Jason Torchinsky
jasontorch
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!)
1/17/20
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The 1965 Opel Diplomat V8 had a very nice rear indicator light solution, I think. They even sort of look like little arrows! That’s some classy turn indicating. It’s the equivalent of approaching a person, placing your hand on their shoulder in a warm and comforting manner, fixing a caring and determined look right

1/16/20
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There’s something especially wonderful about the “Handling by Lotus” badge on a little pickup truck. Especially one called a “Jumbuck.” But Proton has the right idea here—just because you may be delivering boxes filled with remaindered orthopedic stockings, does that mean you somehow don’t deserve Lotus-tuned

1/15/20
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This 1958 Ford Escort Spacewagon has a nice design here with the underfloor area reserved for the filthy things like tires and tools and maybe found badger carcasses, but brings up a question: should the split tailgate have been divided at the floor line? should the upper hatch been longer to reach the main floor, and

1/13/20
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I think this image is from a short-lived theme park in the 1970s where everyone dressed up in lederhosen and traditional European peasant garb, ate fruit outside, and drove Honda Civics around cobblestone streets. I think Disney bought it and incorporated it into Epcot or something.

1/10/20
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Brazil is pretty amazing because they’re the only country that’s ever really managed to make work, at scale, a liquid fuel infrastructure other than gasoline or diesel or natural gas. And, the fuel they came up with is not just completely renewable, it’s sweet: sugar cane alcohol. I’ve written about the sugar-booze Fus

1/9/20
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This is a really lovely and bucolic Renault 4CV ad, and it finally explains why the car’s nickname was “L’Agneau Effrayant”  or, in English, “The Lamb Frightener.”