Category archive: cars

October 24, 2014

BMW E39 M5 Touring Unicorn Conversion

Interesting. Here is a 2000 BMW E39 540i Touring, which has undergone an M5 conversion. It has the M 6-speed manual transmission, M brakes, hella dropped springs, cambered rear wheels, wait wait, I think we got off track here....
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200,000 Evenflo Infant Car Seats Recalled For Sticky Buckles

Evenflo has recalled over 202,000 Embrace 35 rear-facing infant carriers, which were manufactured between Dec. 2011 and May 2013. See the affected model numbers at Evenflo's site. The carriers are still safe, crash-wise, but the buckles and harnesses become...
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September 5, 2014

The Daddy Types Friday Funk: Leave In Car Edition

You know, it's like a freakout in that it will still ruin your weekend, but the new DT Friday Funk is just too depressing to freak out over. And it's the guy who left his kid in the back seat...
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August 15, 2014

Camargue Safari Land Rover

We went exploring in the Camargue today, the Meadowlands to Arles' Manhattan. In the best way possible, of course. Anyway, we drove to the end of the road past Salin de Giraud, which has the last publicly accessible restrooms...
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July 28, 2014

Failed States, B4 Armored Mercedes Wagon By Jill Magid

Failed States is the title of a book by artist Jill Magid, and it is also the title of her 1993 Mercedes 300TE station wagon, which she had armored to B4 level protection, and exhibited last year at the...
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July 23, 2014

Wot Wot? The Allard P-2 Safari Estate

For the shooting brake enthusiast for whom the custom Aston Martin DB6 wagon is too predictable, there is this: the Allard P-2 Safari Estate. To say it was in production between 1952 and 1954 is a bit generous, since...
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July 18, 2014

Action Movie Kid, Dad To Rule The Viral Marketing Galaxy As Father And Son

In case you were worried about the fate of ActionMovieKid and his dad as their 2015 Toyota Sienna #SwaggerWagon gets caught in the space station's powerful tractor beam, let the "Fictitious scene with stationary vehicle" disclaimer put your mind...
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July 2, 2014

Man Insane, Kid In Footwell

We interrupt this not freaking out about news stories phase to bring you this important announcement: Some insane 27yo dad got arrested doing 150mph in a Mercedes 320--a 320!--in England last September, trying to make a 5-hour drive from Hull...
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June 20, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: CHECK YOUR CAR Edition

This DT Friday Freakout is dedicated to summer, and to MAKING IT A HABIT TO LOOK IN THE BACK SEAT OF YOUR CAR EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GET IN OR OUT, NOT JUST WHEN THE KID IS WITH YOU, BUT...
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June 18, 2014

They Grow Up So Fast

Last time I checked in on long-ago Gawker writer Joshua David Stein, he was regaling all and sundry at Gilt.com with his august account of a less-well-bred journalist crashing a Bentley during a winter junket to Connecticut. That was back...
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June 16, 2014

Volvo Wagons, At Least, Are A Thing Again

Here's the deal, car makers: No matter how many SUVs and crossovers and Google robot cars come down the road, as long as there's one writer who remembers riding in back as a kid, we're never gonna stop trying...
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June 15, 2014

No. There Is Another: Mercedes 450SE Wagon Conversion

Well now this is interesting. More than interesting, even. It's a 1973 Mercedes 450SE with a wagon conversion, and it's not horrible. In fact, it looks pretty amazing. The seller in Atlanta said the conversion was possibly done by...
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June 1, 2014

Creme Yellow Volvo 850 T-5R Wagon Looks Like Buttah

The other day, driving into NYC, I passed a white-looking Volvo with such an unusual color, I had to take off my yellow-tinted sunglasses. It turned out to be a buttery yellow, and if it's not the first time...
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May 30, 2014

Top 10 Things That Get Cleaned Less Frequently Than The Car Seat

10. the broiler pan 9. that gap between the seat and the hump where that french fry fell that time, but which is too narrow and far down for the vacuum to reach. umm... honestly, that's all I got, and...
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May 28, 2014

Jade Jagger Climbing Out Of A Sunroof While Bob Colacello Snaps Pictures

Here is Bob Colacello's 1974 photo of three-year-old Jade Jagger climbing out of a sunroof of a Mercedes at the old Montauk airport after a "weekend drawing with Andy Warhol." While we're all relieved to know that Jade survived,...
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May 14, 2014

#BUYMYVOLVO

Ads on Daddy Types have response and conversion rates many orders of magnitude better than 1 in 559,000 views. So I am going to assume that in the three days since he posted his goofball #BuyMyVolvo commercial on YouTube,...
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May 7, 2014

Amazing GMC Seat Extension Headrest Puts Kids In The Short Seats

Time was if you wanted to keep your kids in the jump seat of your extended cab pickup, you had to make a cage out of chainlink fencing. But with the revolutionary Jump Seat Extension Headrest, the 2015 GMC...
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April 29, 2014

Two Volvo 850 Race Wagons, Both Alike In Hoonity

Today on Bring A Trailer, someone turned up this rather amazing rebuild: a 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon transformed into a British Touring Car Championship-style racer. It's currently for sale on craigslist in Bainbridge Island, WA for like nothing....
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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! instagram.com/p/hj4x1KyToL/— 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

Um

$126,500....
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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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