The Truth About Cars » Down On The Street http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 17:45:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Down On the Farm: The General’s Troops Wait For Orders In Wisconsin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/down-on-the-farm-the-generals-troops-wait-for-orders-in-wisconsin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/down-on-the-farm-the-generals-troops-wait-for-orders-in-wisconsin/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487152 I was born in Minnesota, my wife is from Wisconsin, and I have a job that ships me to the Upper Midwest several times per year. For all these reasons, I find myself in Door County every summer, eating cheese curds, drinking Spotted Cow, and going to vintage tractor shows. Last year, on my way […]

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I was born in Minnesota, my wife is from Wisconsin, and I have a job that ships me to the Upper Midwest several times per year. For all these reasons, I find myself in Door County every summer, eating cheese curds, drinking Spotted Cow, and going to vintage tractor shows. Last year, on my way […]

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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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How Honda Survived the Vigor, the Del Sol, and the Lawsuits: Super Cub! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-honda-survived-the-vigor-the-del-sol-and-the-lawsuits-super-cub/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/how-honda-survived-the-vigor-the-del-sol-and-the-lawsuits-super-cub/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:20:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437894 For about 15 years, the Civic and the Accord were untouchable in the American marketplace; Honda sold all they could build here plus as many as they could import under the limitations of the Voluntary Export Restraint agreement of 1981. Then… well, Soichiro Honda died and Honda sort of lost its way. Sure, their cars […]

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For about 15 years, the Civic and the Accord were untouchable in the American marketplace; Honda sold all they could build here plus as many as they could import under the limitations of the Voluntary Export Restraint agreement of 1981. Then… well, Soichiro Honda died and Honda sort of lost its way. Sure, their cars […]

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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 Mile High Street: 1953 Chevrolet 210 Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1953-chevrolet-210-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1953-chevrolet-210-sedan/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417284 I’ve been on a Junkyard Find roll lately, but I haven’t forgotten the old/interesting cars that are still among the living. Here’s a nearly-60-year-old Chevy that lives— more accurately, thrives— on the street near downtown Denver. I’m pretty sure this is a ’53, what with the one-piece windshield and 53-ish gutted grille, but you never […]

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I’ve been on a Junkyard Find roll lately, but I haven’t forgotten the old/interesting cars that are still among the living. Here’s a nearly-60-year-old Chevy that lives— more accurately, thrives— on the street near downtown Denver. I’m pretty sure this is a ’53, what with the one-piece windshield and 53-ish gutted grille, but you never […]

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Back In Southern California: Rare Survivors Abound http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/back-in-southern-california-rare-survivors-abound/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/back-in-southern-california-rare-survivors-abound/#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415248 When was the last time you saw a mint-condition first-gen Tercel on the freeway? This early-80s Tercel (Corolla Tercel, according to Toyota’s goofy “tack on the model name the Americans already know” branding experiment) apparently drove into a time machine around the time the Iranian hostages were released and reappeared on the 405 yesterday afternoon, […]

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When was the last time you saw a mint-condition first-gen Tercel on the freeway? This early-80s Tercel (Corolla Tercel, according to Toyota’s goofy “tack on the model name the Americans already know” branding experiment) apparently drove into a time machine around the time the Iranian hostages were released and reappeared on the 405 yesterday afternoon, […]

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Down On the Mile High Street: Fiat 124 Sport Spider http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/down-on-the-mile-high-street-fiat-124-sport-spider/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/down-on-the-mile-high-street-fiat-124-sport-spider/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414429 After seeing the sad little yellow Fiat convertible in a Denver junkyard, let’s admire a happy little yellow Fiat convertible that’s still managing to evade the cruel jaws of The Crusher. These things didn’t change much during the first few years of production, and I’m not a sufficiently maniacal devoted Fiat aficionado to spot the […]

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After seeing the sad little yellow Fiat convertible in a Denver junkyard, let’s admire a happy little yellow Fiat convertible that’s still managing to evade the cruel jaws of The Crusher. These things didn’t change much during the first few years of production, and I’m not a sufficiently maniacal devoted Fiat aficionado to spot the […]

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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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Down On The Alameda Street: 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-alameda-street-1967-plymouth-barracuda-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/down-on-the-alameda-street-1967-plymouth-barracuda-convertible/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411843 Back when I lived in Alameda, California (also known as “The Island That Rust Forgot”), I photographed and posted nearly 600 interesting street-parked cars and trucks on Jalopnik. The first one was this Cadillac Cimarron d’Oro, back in May of ’07; the next 499 may be found here. I moved to Denver last year… which […]

