The Truth About Cars » Paul Niedermeyer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +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 » Paul Niedermeyer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Curbside Classics Central: Portal To All Of Them Here http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classics-central-portal-to-all-of-them-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/curbside-classics-central-portal-to-all-of-them-here/#comments Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:43:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348053   Alfa Romeo                                                                                                           1975 Alfetta GT/GTV Coupe 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Allard 1954 Allard K2 (outtake) American Motors (incl. Nash; but not Jeep)                        1957 Metropolitan *1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country 1964 Rambler Classic 770 Coupe 1968 Rambler American 1971 AMC Gremlin (1971 Small Car Comparison) 1975 AMC Pacer X British Motors/BLM/Austin/Morris/Triumph/Rover/Sterling/Etc. 1951 Austin A40 Devon […]

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  Alfa Romeo                                                                                                           1975 Alfetta GT/GTV Coupe 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Allard 1954 Allard K2 (outtake) American Motors (incl. Nash; but not Jeep)                        1957 Metropolitan *1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country 1964 Rambler Classic 770 Coupe 1968 Rambler American 1971 AMC Gremlin (1971 Small Car Comparison) 1975 AMC Pacer X British Motors/BLM/Austin/Morris/Triumph/Rover/Sterling/Etc. 1951 Austin A40 Devon […]

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Paris Auto Show: A Walk And Talk About Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/paris-auto-show-a-walk-and-talk-about-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/paris-auto-show-a-walk-and-talk-about-cars/#comments Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:25:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367362 You don’t need TTAC to tell you what’s new at this year’s Paris auto show. If you want the re-hashed-yet-excited PR-based bits about the newest 515 HP sports car concept, or if you want to hear about which electric cars VW will maybe/probably/possibly introduce in 2014, and how great they already are at this very […]

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You don’t need TTAC to tell you what’s new at this year’s Paris auto show. If you want the re-hashed-yet-excited PR-based bits about the newest 515 HP sports car concept, or if you want to hear about which electric cars VW will maybe/probably/possibly introduce in 2014, and how great they already are at this very […]

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Curbside Classic: GM’s Deadly Sin #10 – Cadillac Cimarron http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/curbside-classic-gms-deadly-sin-10-cadillac-cimarron/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/curbside-classic-gms-deadly-sin-10-cadillac-cimarron/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:14:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362614 What exactly is it that magnetically stops us in our tracks to look at a junky old car sitting at the curb and ponder it? Yes, it might unleash a treasured or long-forgotten memory of our youth. Or it might dredge up experiences we’d just as soon forget. But for most of us, there are […]

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What exactly is it that magnetically stops us in our tracks to look at a junky old car sitting at the curb and ponder it? Yes, it might unleash a treasured or long-forgotten memory of our youth. Or it might dredge up experiences we’d just as soon forget. But for most of us, there are […]

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Paul Niedermeyer Says Farewell; Moves On To The Next Curbside Classic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/paul-niedermeyer-says-farewell-moves-on-to-the-next-curbside-classic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/paul-niedermeyer-says-farewell-moves-on-to-the-next-curbside-classic/#comments Fri, 14 May 2010 15:02:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356473 Transitions are almost never easy, and leaving TTAC and Curbside Classics is downright painful. But for a number of reasons, that’s what needs to happen right now. Two of them are in the picture above. That’s my younger son Will, who recently turned eighteen, with his just acquired ’02 Ranger. He and I are going […]

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Transitions are almost never easy, and leaving TTAC and Curbside Classics is downright painful. But for a number of reasons, that’s what needs to happen right now. Two of them are in the picture above. That’s my younger son Will, who recently turned eighteen, with his just acquired ’02 Ranger. He and I are going […]

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Curbside Classic: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-1968-chevrolet-camaro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-1968-chevrolet-camaro/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:37:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353258 You wake despite the hope that you would never awake, that it was all just a bad dream. But you know she’s there in the bed next to you. In the early gray light of morning, your bleary eyes reluctantly open and fall on her mottled and pallid white skin. She seemed so hot and […]

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You wake despite the hope that you would never awake, that it was all just a bad dream. But you know she’s there in the bed next to you. In the early gray light of morning, your bleary eyes reluctantly open and fall on her mottled and pallid white skin. She seemed so hot and […]

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An Illustrated History Of Automotive Aerodynamics – In Three Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-in-three-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/an-illustrated-history-of-automotive-aerodynamics-in-three-parts/#comments Sun, 14 Feb 2010 20:29:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345269 [Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article can be found here] That air presented the greatest obstacle to automotive speed and economy was understood intuitively, if not scientifically since the dawn of the automobile. Putting it into practice was quite another story. Engineers, racers and entrepreneurs were lured by the potential for […]

