In the first installment of the Crapwagon Garage QOTD series, we asked all of you to submit value-priced used hatchbacks which were near and dear enough to earn one of the limited spots available. Moving away from the hatch and liftback body style, today we turn our virtual attention to the sedan section of the Crapwagon Garage. First, the honorable mention from last week’s post. This is a single vehicle which falls under I Wish I Thought of That. From Part I: It’s the Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S, as first selected by paxman356. An American-made hot hatch from the late ’80s that most people forgot long ago. It’s great, and I love it in its monochrome white. Nice job. Before we turn you loose on sedans, let’s see this week’s rules. A crapwagon must be a vehicle which is relatively easy to find and purchase using an internet. All vehicles in the crapwagon garage must have been sold as new, in the North American market. Said vehicles must be … [Read more...] about QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part II: Sedans)
Today’s QOTD is a bit of fun … if you’re willing to tell the truth about your age, that is. The question is simple: what’s the best-looking car from the year you were born? I’m a relatively young pup, although a quick survey of the TTAC masthead reveals I am squarely in the older half of our group. As the calendar year 1980 marks the beginning of my trips around the sun, I’ll focus my efforts there. The BMW 6 Series was then, as now, one of the greatest-looking coupes money could buy. Shark-nosed and sleek, this quad-eyed bullet was a scalpel for the road. This measure was not a stretch given 1980 was certainly in the depths of what is now known as the Malaise Era, but the straight-six produced near-as-makes-no-difference 200 horsepower and was hooked to a Getrag manual. The mighty M6 wouldn’t appear for another couple of years. Your author has always been partial to big coupes, laying down his own money on a 1989 Lincoln Mark VII fifteen years … [Read more...] about QOTD: The Best Car, the Best Year?
Today is the start of a series of related Question of the Day posts. Each Wednesday QOTD for the next few weeks will be dedicated to selecting vehicles for a different section of an ideal Special Crapwagon Garage you’ll be compiling. Up for Part I in the series are hatchback and liftback vehicles. Start your brains. The reason we’re focusing on building a crapwagon garage is simple: It’s what we always end up talking about in the comments. An article on a new truck gets us chatting old trucks. And a new Golf has us chatting about the quality item which was the MkIV Golf. Right now I hear you asking, “But Corey, what makes for a crapwagon? What does that mean?” Glad you asked; there are rules. A crapwagon must be a vehicle which is relatively easy to find and purchase using an internet. All vehicles in the crapwagon garage must have been sold as new, in the North American market. Said vehicles must be obtainable to the casual crapwagon collector … [Read more...] about QOTD: Can You Build an Ideal Crapwagon Garage? (Part I: The Hatchbacks)
We had a 1970s movie-car QOTD last week, and that was so much fun we’re doing it again! So, here we go: in the beginning of Smokey and the Bandit, when Big Enos challenges The Bandit to fetch 400 cases of that Colorado Kool-Aid, a wad of cash of unspecified thickness gets handed over for expenses, including a “speedy car.” As we all know, The Bandit headed straight to the nearest Pontiac showroom and bought himself a brand-new 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. In the film, that car seemed to be the fastest imaginable motor vehicle (thanks to the magic of engine swaps, stunt drivers, and special effects). In reality, however, the ’77 Trans Am was kind of a bloated Malaise Era slug, and The Bandit probably had a lot of better escape-the-smokeys car choices available. So, in his shoes and with a ’77 Trans Am-sized stack of C-notes, what car would you have bought for that run to Texarkana and back? Now, the list price of a 1977 Firebird Trans Am was $5,456, but … [Read more...] about QOTD: You’re the Bandit. Do You Buy a Trans Am or Something Else?
In last Wednesday’s Question of the Day post, we asked you to build the perfect manufacturer lineup. As you responded and built your hodgepodge lists of desirable present day cars from various manufacturers, capitalist and commenter Dal20402 had something else on his mind: profitability. Propulsion, platforms, and product planning are on the agenda today. What combination is the most profitable? The basis of all vehicles is, of course, the platform residing underneath all the pretty (or ugly, if it’s a Toyota) metal. Companies like Volkswagen have perfected the art of the modular platform, which is easily scalable up or down depending on the required usage. How many platforms does a full-line manufacturer need these days? With platforms established, thoughts turn to the metal rectangle under the hood; whether that means battery or engine is up to you. In this age of EVs, small displacements and turbocharging, how many different types of propulsion do you need? Or … [Read more...] about QOTD: What’s the Optimal Manufacturing Mix for Profitability?