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1997-2002 Mitsubishi Mirage

1997 Mitsubishi Mirage LS Coupe Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a car that clearly belonged to the category of CarLust when I was in 5th-7th grade when others lusted after Dodge Vipers, Ferrari F50s and Lamborghini Diablos; a car that I often drew in class Study Hall and even used as a writing assignment subject; a car that I daydreamed about making radical modifications (ah, blissful youthful mechanical and economic ignorance…) among other things; a car whose name I respect and whose USDM “successor” I rebuke for setting back 37 years such a proud name; a car whose information –it pains me to say- lives up to its name of not being there; the 1997-2002 Mitsubishi Mirage.

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Carspotters' Challenge #171: Please Select Your Vehicle

*Enters arcade*

*Sits down in booth*

*Inserts tokens*

*Booming voice and menu screen says "Please Select Your Vehicle"*

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I wonder if the Plymouth has a Christine mod...

*Selects vehicle*

*Selects manual transmission*

*Chooses soundtrack*

*Loading*

*Countdown starts*

3

2

1

GO!

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://iconfigurators.com/

 

Great Commercials - Sácame a Pasear (Take Me Out For A Spin)

It doesn’t matter how you view Toyota cars –or cars in general- whether they’re appliances or machines that never go out of style; if you use ‘em and don’t maintain ‘em, they’ll be scrap sooner than later, regardless of all their praise, earned or otherwise. While this commercial recommends that you take your car to a certified Toyota Service Center, I want to personally include reputable independent shops as well, provided that you don’t know what you’re doing or don't have the tools for the job when it comes to maintenance (there’s no shame in asking for help or letting the professionals do it).

 

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Volvo 480 ES, S, Turbo

Volvo 480 1That bridge looks like California's Golden Gate Bridge, but it isn't. The car doesn't look like a 1980s Volvo, but it is. And I think we North Americans were robbed by never getting this sporty hatchback.

Those bumpers make it look American. The rear quarters say "shooting brake." Its overall design suggests near perfection.

The car may have looked fairly Honda-ish for the time. And why not? This was Volvo's first front-wheel-drive car, so its packaging fit Honda's profile (Though thankfully with a longer, safer front end).

It belongs somewhere between Volvo's P1800GT (1961-1973) and their C30 (2006-2013). In fact, it fits quite well between them, even with its requisite 1980s boxy styling (Think Mustang). The 480 was made between 1985 and 1995, and had all three cars been given the same or a similar name (Maybe the P1700 and/or the P2000?), I doubt that anybody would have complained.

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Carspotters' Challenge #170: Ashland, Wisconsin - July, 1973

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Has The Poseidon Adventure been in theaters since its release date of December 1972? Well, it was really successful...

Anyways, no wonder there isn't that many cars parked around, everyone must've seen it already.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: Tumblr

Carspotters’ Challenge #169: Sunset Beach, California, 1969

With photos like this one, it's hard to argue that 1969 was a very good year.

Malibubeach2Photo taken by legendary photographer and surfing ambassador Leroy Grannis.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://www.surfertoday.com

 

The Cars of "Chuck"

Httpwww.imfdb.org 450px-ChuckS4_96Chuck is a North-American TV show about Chuck Bartowski, a young man whose mediocre life changed when he opened an e-mail containing encrypted content composed of a huge number of highly classified information called the Intersect. Once read and in the subconscious of brain, the person with this information becomes a supercomputer of sorts, able to do things like ID an international criminal, or identify a weapon or document of upmost importance, though involuntarily. And that’s just the first season! Due to his skills behind a computer and overall unorthodox ways in handling situations in relation to governmental bureaus, Chuck reluctantly becomes part of a secret anti-terrorist team effort until a way is found to remove the Intersect from his head. His cover? His mundane life. In the meantime, serious questions appear: What makes a spy: the equipment or the individual? Can one be a spy and have a normal, happy life? Can one be a spy without sacrificing one’s values and integrity?

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Carspotters’ Challenge #168: Rising Sun, Lowered Ride Height

It's always a treat to see the best of other countries' car culture. Regardless of how well-documented they seem to be, Japan never ceases to bore me with theirs.

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Dapper bunch, aren't they?

Yes, you may 'Caption This'.

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

References: http://omgcreeper.tumblr.com

RIP, Scion

8208167c0a0d028a0039b99d0ac37390While waiting for an e-mail about a part for a Cadillac CTS (still waiting), CarLust contributor That Car Guy (Chuck) let us know the news: Scion will be no more. Just a couple of days earlier we were making fun of Scion’s “lowrider” SEMA car, an eyesore that pretty much encapsulates what’s wrong with the brand. There have been rumors of its demise since I wrote my Scion post and even before that, with Toyota helping out dealers phase out the brand to those that wanted out. There are far more variables responsible for Scion’s fate (Toyota, Millennials’ buying habits, currently cheap gas prices, The Great Recession, global warming, Dinkleberg, etc.), but I won’t go into them.

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Carspotters’ Challenge #164: Spot the Car That Moves, Stops, Turns, etc.

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While you're carspotting, spot the German car in which this ad picture was used for. Answer after the break.

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Pictured above: This is a forlorn Chevy Vega photographed by reader Gary Sinar. (Share yours)

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