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Jan 6 Weekly Open Thread and The Way We Were

We here at Car Lust have highlighted our own vehicles and those of our readers on several occasions, but one thing we've not done -- except by accident every now and then -- is shine a light on our vehicles and ourselves. We've often argued that the reason we write in glowing terms about mostly forgotten or Cary_grant_exiting_a_tiny_carunderappreciated models is that many of these vehicles, despite their flaws and foibles, sold many thousands of copies and ended up being important parts of the everyday lives of their owners. People drove them to their very first job, went on their first real date in them, drove in them with their buddies to the seashore or the lake or the mountains, or piled into them with the rest of the family for long drives on summer vacation. They bought them, drove them home, parked them in the driveway, and admired their own personal form of freedom: the ability to go where one pleased when one pleased.

So we shouldn't forget that, behind these cars we love so much, are the people who drove them and cared for them and showed them off and. . . .well, sometimes wrecked them (hopefully without unduly damaging themselves or anybody else in the process).

Hence, over the next week or so we'd like to take this opportunity to submit a few snapshots of our very own automotive histories; and this time not only the vehicles themselves but of us as well. We realize that there is risk in this endeavor, as readers may be shocked to learn that those of us penning these missives -- especially those of us over a certain age -- may have some none-too-flattering photographs in our past. Hard to imagine, I know, as most of you no doubt imagine us all looking like literary equivalents of Cary Grant or, for the younger crowd, Hugh Jackman (and for our latest contributor Grace Kelly or Scarlett Johansson). But we throw caution to the wind and set them out there anyway for all to enjoy.

And we also invite readers to send in their own photos -- modern or not -- for submission. The older the better. The more dated the better. And hopefully along with a few sentences describing the scene, the vehicle, and what was going on in your life at the time.

And, as always, feel free to discuss anything else automobile related.

Credits: The top photo is of, yes, that's me, exiting my old Isetta (via Chris on Cars). All others for the remainder of this week, unless otherwise indicated, are by the authors.

Selling Used Cars

20131102_152638I find myself at a unique place in life, a first for me.  I have to sell a car.  Two in fact.  Well, one is a van, but you get the idea.

Thankfully, neither are lust worthy vehicles (in my mind at least).  I have a 1996 Honda Civic with 285K miles and a 2001 Dodge Caravan with 260K miles.  Both run well still, and the Honda in particular has had quite a bit of recent upkeep (new timing belt & water pump, new tires, some other stuff) because we thought we'd keep it another year. But the right car came along to replace it, so I now have to move something.

The question I raise to you today is what is the best way to sell a used vehicle (quickly for a high price!)?  I purchased a used truck once from a dealer.  That's the whole sum of my experience in this realm.  Craigslist is the obvious starter, but my dillema is that I live in a small town in Southern Minnesota where the nearest town (Mankato) with its own Craigslist is 30 miles away.  We don't have a consignment lot, and I'm not sure that either of these well used vehicles would do well there anyhow.  I'd consider donating them, but I don't need any more tax write-off (and it isn't close).

What have you done, or if you haven't sold, what experience do you have on the purchasing side?

Further, what ways do you need to prep the vehicle(s)?  I hand shampooed the carpets in the Honda as they had never been done.  I hit a few spots on the seats as well.  Everything was shined up and I've washed the car.  I'd consider wax, but wax is wasted on this paint.  It's a black car, so should I spray paint some of the rear wheel rust spots that every Honda develops?

Words of advice?  Recommendations?  I'd like to sell them sooner rather than later, so I'm motivated.  Because the snow is coming.

--Big Chris

Oct 21 Weekly Open Thread: A Special 'Our Cars' Invitation

"Hi, my name is 'Sheriff' Joe Biden and I'm President of these United States. As many of you may know, when the weather turns nice in the state of Washington, you can often find me in the driveway of the White House giving my ol' 1981 Trans Am a good scrub-down and kickin' back a few beers before I go inside and clean my shotgun. Matter of fact, I've had this baby since Jack Kennedy was in the White BidenTAHouse. . .bought it right after watching the moon landing on CNN. Man, those were the days. . . .

"Now, I've been a Car LustTM fan since, oh, way back in the 1990s when it was started by my good friend Hugh Hafner. Me and good ol' "Haf" as I like to call him, we used to sit on the front porch sipping some Dr. Papers and checking out all the neat cars going by. 'There goes a Gremlin AMX!' he'd say. And I'd say "There goes a RUCKUS!!" -- I think that's where he got the inspiration for that post, you know -- and we'd have a great old time.

"Well, turns out the good folks at Car LustTM will actually let readers submit posts talking about their very own cars. I'm probably sure ol' Haf got that idea from me, too, but I'll let it go at that. Anyway, they wanted me to tell you that they're gonna let y'all unchain yourselves from your daily Drudge-ry (did you like how I slipped in that little bit of political humor? ha haa. .oh wait, I meant "LOL"!) and submit an article on your favorite ride. Or your mom's favorite ride. Or your dad's. Or your sister's. Well, you get the idea.

"Send it to the email listed on the right there =======> and maybe with a few pictures (or they'll supply them), and they'll get it all set up to run in a few weeks. Maybe you'll look as buff as I do in that picture up there. No WAY as tan though. Tell 'em why you love the car, why it's important to you, and make sure to put in any good stories you have about it. Kinda like how I'm all 'hot for teacher' in my Trans Am (LOL!)"

"And also use the comments here to talk about anything car related."

