Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Austin Atlantic A90

The over the top styling of the Austin Atlantic. Designed with an eye for capturing the U.S. market, Americans found the 4-cylinder engine too small. At the same time, Brits shunned it as a gas-guzzler. Production began in 1948 and ended in 1952. Today it is a highly sought after collectible.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

After a Sex Change Build a Car...

The 1970s were marked by fuel shortages and many Americans went from driving big cars to wanting smaller ones. A new company was born touting a 3-wheel sports vehicle that would get 70MPG. Geraldine Charmichael founded the 20th Century Motor Car Corporation. She claimed to be the wife of a NASA structural engineer. In reality she was on the run from the FBI on forgery charges. The reason they couldn't catch her is because she was really a he. On the run from police a Jerry Dean Michael had undergone sex reassignment surgery to become Geraldine. Now, after collecting 3 million dollars from investors to build the car, she went into hiding. Eventually arrested, she was bailed out by a news agency for the exclusive rights to her story. But she ran again and was never caught.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Don't Import Chinese Cars to America!

Because they're way too ugly. Take, for example, the Chery QQME...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cuban Cars

With an American embargo you'll see Toyota, Peugots, and Ladas. But Cuba is rich in turquoise, tail-finned behemoths...