The Nissan pickup truck known as the “hardbody” would be plucky by today’s standards but it’s still respected as one of the all-time great utility vehicles to grace American roads. Performances like this ridiculous race finish helped stoke that reputation.
Jonathan Ward’s outfit ICON 4X4 takes ratty old Land Cruisers and completely retools them. We’re talking scratch-built frames, huge supercharged V8s, and painstaking attention to detail with stratospheric price-tags to match. We figured nobody could bare to beat up on a vehicle like that. We figured wrong.
I went to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show with an edict from my bosses: “Don’t just stand around and complain that there aren’t any manual-transmission rear-drive lead sleds there.” Don’t worry, I found one anyway, and it’s a fantastic old Acura NSX!
The U.S. Postal Service (remember those guys?) has a big new crop of pretty stamps for 2016, including this set of four classic pickup trucks. Beautifully rendered as clean and colorful drawings, forget mailing the gas bill—these are nice enough to hang on the wall!
This 1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray sure makes a driver look cool. But when President Barack Obama is behind the wheel, that might be the other way around. Even Seinfeld seems dorkier than usual next to the commander in chief.
An inexpensive pickup truck that’s capable, comfortable, seats more than two, fits in your garage and gets vaguely reasonable fuel economy: that’s the dream. It ain’t a 2015 Chevy Colorado. Actually it’s not a 2015 anything, it’s a fifteen year old half-ton and it’s even got a V8.
“Day Three, they suspect nothing.” [Image: Andrew P. Collins]
Curse the BMW 2002 for being so darn lovable that poors like me can’t afford one anymore. Alas, there will always be a place in my heart for this car. If you feel the same, you’ll find this complete factory-spec restoration most cathartic.
If you want to see a monster truck crush rocks, don’t bother watching this. No, wait! I promise you don’t want to miss any of the beautiful details on Winslow Bent’s custom-made ’42 Dodge Power Wagon. Check it out with comedian car guy Jay Leno.
The De Dion-Bouton Motor Trike was one of the first motorized people-movers, and this ad is one of the first examples of a company using sex to sell a vehicle according to Curbside Classic. You’ve got to get a closer look at this thing in their great writeup of this wacky “pre-car.”
When the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977, Toyota had a Celica painted and sticker’d up with Darth Vader and friends (technically enemies, actually.) The car was given away, the creators got mired in legal trouble, and now that we’re riding a fresh wave of Star Wars PR somebody wants this thing back.
A new Bentley is nice, but a true gentleman racer has a few years under its wheels. [Image: Bentley]
Dear hipsters, I spent the weekend watching your dads race motorcycles. And it was awesome.
Retro styling is superhot in motorcycles right now, but I think Yamaha’s Resonator125 concept might be the first one brave enough to go for actual wood-inlaid-on-chrome. Classy or too far?
For their fourth year running, third year in Wildwood specifically, the Oilers car club held their annual Race of Gentlemen event. Delayed by a full week due to hurricane Juaquin, the racing was pushed from the 3rd and 4th to the 10th and 11th of October, 2015.
Josh Commons likes his Toyota FJ40 for its unapologetically utilitarian nature. Just about every old truck fan can see the beauty in that. But what makes this one even cooler is the fact that it still gets put to work on the trail.
If you’re like me, a big sucker for cute car animations and vintage truck advertisements, you should easily be able to kill the rest of your work day scrolling through Ford’s F-Series history site.
Living in the shadows of the larger and more widely known Mexican road race, La Carrera Panamericana, there exists another race held in Northern Mexico that boasts the same amount of speed stages for a fraction of the cost. This is the Chihuahua Express.
Everything old is new again, and now GM’s reviving a retro pickup truck trend with that killer Trail Boss roll-bar. Which reminded me; anybody miss those factory-flared pickup truck beds?
Ever had a car that makes you think irrationally? One that grabs at your heartstrings and makes you say and do very strange things? That car, for me, is the Jeep J10. My weak spot for the J10 has existed for many years now, so finally I bought one. But it’s pretty rough.