Jason Torchinsky
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Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)
4/8/20
8:45 AM
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This 1956 DKW brochure has perhaps one of the best/worst lines in any brochure, ever, and, thankfully, one that could be applied to pretty much any car: “Even in very low temperatures, the engine is always “there.” That is a pretty nice feature to have in a car, a non-temperature-based system for your engine to escape.

4/7/20
8:45 AM
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What’s going on in this Talbot brochure, exactly? Are they saying that the car has front seat comfort equivalent to a beachside real-estate office waiting room? Is that plant dead? Are they drinking tang? Why is she looking blankly ahead like that? Also, look at the size of that video camera rig resting in the back

4/6/20
8:45 AM
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Remember how hard Ford had to fight to get people to think of the Torino as something other than a “balloonist’s car?” It’s one of the most famous cases of automotive typecasting. In fact, it wasn’t until Starsky and Hutch changed the show’s premise from two balloonists who fought crime to two cops who fought crime as

4/2/20
8:45 AM
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Okay, here’s your shut-in car fantasy scenario for the day: You wake up in the driver’s seat of a lovely, mint condition 1962 Sunbeam-Talbot. This is what you see. You hear a rustling behind you to see a wet paper bag on the back seat, twitching and shaking. Your phone buzzes. It’s a text message that just says”NOW.”

3/31/20
8:45 AM
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The 1957 Spatz is a charming little rear-engined microcar, but I’m pretty sure that, since it doesn’t have doors, when the top is up you’re pretty much trapped inside. I bet that kinda sucked in the rain.