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!)
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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
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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
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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. 

3/30/20
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Not leaving the house means I finally have time to mess around with the old Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 a friend gave me, so I wrote a crude little drawing program and scribbled out a ‘66 Beetle. Unfortunately I misjudged the limited height (the screen is only 64 pixels tall) so I didn’t have room for wheels, which

3/27/20
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It’s Friday! Time to start the weekend right by hopping into this Ford Consul, shoving the driver out of the way, and driving, driving, driving, with a fast determined, sweaty intensity, spewing a never-ending stream of gibberish, randomly jerking the wheel to and fro, then throwing back your head and laughing,

3/26/20
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That guy with the box kind of reminds me of Jerry Lewis, so I see this playing out where he struggles to get that very heavy box in the car and ends up with it crushing his chest as he lays prone on the cargo floor, screaming “Niiiiceee laaaaadddddeeeee!” as the tailgate slams down, nearly lopping off his feet.