Independence Day weekend is almost upon us, and the rebel spirit is taking hold. Remember when… Read more Read more Welcome back to Answers of the Day — our Jalopnik summer feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy! Photo Credit: Obit Mag
10.) Rally Fighter Suggested By: Princess Spiegel Why It's Rebellious: I can guarantee that if you pulled up outside your favorite restaurant, whoever was parked out front would move over. If you were merging on the highway, you'd suddenly get plenty of room. If you were storming through a field, small woodland creatures would scurry in fear. The Rally Fighter commands respect, just like the T-Bucket of old.
9.) Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Suggested By: Cargamel Why It's Rebellious: The CTS-V wagon flies in the face of everyone who thinks they need a monstrous SUV to haul one kid to soccer practice, or the person who thinks they have to give up their fun car when they settle down and start a family. It wipes the floor with your "performance" SUV, and has a whole lot more fun doing it. And most importantly, it doesn't care that wagons are supposedly not cool anymore.
8.) Pontiac Trans Am Suggested By: Fodder650 Why It's Rebellious: Come on, how much badder can you get than the Bandit's car of choice? And how much more rebellious can you be than a guy who call himself the Bandit and drives across several states for beer, just for the hell of it? Smokey and the Bandit singlehandedly made me want a Trans Am with a screaming chicken on the hood, and it should inspire the same irrational desire in you. Photo credit: Motortopia
7.) El Camino Suggested By: evoCS Why It's Rebellious: Just as continuing to sport a mullet in this day and age is an act of rebellion, driving the mullet of cars holds a finger up in the face of anyone who questions it. The El Camino oozes cool, because it doesn't care about what anyone else thinks. Some may see a thirty-year old experiment gone wrong, but others see thirty years of awesome. Photo credit: Chevelles.com
6.) Mercury Marauder Suggested By: MissingInTraffic Why It's Rebellious: Taking a Panther body then blacking it out, speeding it up, lowering it down and then selling it from the factory is certainly an unusual and mischievous idea. The people that bought it almost certainly want to mess with the status quo a little by driving a car that at first appears normal and a little boring, but is actually pretty awesome. Besides, anything with body-on-frame construction nowadays is rebelling against something.
5.) The Bluesmobile Suggested By: swine Why It's Rebellious: Sure, it may look like a 1974 Dodge Monaco from the outside, but The Bluesmobile is really so much more. If you're a pair of blues musicians just out of prison and on the run to get the band back together and save the orphanage where you grew up, there's really no better car. Blues musicians have often lived on the outskirts of society, and Jake and Elwood are no exceptions. Photo credit: All About Cars
4.) AMC Rebel Suggested By: Mister Scroggs Why It's Rebellious: In honor of being rebellious and the rapidly-approaching Fourth of July, I present to you the red-white-and-blue all-American muscle car known as the Machine. It came standard with a 390 V8 that put down 340 horses and 430 pound-feet of torque, along with all sorts of other special go-fast parts under the hood. Back in 1970, it made the leap from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds, which is still pretty darn quick today. To top it all off, it looks awesome. Photo credit: 1970 AMC Rebel Machine
3.) Lotus Seven Suggested By: JackTrade Why It's Rebellious: The Seven was The Prisoner's car of choice. If "I am not a number! I am a free man!" isn't rebellious enough for you, then I don't know what is. Even if you take away the association with Patrick McGoohan's retired-but-captive secret agent, the Seven is all kinds of rebellious. No windows? No radio, air conditioning, or power anything? You've got to be either crazy or a badass to slide behind that wheel. Or a little of both. Photo credit: Lotus Seven Register
2.) Porsche 550 Spyder Suggested By: Turbineguy Why It's Rebellious: I'm not sure anything else really has to be said. James Dean drove and died in a 550. It is, automatically, a rebel's car. Photo credit: Stuff I Like
1.) Toyota Hilux Suggested By: rawtoast Why It's Rebellious: The vehicle of choice for the world over, the Toyota Hilux is actually indestructible. It's been the backbone of rebellions the world over, and doesn't just cruise Main Street looking cool. At home, these other cars look the part and make their owners look that much better, but out in the rest of the world, the Hilux gets it done. If that doesn't work, Chinese knockoffs also help. actual rebels