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Using only the scant resources made available to him by Volkswagen’s Brazilian presence, Marcio Pianncastelli managed to design the sublime Volkswagen SP2. If that’s not making the most of what you’ve got, I don’t know what is.

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Before Cadillac built its Allantés on an assembly line stretching from Pininfarina’s shop in Italy to a plant in Detroit where they were finished, Chrysler was sending its Crown Imperial limos across the Atlantic in the other direction to be appointed by the luxury experts at Ghia.

Jul 3
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There’s no Morning Shift today, most of the Jalopnik staff has the day off for the holiday weekend. You’ll still have a few fresh blogs to read though, and I’ll re-run some classic goodies on the homepage. Meanwhile, isn’t this a great picture? The Skyline Spec Nür was basically the R34’s best and last variant.

Jun 28
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The Chrysler LeBaron wasn’t born on the salt flats, but it certainly made itself at home there. Especially after the underfloor rusted out and Jack and Suzie couldn’t get it moving again.

Jun 24
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A preproduction Ford Mustang Mach-E sits at a stoplight on fabled Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit. Notice how the grille shutters at the base of the front fascia are open, allowing airflow to the radiator and condenser. This makes sense, as it’s hot in Michigan, so I bet the driver has the air conditioning on. Plus,

Jun 21
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You know what? Sure. Put the engine in the trunk of your little French hatchback. Race it in Group 4 if you want. Hell, become a motorsports icon too. See if I care.

Jun 1
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Back in 2014 Toyota crafted the U-squared concept utility vehicle. It was a tough-looking compact van/CUV thing that with a roll-off tailgate and a retractable roof might have been capable of revolutionizing the urban delivery vehicle. If this thing had an EV drivetrain, I might have said it was unveiled in 2020, not

May 31
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When Renault phased out the IKA brand in Argentina, they didn’t phase out the Torino. Why not? Look at it. It should be abundantly clear why not. And if that doesn’t convince you, maybe Fangio’s personal Torino can.

May 31
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Lincoln probably deserved the car that ultimately became the reborn Ford Thunderbird. Would Matthew McConoughey have been insufferable in the ads? Maybe. But you’d be able to pick up one of these for CHEAP on Craigslist. And that would have been worth it.

May 24
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I don’t know how close it came to production, but GMC thought hard enough about a second-generation Typhoon that it put this concept together in 1998. The drivetrain details may have been lost to time, but I do know that we’d all be better off if this thing got built, no matter what’s under the hood.

May 24
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If you’re going to meet me at my secret surf spot, you’re not going to be able to get there in anything other than a Dangel. It’s not that the roads are so tough. It’s just that we have a strict French 4x4 Conversions-only rule around here. No exceptions.

May 17
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Look closely at the movement of air over and around the W124. Study it in great detail. Harness its power and flow as you enter the new week with purpose and direction, free from any resistance.

May 17
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French coachbuilder Heuliez thought that the Citroén SM could be improved by adding louvers to the rear window and chopping some big chunks out of the roof to make a T-top. I think they were on to something.

May 13
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The Nissan Auto Company unveiled Japan’s first mass produced sports car, on Wednesday, October 8, 1958. The car was named simply the Datsun Sedan, despite being a convertible with two doors. It’s that kind of weirdness that earned Datsun a passionate following. Nissan is saying goodbye to Datsun, but a good brand

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This positively porcine first-generation Ford Transit looks a lot like the Volvo 164 that was on sale at the same time. At least it does to me. .Fine looking van in any case.

May 10
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Get a good look, because chances are this is the only view of the Pininfarina-designed Alfa Romeo Cuneo 33 you’ll get to see once that thing gets moving. Shame, really, because this thing is cool. Off-the-walls cool.

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