QOTD: Invisible Car Perfection?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Since TTAC has been invisible to most of the internet since Thursday, we thought it’d be an appropriate time to ask: what’s your idea of an “invisible car”?

Some are bought on purpose. The private dicks (I’ve always wanted to work that into a post) and investigators of the world are said to intentionally select vehicles that blend into the background. The ninth-gen Impala, produced for an interminable 10 years, is a stereotypical choice, especially in a muted color.

There is also something to be said for piloting a minivan (doesn’t seem to matter the color, make, or model). Whether it’s thanks to people’s eyes glazing over the instant they see one or thinking a minivan driver already has enough on their plate in the form of squawking offspring, those boxes-on-wheels generally do not elicit a second or indeed even first glance from most constabulary. Not that I’ve ever taken advantage of that behaviour. No, sir.

Others take great pains to make their cars look plain-jane when they’re actually hairy-chested beasts that would give a Hellcat a fright at the dragstrip. Google “sleeper hot rod” and one will find images of staid Mercury Marquis wagons (the small ones, natch) stuffed with V8 power. They’re invisible only until the driver puts their right foot down.

What your pick for the Greyest of Them All? Oh, and hats off to Subaru for skewering the phenomenon of automobiles-as-appliances back in 2011.

[Images: Subaru/YouTube]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Jh26036 Jh26036 on Mar 01, 2018

    If I had to go incognito, probably a Subaru Outback around here.

  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on Apr 27, 2018

    Every time I see a Subaru commercial, I think, there's one more reason I don't drive that car! Their commercials are among the worst in the business.

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