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Back when I lived in Alameda, California (also known as “The Island That Rust Forgot”), I photographed and posted nearly 600 interesting street-parked cars and trucks on Jalopnik. The first one was this Cadillac Cimarron d’Oro, back in May of ’07; the next 499 may be found here. I moved to Denver last year… which […]

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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 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 Mile High Street: Volkswagen Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-mile-high-street-volkswagen-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/down-on-the-mile-high-street-volkswagen-beetle/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406871 I don’t see quite as many Old Beetles on the streets of Denver as I did when I lived on the Island That Rust Forgot, but a few of the clattery old Germans still serve as daily transportation in the Mile High City. Even though I’ve owned several Beetles, I still can’t nail down exact […]

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I don’t see quite as many Old Beetles on the streets of Denver as I did when I lived on the Island That Rust Forgot, but a few of the clattery old Germans still serve as daily transportation in the Mile High City. Even though I’ve owned several Beetles, I still can’t nail down exact […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Take That, Homeowners’ Associations! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/down-on-the-mile-high-street-take-that-homeowners-associations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/down-on-the-mile-high-street-take-that-homeowners-associations/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403754 It just does my heart good to see a suburban Denver neighborhood in which there’s no meddlesome HOA to tell a man he can’t have a vintage customized Econoline on the street and a Mustang drag racer in the driveway.

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It just does my heart good to see a suburban Denver neighborhood in which there’s no meddlesome HOA to tell a man he can’t have a vintage customized Econoline on the street and a Mustang drag racer in the driveway.

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Down On The Mile High Street: Subaru Justy GL 4WD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-subaru-justy-gl-4wd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-subaru-justy-gl-4wd/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399802 Denver is home to plenty of AMC Eagles, BMW 325iXs, the occasional Vanagon Syncro, and just about every other oddball four-wheel-drive vehicle made. Until yesterday, however, the only Justy 4WD I’d ever seen was this Crusher-bound example. Then this extremely clean red Justy 4WD showed up in my neighborhood. Is it sick to want one […]

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Denver is home to plenty of AMC Eagles, BMW 325iXs, the occasional Vanagon Syncro, and just about every other oddball four-wheel-drive vehicle made. Until yesterday, however, the only Justy 4WD I’d ever seen was this Crusher-bound example. Then this extremely clean red Justy 4WD showed up in my neighborhood. Is it sick to want one […]

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Down On The (Two) Mile High Street: 1947 Dodge Fire Truck http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-two-mile-high-street-1947-dodge-fire-truck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-two-mile-high-street-1947-dodge-fire-truck/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398606 The street-parked old cars I photograph in my Denver neighborhood live at one mile elevation, give or take a few feet. Drive about 100 miles southwest from here, however, and you’ll end up in Leadville, which stands at two miles above sea level. Last weekend, I ventured out to Leadville and found this painfully original […]

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The street-parked old cars I photograph in my Denver neighborhood live at one mile elevation, give or take a few feet. Drive about 100 miles southwest from here, however, and you’ll end up in Leadville, which stands at two miles above sea level. Last weekend, I ventured out to Leadville and found this painfully original […]

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Down On The Brazilian Street: 1969 Simca Esplanada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-brazilian-street-1969-simca-esplanada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-brazilian-street-1969-simca-esplanada/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397912 I find it impossible not to get obsessed with the idea of a 1960s Chrysler product with factory-installed Ardun-hemi-headed Ford V8-60, and now TTAC reader Paolo has sent us some photos of his extremely clean Esplanada. Four-on-the-tree, red upholstery, a snazzy V8 emblem on the horn button, and what appears to be a shortwave-band Chrysler […]

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I find it impossible not to get obsessed with the idea of a 1960s Chrysler product with factory-installed Ardun-hemi-headed Ford V8-60, and now TTAC reader Paolo has sent us some photos of his extremely clean Esplanada. Four-on-the-tree, red upholstery, a snazzy V8 emblem on the horn button, and what appears to be a shortwave-band Chrysler […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Baffling Honda Accord Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-baffling-honda-accord-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-baffling-honda-accord-pickup/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397888 Back in the “good ol’ days” at Jalopnik, Davey Johnson, Jonny Lieberman, and I would spend our days searching for examples of homemade El Camino-ized cartrucks. It sort of peaked in early ’07, when we found the Starionmino, but it’s taken until now for me to find a genuine El Accordamino live and in-person, parked […]

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Back in the “good ol’ days” at Jalopnik, Davey Johnson, Jonny Lieberman, and I would spend our days searching for examples of homemade El Camino-ized cartrucks. It sort of peaked in early ’07, when we found the Starionmino, but it’s taken until now for me to find a genuine El Accordamino live and in-person, parked […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1966 Ford Thunderbird http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1966-ford-thunderbird/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1966-ford-thunderbird/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397741 Here’s a car that I’ve been seeing in my neighborhood for a year now; on a busy street that makes photography tough, it kept getting sort of overlooked by me when I went out hunting cars with camera in hand. Yesterday, however, I decided that a 45-year-old, 4,400-pound personal luxury coupe that still survives on […]

