Curbside Classic Outtake: The Ultimate 2CV Antidote – Cryptic Symbology Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

At TTAC we take the “fair and balanced” slogan seriously; just not necessarily in any given post. I do tend to go a bit off the deep end, especially after a long week. We’ve had three small cars and one big one this week; the Camaro is in a special category of its own. So we need some serious counterbalancing at the last minute, lest we offend some of our more “big iron” oriented readers (it seems like I’ve managed to offend pretty much every camp this week). Folks; CC is meant (hopefully) to have a modicum of entertainment value, so don’t take anything I say too seriously, ever. Here’s my peace offering: an ex-military machine with a cryptic symbol on the door. Does anyone know what it stands for? Are chicks attracted to it?

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  • ChuckR ChuckR on Jan 23, 2010

    The interior shot reminds me of the wheelhouse of a commercial fisherman's small boat - bluff, upright and boxy. I have always liked the the looks of its cousin, the 1940's to 1960's flat fender Power Wagon. Unfortunately, my back wouldn't like the seating arrangements very much. In either model.

  • Martin Albright Martin Albright on Jan 26, 2010

    Yes, the M37 was truly a great vehicle. Descended almost directly from the WWII Weapons Carrier, it added a dual-speed transfer case, a separate cab and cargo area (the WWII vehicle was basically a 3/4 ton Jeep) and a slightly updated engine. Believe it or not, I actually saw an M37 still being used by the US Army - in 1993! Keep in mind that this is long after the M37's replacement, the M715, and the M715's replacement, the M880 (a civilian Dodge pickup from the 1970's) were retired from service. It was at Fort Huachuca, AZ, and the M37 was being used by the Directorate of Engineering and Housing, basically the maintenance staff of the post.

  • The Oracle This thing got porky quick.
  • Kwi65728132 I'll grant that it's nicely kept but I'm not a fan of the bangle butt designs, and I know better than to buy a used BMW while living anywhere in the world other than in the fatherland where these are as common as any Honda or Toyota is anywhere else.
  • ChristianWimmer When these came out I thought they were hideous: now they’ve grown on me. This one looks pretty nice. Well-maintained, low mileage and some good-looking wheels that aren’t super fancy but not cheap-looking or boring either, they are just right.
  • Aja8888 Someday in the far away future, all cars will look the same, people will be the same color, dogs will be all mixed beyond recognition, and governments will own everything. That car looks like my son's Hyundai Tucson without badges.
  • Tassos Of course, what the hell did you expect? A SERIOUS, BEAUTIFUL car you can ACTUALLY USE AS YOUR DAILY DRIVER???............. NOOOOO, THIS IS TIM WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO HE FINDS SOME OBSOLETE POS WHICH IS 22 years old, .............AND HE PURPOSELY MISSES THE BEAUTIFUL MODEL, THE Classical Beauty E39 that ended in 2003. ...........So he uses his column as a WASTEBASKET once again, to throw the first year of BMWs BANGLED 5 series (as in the INFAMOUS CHRIS BANGLE WHO SCREWED UP THE DESIGN ROYALLY). ................................................ As Dr. Evil, Fake Doctor Jill Biden would scream at the top of her voice, so her senile idiot husband could hear her, "Good Job, (Tim)! You answered all the questions and ticked all the boxes!" ..... KEEP UP THE S---Y work, Tim!