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If Your Car Doesn't Have Side Exhaust That Glows Red, What's The Point?

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 3:10pm

I’ve always been into wild tuner car companies, from ’80s icons like Rinspeed and Koenig to more modern brands like Liberty Walk and Mansory. Whether or not the end product actually looks good, to my eyes the crazier it is the better. One of my favorite tuners is Brabus, the longtime modifier of all types of Mercedes,…

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Here's Why School Buses Haven’t Changed Much Since 1939

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 2:40pm

While car design has changed radically over the decades, school buses look almost the same as they did nearly 100 years ago. Sure, they now carry more safety tech, but the big yellow bus with the bulbous front end has endured since 1939. It turns out, it’s not lack of imagination or nostalgia that have kept school…

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NASCAR Driver's Bumper-Throwing Tantrum Earns Him Bumper-Seller Sponsorship

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 2:10pm

NASCAR driver and team owner Joey Gase hurled his own rear bumper at another driver during the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway two weeks ago. Gase was taken out of the Xfinity Series race by Dawson Cram and he wanted to vent his frustration at Cram, so he ripped the damaged panel off his destroyed car. NASCAR fined…

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Ford Bronco Sport, OJ Simpson Recalled On Same Day

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 2:05pm

Bronco Sport owners are having some trouble today, as Ford recalled 22,270 of the compact crossovers (alongside 20,382 Escapes) for possible cracked fuel injectors. One famed Bronco owner, however, has things even worse: The family of OJ Simpson confirmed his death at age 76 this morning, following a battle with…

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Make This Incredibly Rare Renault Hot Hatch Your Next Track Car

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 1:50pm

It goes without saying that we love a mid-engine hot hatch here at the good ship Jalopnik. We’re always on the lookout for the weird stuff that came from the factory with an engine where your cargo should be. Most of those oddballs came from France, because that country’s primary export is the base concept of weird.…

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I Want Something With Speed, Style, And Exclusivity! What Car Should I Buy?

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 1:25pm

Nik has a 2010 Aston Martin Vantage that he really likes, but he is getting the bug for something different. He wants something with style and exclusivity like the Aston and therefore doesn’t want to get one of the typical brands. With a budget of around $100,000 what car should he buy?

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Morris Minor Came Really Close To A Revival In 2005

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 12:25pm

From the fifth-generation Ford Mustang to the Chevrolet SSR, the 2000s was a decade when automakers were fully willing to make a splash with new retro-styled models. It was during this heady time that the Morris Minor, a beloved British classic, was nearly revived when its manufacturer was sold off in 2005. Autocar…

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Texas Proves Its Commitment To Freedom By Legalizing Kei Trucks

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 11:25am

Japan’s unique keitora class of compact truck has proven a hit among American imported car fanatics, and thousands of the tiny little guys have been brought into the country. Unfortunately for fans of Liliputian work machines, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators recommended states to ban non-FMVSS…

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European Investors Want A Unionized Tesla

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 10:45am

Happy Thursday! It’s April 11, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know.

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Detroiters Angry Over $400,000 'Hollywood' Style Freeway Sign After Being Tricked By AI Generated Image

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 10:32am

Michigan residents took to social media Wednesday to express outrage, disappointment and zingers over a pricy glamour project installed in honor of Detroit hosting the upcoming NFL draft. Folks felt they were promised a grand “Hollywood” style sign overlooking Detroit’s busiest freeway. What we got were eight-foot…

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What Deeply Unreliable Car Is Worth The Headache?

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 10:00am

As car enthusiasts, we do not always make the most rational decisions when it comes to buying a new vehicle. Things like practicality and reliability mean a lot to the average consumer, but for us, we can look past that sort of that scares normal folks away. That theory is what got me thinking about today’s question.

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Baltimore's Key Bridge Is Still Pretty Much Intact Under The Water

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:45am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted its survey of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore using sonar images, and has concluded that it can have the debris removed and the shipping channel re-opened by May. The images, released earlier this week, show much of the bridge’s structure still intact…

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Classic 1939 Packards Are Beautiful Cars But Terrible Swimmers

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:35am

If you want to show off your prized classic car, a slick photo shoot is a must. Whether you line up on a twisty mountain pass to snap the shots, an abandoned automotive plant that may be from the same era as your car, or a boat ramp offering idyllic view out over a lake, shots like this are sure to make your classic…

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The 5-Speed Transmission Is Almost Dead In The U.S.

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:15am

Automotive technology is constantly changing. Advancements come, and stuff that was once cutting-edge rapidly approaches the rear-view mirror. Such is the way of the five-speed transmission. Currently, there are just two cars left in the U.S. that offerfive-speed transmission. One is an automatic and one is a manual;…

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Tow Truck Attempts To Pick Up Occupied Car In The Middle Of Busy Traffic

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:15am

We all know how scummy tow companies can be. From forging a drivers signature to targeting low income people, anytime we think they can’t go any lower they do. Now we have more proof of how terrible many tow companies are by way of Reddit.

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Dual Fans, 4-Foot Wings, 1000 HP: These Are The Wildest Cars Ever Produced For Can-Am Racing

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:00am

If you ask a man how much he thinks about the Roman empire, apparently he’ll tell you that it eternally occupies some portion of his brain. For me, that brain segment is eternally occupied by the Canadian-American Challenge Cup — better known as Can-Am — and all of the frankly ridiculous and incredible machines that…

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Daily Driving A BMW M3 Is Just As Great As You'd Imagine

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 9:00am

The sport sedan is one of the best automotive segments ever created. Unfortunately the industry’s move away from sedans to crossovers has made them an endangered species. That isn’t to say there aren’t great ones still on sale — Cadillac’s Blackwing models and the Genesis G70 come to mind. One of the all-time greats…

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This 1928 Custom Casket Car Is Killing The Game

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 8:45am

This custom-built coffin on wheels is currently available on Bring A Trailer, and was inspired by the legendary Dragula coffin car from the TV classic “The Munsters.”Even undead Grandpa Dracula would likely be too spooked to straddle the rear diff in this death trap. The “body” of this coffin cruiser is a nine-foot…

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Lord, Give Me The Confidence Of This Person Selling A Fisker Ocean With A Gat-Dang Reserve

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 8:45am

When it first went into production, we really wanted the Fisker Ocean to be as successful as it was cool, but unfortunately the startup automaker recently announced that bankruptcy was basically inevitable without a bailout, and that appears unlikely to happen. It slashed prices on old inventory, and the automotive…

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At $12,500, Is This 1998 Alfa Romeo Spider Pretty Fly?

Thu, 04/11/2024 - 8:00am

When today’s Nice Price or No Dice Spider was in development, Alfa Romeo fully intended to sell the car in the U.S. Financial difficulties saw the company pull up stakes in the States instead. Now, both Alfa and this Spider are here. Let’s see if this one was worth the wait.

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