Avengermino! The Dodge 1500 Pickup!

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The history of the Hillman Avenger is long, sordid and involves Chrysler, Peugeot and Volkswagen. And while some of the rally/saloon variants were pretty rad, the Avenger variant that simply cannot be fronted upon is the Uruguay-built Dodge 1500 pickup. Sadly, not much thought was given to the structural integrity of this South American truckcar and the vehicles apparently had a propensity toward chassis failure. Still, unlike its American cousin, the Rampage, the 1500 was at least driven by the correct wheels. We'd like to find one, beef it up, and add Plymouth Cricket bodywork and a 4G63 turbo, thus making it a Phantom Scamp GT. Would there be a more playatastic way to roll through Montevideo? We highly doubt it.

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Dutch? PAG/TAZ/MFG/BFG.... The two companies, each having three letter names. It went on for a months. I watched my children grow during that competition. New variants of the same 23 hp car. And it wasn't even as cool as a King Midget.

It reminded me of the past, when I would go to a car show with my friend, and he'd spend 15 minutes talking to a guy who collects wagons about the "glory days" or some such thing. Basically one step away from playing scrabble at the old folk's home.

Too obscure or something. You're too obscure when only 5 people know what you're talking about. This series - we all know a kid who dropped out, got a GED, went on to be a carney, and then bought a ____mino.

That guy lives to keep our sullen, muffled masculinity hanging on for one more breath.