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AMC Gremlin Levi Edition

In the early 1970s, American Motors took a classic and they added denim to it, making it even more of a classic. The result was the AMC Gremlin "Levi" Edition. An economy car upholstered with Levi jeans. The Gremlin Levi is now highly prized by collectors.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Dec 01, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: 1970's, Cars

Internet Movie Cars Database


Car buffs are fanatical. A group of them has compiled a database of car appearances in films, the Internet Movie Cars Database, to accompany the more famous IMDB.

With screen captures.

So suppose, like me, you once drove a Mercury Marauder, circa 1973. You can now nostalgically learn all the times that make and model of vehicle appeared onscreen.

My car looked exactly like the one below, down to the paint job.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 13, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Movies, Collectors, Cars

Where’s my car?

Sometimes, after shopping at the local mall, I forget exactly where I parked my car in the mall parking lot. But that's nothing compared to Andreas O. who, after partying at Munich's Oktoberfest, could only remember that he had parked his car somewhere in East Munich before getting a tram down to the Oktoberfest grounds. It took him five weeks to get the car back — and only then because he hung posters around the city appealing for help and someone spotted it. Munich police say, "We get this sort of thing all the time." []
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Nov 12, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Cars

Toyota’s Portrait-Drawing Car

As you drive, the car draws a portrait of you, based on how you drive.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 31, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Art, Cars


Toyota is recalling over 800,000 vehicles due to spider webs blocking a drain tube for the air conditioning system. This caused the system to leak and damage the airbag electronics. Yet another reason to HATE spiders!!!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Oct 18, 2013 | Comments (14)
Category: Cars

Detect Dangers Before They Happen!

MCP from dath - Tobias Haase on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 06, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, History, Humor, 1900's, Cars

Highest Hot Wheels Wall Track

No translation necessary.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 01, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, Toys, World Records, Europe, Cars

Biggest Station Wagon Ever Built

From Wikipedia:

At 5,182 lb (2,351 kg) shipping weight, or about 5,400 lb (2,400 kg) curb weight, the three-seat 1974 Estate Wagons are easily the heaviest Buicks ever built, even heavier than the Buick Limited limousines of 1936-42. The 1971-1976 models were the largest station wagons ever built.

For comparison purposes, equal to the weight of three Smart Cars.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Aug 22, 2013 | Comments (11)
Category: Excess, Overkill, Hyperbole and Too Much Is Not Enough, 1970's, Cars

How to cheat at the soapbox derby

According to the rules of the All-American Soap Box Derby, the racing cars had to run by gravity alone. But in 1973, suspicion fell on the winner of the Derby, 14-year-old Jimmy Gronen, when officials noticed that his car mysteriously "surged forward" at the start. Inspection uncovered a powerful electromagnet installed in the nose of his car. A switch behind the headrest activated the electromagnet, attracting it to the metal rod used to hold back the car at the starting line, giving it an initial boost of speed. The cheating scandal shocked the nation. An Ohio prosecutor said, "It's like seeing apple pie, motherhood and the American flag grinding to a halt." [via]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 30, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Sports, 1970's, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #208

Where to begin with this long ad? The surrealism of a Corvette on the Bonanza set? The notion that a sexy spy like Napolean Solo would drive a Corvair? The mashup of Bewitched with Bonanza characters, including the ultra-campy Agnes Moorehead? It's a commercial that just keeps on giving in the weirdness department.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 13, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Television, Surrealism, Crossovers and Mashups, Fantasy, 1960's, Time-travel, Cars
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