Jason Torchinsky
jasontorch
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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We all know today is going to be another very Bronco-heavy day, so I picked one of the least Bronco-related things for today’s blip: the rubber boot from a 1964 VW Beetle 1200's parking brake and heater controls. It’s one of the weirdest-looking rubber boots ever molded and installed on a car. It looks kinda lioke a

Jul 13
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It’s a real shame no one is talking about Ford Broncos now. They were such amazing cars, and Ford’s policy of willingly selling highly chromatic cars to monochrome people living in monochrome areas was truly groundbreaking. Maybe someday the automotive world will choose to consider the Bronco again. We can dream.

Jul 9
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There’s not a many cars that have been named for specific dog breeds, but I think this Bedford Beagle here feels pretty beagle-like. Dog breeds should be used more for car names! Even more generic names like “hound” would be good for maybe a work-focused SUV, or maybe ahepard?. “Whippet” for a Lotus-like sports car.

Jul 8
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An old rite of passage in mid-century Holland was to place a young boy, about 12 years old, behind a running car and have him breathe the exhaust in deeply, over and over, until he finally passed out. If he lasted a set amount of time (this varied region to region) he would then become an official “Man of the City”

Jul 7
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It’s not all that often that you can look at a car and get a taste in your mouth almost immediately, but this MG Magnette is absolutely, unquestionably the same flavor as grape soda. Or a grape Tootsie Pop. That purple flavor we call “grape” even though it’s really purple flavor. Lick your screen to see for yourself!