The Truth About Cars » Down On The Street Bonus Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Not What Marx and Engels Had In Mind: Welcome To Hanoi! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/not-what-marx-and-engels-had-in-mind-welcome-to-hanoi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/not-what-marx-and-engels-had-in-mind-welcome-to-hanoi/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:30:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435886 I just spent two weeks on vacation in Vietnam, and my pre-trip expectations of seeing fleets of left-behind-by-the-French Peugeots, left-behind-by-the-Americans Falcons, and left-behind-by-the-Soviets GAZs turned out to be ridiculously inaccurate. I saw a few old cars (more on that later), but most of the cars in Vietnam are boring late-model rides like Kia Rios and […]

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I just spent two weeks on vacation in Vietnam, and my pre-trip expectations of seeing fleets of left-behind-by-the-French Peugeots, left-behind-by-the-Americans Falcons, and left-behind-by-the-Soviets GAZs turned out to be ridiculously inaccurate. I saw a few old cars (more on that later), but most of the cars in Vietnam are boring late-model rides like Kia Rios and […]

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Down On the 1993 Hayward Street: Ripped-n-Stripped Victims http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-1993-hayward-street-ripped-n-stripped-victims/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-1993-hayward-street-ripped-n-stripped-victims/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410698 When scanning old negatives for the most recent installment of the Impala Hell Project series, I found these Ansco Pix Panorama camera shots that I took in gritty, grimy, industrial Hayward, California in 1993. They didn’t add anything to the Impala Hell Project story, so I’m sharing them in a separate post. The Fish Driver […]

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When scanning old negatives for the most recent installment of the Impala Hell Project series, I found these Ansco Pix Panorama camera shots that I took in gritty, grimy, industrial Hayward, California in 1993. They didn’t add anything to the Impala Hell Project story, so I’m sharing them in a separate post. The Fish Driver […]

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Down On The Pasadena Street, 1964 Edition: How Many Cars Can You Identify? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-pasadena-street-1964-edition-how-many-cars-can-you-identify/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-pasadena-street-1964-edition-how-many-cars-can-you-identify/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409391 Many years ago, I bought a yard-sale box of old 35mm slides in order to score the reusable glass slide-mounts. A few of the original images were interesting, so I hung onto them. With all the scanning of old slides and negatives I’ve been doing for the ’65 Impala Hell Project series, I’ve also been […]

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Many years ago, I bought a yard-sale box of old 35mm slides in order to score the reusable glass slide-mounts. A few of the original images were interesting, so I hung onto them. With all the scanning of old slides and negatives I’ve been doing for the ’65 Impala Hell Project series, I’ve also been […]

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Down On The 1993 Stockton Highway: Battle-Scarred 1973 Buick Electra 225 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-1993-stockton-highway-battle-scarred-1973-buick-electra-225/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-1993-stockton-highway-battle-scarred-1973-buick-electra-225/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:30:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409222 While scanning endless strips of 35mm negatives for the Impala Hell Project series, I keep running across shots of random cars I thought were interesting at the time. This sort of photography led, 15 years later, to my Down On The Street series, and so I thought I’d share this set of grainy Tri-X photographs […]

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While scanning endless strips of 35mm negatives for the Impala Hell Project series, I keep running across shots of random cars I thought were interesting at the time. This sort of photography led, 15 years later, to my Down On The Street series, and so I thought I’d share this set of grainy Tri-X photographs […]

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Behind the Orange Curtain, 1993 Edition: V8 Mustang II, Ran When Parked http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/behind-the-orange-curtain-1993-edition-v8-mustang-ii-ran-when-parked/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/behind-the-orange-curtain-1993-edition-v8-mustang-ii-ran-when-parked/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408768 After sharing this beater Torino wagon I photographed back in the early 1990s, I ran across a series of shots of an even Malaise-ier machine. Just as silver miners often find lead mixed in with their metal of choice (or maybe it’s the other way around), I keep discovering long-forgotten car photos as I scan […]

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After sharing this beater Torino wagon I photographed back in the early 1990s, I ran across a series of shots of an even Malaise-ier machine. Just as silver miners often find lead mixed in with their metal of choice (or maybe it’s the other way around), I keep discovering long-forgotten car photos as I scan […]

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Adventures In Used Car Sales, Recession Edition: Get In Here! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/adventures-in-used-car-sales-recession-edition-get-in-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/adventures-in-used-car-sales-recession-edition-get-in-here/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:30:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408530 Way back in 2008, I created the Nice Price or Crack Pipe? series for Jalopnik, kicking things off with— of course— a $12,500 Chrysler TC By Maserati. NCOCP was a way for me to do something with car ads that didn’t quite work for my Project Car Hell series, and it has remained a Jalopnik […]

