PCH, Not Your Usual Custom Van Edition: Thames Freighter or Tempo…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! After seeing the Johnson Messenger CB Telephone, we're saying 10-4 to custom van projects! » 3/15/09 11:00am 3/15/09 11:00am

1976 AMC Matador Brings A Taste Of Kenosha Malaise To Denver's Streets

We're being buried under a deluge of car photos from Kitt and EJacobs, our dog-walking, camera-wielding friends in Denver, so we'd better keep 'em coming if we're ever going to get caught up. Today we're going to look at a battered but proud Malaise Matador, courtesy of Kitt. We can't be sure that this car is equipped… » 4/24/08 2:00pm 4/24/08 2:00pm

PCH, What To Drive In '75 Edition: Matador or Grabber Maverick?

It goes without saying- well, hell, maybe it doesn't, but that won't stop us- that, after the first installment of What To Drive In '75, we'd want to do a Choose Your Eternity matchup featuring the two selected cars. Unfortunately, we couldn't find an Oleg Cassini Matador at any price, and the cheap Grabber we found… » 11/23/07 6:00pm 11/23/07 6:00pm

What To Drive In '75: Oleg Cassini Matador or Grabber Maverick?

Years ago in a grimy Santa Ana thrift store, I spotted it: the Edmund's Car Prices Buyer's Guide for 1975. The year that may have been the rock-bottom nadir for American car buyers since World War II (when you couldn't buy new cars at all). This yellowed paperback immediately became one of my favorite possessions- the … » 11/21/07 11:00am 11/21/07 11:00am

Separating the Jalops From the Boys: Aston Martin V8 Vantage or Tempo…

Warning: Anything you say will be held against you. As we saw, the amazing Tempo Matador is for sale. Asking price: $110,000. That is many clams. There is the "obo" caveat, but as Murilee points out, our best offer would be $3,000. No, only a Jay Leno type would be able to appreciate a choice ride like the Matador and » 10/19/07 12:45pm 10/19/07 12:45pm

Fo' Rizzle: Tempo Matador Fo' Sale!

In the words of Homer: Tramampoline! Trabopoline! Seriously, if one of you kind readers were to lend me $110,000 I'll make you the Commenter of the Day for a month. Hell, you can have my job! You know how Jezza makes fun of both Hammond and Porsche owners by mocking the way they talk about, "being one with the machine?"… » 10/19/07 11:00am 10/19/07 11:00am

Beyond Classic: Tempo Matador Hochpritsche mit Volkswagen Motor

The real reason we go to classic car shows is the odd chance of running across something like this. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Tempo Matador. To our knowledge, it is the only air-cooled, mid-engined, front-wheel-drive pickup truck with suicide doors ever created. Produced in extremely low numbers between… » 6/11/07 11:45am 6/11/07 11:45am

The Kids of Today Should Defend Themselves Against the '70s: AMC's…

We were born in 1975, which meant that as a small child AMC's then- current lineup seemed interesting and futuristic to us. We also remember thinking Porsche 914s were strange-looking, yet kind of cool. Now generally remembered as the nadir of automotive design (along with the Vega, Pinto and Aspen/Volar twins), we… » 8/16/05 12:17pm 8/16/05 12:17pm