QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part V: Coupes)

qotd can you build an ideal crapwagon garage part v coupes

We’re strolling through the various sections of our Crapwagon Garage, and are just over halfway finished with this series (unless I can add extra vehicle segments without any hair-splitting). Each week we’ve scaled somewhat upward in either size or utility — hatchbacks came first, then sedans, trucks, and wagons. But in this fifth entry we pare things back down to cover the Crapwagon coupes of your dreams.

Browsing through your wagon selections from last week, this one wins the You Should Remember This ribbon:

It’s the ’92-’96 Mitsubishi Diamante wagon. Luxurious in intent and styling, it was the upper class alternative to the plebeian Camry and Accord alternatives. They’re so rare that it’s difficult to find a good picture of one these days. Props go to Tonyola for this suggestion. The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart was a close runner-up, by the way. Let’s get to the coupes.

The now-familiar list of rules for the Crapwagon Garage game:

  1. A crapwagon must be a vehicle which is relatively easy to find and purchase using an internet.
  2. All vehicles in the crapwagon garage must have been sold as new, in the North American market.
  3. Said vehicles must be obtainable to the casual crapwagon collector (CCC). This means in clean, running condition each one asks $7,000 or less on a normal day.
  4. Your suggestions must fit into the vehicle category of the week. If you don’t like the category, that’s tough. We’ll get to a category you like eventually.
  5. There are five rules to this garage game, and that’s the maximum number of vehicles you may submit for each section. Just five.

All coupes this week will feature a fixed roof and an actual trunk (not a liftback/hatchback). If one of your choices was sold as both coupe and cabriolet, the former is a valid choice. But if a vehicle had a removable hardtop as standard or factory option and a soft top underneath, that’s invalid. No Chrysler TC or final-gen Thunderbirds here today. My first pick:

The Acura Legend coupe, first generation. The first generation’s purity was somewhat diminished by the more bloated and luxury-heavy styling and equipment of the second generation. Two-tone and fan alloys are right up my alley, as well as the frameless windows. Not many are out there, but there are some.

And here’s another coupe which comes to mind — a Volvo 780 as styled by Bertone. These were very expensive and not that popular (still aren’t), as nobody turned to Volvo for their luxury coupe needs. They can be found in good or serviceable condition for cheap, and have interiors of serious Swedish luxury.

Let’s hear your coupe picks, and make sure they’re not liftbacks.

[Images: Lexus, Acura, Volvo, Mitsubishi]

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  • STS_Endeavour STS_Endeavour on Jun 13, 2018

    96 Lincoln MarkVIII 94 Mercury Capri XR2 91 Buick Reatta 92 Ford Thunderbird SC 98 Nissan Silvia 240SX

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 14, 2018

      @JohnTaurus Your roadster comments here have inspired a new BDB which I'll be writing up today. Affordable roadster funs.

  • Richthofen Richthofen on Jun 21, 2018

    I owned a '96 Lincoln Mark VIII and would love another, so that'd be at the top of my list. Currently have a 780 so I guess that takes a spot too. I'd give the other 3 spaces to: -1999 Lexus SC400 -1995 Acura Legend coupe (I love the 1st-gen too, but the 2nd-gen really gets me going) -1980 Dodge Mirada (only year for the 360)

  • Inside Looking Out Why EBFlex dominates this EV discussion? Just because he is a Ford expert?
  • Marky S. Very nice article and photos. I am a HUGE Edsel fan. I have always been fascinated with the "Charlie Brown of Cars." Allow me to make a minor correction to add here: the Pacer line was the second-from-bottom rung Edsel, not the entry-level trim. That would be the Edsel Ranger for 1958. It had the widest array of body styles. The Ranger 2-door sedan (with a "B-pillar", not a pillarless hardtop), was priced at $2,484. So, the Ranger and Pacer both used the smaller Ford body. The next two upscale Edsel's were based on the Mercury body, are were: Corsair, and, top-line Citation. Although the 1959 style is my fav. I would love a '58 Edsel Pacer 4-door hardtop sedan!
  • Lou_BC Stupid to kill the 6ft box in the crewcab. That's the most common Canyon/Colorado trim I see. That kills the utility of a small truck. The extended cab was a poor seller so that makes sense. GM should have kept the diesel. It's a decent engine that mates well with the 6 speed. Fuel economy is impressive.
  • Lou_BC High end EV's are selling well. Car companies are taking advantage of that fact. I see quite a few $100k pickups in my travels so why is that ok but $100k EV's are bad? The cynical side of me sees car companies tack on 8k premiums to EV's around the time we see governments up EV credits. Coincidence? No fooking way.
  • EBFlex "I'd add to that right now, demand is higher than supply, so basic business rules say to raise the price."Demand is very low. Supply is even lower. Saying that demand is outstripping supply without providing context is dishonest at best.