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

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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)

  • Chris P Bacon I had a chance to drive 2 Accords back to back as rentals. The first was a base ICE LX. I was underwhelmed. The next was a Sport Hybrid. Like night and day. So much so that I ventured on to the grounds of my local dealer. Was looking for a Sport or Sport-L. Autotrader showed nothing within 250 miles. Dealer confirmed. Told me I'd have to "get on the list" for a delivery, and there was a non-negotiable $3k "market adjustment". I guess I'll have to hope to see one on the Emerald Aisle again.
  • DungBeetle62 I just this past weekend rented one of these for 5 days in SoCal and with $5.29 the best I could find for gas, this ride's wonderful combination of comfort and thrift was welcome indeed. My biggest real beef is with the entire Accord product line - with that angle of backlight, not having this as a 5-door hatch seems a real waste of space.
  • RICHARD I bought my wife the exact car in the picture 3 weeks ago. Acceleration is average for the class. Smoothness of the powertrain, competent ride dynamics, quietness, and comfort are definitely pluses. The styling is restrained for sure, but we weren't looking for a shouty car that doesn't deliver on the design statement. She drives about 8,000 miles per year, mostly around town. At the current rate, we expect to buy about 16 gallons of gas per month. This really is a car that appears to do everything well rather than excelling at a few things to the detriment of others.
  • Ajla "2010-2019 Borrego"The Borrego only had model years 2009 - 2011 in the United States. The Borrego/Mohave did exist in international markets beyond them but the NHTSA of the United States would not be handling a recall on those. It's annoying that apparently the manufacturer, the federal regulator, and automotive press didn't notice this.
  • SilverCoupe The last Accord I test drove was in 1978, but I ended up buying a VW Scirocco instead. The Accords have put on quite a bit of weight since, then, but then again, so have I!