Motor Mystery Monday: Why Did Lee Iacocca Hate The VW Thing?

I’ve always wondered why VW only sold their rugged, Beetle-based fun car, the Thing, in the US for only two years, 1973 and 1974. The car remained in production and for sale elsewhere until 1980, and while it was always a quirky, somewhat overpriced oddball, it was gaining a following. Also, Lee Iacocca seems to have… » 5/04/15 10:05pm 5/04/15 10:05pm

The Oldest 24 Hours Of LeMons Car Yet: UDMan's 1963 Corvair

While Team Unsafe At Any Speed » 11/14/08 4:00pm 11/14/08 4:00pm will be to the next month- thus snarfing the coveted Ralph Nader theme- they'll only be the record for Oldest LeMons Car Ever, since was also a '65. Not only that, their car is safe at speeds, because by '65 the Corvair had a Communist-mandated IRS rear instead of the patriotic…

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair

We're going to stay in Orange County a while longer, heading from Costa Mesa to neighboring Huntington Beach. We'd mention that Huntington Beach is the official Surf City USA, only we'd probably get howls of outrage from Santa Cruz; in any case, HB's climate is great for preserving old cars. ß®@ƒƒ spotted this… » 6/15/08 12:00pm 6/15/08 12:00pm

This Corvair Convertible Doesn't Fear Colorado Snow!

Once again, Kitt finds us another cool car parked on the streets of Denver; this time she's persuaded the owner to open the doors and engine cover, in an obvious attempt to knock the DOTS crown from Alameda's dome. This time the car is a 1960 1962 Chevy Corvair convertible, which, judging from its showroom-floor… » 2/19/08 10:20am 2/19/08 10:20am

Behold the Polaris, a Rear-Engined Pontiac!!

Er, we mean a re-badged Corvair. Still though, as nifty as the Corvair was, it would have worked much better as a Pontiac. After all, what builds more excitement than flipping over? Oh we know, we know. Mean old Ralph Nader said nasty things about the poor little Corvair. And he wasn't alone. Here's what a Pontiac… » 4/24/07 4:30pm 4/24/07 4:30pm

Nader? I Don't Even Know Her!: Corvair-Loving Iowan Must Give up "F Nader"

Our tabloid-y bretheren at Sploid bring us the story of a Corvair-loving Iowan who's been muzzled by the man. It seems the "F Nader" plate on one of his beloved whippities has tapped a wellspring of righteous indignation in one of his fellow motorists, who wonders how to explain the plate to his kids (their… » 6/02/06 12:00pm 6/02/06 12:00pm

The Effects of Kapton on Fire: Mother Jones on Ford's Switch Problem

Our pal Jason Rosenberg, who played guitar in the East Bay's late, lamented The Pattern, used to work at Mother Jones. We've always liked the mag, even as we can only take so much alarmism. But now, the MoJos have busted out with some insight into Ford's flaming cruise-control switch situation. » 4/17/06 5:08pm 4/17/06 5:08pm