Eldon (from The Pipe Shop in Plymouth) invited me to the car show in Plymouth. He has a 1955 Chevy that he shows at all the local car shows. While his car is beautiful, I find myself attracted to cars from the 1960’s or to European cars. Then on the way home, I met a…
During my time as a driver manager with a fleet of 40 vehicles, I have noticed that some of our vans have developed catalytic converter problems. The most recent was a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan (with 123k miles) which developed a check engine light with a P0420 code. The local mechanic told me it was…
This Mystery Car is not one you will probably recognize. But after reading the article, you may recognize its engine. It is powered by a 163 hp fuel-injected Corvair engine in the rear. That sounds like a lot of power for such a small car. Hop over to Hemmings to solve the mystery.
In this edition of What’s the Scoop?, read about the Citroën DS, the Yenko Stinger, the new Mercdes-Benz SL550, and Volvo’s ever increasing safety reputation.
Annual LeMons race features SAAB 96 (Car & Driver) Mercedes-Benz to premier rear inflatable seat belt (Autoblog) Jaguar: Would you please remove the wrapper? (Motor Trend) Are Volvos too complicated for most drivers? (AutoGuide) Do Corvairs require leaded gasoline? (Corvair Underground)
The other Mercedes-Benz off-roader (AutoEvolution) 2,966,000 miles and counting (USA Today) Should Volvo produce an S80 R-Design? (Motor Authority) Distracted Drivers Need … Radar? (Volvo and Mercedes-Benz) Porsche/VW to Merge (Detroit News) Fuel-Injected Corvair? (BrownData)
“R” you serious — a CLS Wagon? (eMercedesBenz) Volvo to work with FIAT in USA? (AutoBlog) NEVS gets all but the name (LifeWithSAAB) History of the Poor Man’s Porsche (Torque News) Jaguar XF Gets Turbo 4 Option (Car & Driver) Mazda Cans Rotary Engine (The Bulletin)
Car Talk Brothers to Retire (Jalopnik) H/T Richard N. SAAB has been sold … or not? (lifewithsaab) Volvo to build BMW M3 beater? (MSN Cars) What is Mercedes-Benz planning for this summer? (RushLane) How did the Corvair keep George W. Bush in office? (NY Times)
Was the Greenbrier a better van than the Microbus? (Curbside Classic) What’s the EXTRA button for on a SAAB 99 Turbo? (Swadeology) Youngman still interested in SAAB? (LifewithSaab) Who really needs AWD? (Scunthorpe) Wait .. is that a Mercedes-Benz R-Class? (Wheel World) P.S. Happy Birthday, Laura!
With politics heating up in the US of A, I was reworking my joke about Ralph Nader promising to bring back the Corvair if elected. But apparently, he’s not running for president this time. In any event, I came across an article about Nader and the Corvair that sheds a new light on his book,…