Category archive: cars

April 2, 2014

Baseball/Soccer Moms, Gonna Die & Chevrolet

DT's favorite CSPAN guru Seth noted this odd mention from yesterday's House hearings into GM's total botching of the deadly ignition problems in the Chevy Cobalt. Basically the internal spring in the ignition would fail, and the car would...
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We Can't Even Stretch A Lumina Right Anymore

There are days I really worry about this country of ours. When I wonder what it's gonna be like for my kids, how we'll compete, how we'll even survive. Like when a tiny Soviet refugee country like Estonia can...
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March 28, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Graco Recall Edition

Here is a round-up of headlines to ruin your weekend all at once, instead of ruining your week one day at a time, the DT Friday Freakout: Because of volatile chlorination byproducts, do not pee in the pool. [amer. chem...
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March 9, 2014

Much Ferrari So Not Bad: Ferrari FF With Booster Seat

It's right there! Behind the glare! Can you see it?? No, of course you cannot. But it is there, I swear. We pulled into McDonald's in McLean, VA yesterday afternoon on a post-Girl Scout cookie run, and parked next...
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February 24, 2014

Bayerische Manual Wagon

DT's favorite car shark DT spotted this impressive Vader Wagon on Craigslist Milkwaukee: it's a 2011 BMW E91 3-series M-sport wagon, the last of the 6-speed manuals. It has just 25k miles, warranty coverage through 2015, and is "in...
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February 18, 2014

Volvo V60 Polestar Is Smurftastic

La la la la la la, la la la la la. La la la la la la la la la la la. Volvo Shows Off 345-hp S60 and V60 Polestar [autoblog via dt reader nathan]...
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February 13, 2014

Audi A4 Avant Dazzle Camo Wagon

Olsson's camo Gallardo with ski box, photographed on my old skateboarding hangout, Larvotto in Monte Carlo. Where there is no skiing. You may know Swedish skier Jon Olsson from his X Games and Red Bull stunt marketing work, but...
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February 1, 2014

Aging Punk Hoons Little Tike

After a virtual garageful of head-scratching, WTF projects, a couple of Oxfordshire hoons have finally hit upon the crazy, one-off car mod that's destined for viral greatness: they've built a full-size, street-legal version of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe...
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January 27, 2014

FYI: The JL421 Badonkadonk Landcruiser Does NOT Have LATCH

The JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank's manufacturers say it fits five, but if you put more than one Jabba-the-Hut-sized passenger in there, I suspect someone's gonna have to walk. What's more interesting, though, is that even with nearly 300 Amazon...
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January 26, 2014

The Starsky & Hutch Wagon

Holy smokes, I had no idea this car existed, but now it's obvious that every station wagon should have a giant, white Starsky & Hutch stripe down the side. It's a 1973 AMC Matador Wagon, in exceptional condition, with...
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January 21, 2014

Cha-Chung! Law & Order Location Scout Caprice Turbo Wagon

Our Dominican brother showing us how it's done as he rolls like a boss up the West Side Highway. Let that man through! He's from the Mayor's Office of Film & Television, and he's got important Law & Order...
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December 21, 2013

Will Tweet For Cars

Thanks, @Honda, for the best gift ever - my new Odyssey m̶i̶n̶i̶ maxi van!— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 6, 2013 promoted by Honda And if Honda had wanted NPH to 'gram the whole car, they should have sent...
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December 18, 2013

One Small Buy In Now For Dad, The Moon Cars For Mankind

So think about it. In 1969-70, it was the Cultural Revolution, a wholesale disruption of the entire Chinese civilization that shipped all the city folk to scrounge for yams on dirt farms in the provinces. Meanwhile, America was not...
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November 26, 2013

Wienermobile Say Drive Safely This Thanksgiving

Whereas the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile fleet and the activities of the HotDogger teams of newly minted marketing/PR majors who pilot them has been an area of investigative focus at DaddyTypes, and Whereas, that includes that one time in 2009...
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November 22, 2013

People Are Just Runnin' Over Kids In New York, And It's Got To Stop

Five kids killed by cars in five weeks, the most recent of which was a 9yo in Brooklyn:Less than a month earlier, on Oct. 11, a drunk driver killed 3-year-old Olvin Jahir Figueroa in Queens. Samuel Cohen Eckstein, 12, died...
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November 21, 2013


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November 15, 2013

Ford Country Squire Dually

My gosh. A 1973 Ford Country Squire Wagon converted to a dually towing machine. With woodgrain painted--not adhered--on the side, and an American flag painted on the roof. Though honestly, with that ground clearance, who would know without Google...
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October 9, 2013

