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

"At This Point, I'm Not Exactly Enthused With My Choice In Cars"

Welcome back to Garage of Horror, where we share your worst wheeled experiences. Today's installment: Is it really wise to put all your automotive eggs in the same brand basket? » 10/01/10 3:00pm 10/01/10 3:00pm

Jackie Stewart Drives Hell Out Of '84 Tempo, Calls It "Driver's Car"

Ford_Tempo_Fanatic may never forgive me for what I did to a free Tempo at Infineon last spring, but at least I've managed to find a vintage ad showing the Tempo on the race track! » 9/26/10 11:00am 9/26/10 11:00am

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

1993 Ford Tempo

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Ford Tempo Fanatic has chosen a difficult path. Today we honor his devotion to the Tempo. » 2/20/10 9:00am 2/20/10 9:00am

How About A Straight-Eight-Powered Ford Tempo? T-Drive!

You know what's wrong with most engines? The transmission is forced to take the power from the end of the crankshaft. But, hey, what if you were to take the power out of the middle of the crank? Transverse-mounted I8! » 1/09/10 3:00pm 1/09/10 3:00pm

The Coolest Ford Tempo This Side Of A Massey-Ferguson

Dude lists his Tempo wheels on Craigslist. Dude posts pictures. Dude does not notice that there is something wrong with said pictures. Excuse us while we go plow the back forty. [Craigslist (poop, already pulled down!) via Motown Muscle] » 12/28/09 12:30pm 12/28/09 12:30pm

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

Name That Mod: DIY Red Green Edition

Okay, here's what we do know. Whatever this is, it uses an ironing board, a ladder, tons of duct tape, a flower pot sawed in half, paddles and what appears to be a canoe. All of it seems to be strapped onto a Ford Tempo, or maybe a Mercury Topaz, which happen to be two vehicles very worthy of some do-it-yourself… » 2/01/08 2:15pm 2/01/08 2:15pm

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

Jackie Stewart: The '84 Ford Tempo Is A Real Driver's Car!


We can only imagine Mr. Stewart balancing the ethical pros and cons of proclaiming to the world that the Tempo is a driver's car. It drives, right? We're wondering if he's still driving one today. » 8/29/07 4:00pm 8/29/07 4:00pm

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… » 10/18/06 9:58am 10/18/06 9:58am