-- Joe Biden

Photo credit: America's Finest News Source.

"Study Hall" Drawings (Episode Three, Part One)

Folks, are we in for a treat today! Loyal Car Lust reader and commentor Bill Thompson sent in so many amazing "study hall" sketches that, to do them justice, we'll do two posts. And incredibly, he did all of these sketches freehand! 

He said they were all done in high school, from 1984-1987. And Mr. Thompson's tastes seem to focus on classic designs and construction, but with a modern flavor. Though they would have probably been built in the Decade Of Conspicuous Consumption, many of these vehicles would have looked right at home during the Roaring Twenties.

He also was kind enough to write a narrative about each submission, which is included under each sketch. So without any further "to do," please feast upon the magnificence of Mr. Thompson's delicious drawings:


BT 7

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1978 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla coupe
Photo from Wikipedia
My first two cars were both Toyota Corollas.  My parents had been driving a white third generation 1978 Corolla for a year or so after having purchased it from my great aunt.  She wanted something newer, and we were broke, so it was a win-win situation I guess.  That is if you can call getting one of these Corollas a win.

The 1978 Corolla was an incredibly unremarkable vehicle.  It was basic transportation and nothing more.  The interior was as spartan as they come. Mostly plastic and metal, with some flimsy pressboard panels on the doors.  The seats were uncomfortable and unsupportive, and as they aged, prone to moving a notch or two on their own at times.

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"Study Hall" Drawings (Episode Two)

Car Lust continues its series on "study hall" drawings, following a superb submission from Tigerstrypes. Another post with similar sketches is coming soon, and if anybody else has some to contribute, we'll gladly put a post together with your designs as well.

This time, we're featuring the artwork of Paulo Rebordão. He says the first two renderings were from 1983-84; the rest are from 1990. From cars to specialty vehicles to a two-wheeler, he has covered the automotive spectrum quite nicely:


I see a French influence here, maybe leaning toward Renault.

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"Study Hall" Drawings (Episode One)

(Submitted by Car Lust occasional contributor Tigerstrypes)

As soon as I saw That Car Guy (Chuck)’s post on High School "Study Hall" Drawings, I knew I was gonna like it. I liked it even more when he said that we were able to submit some of our own pieces. Being that I’ve used some of my old work to highlight and personalize my posts –not to mention that Chuck used some two of them for his announcements for this theme, which I’m grateful, BTW-, I knew I had to contribute.

Also, being that Chuck stated that the ‘High School’ in High School "Study Hall" Drawings was a general term, this meant that there was some searching to do for righteous candidates from not only High School, but also Middle School and Elementary School, too. Here’s some:


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June 17 Weekly Open Thread: More "Study Hall" Drawings

GMC Safari VanLast week, we Car Lust automotive designers doodlers presented a couple of high school "Study Hall" drawings for your amusal and perusal. We're hoping to do a presentation with a bunch of these in an upcoming post, and need your help with this historic deed.

Any vehicular rendering is welcome. Planes, trains, trucks, wheelbarrows, rickshaws, whatever. Also, something was said about customized erasers, and they are invited as well.

So please forward any artwork images to the office at:, or send them on to me at Maybe we can put something together for a post around the 4th of July.

Batmobile in Franklin 2On an unrelated note, somebody in my home town has purchased one of the original TV Batmobiles. It has been seen driving around town and was also spotted at a local car show. I hope to see the car in person soon, meet the new Bat-owner, and do a follow-up story.

And as usual, this is also the place for any fair discussions on anything else even remotely automotive related.

--That Car Guy (Chuck)

Image Credits: The "Study Hall" drawing is courtesy of Tigerstrypes; the Batmobile Bat-picture was taken by my friend Kelly Harwood on his Bat-cell phone.

June 10 Weekly Open Thread: High School "Study Hall" Drawings

006We've all done it. Let's admit it.

And while cleaning out the attic a few days ago, I found some of mine... the old high school study hall car and truck drawings. Survivors of decades of heat, cold, arid air, and neglect.

They weren't plentiful... I'm sure more are around somewhere. In fact I remember at least two more sheets of these developmental designs. And they do give a period insight, having been scribbled in the early to mid 1970s.

004My car was called the Targa Cheetah, being the fastest car on the planet, and it had electrically-operated sliding roof panels. The car was available in either the 2-Door Sport Model or a 4-Door Luxury Landau. I was later quite saddened when I found out Lamborghini was going to use my car's name on a truck.

The Targa roof style always had me enamored, but it took almost 40 years to write about it. And when Aston Martin copied my straight-lined beauties for their Lagonda... well, the case was gonna be in court for years.

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1971-1973 Buick Centurion vs. 1971-1973 Buick LeSabre

Buicks fighting

"Uh-LLLLadies... and... Gen-tle-men! On the left, weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches in height with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick Centurion. And on the right, also weighing 4,329 lbs. and standing 54 inches and with a wheelbase of 124 inches, we have the 1973 Buick LeSabre."

"So, from the Car Lust home office here in the great United States of America..."

"... Uh-Let's get ready to rum-bullllllll!"

Quite a while back in a discussion here at Car Lust, we swapped stories comparing the similarities and differences of Buick's Wildcat/Centurion vs. their LeSabre. If memory serves, the outcome more or less stated that the Wildcat/Centurion was Buick's "sporty" full-sized car while the LeSabre was the more practical one. Of course, the Electra 225, Buick's flagship luxury model, had enough differences to not be included in the discussion.

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