Jason Torchinsky
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Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)
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I love the Alfa Romeo Montreal’s whole look, though I do suppose the amazing half-lid slatted headlight covers do make it look a bit like a high owl. I’m not saying that’s a negative, though, to be clear. 

6/3/20
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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a van that makes me want to try and feed it big fistfuls of hay and grass so much. It looks like a big, sweet, dumb pachyderm of some kind. Scratch it above the grille and it’ll be your pal. 

6/2/20
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I’m pretty sure this is one of the earliest car configurators, where you could test out what color Beetle you wanted by painting it with little paintbrushes. It was harder to try to do it at work without getting noticed, though. Mostly because of dripping, the same thing that gave away if you were trying to secretly

6/1/20
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Welcome to a new week, and while, okay, this one seems to be still filled with plenty of misery and chaos, I can say there will be some distracting rays of hope and light coming for those that need a break. Hope and light from the Changli. There’s important things happening, but if you need respite, we’re here to

5/29/20
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Yes, I’m teasing you a bit, because currently on my back patio sits the Changli. Today is unboxing day. Stay tuned. 

5/27/20
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I really like these first-gen Ford Fiestas, but this is the most obvious example of the park-on-the-shoulder-and-pretend-like-you’re driving-fast sort of photo I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t have at least airbrushed the background and wheels to look a bit blurry? At least TRY to fool me, Ford. 

5/26/20
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In case you’re having trouble getting going again after your long weekend, for inspiration I suggest viewing this image and reflecting on the fact that, in Brazil in 1987, you could buy one of these brand-new from Ford, and then live your life using it. Take a moment and imagine that in some detail. Glorious, isn’t it?