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Meh Car Monday: All Hail The Toyota Solara, The Fun Car Without The Fun Meh Car Monday: All Hail The Toyota Solara, The Fun Car Without The Fun

I was driving around the other day when a car caught my attention, and not in the usual way. Normally, cars catch my eye by virtue of them being interesting or unusual, or compelling in some striking way. This car caught my eye because my brain has been damaged by writing these Meh Car articles for over a year, and…

Putting A Floor-Mounted Ignition Switch On The Saab 9-7X Didn't Make It A Real Saab Putting A Floor-Mounted Ignition Switch On The Saab 9-7X Didn't Make It A Real Saab

Saab was one of those idiosyncratic little carmakers that inspired intense loyalty among its fans, thanks to some genuinely novel engineering, engaging cars, and some charmingly strange quirks. When the corporate giant GM bought out Saab in 2000, it made at least some attempts to keep the Saab spirit alive. One of…

Cyclist Finds Wife's Stolen Car In Traffic As Driver Runs Away In Panic Cyclist Finds Wife's Stolen Car In Traffic As Driver Runs Away In Panic

Finding your stolen car is not exactly common, but it does happen. Sometimes it’s through considerable effort, and very rarely it’s through sheer dumb luck. A cyclist in Venice, CA, over the weekend fell into the dumb luck method when he happened to spot his wife’s stolen Mazda CX-5 driving around. The person driving…

How Autonomous Cars See The World How Autonomous Cars See The World

If we’re going to be talking and thinking about autonomous cars, self-driving cars, robo-cars, drive-o-droids (copyright pending) or whatever the hell we want to call these things, we should get a sense of exactly what they do and how they do it. How do they know what’s around them, and how can they potentially be…

An Imaginary Car From An Imaginary Country: 1972 Golminean Loophole Car An Imaginary Car From An Imaginary Country: 1972 Golminean Loophole Car

I know it’s been a while, but I think it’s time for another installment of Imaginary Car from an Imaginary Country. Today, I want to tell you about the inspirational people of Golminea, the country forbidden to build cars, and the cars that they built.

Watch A Foul-Mouthed Guy Get His Car Run Over By A Tornado

We’ve run dashcam videos of some pretty insane things, but I think this is the first time we’ve seen a dashcam video, from the driver’s viewpoint, of a stationary car getting engulfed by a tornado, like a colossal amoeba engulfing some microscopic sandwich or whatever they eat. It’s pretty alarming to see, but…

The Aznom Atulux Is A $300,000 Ram Truck Turned Sedan For Rich Idiots The Aznom Atulux Is A $300,000 Ram Truck Turned Sedan For Rich Idiots

Are you really really rich, but also something of a moron with terrible taste? Is it difficult and exhausting to explain both how wealthy you are and how bad your decisions are to people you meet? I’m delighted to say that there’s an answer: the Aznom Atulux, the vehicle that answers the question of how to spend…

Happy Friday! You’ve had a long week. You look tired. Let’s transform you into a Lancia Gamma and have our crack team of car-massagers take the pain away. Plus, one is a cameo by Stan Lee!

Match These Mouth Engine Sounds To Their Engine Type Match These Mouth Engine Sounds To Their Engine Type

Hey, who feels like doing something mildly stupid, but audible enough so people around you can wonder what the hell is going on with you? You, that’s who? We’re going to conduct a little experiment here: I’m going to write out some things you can say with the people-mouth stuck above your chin that sound like engine…

Nissan Once Made An Unbranded Generic Car Nissan Once Made An Unbranded Generic Car

Minimalism has become, somewhat ironically, a status symbol unto itself. How many painfully self-satisfied articles have you read about rich people “decluttering” and instead just having a few crazy expensive things carefully placed in a stark white loft? Too many, probably. That just shows how far ahead of its time…

Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It

While I know that even the most improbable of cars can have obsessive and dedicated fans, I’d always sort of assumed there was a limit. That there would be some cars that are so free of charm or character or interest that there’s just no way someone could become devoted to them. This week, I learned how very, very…

This Wonderful Loon Is Driving A 1919 Air-Cooled Franklin All Around America This Wonderful Loon Is Driving A 1919 Air-Cooled Franklin All Around America

Sometimes, I have moments where I feel like a badass because I regularly drive some pretty old cars. But like every moment where I feel like a badass, it’s very short-lived, because I remember that people like Jim Eby exist. He’s about to drive a 99-year-old air-cooled Franklin on a massive trip all over the country.

