Sticker On Paddleboat Raises Enormous Questions

I spent some time on one of those pedal-operated paddleboats this past weekend, because that’s the sort of exciting, anything-goes, wild-libertine lifestyle I lead, and noticed the little manufacturer’s sticker on the boat. It listed the expected seating and weight capacities, as expected, and then something… » 7/27/15 10:00pm Monday 10:00pm

Let's Spread Some False Automotive Rumors, Why Not?

Sometimes a good hoax or lie is just fun. Truth is great, don’t get me wrong, but whether we call it fiction or fibbing, sometimes a total fabrication is just the right thing. So how about a little experiment? I made a bunch of lies in sharable-image form — and you should feel free to make your own — what happens if… » 7/24/15 7:00pm 7/24/15 7:00pm

How Hybrid Tech Could Help Preserve Rare Old Cars

Some of you may recall Raph’s article from yesterday where we showed you the shockingly pristine valvetrain of a 500,000 mile NYC Escape Hybrid Taxi. When I saw Raph on our way to the de-lousing booths, I asked him about it. Still groggy from the de-lousing fog, he just murmured “it’s the hybrid.” And that gave me an… » 7/15/15 4:00pm 7/15/15 4:00pm

The Sado 550 Is A Fantastically Weird Car You've Never Heard Of

I’ve been on a sort of weird Brazilian car kick for a while, so I suppose it makes sense that at some point I’d look across the ocean to the place that’s England to Brazil’s USA: Portugal. A Portuguese reader named Paulo actually emailed me to let me know that there’s plenty of good, weird Portuguese iron, like the… » 7/10/15 1:20pm 7/10/15 1:20pm

What Do You Think Of This Almost-Unknown Indicator Light?

We all have our roles at Jalopnik. Raph rolls cars, Travis goes out for a pack of smokes and never comes back, Patrick slaps people, Mike will do anything for $50, and I’m the Guy Who Gives A Shit About Indicator Lights. That’s why I was stunned to find out about the Slo-Lite, which I’ve never heard of before. » 7/08/15 10:05pm 7/08/15 10:05pm

This Stops In Front Of Your House -- What Does The Driver Yell?

It’s just after midnight. You’ve just settled into your favorite rhino-skin armchair and have lit up one of the Portuguese sausages you smoke in lieu of cigars. You hear a rumbling outside and the unmistakable howl of a motor-klaxon, and push back the blinds to reveal a 1924 Renault Six-Roues Type MH. What’s the… » 7/07/15 10:00pm 7/07/15 10:00pm

What Would These Famous Pre-Automobile People Drive?

It’s a holiday weekend coming up, and most of us are already planning our drunken bender logistics, so all actual productive thought is long gone. So let’s do something goofier with our brains as we ride out the day, like picking what car someone who died long before cars would have driven! Could be fun! Right? Maybe? » 7/02/15 10:00pm 7/02/15 10:00pm

Take The World's Hardest Abstract Expressionist Car ID Quiz!

I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I have a degree in Art History. As you may have guessed, it’s not exactly the most useful degree to have in my line of work. I mean, sometimes, sure, but not in general. Unless I really force something, like I’m doing now. My friends, let’s enjoy The World’s Hardest Abstract… » 7/01/15 10:00pm 7/01/15 10:00pm

The Volkswagen 'Fusck Up' Is The Best/Worst Car Name Ever

Last week, while researching the bizzare VW-powered Emis Art, I found another Emis product that grabbed my attention in a way I normally only associate with an unexpected hand to the genitals. The product itself, while interesting, wasn’t the shocking thing. It was the name, which, upon a quick glance, looked to be… » 6/29/15 8:00pm 6/29/15 8:00pm

Guess What's Under The Hood Of This Orthodontist-Designed Car

For the second time this week, I find myself reeling from the buzz of learning about another obscure car I never knew existed. This one also hails from South America, and while it’s still satisfyingly weird, inside there’s some very familiar oily bits. The car is called the Emis Art, and who knows what makes it so… » 6/27/15 9:43am 6/27/15 9:43am

Let's All Enjoy This Bonkers Car You've Never Heard Of

I think I’ve expressed before how much I love finding cars I’ve never heard of before. Chasing that joy, however, is a bit like being a junkie — getting the feeling at first is easy, but it gets harder and harder as time goes on. This car, today, is some hardcore car-junkie goods — wildly strange, obscure, and oddly… » 6/25/15 6:00pm 6/25/15 6:00pm

These Are The Worst-Selling Model Car Kits Of All Time

Earlier today, in the holographic video-conference dome where we conduct all daily Jalopnik business, someone threw up a holo-JPG of a model kit. It was a Magnum PI-themed kit, but instead of the expected Ferrari, it was the striped Vanagon that had some role on the show. This kit got me thinking about car model kits… » 6/19/15 7:00pm 6/19/15 7:00pm

My Dinner With Cadillac Product People And Engineers

I just got back from Wisconsin, where Cadillac brought me to try out their new CTS-V on the track at Road America. I also stayed in a hotel owned by a toilet company that would make a great fetish hotel if you had a thing for golf caddies. While there, I was lucky enough to dine with some Cadillac folks, and ruin… » 6/12/15 4:50pm 6/12/15 4:50pm

This Has To Be The Coolest, Weirdest Home For A Slant 6

One of my favorite feelings is that excited, intense sensation all true car geeks get when they see a car you just can’t identify. We’re sort of like junkies, and the more we learn, the harder it is to get really excited, and to get the desired feeling you need ever more obscure cars. This car — the Dodge Boulevard… » 6/08/15 10:00pm 6/08/15 10:00pm

You Need To Know Everything About This Teeny Mid-Engined Pickup Truck

I have a lot of fetishes when it comes to cars: among them, I love small, weird, unusual engine placements, utility vehicles, interesting turn indicators, and extremely good space utilization. The Cony Guppy may be one of the only cars that ticks off every box in my fussy little list. It’s a small, weird, mid-engined… » 6/04/15 1:30pm 6/04/15 1:30pm

The Five Most Amazing Automotive-Themed Romance Novels

I remember when I found out that there was a whole sub-genre of romance novels set against a NASCAR backdrop. “Huh,” I think I thought, “That’s pretty weird.” Really, though, I had no idea. There’s a huge, little-known subgenre of automotive-related romance novels that’s been around for years. Here’s five of the most… » 6/03/15 2:15pm 6/03/15 2:15pm