OG Ferrarina: Kid-Sized Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

This is not a drill. I don't know what it is, exactly, but a drill it is not. This is a kid-sized Ferrari 180 Testa Rossa that was apparently sold as a "Ferrarina" by none other than Luigi Chinetti,...
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October 8, 2013

Like-A Scoot&Ride: The Audi Mini Runner Balance Bike/Scooter Combo

Hey ho, look at this Audi-branded walking bike that also turns into a scooter when you flip it over! The Audi Mini Runner is made of tubular "aluminium" using "a special 'hydroforming' process," the same process used to create...
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October 4, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pressured Parent Edition

A selection of anxiety-inducing news stories, collected, and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend (instead of your entire week)? It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Is your kid not advanced enough for his age? Are you already fearing...
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September 29, 2013

FrankenDiesel Wha Wha Wha? 1999 Mercedes E300TD On eBay

Oh hi, car that shouldn't exist! So I'm just taking a Sunday evening stroll through the Mercedes station wagons on eBay, as one does, and there's this crazy thing: a 1999 E300 Turbodiesel Wagon. Which was a model that...
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September 25, 2013

Spotted: Slammed Mercedes E320 Wagon

Despite having a tight trip from soccer to ballet in the middle of rush hour, I almost turned around to chase down the slammed W124 Mercedes wagon that turned in front of me in Mclean, Virginia this afternoon. I...
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September 16, 2013

Aunt Edna Not Included: 1971 Ford Country Squire Seats Ten

This 1971 Ford Country Squire wagon is a California blue plate special in beautiful-looking condition. It features top-of-the-line woodgrain side paneling [and matching woodgrain look on the roof rack] over original paint in a color the factory once called...
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September 9, 2013

1985 Honda Civic WagoVan Survivor

Admittedly, it's a pretty short list, but the 1985 Civic WagoVan with the wacky rear windows and the AWD is one of my all-time favorite Hondas. That you could get in the US. It was designed to hold five...
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September 8, 2013

You're With Me, Leather: Ferrari Custom Booster Seat

DT reader Todd spotted this custom booster seat & beach towel combination in a Ferrari F430 Spider at his kid's back-to-school-night. Definitely an improvement over the official licensed Ferrari Booster Seat: A couple more years, inches and pounds, and...
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September 3, 2013

DT Road Trip: West Virginia Badonk-A-Wagon

Wow, after 13 years of blogging, I might be due for one of those, "Sorry, I haven't updated in a while" posts. We went on a kid-free roadtrip this weekend in the least-wired region of the United States: the...
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August 26, 2013

Pink FJ60 Land Cruiser

On the way back from the kid's swim lessons last week in Salt Lake City, I spotted a pink blur out of the corner of my eye from the far corner of a high school parking lot. And I...
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August 15, 2013

Black Plate Special: Cherry Chevy Malibu Wagon In Utah

You never forget your kid's first classic car photo shoot. We are in Salt Lake City for a little grandparent facetime, and this sweet California black plate Chevy Malibu wagon merged onto the freeway next to us, and then...
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August 12, 2013

One Of One? Kid-Size Talbot Lago

Wow, I don't know if this kid-size Talbot Lago Grand Prix racer from 1950 really is the only one ever made, or even if it runs. But if it gets anywhere near the crazy estimate the auctioneers in Pebble...
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August 6, 2013

Maclaren BMW Stroller Exists, Gets Attention

All it takes is a bankruptcy and a dream! I really don't even know where to start with the NY Times' look at Maclaren's "Objects of Design," their 'premium' collection of midrange strollers upholstered in someone else's logo fabric. And...
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July 24, 2013

Area Man Installs Car Seat Incorrectly

So every thing these people do is going to be picked apart my everyone in the entire world? Count me out. [via publicists for Purveyors of Infant Car Seats to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, apparently] Related: The Queen...
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Nissan Van Avoided The Crusher, Ends Up On Craigslist

In the thick of minivan-mania, Nissan brought its most Darth Vaderish offering, the 2nd generation Vanette to the US, and outfitted it with food warmers, fridges and icemakers and such. Because that's how we rolled in 1987, living in...
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July 8, 2013

Baby Norinori

Saw this car window sticker at Tokyu Hands at Shinjuku. It's hilarious because it says Baby Norinori desu, which sounds like "baby riding," but actually means, "Baby dancin' like crazy." Maybe it's slightly hilarious. Amusing. It'd be funnier if...
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July 6, 2013

Japanese Wagons We Don't Get, Vol. 334:

From a torturous ongoing series of photos of sweet station wagons and family cars you can't get in the US: A Mercedes CLS Estate pulling out onto Omote-sando from in front of Kiddyland, the insane 5-story character goods emporium....
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June 25, 2013