Pine Cone-Junkie Squirrel Shoves Over 50 Pounds Of Pine Cones Into Car's Engine Bay Pine Cone-Junkie Squirrel Shoves Over 50 Pounds Of Pine Cones Into Car's Engine Bay

“Coner” is what hip, young squirrels call their pine cone-obsessed peers; if you’ve ever spent any time in the tree branches of America’s forests and suburbs, this sort of branch-slang is probably familiar to you. Hardcore coners often do some crazy shit, like this Michigan-area conehead squirrel who crammed some poor…

It's Time To Identify The Van Used On Target's Cart Return Corrals It's Time To Identify The Van Used On Target's Cart Return Corrals

Okay, everyone, everyone, stop what you’re doing. Pilots, put your planes on autopilot. Surgeons, drop the scalpel and crank the anesthetic. Drivers, pull over. Everyone just get somewhere safe where you can concentrate, because we’re going to be identifying the van used on Target’s shopping cart return corrals. Try…

The Unhinged Political Ad That Says Germany Is 'Dumping Cheap Cars' On America  The Unhinged Political Ad That Says Germany Is 'Dumping Cheap Cars' On America 

If you’re a fan of exciting speculative fiction, there’s a short video circulating right now from an allegedly non-partisan group called CASE for Consumers that describes an incredible alternate reality where Angela Merkel is masterminding a plan to dump cheap German cars on the American market. Cheap German cars! In…

How I'm Living With My Imported 1990 Nissan Pao In The Summertime How I'm Living With My Imported 1990 Nissan Pao In The Summertime

Here I am, about six months into Nissan Pao ownership, I’m delighted to say that my ardor has yet to cool. I’m still thrilled every time I get into this thing to drive, and I’m pretty convinced that if there was a satellite that could track trails and wakes of atomic joy particles in the atmosphere, it would produce…

Hammacher Schlemmer Will Sell You A Deathtrap That Looks Like A Honda S2000 And A Shark Got Pulled Into A Wormhole Hammacher Schlemmer Will Sell You A Deathtrap That Looks Like A Honda S2000 And A Shark Got Pulled Into A Wormhole

If you’re like me, an idiot with ten grand to blow on a dream of dying in the stupidest way possible, then you owe it to yourself to check out Hammacher Schlemmer’s latest rich-dumbass gift: a $9,990 electric three-wheeled deathtrap that can go 75 mph!

Someone Help Me Figure Out What The Hell Is Going On With This 118-Year-Old Czech Racecar Someone Help Me Figure Out What The Hell Is Going On With This 118-Year-Old Czech Racecar

Our own Kristen Lee took a trip to Prague earlier this year, where she presumably danced around on cobblestone streets and said “woo woo look at me, I’m Kristen!” and slapped waiters with cold cuts or whatever the hell it is Kristen does to relax. She won’t tell me. But, she did show me some pictures she took at the …

Meh Car Monday: Behold The Astounding Nothingness Of The Chevrolet Captiva Meh Car Monday: Behold The Astounding Nothingness Of The Chevrolet Captiva

Pretty much every time I write a Meh Car Monday article, the following few days are filled with a sprinkling of hurt, angry emails from people who really adore whatever car I’ve just declared meh. They think I’m wrong, I’m a foul monster, and the world would be better off if (1) everyone just admitted that Jeep…

Lost Footage Of Einstein Driving A Flying Car Has Been Found

You’d think that if anyone would be able to crack the problem of flying cars, it’d be Einstein, right? I mean, after all, you don’t have to be some kind of Copernicus to know that Einstein’s a real Einstein. Even so, it seems improbable. That’s what makes this recently re-discovered film of Albert Einstein flying…

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