Happy Hanukkah! A Menorah's Worth of Motoring Jews

As you may know, it's Hanukkah time, when Jews all over the world celebrate what may be organized religion's lamest miracle, and one of the few holidays where we Jews managed to not end up exiled or slaughtered or anything. It's a holiday with candles, presents, fried potatoes and a kickass story about a tough Jew… » 12/23/11 10:00am 12/23/11 10:00am

What Do You Do With a Free Ford Tempo?

We got a really great judicial bribe at last weekend's Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons race: a beat-to-hell, unregisterable, not-legal-for-public-streets Ford Tempo. After honoring Ford_Tempo_Fanatic with a Tempo DOTS recently, we found ourselves in something of a dilemma. » 3/13/10 7:00pm 3/13/10 7:00pm

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

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

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

Gadzooks! The Blue Max Mercury Topaz

The Mercury Topaz wasn't so a forgotten Mercury as a disappeared Mercury. As the badge-engineered sibling of the highly forgettable Ford Tempo, the Topaz started out life with three strikes against it. But wait! back in '90 you could get this here Blue Max Topaz, with power windows and free polycast wheels! Now, be …

» 5/16/07 10:30am 5/16/07 10:30am

Classic Ad Watch: The 1984 Ford Tempo's Sweet Matchbox Moves

The Tempo, was introduced as one of Ford's first front wheel drive vehicles in 1984 until its eventual replacement by FoMoCo in 1995 with the Contour. The Jack Telnack-designed compact shared platforms with the Ford Escort, and although this boxy compact was claimed to have "the world's most advanced automotive…

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