The Truth About Cars » custom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +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 » custom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: At What Rate, the Falcon’s Restomod Wings? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-rate-falcons-restomod-wings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/piston-slap-rate-falcons-restomod-wings/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151185   Stephen writes: Sajeev, I drive a ’65 Falcon convertible with the 289 and a T-5, hydraulic clutch, and 4-wheel discs just like it came from the factory. (Wink – SM) I replaced all of the rubber in the front suspension about 15 years ago and it’s past time to do it again. I’m up […]

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  Stephen writes: Sajeev, I drive a ’65 Falcon convertible with the 289 and a T-5, hydraulic clutch, and 4-wheel discs just like it came from the factory. (Wink – SM) I replaced all of the rubber in the front suspension about 15 years ago and it’s past time to do it again. I’m up […]

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Cadillac Eldorado http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1984-cadillac-eldorado/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1984-cadillac-eldorado/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1054497 As the owner of a proper California-built custom, I’m always on the lookout for down-at-the-heels examples of the breed when I return to my former state of residence. Last month, I spotted this flamed-and-custom-grille-equipped Eldo in a San Jose-area yard. It’s not in terrible shape, but there’s some rust in areas with lots of body […]

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As the owner of a proper California-built custom, I’m always on the lookout for down-at-the-heels examples of the breed when I return to my former state of residence. Last month, I spotted this flamed-and-custom-grille-equipped Eldo in a San Jose-area yard. It’s not in terrible shape, but there’s some rust in areas with lots of body […]

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Junkyard Find: 1997 Saturn SC2, With Rare Badass Flame Job Option http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/junkyard-find-1997-saturn-sc2-with-rare-badass-flame-job-option/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/junkyard-find-1997-saturn-sc2-with-rare-badass-flame-job-option/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=831881 Even though the Saturn S-Series has been one of the most common vehicle types in American self-service wrecking yards for at least the past decade, I’ve always walked right past the SCs and SLs when I’m looking for vehicles to photograph for this series. The rise and fall of the Saturn marque is a fascinating […]

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Even though the Saturn S-Series has been one of the most common vehicle types in American self-service wrecking yards for at least the past decade, I’ve always walked right past the SCs and SLs when I’m looking for vehicles to photograph for this series. The rise and fall of the Saturn marque is a fascinating […]

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Junkyard Find: 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Custom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1975-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-custom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/junkyard-find-1975-cadillac-coupe-de-ville-custom/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726730 My recent trip to Southern California resulted in a bonanza of Junkyard Finds, including the first-ever Junkyard Find Jensen Interceptor, this Maserati Biturbo Spyder, this hyper-rare Sterling 827 SLi fastback, this super-scary AM General ice cream truck, and this Corinthian Leather-equipped Chrysler Cordoba. Is that all? No, that is not all! Today we’re going to […]

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My recent trip to Southern California resulted in a bonanza of Junkyard Finds, including the first-ever Junkyard Find Jensen Interceptor, this Maserati Biturbo Spyder, this hyper-rare Sterling 827 SLi fastback, this super-scary AM General ice cream truck, and this Corinthian Leather-equipped Chrysler Cordoba. Is that all? No, that is not all! Today we’re going to […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Metro-amino Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1990-geo-metro-amino-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1990-geo-metro-amino-pickup/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491854 It takes a really special Geo Metro to achieve Junkyard Find status; the last one that managed the feat was this bright green electric-powered ’95, which turned out to be a Ree-V conversion made in Colorado during the EV optimism of the late 2000s. During a trip to my old San Francisco Bay stomping grounds […]

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It takes a really special Geo Metro to achieve Junkyard Find status; the last one that managed the feat was this bright green electric-powered ’95, which turned out to be a Ree-V conversion made in Colorado during the EV optimism of the late 2000s. During a trip to my old San Francisco Bay stomping grounds […]