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Here’s a car that I’ve been seeing in my neighborhood for a year now; on a busy street that makes photography tough, it kept getting sort of overlooked by me when I went out hunting cars with camera in hand. Yesterday, however, I decided that a 45-year-old, 4,400-pound personal luxury coupe that still survives on […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1967 Chevrolet Impala http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1967-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1967-chevrolet-impala/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393463 With all the relatively solid big Detroit cars from the 1960s getting eaten by The Crusher in these days of $4/gallon gasoline and $250/ton scrap steel prices, how does a rough survivor like this sedan manage to stay out of the Chinese steel foundries? The probable answer: because it keeps running! The mid-to-late-1960s full-sized Chevy […]

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With all the relatively solid big Detroit cars from the 1960s getting eaten by The Crusher in these days of $4/gallon gasoline and $250/ton scrap steel prices, how does a rough survivor like this sedan manage to stay out of the Chinese steel foundries? The probable answer: because it keeps running! The mid-to-late-1960s full-sized Chevy […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1968 Volkswagen Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1968-volkswagen-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1968-volkswagen-beetle/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392985 Given the way that Beetles have had all their parts swapped over the decades, I’m always reluctant to try to nail down an exact model year of a street-parked example, particularly when it’s a primered-out survivor owned by a guy who spends a lot of time at junkyards. If we are to go by the […]

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Given the way that Beetles have had all their parts swapped over the decades, I’m always reluctant to try to nail down an exact model year of a street-parked example, particularly when it’s a primered-out survivor owned by a guy who spends a lot of time at junkyards. If we are to go by the […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Toyota MasterAce http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-toyota-masterace/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/down-on-the-mile-high-street-toyota-masterace/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392011 Here in North America, Toyota’s marketing wizards figured out that a vehicle name that sounds like “Master Race” would be something of a liability, so they put in a bunch of grueling all-nighters and produced… the Toyota Van Wagon. Not so fast, said Volkswagen, claiming that the name sounded too much like “Vanagon,” and Toyota […]

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Here in North America, Toyota’s marketing wizards figured out that a vehicle name that sounds like “Master Race” would be something of a liability, so they put in a bunch of grueling all-nighters and produced… the Toyota Van Wagon. Not so fast, said Volkswagen, claiming that the name sounded too much like “Vanagon,” and Toyota […]

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Down On The Street: Peugeot 504 Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-street-peugeot-504-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-street-peugeot-504-diesel/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389031 When I returned to my old DOTS stomping grounds to help defile a once-proud race track, I figured I might find an interesting street-parked car or two on the Island That Time Forgot. First there was this semi-custom ’62 Continental, but then I spotted the real prize. Thanks for the picturesque background, San Francisco! The […]

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When I returned to my old DOTS stomping grounds to help defile a once-proud race track, I figured I might find an interesting street-parked car or two on the Island That Time Forgot. First there was this semi-custom ’62 Continental, but then I spotted the real prize. Thanks for the picturesque background, San Francisco! The […]

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Back Down On The Alameda Street: 1962 Lincoln Continental http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/back-down-on-the-alameda-street-1962-lincoln-continental/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/back-down-on-the-alameda-street-1962-lincoln-continental/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388497 Back in my Jalopnik days, I started the whole interesting-street-parked-car-photos thing with the original Down On The Street series. At that time, all the cars I shot were located in my old hometown on Alameda, California, and I got up to 600 or so before moving to Denver last summer. Now I’m back in Alameda, […]

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Back in my Jalopnik days, I started the whole interesting-street-parked-car-photos thing with the original Down On The Street series. At that time, all the cars I shot were located in my old hometown on Alameda, California, and I got up to 600 or so before moving to Denver last summer. Now I’m back in Alameda, […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1969 Ford F-100 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1969-ford-f-100/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1969-ford-f-100/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388297 Now that my ’66 Dodge A100 is back on the street, I find it pleasing that a Ford pickup of similar vintage lives in my Denver neighborhood. This 42-year-old truck clearly gets used for real-world truck activities, proving once again that the vintage of a Detroit truck doesn’t matter as much as its ability to […]

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Now that my ’66 Dodge A100 is back on the street, I find it pleasing that a Ford pickup of similar vintage lives in my Denver neighborhood. This 42-year-old truck clearly gets used for real-world truck activities, proving once again that the vintage of a Detroit truck doesn’t matter as much as its ability to […]

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