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I'm going to make these parties a regular thing. 
I turned 50 in January, 36 years after obtaining my first car for 50 bucks, and passing the half-century mark called for a serious celebration. No golfing or gambling trips would do for the architect ...
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Now I don't feel so bad for subjecting my well-preserved '97 LS400 to Denver winter traffic and airport parking. Not after seeing this at DIA.
When I headed to Denver International Airport recently (home of Shadow Government Global Conspiratorial Headquarters) in order to go shoot photos of interesting BMW-related stuff in junkyards, I drove ...
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You could kill a whole workday just clicking the 500 or so links in this post.
The most amazing vehicles ever raced in the 24 Hours of LeMons
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TITHE.
The 1978 film "Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke" showed us the kind of cars one might have seen on Los Angeles streets during the Malaise Era. In that film, we see such vehicular prizes as a Jaguar ...
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You see a lot of interesting stuff in California junkyards.
Somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, someone must be hoarding a big stash of Thunderbirds from the mid-1960s through early 1970s.
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Note the '86 Taurus digital dash.
Those Little Tree air-fresheners that hang from your car's rear-view mirror have been around for many decades (as we saw in "Repo Man," you'll find one in every car, kid), and one might think that ...
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Those Volvo fanatics who think every 140 is worth five grand need to walk the walk and rescue some of the solid examples that are getting crushed.
Another non-rusty Volvo brick gets discarded in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Ah, crap. I think that one got towed from my street a few years ago, and then it must've just sat in the impound lot until they tried to auction it and nobody wanted it...
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When the Goldwater For President campaign went after LBJ as a drunken hoon in a '63 Continental, sliding all over Texas dirt roads while gays and minorities conquered the country.
Barry Goldwater got stomped in most humiliating fashion by Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 presidential election, in large part because LBJ's campaign hired the same ad agency that made the Volkswagen ...
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There's a lot going on in this deeply weird Space Runner (aka Eagle Summit Wagon) ad for the Spanish market.
The Mitsubishi RVR was sold in the United States by Chrysler, badged as an Eagle Summit or Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista wagon, and in Europe as the Space Runner. In Spain, the second-generation Space ...
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It won't beat the Ford Crown Victoria in a drag race, but it's a better taxi.
When your intrepid Autoweek writers went to Japan to cover the Tokyo Motor Show, we did much of our traveling around the city in Japan's workhorse taxis: the Toyota Crown Sedan and Toyota Crown ...
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The Junkyard Boogaloo Boombox has evolved quite a bit since 2007.
Back in 2007, I built a car-battery-powered boombox out of junkyard parts and plywood, mostly to show how easy it was. It hadn't occurred to me that the Turbo II Junkyard Boogaloo Boombox would prove ...
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"Toothpicks and soup ain't much of a meal. And $244 a month ain't much of a deal." -- Troyce Key, 1980.
When I was in high school on The Island That Time Forgot in the early 1980s, learning to drive in a dangerously slow VW Diesel, I spent a lot of time in junkyards and in the garage with a '56 ...
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