100 worst cars ever built, one of the ten cars that should be avoided by tall people, one of the worst ever Indy 500 Pace Cars and, because of its […]

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The Pontiac Fiero is one of those cars that is forever showing up on lists. A simple on-line search finds that it’s one of the 100 worst cars ever built, one of the ten cars that should be avoided by tall people, one of the worst ever Indy 500 Pace Cars and, because of its […]

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Piston Slap: The Luxury Sedan Fanboi Fallacy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-the-luxury-sedan-fanboi-fallacy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-the-luxury-sedan-fanboi-fallacy/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:58:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=835145 Earl writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife wants me to sell our pristine, time-capsule 90 Cressida for a 4Runner (or similar) because we live in winter-world. I am looking at used 4Runners and the prices are crazy. Typically a rusted 1996-98 with 350-390,000KM will be asking $5,000 – $6,000CDN. I have seen Lexus LS with half […]

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Earl writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife wants me to sell our pristine, time-capsule 90 Cressida for a 4Runner (or similar) because we live in winter-world. I am looking at used 4Runners and the prices are crazy. Typically a rusted 1996-98 with 350-390,000KM will be asking $5,000 – $6,000CDN. I have seen Lexus LS with half […]

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Piston Slap: When to Exit the Alfa? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-when-to-exit-the-alfa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/piston-slap-when-to-exit-the-alfa/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:13:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=769354 Mike writes: Sajeev, About five years ago I bought a 1982 Alfa GTV6 from a kid who was in over his head. I paid exactly $2,000 for the car, drove it home, fixed up the ignition system, suspension, various other bits, and drove it on weekends or whenever the traffic in Austin wasn’t too atrocious. […]

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Mike writes: Sajeev, About five years ago I bought a 1982 Alfa GTV6 from a kid who was in over his head. I paid exactly $2,000 for the car, drove it home, fixed up the ignition system, suspension, various other bits, and drove it on weekends or whenever the traffic in Austin wasn’t too atrocious. […]

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Piston Slap: Getting Smart about Barn Finds! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-getting-smart-about-barn-finds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/piston-slap-getting-smart-about-barn-finds/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:23:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=662162 Justin writes: Sajeev, As a classic car lover for the past few years, I’m always scouring Craigslist for 60’s cars and watching YouTube videos on automotive archaeology. It’s a lifetime dream to fix something special and drive it everyday. This being said, you can guess my reaction to hear that there is an abandoned yet […]

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Justin writes: Sajeev, As a classic car lover for the past few years, I’m always scouring Craigslist for 60’s cars and watching YouTube videos on automotive archaeology. It’s a lifetime dream to fix something special and drive it everyday. This being said, you can guess my reaction to hear that there is an abandoned yet […]

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Piston Slap: Because Nobody Lies on Craigslist! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-because-nobody-lies-on-craigslist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-because-nobody-lies-on-craigslist/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:07:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498201 Walt writes: Mr. Mehta, I am seriously considering purchasing a 1965 Mustang Fastback from a private seller on craigslist. He owes $3000 on the vehicle. I myself will have to take out a loan to pay for said car. The title to the car is held by the same institution that will be lending me […]

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Walt writes: Mr. Mehta, I am seriously considering purchasing a 1965 Mustang Fastback from a private seller on craigslist. He owes $3000 on the vehicle. I myself will have to take out a loan to pay for said car. The title to the car is held by the same institution that will be lending me […]

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Piston Slap: Fix my Bro-Ham, Sanjeev! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-fix-my-bro-ham-sanjeev/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:48:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486710 Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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Mark writes: Hello Sanjeev, I have a problem and hope you can help me. My Cadillac Brougham with the 307 V8 smells like gas under the hood. This is intermittent and the last time it was in the shop the mechanic found no leaks under the car or around the carb. I did some internet […]

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BMW Re-Releases 73 Year Old Gearbox http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bmw-re-releases-73-year-old-gearbox/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bmw-re-releases-73-year-old-gearbox/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:27:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485204 As the owner of a geriatric, but otherwise well maintained car, you know that getting parts can be a bitch. Depending on company policy, ex-factory supply of parts can cease after 12, or, if you are the lucky customer of a more dedicated maker, 15 years after the end of regular production.  BMW now goes […]

