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

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake the ultimate 2cv antidote cryptic symbology edition

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.

  • Fred Remember when radios were an option? Do you know you can use your phone to listen to any radio station in the world? This is just a whole waste of time.
  • Pig_Iron ASTC 3.0 AM radio was successfully demonstrated at CES. It is a common standard shared with terrestrial television, so the audio equipment is commonized for broadcasters. And no royalty fees to pay, unlike HDRadio which has been a less than stellar success. 📻
  • Art Vandelay Crimes that are punished with fines encourage abuse by those enforcing them. If it is truly dangerous to the public, maybe jail or give the offenders community service. People’s time tends to be very valuable to them and a weeks lost work would certainly make a high earner think twice. If it isn’t a big danger why are police enforcing it (outside of raising money of course). Combine it with a points system. When your points are gone you do a week imitating Cool Hand Luke.
  • Cha65697928 High earners should pay less for tickets because they provide the tax revenue that funds the police. 2-3 free speeding tix per year should be fair.
  • Art Vandelay So the likely way to determine one’s income would be via the tax return. You guys are going to be real disappointed when some of the richest folks pay no speeding fine the same way they minimize their taxes