Trunk mounted fifth wheel eases parallel parking woes

If you think parallel parking is bad now, imagine it in the 1950s. With archaic power steering (if any) and massive cars trying to parallel park must have been even more irritating. With this in mind one clever inventor dreamed up the "Park-kar" (?), a trunk mounted, drive shaft driven fifth wheel to maneuver… » 2/27/11 2:00pm 2/27/11 2:00pm

Wisconsin Rust Trip Redux: '50 Chevy Still In The Woods

Last year, I found this 1950 Chevrolet sitting in the weeds behind an art gallery in Door County, Wisconsin. I was back in Wisconsin a couple weeks back and decided to pay the old Chevy another visit. » 9/11/10 3:00pm 9/11/10 3:00pm

1952 Henry J Corsair

Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. You don't often see Kaiser-Frazer products on the street in the 21st century! » 9/05/10 9:00am 9/05/10 9:00am

Mig-17F Invades Iowa Skies, Performs Afterburner Hoonage

Saturday morning, the competitors of the Mutually Assured Destruction of Omaha 24 Hours of LeMons race had just entered the track for transponder testing laps when this hunk of vintage Soviet iron came screaming by at low altitude. » 8/29/10 8:00am 8/29/10 8:00am

60-Year-Old Chrysler Royal Won't Get Royal Treatment From The Crusher

You don't see many cars this old at the self-service, fast-turnover wrecking yard chains that I tend to frequent; generally the pre-1960 stuff gets snapped up at the pre-junkyard auction. Sometimes, however, an ancient car slips through the cracks. » 8/07/10 11:00am 8/07/10 11:00am

Schnell! Trabant 601 Coming Through, Comrades!

Given that East German Trabant shoppers probably had to sit on a 10-year waiting list to buy one of the plastic two-strokers, it doesn't seem sensible to advertise the thing. » 8/01/10 1:00pm 8/01/10 1:00pm

1956 Chevrolet Sedan

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's a '56 that's managed to avoid the oldies-and-cruise-nights circuit. » 7/24/10 9:00am 7/24/10 9:00am

The 240 Greatest Achievements of Japanese Automotive Technology

If you ask the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, the greatest milestones in their industry range from the ABS system on the '71 Nissan President to the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... and 238 more. » 7/18/10 6:30pm 7/18/10 6:30pm

If Only Cars Could Talk: 1956 Thunderbird Down On The Baghdad Street

We've all seen the stash of confiscated classic cars in a Green Zone garage, but what automotive treasures survive on the Iraqi street? Take a look at what Iraq-based reader Mark Trail has found for us! » 7/17/10 5:00pm 7/17/10 5:00pm

1955 GMC Half-Ton Pickup

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. 55 years old and still at work! » 7/17/10 9:00am 7/17/10 9:00am

And the Real Winner Is...

The Rocket Surgery Racing '56 Renault 4CV was, in the words of LeMons Chief Perp Lamm, "three weeks from being ready" when the race started... yet the Rocket Surgeons last-second frenzy-o-wrenchin' got the car onto the track Saturday afternoon. » 7/11/10 9:25pm 7/11/10 9:25pm

Project Car Hell, Cool Names From Doomed Manufacturers Edition:…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! After yesterday's QOTD, it just makes sense to go shopping for project cars with cool names! » 7/04/10 1:00pm 7/04/10 1:00pm

1959 Studebaker Lark VI

Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. DOTS has left Alameda, but that doesn't mean the series has to stop! » 6/19/10 9:00am 6/19/10 9:00am

Why Old Cars Suck

I tend to get pretty curmudgeonly about Model Bloat, excessive standard features, and other ills of the current generation of cars, but that sure as hell doesn't mean I think Everything About The Old Days Was Better. Far from it! » 5/30/10 6:00pm 5/30/10 6:00pm

1953 Buick Down On The Bahraini Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Yes, there's an early-50s Buick roaming Bahrain! » 4/10/10 11:00am 4/10/10 11:00am

PCH, By The Time I Get To Arizona Edition: NSU, Glas, Triumph, or Benz?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! You say picking one of two choices hurts your brain? Fine! We'll give you four choices today! » 3/28/10 3:00pm 3/28/10 3:00pm

1952 Willys Jeep Station Wagon

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. How many towns have three Willys Station Wagons parked on the street? » 3/20/10 9:00am 3/20/10 9:00am

San Francisco Neighbors Breathe Sigh Of Relief: DOTSBE Detroit Iron…

There's this incredible collection of street-parked vintage Detroi cars residing in San Francisco's Western Addition… yes, one of the most parking-challenged neighborhoods in the City That Parking Forgot. It appears that the owner of these cars is making some room. » 3/06/10 1:00pm 3/06/10 1:00pm

Looking For Deals On Well-Loved Cuban Cars? ¡Revolico!

We love seeing those old cars from Detroit (and Moscow) down on the Cuban street, but did you ever wonder what they're worth to the owners? Courtesy of the Gray Lady, we've discovered the "Cuban Craigslist." » 1/03/10 10:15pm 1/03/10 10:15pm

1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Convertible

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Sometimes the best DOTS finds are right under your nose; I found this Benz in my neighborhood. » 1/03/10 9:00am 1/03/10 9:00am