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Way back in 2008, I created the Nice Price or Crack Pipe? series for Jalopnik, kicking things off with— of course— a $12,500 Chrysler TC By Maserati. NCOCP was a way for me to do something with car ads that didn’t quite work for my Project Car Hell series, and it has remained a Jalopnik […]

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Down On The Oakland Street, 1994: Before Taurus Beaters Were Cheap Enough http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-oakland-street-1994-before-taurus-beaters-were-cheap-enough/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-oakland-street-1994-before-taurus-beaters-were-cheap-enough/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:30:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408487 The reason I’m only doing ’65 Impala Hell Project posts every week or so is the fact that it takes for-freakin-ever for me to search and scan endless sheets of 35mm negatives and slides for images that are relevant to the story (the 1999-vintage SCSI film scanner I’m using sure isn’t helping matters). There is […]

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The reason I’m only doing ’65 Impala Hell Project posts every week or so is the fact that it takes for-freakin-ever for me to search and scan endless sheets of 35mm negatives and slides for images that are relevant to the story (the 1999-vintage SCSI film scanner I’m using sure isn’t helping matters). There is […]

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Down On the Wisconsin Street: Datsun Sports 2000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-wisconsin-street-datsun-sports-2000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-wisconsin-street-datsun-sports-2000/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:11:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407777 You’ve got to love a car named the Sports, if only because it reminds us of the pre-focus-group era. I’m on vacation in Door County, Wisconsin at the moment, which means I’m surrounded by endless Packers paraphernalia, startling quantities of Buicks driven by folks 50 years younger than the normal Buick demographic, cheese curds, and […]

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You’ve got to love a car named the Sports, if only because it reminds us of the pre-focus-group era. I’m on vacation in Door County, Wisconsin at the moment, which means I’m surrounded by endless Packers paraphernalia, startling quantities of Buicks driven by folks 50 years younger than the normal Buick demographic, cheese curds, and […]

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Down On The New Hampshire Street: World’s Nicest Bradley GT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-new-hampshire-street-worlds-nicest-bradley-gt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-new-hampshire-street-worlds-nicest-bradley-gt/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395422 As we all know, 99 and many more nines percent of VW-pan-based fiberglass kit cars were never completed, instead clogging up garages until enraged spouses and/or landlords gave them the heave-ho. That makes the ones that actually got finished extremely rare… and well-built, good-looking examples? There’s probably one per time zone. This Bradley GT was […]

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As we all know, 99 and many more nines percent of VW-pan-based fiberglass kit cars were never completed, instead clogging up garages until enraged spouses and/or landlords gave them the heave-ho. That makes the ones that actually got finished extremely rare… and well-built, good-looking examples? There’s probably one per time zone. This Bradley GT was […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1971 Chrysler Newport Custom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1970-chrysler-newport-custom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1970-chrysler-newport-custom/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386643 Plenty of interesting street-marked machinery in my Denver neighborhood; on the same block as the Subaru GL hatchback coupe is this huge survivor of three major fuel-price upswings. It didn’t get crushed after 1973 or 1979, and so we can assume— or at least hope— that it won’t get crushed now. Four-door hardtops are inherently […]

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Plenty of interesting street-marked machinery in my Denver neighborhood; on the same block as the Subaru GL hatchback coupe is this huge survivor of three major fuel-price upswings. It didn’t get crushed after 1973 or 1979, and so we can assume— or at least hope— that it won’t get crushed now. Four-door hardtops are inherently […]

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Down On The Street: 1992 Acura NSX Braves Streets of San Francisco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/down-on-the-street-1992-acura-nsx-braves-streets-of-san-francisco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/down-on-the-street-1992-acura-nsx-braves-streets-of-san-francisco/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383663 Every time I see an early NSX— which, sadly, isn’t often— it reinforces my belief that the early 1990s were a golden age for the automobile. You had decent electronic engine controls instead of carburetors (and primitive might-as-well-be-carburetors 80s EFI), model bloat hadn’t gotten totally out of hand, and the SUV revolution hadn’t yet caused […]

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Every time I see an early NSX— which, sadly, isn’t often— it reinforces my belief that the early 1990s were a golden age for the automobile. You had decent electronic engine controls instead of carburetors (and primitive might-as-well-be-carburetors 80s EFI), model bloat hadn’t gotten totally out of hand, and the SUV revolution hadn’t yet caused […]

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