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[Note: A significantly expanded and updated version of this article can be found here] That air presented the greatest obstacle to automotive speed and economy was understood intuitively, if not scientifically since the dawn of the automobile. Putting it into practice was quite another story. Engineers, racers and entrepreneurs were lured by the potential for […]

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Lincoln: A Brief History Up To 1961 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classics-lincoln-week-part-1-a-brief-history-up-to-1961/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classics-lincoln-week-part-1-a-brief-history-up-to-1961/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2010 19:43:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344577 In honor of our greatest president’s birthday this Friday, it’s going to be Lincoln Week at Curbside Classic. We’ll start with a brief history of the brand to set us up for the sixties, when our featured cars begin. Cadillac and Lincoln shared an almost identical early biography. Both were founded by “Master of Precision” […]

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In honor of our greatest president’s birthday this Friday, it’s going to be Lincoln Week at Curbside Classic. We’ll start with a brief history of the brand to set us up for the sixties, when our featured cars begin. Cadillac and Lincoln shared an almost identical early biography. Both were founded by “Master of Precision” […]

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Curbside Classic: GMC TDH-4523 Transit Bus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-gmc-tdh-4523-transit-bus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-gmc-tdh-4523-transit-bus/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2010 19:44:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344429 GM has built some great vehicles in its day, but nothing can top their buses. They literally owned the bus market from the forties through the seventies, but they earned that spot with superior technology and quality construction. One of the most brilliant and enduring examples of that is the “New Look” transit bus that […]

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GM has built some great vehicles in its day, but nothing can top their buses. They literally owned the bus market from the forties through the seventies, but they earned that spot with superior technology and quality construction. One of the most brilliant and enduring examples of that is the “New Look” transit bus that […]

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The Best Of TTAC: Auto-Biography Part 7 – Bus We Must http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-part-7-bus-we-must/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/the-best-of-ttac-auto-biography-part-7-bus-we-must/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2010 07:22:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344403 It was the mother of all drifts. Forty feet behind me, the back of the passenger bus was coming around fast, threatening to wipe out a block’s worth of cars parked across the street. By the time I caught the first slide, I had overcompensated. My arms were a whirling dervish on the giant steering […]

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It was the mother of all drifts. Forty feet behind me, the back of the passenger bus was coming around fast, threatening to wipe out a block’s worth of cars parked across the street. By the time I caught the first slide, I had overcompensated. My arms were a whirling dervish on the giant steering […]

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Curbside Classic Outtake: Covering All Transportation Bases http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-outtake-covering-all-transportation-bases/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/curbside-classic-outtake-covering-all-transportation-bases/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2010 06:57:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344397 Here’s some Saturday morning pictorial randomness to start out the day. Shall we have a thetruthaboutbuses theme today? I’m very fond of them. These folks living in this lot have a pretty wide variety of transportation options ready to roll, right down to the Cozy Coupe. They’re probably off riding their gas powered skateboard.

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Here’s some Saturday morning pictorial randomness to start out the day. Shall we have a thetruthaboutbuses theme today? I’m very fond of them. These folks living in this lot have a pretty wide variety of transportation options ready to roll, right down to the Cozy Coupe. They’re probably off riding their gas powered skateboard.

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Exclusive: TTAC Takes Apart Both Toyota Gas Pedals http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/exclusive-ttac-takes-apart-both-toyota-gas-pedals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/exclusive-ttac-takes-apart-both-toyota-gas-pedals/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2010 21:26:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343512 Update: To see all of TTAC’s related articles on the subject of Toyota gas pedals, go here: In yesterday’s post , we offered a bounty for anyone to open up both the CTS (bottom) and Denso (top) Toyota gas pedal assemblies. No one took us up, and no one anywhere else has done it, so […]

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Update: To see all of TTAC’s related articles on the subject of Toyota gas pedals, go here: In yesterday’s post , we offered a bounty for anyone to open up both the CTS (bottom) and Denso (top) Toyota gas pedal assemblies. No one took us up, and no one anywhere else has done it, so […]

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Paul Niedermeyer Becomes TTAC Managing Editor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/paul-niedermeyer-becomes-ttac-managing-editor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/paul-niedermeyer-becomes-ttac-managing-editor/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:40:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336694 When I started writing for TTAC, I could never have imagined the wild ride I was in for. Luckily I’ve been able to draw on wisdom and support of a number of TTAC’s contributors, not the least of whom was my dad, Paul Niedermeyer. He first suggested that I start blogging for TTAC, and his […]

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When I started writing for TTAC, I could never have imagined the wild ride I was in for. Luckily I’ve been able to draw on wisdom and support of a number of TTAC’s contributors, not the least of whom was my dad, Paul Niedermeyer. He first suggested that I start blogging for TTAC, and his […]

