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Carspotters' Challenge #178: Just Desserts

While making my General Lee post, I went through a number of clips. I wish I could share them all, but this one from 'The Great Santa Claus Chase' episode has some choice metal for sale in the background:

 

Which one of these beauties would you hazard a trip down to Hazzard for a test drive? Might wanna have 'em checked out by a reputable mechanic. I know one that might be crazy but he ain't dumb...

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

For more vintage TV action clips, go to TVSTUNTER UK's YouTube page.

Nissan NX (1991-1993)

Let's see... "The third time is a charm," or is it "Strike 3, you're out!"?

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The final installment of this trilogy is Nissan's competition to their own Sentra SE-R. That's because there were basically two of these... the NX1600, which had 110 horsepower, and the NX2000, with the engine found in the SE-R. The SE-R, of course, had a trunk.

Gone is the "Pulsar" name. The NX2000 gets a "Hot Hatchback" rating over its predecessors because it outperformed them in both power and handling. It went from being "sporty" to a downright proper machine.

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Carspotters' Challenge #176: CarLust 1980s Starter Pack

We've been revisiting some 80s gems here at CarLust these last couple of weeks, and before we head into the '90s, it feels right to share this period artwork that I've had stashed in my hard drive for some time now.

Yes, they're neither that many nor that hard to figure out for our seasoned veterans, but for the novice CarLust carspotter, it couldn't be a more perfect exercise.

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Nissan Pulsar NX (1986-1990)

Pulsar NX front 88When the 1986 Taurus hit the market, it turned car styling on its head. Gone instantly were straight line creases and wedgie shapes. Curves were now in, and oh yeah, were they!

This second generation Pulsar NX followed the trend, and looked so much better with a reskin. It also offered more FUN things like T-Tops and a removable hatch panel that left flying buttresses for strength. With the hatch gone, a small canopy covered the trunk area so your stuff didn't get wet or stolen... hopefully.

It also kept some of the old car. Flip-up headlights, boxy tail lights, and from the side, you could see enough of the old car to know what this one was. Good job, Nissan!

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Nissan Pulsar NX (1982-1986)

It was the early to mid 1980s, and everybody was having fun. But some of us Datsun Nissan fans couldn't afford a 280Z or 300ZX, yet we wanted a sporty ride. What to do, oh, what to do.

Pulsar 1Enter the first generation Pulsar NX into the American market in 1983. Its timing was superb, since the Sentra Sport Coupe was still a few years away, and a regular Nissan Sentra (2-Door, 4-Door, 5-Door Wagon, and 3-Door Hatchback) was for the sensible, not the sporty.

I nearly ordered one of these puppies (I worked at NMMC at the time), but since a 1984 Sport Truck was already in the stable, something more car-like and less fun was in order to replace that wretched Pontiac T100 that I just had to have at one time. So I took the sensible route and got a 1985 Sentra 4-Door XE with a 5-speed. This NX would have been more fun. And a lot more sporty.

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Great Cars of Toronto

A business trip took me to Toronto last week,...

...giving me an opportunity to sample the automotive world on the other side of the world's longest international border.
 

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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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The Music City Miata Club at Nelson Mazda, April 2, 2016

MX-5. Miata. Roadster. Whatever you name them, don't call them a hairdresser's car. Some angry guy (Or gal) who drives one might beat you up if you do. Or worse, they might challenge you to a run at Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap (318 curves in 11 miles), where any muscle car would be horribly humiliated.

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They have possibly received that insult because well, if you want to drive one, you should not be greatly tall of stature or wide in girth because there's no way in hell that you'll ever fit in one. So NFL linebackers, NBA forwards, and Sumo wrestlers need not apply.

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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/

 

Caption This

I021650During Easter weekend, after service of course, a couple of the CarLust staff had a chance to take a quick spin on a Ford Fairmont Futura in the Bahamas. Here they are entering the "St. Andrews parking lot".

 

--Tigerstrypes

 

Reference: http://imcdb.org

 

 

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

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