Sprinter Carib aka Tercel 4WD: Survives Even Canada!

In mid-80s Japan, when you wanted a macho off-road machine that could take on the bears of the Canadian Rockies, you headed straight to the Toyota Sprinter Carib, which we Norteamericanos knew as the Tercel 4WD wagon. » 10/15/08 11:00am 10/15/08 11:00am I've had a few of these things, and they're great for your hoonage-on-the-fire-road sort of…

1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro

Welcome to Down On The Street » 9/01/08 9:00am 9/01/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. The VW van is a fairly common sight in Alameda, so much so that I keep passing by most T2 Transporters without stopping to photograph them (we've seen numerous T1 buses: , , , ,…

Early 1970s Ford Bronco

Sorry, Ford truck fans, I just can't get the age range of this Bronco down to anything narrower than 1970-75. Here's your chance to tell us what year this green machine was made, and how you can tell! This truck lives on the same block as the very evil '73 Caprice wagon, and just looks so shiny and eager by comparison. … » 2/04/08 9:00am 2/04/08 9:00am

1987 Honda Civic 4WD Wagon

Back when we had our What's the Cutoff Year For Japanese DOTS Cars poll, the image I used as an example was this '87 Honda Civic 4WD wagon. I'd meant to DOTS-ize this car soon afterward, but I kept getting distracted by cars and trucks that seemed so much more, well, interesting. But 3rd-gen four-wheel-drive Civics… » 12/14/07 9:00am 12/14/07 9:00am

An "Insertable" System: More on Ferrari's Four-Wheel-Drive System

It's almost exactly a year to date since we first heard about a Ferrari part-time 4WD system in development, and our motherland- covering amici at Italiaspeed have more on the gadgetry behind it. Dubbed an "insertable" four-wheel-drive system, Ferrari's new clockworks aim to quell the loss of torque associated with… » 10/11/06 9:22am 10/11/06 9:22am