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Curbside Classic Clue (Updated With Hint) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/curbside-classic-clue-23/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/curbside-classic-clue-23/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2009 23:58:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=334703 Still too easy! rpol35 unveiled the ’68 Chevy on the first guess. Must try harder to make it harder. And why is this color so popular in Eugene? Did Maaco get a deal on a tanker truck’s worth? Did I make it hard enough yet? Update: Someone said it was plenty hard indeed. OK; Hint: […]

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Still too easy! rpol35 unveiled the ’68 Chevy on the first guess. Must try harder to make it harder. And why is this color so popular in Eugene? Did Maaco get a deal on a tanker truck’s worth? Did I make it hard enough yet? Update: Someone said it was plenty hard indeed. OK; Hint: […]

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Curbside Classic: 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/curbside-classic-1959-chevrolet-biscayne/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/curbside-classic-1959-chevrolet-biscayne/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:30:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=330235 Look at the picture above. Now pretend it’s your rearview mirror. That giant set of batwings is right behind you and gaining; now it pulls into the fast lane. A couple of teenagers grin as they zip by you ass-backwards at seventy miles an hour. The front grille of the ’59 Chevy slowly recedes in […]

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Look at the picture above. Now pretend it’s your rearview mirror. That giant set of batwings is right behind you and gaining; now it pulls into the fast lane. A couple of teenagers grin as they zip by you ass-backwards at seventy miles an hour. The front grille of the ’59 Chevy slowly recedes in […]

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Curbside Classic Clue http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/curbside-classic-clue-12/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/09/curbside-classic-clue-12/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:34:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=330191 All right, all you expert sleuths of vintage chrome moldings and extruded textures. I will once again try to stump you and will undoubtedly fail. I apologize for the lack of resolution, but it’s a small crop. And you’re too good. A shout out to last week’s winner, 6c1500, who nailed the stick-shift Caddy early […]

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All right, all you expert sleuths of vintage chrome moldings and extruded textures. I will once again try to stump you and will undoubtedly fail. I apologize for the lack of resolution, but it’s a small crop. And you’re too good. A shout out to last week’s winner, 6c1500, who nailed the stick-shift Caddy early […]

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Curbside Classics: 1970 Camaro RS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/curbside-classics-1970-camaro-rs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/08/curbside-classics-1970-camaro-rs/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 15:43:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=325800

After being trapped six weeks in a 1971 time warp, I had the controls of the Curbside Classics time machine all set for the mid-eighties. But once again, fate interceded. Running some errands, I had my first encounter with no less than two 2010 Camaros. Then, on the way home, something called out to me as I tooled down Franklin Boulevard. I found it parked behind the old boarded-up Chevy dealer, and it had an important message for you and me: "beauty is not in the eye of the beholder; it's in the object itself."

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After being trapped six weeks in a 1971 time warp, I had the controls of the Curbside Classics time machine all set for the mid-eighties. But once again, fate interceded. Running some errands, I had my first encounter with no less than two 2010 Camaros. Then, on the way home, something called out to me as I tooled down Franklin Boulevard. I found it parked behind the old boarded-up Chevy dealer, and it had an important message for you and me: "beauty is not in the eye of the beholder; it's in the object itself."

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Auto-Biography 23: Caravan of Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/06/auto-biography-23-caravan-of-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/06/auto-biography-23-caravan-of-love/#comments Sat, 30 Jun 2007 11:51:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=4038 92grandcaravan.jpgUnless you live under a highway, an empty box has no intrinsic value; it’s what’s inside that counts. The Dodge Grand Caravan we bought in 1992 was little more than a big dumb box on wheels. But by the time I got rid of it fifteen years later, I’d filled the Caravan with a lifetime of family memories.

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92grandcaravan.jpgUnless you live under a highway, an empty box has no intrinsic value; it’s what’s inside that counts. The Dodge Grand Caravan we bought in 1992 was little more than a big dumb box on wheels. But by the time I got rid of it fifteen years later, I’d filled the Caravan with a lifetime of family memories.

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Auto-biography Part 1: Revelation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/autobiography-pt-1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2007/01/autobiography-pt-1/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2007 02:17:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=3040 deville.jpgMy first memories are of the womb. The enveloping warmth, the soothing sounds that correlated to alien activity. I remember the sensations of being propelled: forward, stop, turning, forward again, the gentle g-forces rolling me delicately from side to side, ensconced in my snug compartment on all sides, conscious of the rounded form that surrounded me. My first ride was a VW.

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deville.jpgMy first memories are of the womb. The enveloping warmth, the soothing sounds that correlated to alien activity. I remember the sensations of being propelled: forward, stop, turning, forward again, the gentle g-forces rolling me delicately from side to side, ensconced in my snug compartment on all sides, conscious of the rounded form that surrounded me. My first ride was a VW.

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