Pricecheck On The Maserati Bellagio Cinqueporte

Back in 2008 no one cared about price and availability; it was enough to know that someone--Touring Superleggera, in this case--could build a custom Maserati Quattroporte-based station wagon without it turning out to be a fugly mess. Well in...
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June 14, 2013

If This Van's A Rockin' It Could Be Naptime

Whenever DT wanders from the strictly pre-school-sized pedal car beat and toward the big kid go-karts, there's always a good reason. Or at least a reason that seemed good at the time. So I can see how a vintage...
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June 4, 2013

Famous OTO Cardboard Food Truck Is Crowdsourcing Right Now

There are few things more annoying than an ice cream truck, especially when they just roll up like clockwork at your playground, and the half of the kids whose parents don't care what kind of crap they eat or...
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May 29, 2013

Tesla Holds Many Small Children

After the warm feeling in your heart that comes from thinking you're personally saving the planet, the most undersung feature about the Tesla S, aka the Palo Alto Camry, has been the jump seat, which is supposed to boost...
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May 26, 2013

Donky The Kid-Size Donkervoort

This was the first lot at Bonhams' Spa Classic Sale of vintage autos in Brussels yesterday: a kid-sized "'Lotus Seven.'" I think the quotes must be part of the actual name, since this Lotus Seven, like so many, 'Lotus...
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May 24, 2013

OG Vinyl: 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire

Keeping with the luscious woodgrain theme here on Daddy Types, check out this total stunner of a station wagon, a 1971 Ford LTD Country Squire with a mere 60,000 miles. It's being sold by GR Auto Gallery in Grand...
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May 23, 2013

Car Seat In Porsche: There Is No Substitute

This dad's story of racing his Porsche 911 proves there is no substitute...for love:When the first two-syllable word he spoke was "Por-sha," I wasn't surprised. He plays with miniature GT3s and Turbos now, steers them around tracks of his own...
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May 17, 2013

My Other Other Other Other Kiddie Car Is A Ferrari 250 GTO

Alright, Stuart Gurr has so far built seven kid-sized cars for his 6yo daughter Scarlett, including a replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a Cobra, a Bentley, two Bugattis, a Mini-and this insane Ferrari 250 GTO. He makes them...
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May 14, 2013

USA! USA! USA! 1993 BMW E34 M5 Touring

Well it's been a while since we've seen one of these 'round these here parts. This is a 1993 BMW M5 Touring, one of only a very few that have ever made their way to the US. It was...
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May 7, 2013

JDM Minivan Drift

Yes, this Best Motoring clip of a Japanese minivan track showdown is from 2007, so it's really of no use in deciding whether to buy a new Honda or a Mazda. Now its only value is to entertain, and...
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May 3, 2013

From Russian Dashcam With Love

Russian dashcams: they're not just for epicfail car crashes and apocalyptic meteorites anymore. It probably won't help, but if you really don't want to cry with joy over this happy Russian dashcam video compilation, I suggest you mute the...
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April 18, 2013

BYO Booster Seats: OG 1975 Volvo C303 Soft-Top

Remember that amazing Volvo C303 that had been demilitarized and given a deluxe-looking, preschool dropoff line-ready metallic silver paint job? Yeah, this is not that. The C303 was Volvo's 1970s military flagship, the Swedish equivalent to the Unimog and...
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March 13, 2013

WHOA, ADO Ride-On Cars

Maybe you spotted them in the background of Agata's photos from the ADO Speelgoed exhibition in Apeldoorn, Holland. Or maybe you clicked through to see the rest of her pictures on her blog at Rafa Kids, including the one...
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March 9, 2013

We Don't Need This Transportation: Nick Mason's 2001 E55 AMG Wagon

I, for one, did not know that Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was a classic car-collecting "petrolhead." But with 117,000 miles and an industrial strength bedliner like this, you can be sure that this RHD E55 AMG Estate he...
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February 28, 2013

Brands! Zombie Silver Cross Want Aston Martin's Brands!

To be fair, Silver Cross has been bankrupted and brought back to life far fewer times than Aston Martin has. But of the two historically British luxury vehicle brands, the one most in need of a leg up is...
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February 22, 2013

Hoon Hoon Hoon: Basta, Mazda6 Wagon

If stylish, affordable, high-performance, high-efficiency 6-speed turbodiesel station wagons are the kind of thing you like, this is the kind of thing you'll hate: Autoblog's Italian expat Matt boondoggled his way into taking the 2014 Mazda6 Wagon Skyactiv-D around...
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