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As the owner of a geriatric, but otherwise well maintained car, you know that getting parts can be a bitch. Depending on company policy, ex-factory supply of parts can cease after 12, or, if you are the lucky customer of a more dedicated maker, 15 years after the end of regular production.  BMW now goes […]

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Name That Car: BMW What??? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/name-that-car-bmw-what/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/name-that-car-bmw-what/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460507 Air conditioning, Automatic, Leather Seats, and what passes as true luxury for those Northern types who are used to keeping an old European car.  A rear defroster! This age old beauty will be sold this week at a nearby auction in Atlanta. Name it. Year, make, model, prior owner, their phone number… anything that would […]

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Air conditioning, Automatic, Leather Seats, and what passes as true luxury for those Northern types who are used to keeping an old European car.  A rear defroster! This age old beauty will be sold this week at a nearby auction in Atlanta. Name it. Year, make, model, prior owner, their phone number… anything that would […]

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New or Used: THE PRICE IS WRONG! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/new-or-used-the-price-is-wrong/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/new-or-used-the-price-is-wrong/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:02:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428229 Bing writes: I am a financially stable 27 year old engineer living in the Bay Area, where it seems BMWs and Audis are about as pedestrian as Camrys.  I’ve been getting the car itch, but I don’t like the idea of getting an entry level luxury car like everyone else. Almost by accident, I stumbled […]

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Bing writes: I am a financially stable 27 year old engineer living in the Bay Area, where it seems BMWs and Audis are about as pedestrian as Camrys.  I’ve been getting the car itch, but I don’t like the idea of getting an entry level luxury car like everyone else. Almost by accident, I stumbled […]

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New or Used: Cefiro! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/new-or-used-cefiro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/new-or-used-cefiro/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:17:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417131   TTAC commentator bumpy ii writes: It’s definitely going to be used in this case. Anyway, I’m looking to pick up a fun weekend car in another 3-4 years. I like to plan ahead. Here’s what I want: * 4 doors * RWD * manual transmission * normally aspirated inline 6 * (the kicker) curb […]

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  TTAC commentator bumpy ii writes: It’s definitely going to be used in this case. Anyway, I’m looking to pick up a fun weekend car in another 3-4 years. I like to plan ahead. Here’s what I want: * 4 doors * RWD * manual transmission * normally aspirated inline 6 * (the kicker) curb […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Automotive “Farb” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-automotive-farb-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-automotive-farb-edition/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 01:06:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398886 Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth Serious Civil War reenactors have a term for folks who don’t measure up to those activists’ high standards for authenticity. They call them “farbs”, as in “far be it from me to criticize another enactor but if they want to be authentic they should be wearing hand stitched woolen […]

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Photos courtesy of Cars In Depth Serious Civil War reenactors have a term for folks who don’t measure up to those activists’ high standards for authenticity. They call them “farbs”, as in “far be it from me to criticize another enactor but if they want to be authentic they should be wearing hand stitched woolen […]

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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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Piston Slap: The Fallacy of the Low Mile Original http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/piston-slap-the-fallacy-of-the-low-mile-original/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/piston-slap-the-fallacy-of-the-low-mile-original/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 15:54:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394981 Lewis writes: So I have been debating my next car purchase and am wondering your thoughts. Does it make more sense to purchase an older low mileage used vehicle or a newer vehicle with high miles. An example would be let’s say a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with under 30K miles or a 2007 Jeep Wrangler […]

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Lewis writes: So I have been debating my next car purchase and am wondering your thoughts. Does it make more sense to purchase an older low mileage used vehicle or a newer vehicle with high miles. An example would be let’s say a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with under 30K miles or a 2007 Jeep Wrangler […]

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Review: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450sl “R107″ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/review-1979-mercedes-benz-450sl-r107/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/review-1979-mercedes-benz-450sl-r107/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:39:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=334671 Imagine it is thirty years in the future, 2039, and you are driving in a hard top convertible made in 2009. It has had three owners, and sports a healthy six-figures on the odometer. Would you expect it to leak, rattle, and/or squeak? Probably. Would you expect it to look dated and out of place […]

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Imagine it is thirty years in the future, 2039, and you are driving in a hard top convertible made in 2009. It has had three owners, and sports a healthy six-figures on the odometer. Would you expect it to leak, rattle, and/or squeak? Probably. Would you expect it to look dated and out of place […]

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