Category archive: cars

July 15, 2017

Mrs. Stern's Lamborghini Is For Sale

Mrs. Stern of Hyde Park has finished ferrying the neighborhood children to and from their various school and after-school events, thank you very much, so her pink 1974 Lamborghini Espada daily driver will need to find a new home....
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January 14, 2017

Daddy On Board

Precious cargo! Bryan Coffelt posted this photo on twitter. If I ever opted to turn this blog into a line of dubious kid products, a car magnet saying "Dads Are Just As Important As Moms" would probably have been...
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June 25, 2016

c.1980s Kid-Sized Ferrari F500 At Artcurial Le Mans

As kid-sized Ferraris go, this F500 is one of the most advanced I've seen. With molded steel frame over a tubular chassis, leather interior, a rear-mounted 50cc Motobecane engine, and Mille Miglia livery, it's gorgeous, even. But before I...
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June 12, 2016

Daniel Uber-Loving Tiger

You may know Ian Bogost from his groundbreaking work on the McRib's insidious normalization of the McNugget. Now he has trained his scholarly gaze on Daniel Tiger, whose Privatization Trolley is destroying Our Youth's faith in public transit: When...
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February 27, 2016

A Carpool Lineful Of Awesomely Ridiculous Station Wagons

Hey, look at that. The easiest way to cure yourself of blogging is to not blog. I'm sure this means I can stop anytime. And all these tips and tabs I have piled up in my browser will just post...
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November 8, 2015

Bonkers Auction Action On 20 Mini-Ferraris

It's not very #servicey, but I just could not bring myself or my blog to be a party to the auction madness that was unfurling yesterday in Lyon, France. Twenty, that's right, TWENTY mini-Ferraris of all sorts, vintages, and...
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October 31, 2015

Toyota Batmowagon

Toyota's been driving this UUV (Ultimate Utility Vehicle) around the country since June as part of a PR buildup to SEMA. I think two things when I see it: This looks perfect for Iceland, and Wait, you're telling me...
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September 8, 2015

Dashcam Mayhem In Stokke-on-Aston

I've always thought it took a special type to drive a Stokke Xplory. A confident, quiet sort who's comfortable in his decisions. An independent spirit who doesn't chase public approval. And now we can add a calm, cool, and...
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July 13, 2015

Except For Not Knowing How To Use A Car Seat, You're Totally Ready For This

Mazda's commercial about nervous new parents being well prepared to bring the kid home from the hospital in their safe CX-5 warms the hearts of everyone who doesn't notice that the kid's car seat straps are ridiculously loose. [thx...
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June 28, 2015

Made Like They Used To: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Shooting Brake

We are on a road trip, and have spent the last week visiting with family in Orange County, Newport Beach, to be precise. Which has presented many opportunities to explain to the kids that Rolls Royces and Bentleys used...
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May 20, 2015

OG San DIego Volvo Wagon Has Giant Sunflower, No Reserve

If only the giant handpainted sunflower were on the other side, this 1986 Volvo 240 DL Wagon would be the perfect carpool dropoffmobile. But since our car has been sideswiped twice in the last four months in that exact...
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May 11, 2015

Elon Musk Wants You To Birth HIS Baby, Dammit

A quote from Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,:"That is no excuse. I am extremely disappointed. You need to figure out where your priorities are. We're changing the world and changing history, and you either...
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April 26, 2015

Hands Up, Don't Drive

This is Devin Allen's photo of a Baltimore dad holding his son at a protest march Thursday against the police officers involved in the post-arrest violence and death of Freddie Gray. I'd like to think that this kid will...
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April 6, 2015

Vin Needs A Tissue

"Diesel named his new baby Pauline." is the last line of this story. [p6]...
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March 31, 2015

Somewhere In New Jersey: 1967 Ford Country Wagon

This beautiful 1967 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon looks great, and sounds like it's in original condition. It has a 390 cu-in. V8. It has seat belts! It does not have a rear-facing third row, but the seller says...
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March 30, 2015

Five Stars All Around

have you ever delivered a baby in the backseat of an @uber ? i have.— dh (@davidhorvitz) March 30, 2015 [mazeltov to the DHs, who also win tweet of the year, via @soulellis] Update: Everyone's doing well, and...
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March 22, 2015

Uh Oh, NHTSA Fines Graco

NHTSA has fined Graco $10 million for failing to report customer complaints to the government in the run-up to the Jan. 2014 recall of several million car seats. The car seats had defective buckles that were extremely difficult-to-impossible to release....
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March 20, 2015

Red Rover, Red Mover

This week was tough on the Big Red Cars That Are Probably Trouble But Really I Wouldn't Mind front. First I spotted this great Range Rover Classic in Camel Trophy livery. Tobacco sponsorships and tearing up rain forests are...
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March 13, 2015


A handwritten note from Wes Anderson when I was his personal assistant circa 1999:— Mike Le (@WriterLe) March 12, 2015 The note in the corner of this note Wes Anderson gave his personal assistant in 1999 is basically the...
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February 18, 2015

BMW e34 Touring In Chicago

A barrage of word salad on Chicago Craigslist heralds the arrival of a low-miles 1994 BMW 530i Touring in seemingly excellent condition. It is "rare" in the way that all station wagons are in the US. It has an...
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February 14, 2015

Lynx Eventer, AKA Jaguar XJ-S Shooting Brake

Here is a Jaguar Lynx Eventer, an XJ-S converted from new by Lynx into a shooting brake. 67 were made. This is number 20. It's from 1984. Here is number 40, from 1988, which gives you a sense of...
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February 4, 2015

Where No Van Has Gone Before

Space. The final constraint. This 1978 GMC van was custom painted by "well known Canadian artist" G.S. Roy and remained in one Ontario family until 2012, when the current owner, a Vancouver dad, bought it. He is now selling...
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January 29, 2015

Auto Bild Und Die Glorreichen Sieben-Sitzer

When a very unusual Citroen CX 2500 Familiale turned up for sale a couple of months ago, I went Internet diving. Which led me to this: a 2012 round-up of classic seven-seaters from Auto Bild called, Die Glorreichen Sieben-Sitzer....
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December 19, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
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December 2, 2014

A Gold Porsche Cayenne Exists

People in Brentwood know a thing or two about restraint and good taste.— hydeordie (@hydeordie) December 3, 2014 I just--there are no words. No words. [via @hydeordie] HAHAHA UPDATE THERE ARE WORDS: DT princelings correspondent jjdaddy-o suggests the...
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Smokey And The Bandit Kiddie Car

As the entire plot of Smokey and the Bandit revolves around the Bandit picking up Sally Field, who is the runaway bride of Sheriff Buford T. Justice's son, and this Smokey and the Bandit go-kart has but one seat,...
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November 22, 2014

No. There Is Another.

Last month Brendan McAleer found the Paris Auto Show full of awesome station wagons we will never get in the US of SUV. You'd think 10 would be enough. But no. VW unveiled the 296-hp Golf R Wagon at...
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November 12, 2014

Mercedes 560 SEL Wagon Expensive

There's no third row of seats, and you probably can't haul too much plywood in it, but this coachbuilt 1990 Mercedes 560 SEL station wagon looks excellent. A quality build with attention to the lines, price no object. Except...
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Hellcat Is For Children

Canadian auto writer Brendan McAleer recently visited Dulles for a Virginia backroad test drive of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The Hellcat is, what, Dodge's AMG? Dodge's Msport? Dodge's Hemi? Oh wait. Anyway, the Charger is a 4-door sedan...
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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

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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 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


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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