That sticker package was factory. The rest of this Jeep, not so much. Get ready for a quick drive review of the diesel Legacy Scrambler on Truck Yeah! soon.
Sit your butt down and pay respect to how great granddaddy could off-road back before the original Willy’s Jeep was so much as a sketch on a bar napkin.
Last month Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez and I joined Adam Carolla and Matt D’Andria on the CarCast podcast to talk about the future of car news on the internet, when to trust your mechanic, and what cheap cars will get expensive soon.
A few months ago we drove a fantastically well-dialed 1974 BMW 2002. Fun as the car was on-road, it’s not historically significant or a desirable Tii, turbo, or even round-taillight variant. Which makes the price it pulled down pretty impressive.
The Land Rover Series 1 had all the interior you’d ever need. At least, as long as you only drive below 20 MPH and exclusively on goat paths. The company is rebuilding 25 examples exactly to 1948 specification at its Heritage Center.
“You can feel every ripple in the road,” Mark Walker affectionately says about his GN Thunderbug. The “car” is basically a baby carriage with an old airplane engine strapped to it.
We’re all wide-eyed over the brand-spanking-new Fiat 124 convertible, also known as the Miata’s fancy dress. But MotorWeek was running that bad boy before it had the benefit of Japanese reliability. Check out how the original did in 1982:
Jaguar Land Rover has renamed its “Heritage” division to “Classic.” But the important thing is that they’re still offering support for ancient iron. Long live the classics.
Tim Mings is maybe the only mechanic on Earth who wrenches exclusively on Honda N600s and Z600s, the plucky Mini-esque ultracompact cars that were built in the late 1960s and early ’70s. As he started his latest restoration project, he wiped some grease off the VIN stamp and realized, holy crap, he’s got the first one.
For me it started with the wooden steering wheel. Something about that lacquer, smooth and grippy at the same time. It dug up old memories of a pool cue, from this time I was just out adolescence, hanging with my friends at a grown-up bar, trying to get some girl’s attention. That’s what it does. It feels like the…
Marvin Askew bought this Datsun 1600 in 1971, changed the oil every 2,000 miles ever since, and today it’s still nice enough to sit in a museum. Listening to this guy talk about his truck will make you want to go outside and hug your car.
The Nissan pickup truck known as the “hardbody” would be plucky by today’s standards but it’s still respected as one of the all-time great utility vehicles to grace American roads. Performances like this ridiculous race finish helped stoke that reputation.
Jonathan Ward’s outfit ICON 4X4 takes ratty old Land Cruisers and completely retools them. We’re talking scratch-built frames, huge supercharged V8s, and painstaking attention to detail with stratospheric price-tags to match. We figured nobody could bare to beat up on a vehicle like that. We figured wrong.
I went to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show with an edict from my bosses: “Don’t just stand around and complain that there aren’t any manual-transmission rear-drive lead sleds there.” Don’t worry, I found one anyway, and it’s a fantastic old Acura NSX!
The U.S. Postal Service (remember those guys?) has a big new crop of pretty stamps for 2016, including this set of four classic pickup trucks. Beautifully rendered as clean and colorful drawings, forget mailing the gas bill—these are nice enough to hang on the wall!
This 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray sure makes a driver look cool. But when President Barack Obama is behind the wheel, that might be the other way around. Even Seinfeld seems dorkier than usual next to the commander in chief.
An inexpensive pickup truck that’s capable, comfortable, seats more than two, fits in your garage and gets vaguely reasonable fuel economy: that’s the dream. It ain’t a 2015 Chevy Colorado. Actually it’s not a 2015 anything, it’s a fifteen year old half-ton and it’s even got a V8.
“Day Three, they suspect nothing.” [Image: Andrew P. Collins]
Curse the BMW 2002 for being so darn lovable that poors like me can’t afford one anymore. Alas, there will always be a place in my heart for this car. If you feel the same, you’ll find this complete factory-spec restoration most cathartic.
If you want to see a monster truck crush rocks, don’t bother watching this. No, wait! I promise you don’t want to miss any of the beautiful details on Winslow Bent’s custom-made ’42 Dodge Power Wagon. Check it out with comedian car guy Jay Leno.