A Wonderfully Ridiculous Car You Should Know: The Mitsubishi Flying Pug

I tend to think one of the biggest and most persistent problems with modern cars is that they, for the most part, take themselves way too seriously. Almost every car now has to look imposing or tough or fast or suggest that the owner is rolling in cash, even if none of these things are true. This doesn’t have to be…

This Strangely Cartoonish Little Car You Never Heard Of Had The Mini's Innovations 13 Years Earlier

The original BMC Mini is widely considered to be one of the most technically influential cars of all time. Its transverse front-wheel drive layout is the basic design of nearly all mass-market small cars to this day. Yet a surprising number of the Mini’s revolutionary design decisions were present in another tiny car…

You Should Know About The Biggest (Best?) Saab Ever, It Had Six Wheels

Saab always built unusual and perhaps even idiosyncratic cars, but it was also anchored by a sense of rationality. Sure, it put keys in weird places and used unconventional drivetrains (two-stroke threes, V4s, and longitudinal front-drivers) but it always had good, rational reasons for doing so. That’s what makes this…

The Man Behind The Nissan Z Once Made An Amazing But Failed Microcar 

The period immediately after WWII was, I think, one of the most interesting for cars, at least in the countries that didn’t come out of the war in such great shape. The lack of almost everything—money, materials, fuel, everything—forced some genuinely creative solutions to the very tricky problem of how to make cars…

One Carmaker You've Never Heard Of Made Both The Most Beautiful And Ugliest Cars Ever

Normally when I want to show you a car I believe you’ve never heard of, I limit myself to one car. Not today. Today I’d like to introduce you to two fascinating cars from the same company, the Australian kit and production car maker Bolwell. I chose these two cars, the Nagari and Ikara, because I’m not sure there’s a…

One Of The Weirdest Car Companies You Never Heard Of Was A Pioneer Of Knockoffs

If you had to imagine the ideal lineup for a car company, I suspect that most of you would come up with something like this: a tiny three-wheeled microcar called “the flying saucer,” a tiny knockoff Jeep, another microcar with four wheels, a Mercedes 190 SL knockoff, and a bizarrely misshapen sedan. Right? If that’s…

Of All The Cars Named After U.S. States This Is The One You Never Heard Of

Once you start thinking about it, there’s a surprising number of cars named after American states. There’s one, though, that I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of. I mean, with our audience, I’m sure someone has, but it’s still wildly obscure. That’s reason enough to get me excited and want to share this useless bit…