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Tailgate Mural Fails To Spare This Expedition From Crusher’s Jaws http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tailgate-mural-fails-to-spare-this-expedition-from-crushers-jaws/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/tailgate-mural-fails-to-spare-this-expedition-from-crushers-jaws/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488640 You see a fair amount of customization among the inmates of a high-turnover, self-service wrecking yard; sometimes it’s a full-on time-capsule RX-7 and sometimes it’s the kind of thing Manny, Moe, and Jack would build after a week-long ether-and-DMT binge. Here’s a fairly well-executed, if puzzling, airbrush mural I spotted at a Denver yard a […]

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You see a fair amount of customization among the inmates of a high-turnover, self-service wrecking yard; sometimes it’s a full-on time-capsule RX-7 and sometimes it’s the kind of thing Manny, Moe, and Jack would build after a week-long ether-and-DMT binge. Here’s a fairly well-executed, if puzzling, airbrush mural I spotted at a Denver yard a […]

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Want To Impress The Swells At the Country Club? Hemi-fied Custom Dodge A100 Pickup! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487909 Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Question: Which Is More Gloriously Extreme, Houston SLABs or Bosozoku Style? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-which-is-more-gloriously-extreme-houston-slabs-or-bosozoku-style/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-which-is-more-gloriously-extreme-houston-slabs-or-bosozoku-style/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:30:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469872 In recent years, there was no way any car customizer in the world was going to come close to the absurd lengths that practitioners of Bōsōzoku Style in Japan went to when modifying their vehicles. Six exhaust pipes sticking ten feet straight up out of a slammed Corona with an octo-wing? Not enough! That’s a […]

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In recent years, there was no way any car customizer in the world was going to come close to the absurd lengths that practitioners of Bōsōzoku Style in Japan went to when modifying their vehicles. Six exhaust pipes sticking ten feet straight up out of a slammed Corona with an octo-wing? Not enough! That’s a […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Mazda RX-7, with Incredibly 80s Custom Paint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1980-mazda-rx-7-with-incredibly-80s-custom-paint/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1980-mazda-rx-7-with-incredibly-80s-custom-paint/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467493 First-generation RX-7s aren’t uncommon Junkyard Finds, even though the youngest ones are 27 years old now. However, not many full-on early-to-mid-80s custom paint jobs show up at junkyards these days. Here’s one I found in Denver last week. Purple, pink, and gold with pinstripes! With a 5-digit odometer, there’s no way of knowing how many […]

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First-generation RX-7s aren’t uncommon Junkyard Finds, even though the youngest ones are 27 years old now. However, not many full-on early-to-mid-80s custom paint jobs show up at junkyards these days. Here’s one I found in Denver last week. Purple, pink, and gold with pinstripes! With a 5-digit odometer, there’s no way of knowing how many […]

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Question: Which Stodgy Luxury Car Gets Most Transformed At Extremely Low Altitude? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/question-which-stodgy-luxury-car-gets-most-transformed-at-extremely-low-altitude/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:32:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464847 After my tirade about big fat luxury cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons, I got to thinking about all the once-boring luxury machines I’ve seen with brutal slam jobs. In so many cases— yes, even with a vintage Audi 100— dropping the Chairman of the Board’s luxury ride about a foot works wonders for […]

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After my tirade about big fat luxury cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons, I got to thinking about all the once-boring luxury machines I’ve seen with brutal slam jobs. In so many cases— yes, even with a vintage Audi 100— dropping the Chairman of the Board’s luxury ride about a foot works wonders for […]

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UFO Spotted In Oakland. Can You Identify It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/ufo-spotted-in-oakland-can-you-identify-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/ufo-spotted-in-oakland-can-you-identify-it/#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:30:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458985 I was in my old East Bay stomping grounds last weekend, to drive the Scion FR-S (review coming soon) and watch the Oakland A’s beat up the hapless Red Sox. I also spotted one of the greatest motor vehicles in history while driving down High Street on the way to The Island That Rust Forgot. […]

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I was in my old East Bay stomping grounds last weekend, to drive the Scion FR-S (review coming soon) and watch the Oakland A’s beat up the hapless Red Sox. I also spotted one of the greatest motor vehicles in history while driving down High Street on the way to The Island That Rust Forgot. […]

