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Black Plastic

I hate plastic engine covers, which cover practically all new car engines. They serve the purpose of making all engines look the same. Of covering up what’s under there. Which serves...

Doomed: VW Phaeton (2003-2006)

If you could get a really good ribeye at McDonald’s, would you be willing to pay a Peter Luger steakhouse price for it? Probably not. Especially if you had to eat it at...

Doomed: Chevy Cosworth Vega (1975-1976)

It worked better for Pontiac. The now-iconic black and gold paint scheme made famous by the ’77 Trans-Am that Burt Reynolds drove into automotive history in Smokey and the Bandit failed to...

Doomed: Cadillac Seville (1976-2004)

When did Cadillac start becoming BMW - or trying to? This can be pinpointed with some precision. It was 1976, the year of the Seville. This was Cadillac’s first small car -...

Encomium to Pontiac

It is coming up on the eleventh anniversary of the death of Pontiac, a fatality not so much of the 2007-2008 financial collapse - which delivered the coupe de grace -...

The Gone Ones

Tempus does fugit. I've been test driving new cars long enough that the first new cars I test drove are now Antique cars, literally. I recently found myself behind a '95 Mustang...

Gas Guzzling . . . Then and Now

I took my '76 Trans Am out yesterday; I needed a reboot - and it needed exercise. Drove the orange-painted, screaming chickened "gas guzzler" around for about an hour, taking my...

The Yugo and its Merits

The joke goes: How do you double the value of a Yugo? Fill up the gas tank! True enough. And yet, nearly 800,000 of them were made - all the way through 2008, a...

Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

High-performance trucks are back - but they aren't new. One of the first of the breed dates back to the height of the Disco era, 1978 - when high-performance cars had all-but-ceased-to-exist,...

Closing the Antique Vehicle “Loophole”

One way to save a lot of money - and avoid a lot of hassle - is to opt out of paying the annual "registration" fees the governments of most states...
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