The Cars We Could Have Bought

The Cars We Could Have Bought

The cars you’re allowed to buy today are the cars that the government allows to be manufactured. But what kinds of cars might we be able to buy if the government got out of the car business and left the designing of cars to the automakers and the buying of cars to customers? What if we could […]

Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

Doomed: Li’l Red Express, 1978-1979

Editor’s Note: This post is an excerpt from Eric’s forthcoming book called, Doomed. High-performance trucks are back, but they aren’t new. One of the first of the breeds dates back to the height of the Disco era, 1978, when high-performance cars had all-but-ceased-to-exist because of the then-new government regulations applied to them in the manner of a chokehold […]

The “Voltswagen”

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The “Voltswagen”

The name change even if April Foolsy is indicative of what this change is all about. The Volkswagen literally translates into German ‘the people’s car.’ It was Germany’s open emulation of America’s people’s car, the Ford Model T. In terms of their looks and layouts, they were as different as a square and a circle. Henry’s […]

Getting Googled: What does a Connected Car Really Mean?

Getting Googled: What does a Connected Car Really Mean?

For generations, Ford worked closely with Firestone, which provided the tires installed on new Fords and developed them to work with specific Ford vehicles. That relationship soured in the late ’90s when Ford and Firestone were publicly vilified over Ford Explorer SUVs sometimes rolling over while being driven on Firestone Wilderness A/T tires. To this […]

The “Safe” Car

The “Safe” Car

Many people want what is styled as a “safe” car. The government panders to this fear by implying that any car that does not comply with the latest “safety” standards (which raise the price of the car, adds weight, and needs more fuel to operate) is not “safe.” Logically, this means every car made before the latest round of “safety” standards […]

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