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Junkyard Find: Mystery Old-School Custom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-mystery-old-school-custom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-mystery-old-school-custom/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456331 I plan to visit the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard later today (to discuss the purchase of a certain early-50s machine I covet), and that means I’ll have a chance to ask the proprietor a question that’s been bugging me for over a month: What is this mysterious vehicle in your yard? In the meantime, however, I’d […]

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I plan to visit the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard later today (to discuss the purchase of a certain early-50s machine I covet), and that means I’ll have a chance to ask the proprietor a question that’s been bugging me for over a month: What is this mysterious vehicle in your yard? In the meantime, however, I’d […]

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Junkyard Find: Customized Nightmare 1958 Ford http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-customized-nightmare-1958-ford/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/junkyard-find-customized-nightmare-1958-ford/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423246 Everyone likes a nicely customized, lowrider-style 50s Detroit bomb, but sometimes the execution isn’t so great. Such is the case with this late-50s Ford— I’m going to say it’s a ’58— that I spotted in a Denver junkyard. It’s been hacked up pretty well by someone that wanted the roof, but that just serves to […]

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Everyone likes a nicely customized, lowrider-style 50s Detroit bomb, but sometimes the execution isn’t so great. Such is the case with this late-50s Ford— I’m going to say it’s a ’58— that I spotted in a Denver junkyard. It’s been hacked up pretty well by someone that wanted the roof, but that just serves to […]

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Piston Slap: What is The Poor Man’s TARDIS? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/piston-slap-what-is-the-poor-mans-tardis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/piston-slap-what-is-the-poor-mans-tardis/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:45:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416230   TTAC commentator horseflesh writes: Sajeev, Last year I wrote to you seeking the B&B’s help in selling a car. Well, Grandma’s Park Avenue is gone now, in short, I found that the best way to sell a Buick is to befriend a used car dealer and supply him with BBQ meats until he calls […]

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  TTAC commentator horseflesh writes: Sajeev, Last year I wrote to you seeking the B&B’s help in selling a car. Well, Grandma’s Park Avenue is gone now, in short, I found that the best way to sell a Buick is to befriend a used car dealer and supply him with BBQ meats until he calls […]

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Tastefully Modified Texas Ranchero Packs Cadillac Power, Towing Package http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/tastefully-modified-texas-ranchero-packs-cadillac-power-towing-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/tastefully-modified-texas-ranchero-packs-cadillac-power-towing-package/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414463 When you’re looking at a basket-case Ford Ranchero, a Cadillac 500-cubic-inch V8 plus TH400 transmission, an ancient Mercedes-Benz hood, and a yard full of random scrap metal, do you feel optimistic? The builder of this fine machine certainly did! Built on a budget of just under a grand, this daily-driving, super-customized, tire-melting monster gets plenty […]

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When you’re looking at a basket-case Ford Ranchero, a Cadillac 500-cubic-inch V8 plus TH400 transmission, an ancient Mercedes-Benz hood, and a yard full of random scrap metal, do you feel optimistic? The builder of this fine machine certainly did! Built on a budget of just under a grand, this daily-driving, super-customized, tire-melting monster gets plenty […]

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Down On the Alameda Street: 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible Donk http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-alameda-street-1968-oldsmobile-cutlass-convertible-donk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-alameda-street-1968-oldsmobile-cutlass-convertible-donk/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412044 While in California to check out Billetproof Nor-Cal last weekend, I had the chance to visit The Island That Rust Forgot. It didn’t take long to find this ’67 Barracuda convertible and today’s find. Oakland, which is the mainland to Alameda’s island (separated by about 100 yards of estuary), has been Donk Headquarters for many […]

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While in California to check out Billetproof Nor-Cal last weekend, I had the chance to visit The Island That Rust Forgot. It didn’t take long to find this ’67 Barracuda convertible and today’s find. Oakland, which is the mainland to Alameda’s island (separated by about 100 yards of estuary), has been Donk Headquarters for many […]

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Mystery Car: Quick, What the Hell Is It? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/mystery-car-quick-what-the-hell-is-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/mystery-car-quick-what-the-hell-is-it/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411049 I usually limit my cars-in-the-wild photography to street-parked machinery, but I had to make an exception for this fine motor vehicle that I spotted in a Denver parking lot. I’m pretty sure I’m seeing Chrysler K-platform ancestry here, but… words fail me. Quite a bit of labor-intensive customization has gone into this machine, and I […]

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I usually limit my cars-in-the-wild photography to street-parked machinery, but I had to make an exception for this fine motor vehicle that I spotted in a Denver parking lot. I’m pretty sure I’m seeing Chrysler K-platform ancestry here, but… words fail me. Quite a bit of labor-intensive customization has gone into this machine, and I […]

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Junkyard Find: Jacqui’s Chevelle May Clog Crusher With Excess Bondo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-jacquis-chevelle-may-clog-crusher-with-excess-bondo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-jacquis-chevelle-may-clog-crusher-with-excess-bondo/#comments Sat, 03 Sep 2011 21:15:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410166 Poor Jacqui. Her ’64 Chevelle sedan looked great with her name on the trunklid, surrounded by airbrushed vines and flowers. Then the mean tow-truck man showed up and hauled it away. Well, maybe this Chevy (which I found in a Denver self-serve yard last week) had a few cosmetic flaws, including an unfortunate bowling-ball-dropped-from-5th-floor dent […]

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Poor Jacqui. Her ’64 Chevelle sedan looked great with her name on the trunklid, surrounded by airbrushed vines and flowers. Then the mean tow-truck man showed up and hauled it away. Well, maybe this Chevy (which I found in a Denver self-serve yard last week) had a few cosmetic flaws, including an unfortunate bowling-ball-dropped-from-5th-floor dent […]

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Who Says You Shouldn’t Slam an Audi 100? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/who-says-you-shouldnt-slam-an-audi-100/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:51:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393150 When I was 16 and just beginning to contemplate expanding my personal automotive fleet beyond a ’69 Corona sedan, I had the opportunity to buy three Audi 100s for 350 bucks. Actually, the deal was more like 3.75 Audi 100s, what with all the random engine parts stuffed in the trunks and oozing oil onto […]

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When I was 16 and just beginning to contemplate expanding my personal automotive fleet beyond a ’69 Corona sedan, I had the opportunity to buy three Audi 100s for 350 bucks. Actually, the deal was more like 3.75 Audi 100s, what with all the random engine parts stuffed in the trunks and oozing oil onto […]

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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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Putin Loves His (Customized) Lada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/putin-loves-his-customized-lada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/putin-loves-his-customized-lada/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:50:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=342950 Russian President Vladimir Putin first showed off his badass camo Lada Niva early last year, in an attempt to boost the fortunes of the floundering state-supported Russian automaker AvtoVAZ. What Putin didn’t reveal until just now is that his Niva isn’t exactly stock.”I won’t hide it [anymore?] , the car I bought has an Opel […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin first showed off his badass camo Lada Niva early last year, in an attempt to boost the fortunes of the floundering state-supported Russian automaker AvtoVAZ. What Putin didn’t reveal until just now is that his Niva isn’t exactly stock.”I won’t hide it [anymore?] , the car I bought has an Opel […]

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Whats Wrong With This Picture: Compact Co-Branding Rolls On Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-compact-co-branding-rolls-on-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-compact-co-branding-rolls-on-edition/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:02:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336122 Autocar confirms that BMW has green-lighted a “MINI by Rolls-Royce,” featuring a “totally individual, coachbuilt” interiors finished at Rolls’ Goodwood plant. The Aston Martin Cygnet and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari have been put on notice… as have the marketing geniuses who thought they were good ideas. At least Rolls-trimmed MINIs have good precedent.

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Autocar confirms that BMW has green-lighted a “MINI by Rolls-Royce,” featuring a “totally individual, coachbuilt” interiors finished at Rolls’ Goodwood plant. The Aston Martin Cygnet and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari have been put on notice… as have the marketing geniuses who thought they were good ideas. At least Rolls-trimmed MINIs have good precedent.

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