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Theme Week: New Cars Week--A Tale of Two Cars


Regular readers may know that I recently purchased a new vehicle, primarily for fieldwork: a 2014 Subaru Forester.

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD: An SUV That Takes Care of You


The midsize-SUV segment is admittedly not easy to get excited about. While it's not quite minivan territory, it does tend to conjure the soul-killing daily commute, the banality of family life, and a kind of yawning beige practicality that prompts fantasies of selling all your earthly possessions, getting a ratty motorbike, and moving to Ecuador.

August 4th Weekly Open Thread-- "Theme Week: New Cars Week"


They say nothing smells as good as a new car. And that is kind of hard to argue with. Just ask these two olfactory experts.

Carspotters' Challenge #114--Down in the Mall


A mall parking lot in 1982, filled with Car Lust favorites. See anything you'd like to put on your credit card?

July 28 Weekly Open Thread--It's a(n Urban) Jungle Out There


That driverless car revolution we were talking about at last week's picnic might not come as fast as some people have been predicting.

RIP James Garner


The world lost a fine gentleman and actor this past week. We here at Car Lust express our thanks to Mr.

July 21 Weekly Open Thread--Who's Driving?


It's too nice a day to stay inside, so we're going on a picnic. Come tag along and join the conversation.

1963 Volkswagon Dunebuggy


Sometimes life gets in the way of having fun.  This is true when it comes to having fun with our cars.

Willys Jeep Wagon


Submitted for your consideration, a charming example of a Willys Jeep Station Wagon, the first all-steel wagon and the mother of all SUVs.

July 7 Weekly Open Thread


It's the height of summertime, so we've closed the Car Lust Garage early and loaded up the lemonade and sandwiches and gone on a picnic.

Great Commercials--Mel Tormé for Oldsmobile

General Motors got a lot of mileage out of "In My Merry Oldsmobile," the first popular song with an automotive theme, to advertise Oldsmobiles.  For a period of time in the early 1950s, the Olds ad campaign featured "Johnny" and "Lucille," the characters from the song, singing the virtues of the "Rocket" V-8, "Hydramatic" transmission, and "Futuramic" sheetmetal.

VW Rabbit Pickup: 1980-1983


This is what I wrote some time ago about the Chevrolet El Camino: Ladies, you may stop reading right now.

June 30 Weekly Open Thread


It's that top-down time of year. Here's the place to discuss your favorite summer driving topic. (Photo from the Station Wagon Forum, contributed by forum member "Jim68Cuda.")

Carspotters' Challenge #113--Rack 'em Up!


For your carspotting pleasure this week, a set of three photos of new cars on railroad cars from the days before fully-enclosed auto-racks.

Car Lust Classic: 1961 Lincoln Continental


Hey folks, it's the Good Old Summertime, and what better way to spend it than in a classy convertible?

Car Lust Classic: 1961 Lincoln Continental


Hey folks, it's the Good Old Summertime, and what better way to spend it than in a classy convertible?

Carspotters' Challenge #112--Port Chester, NY


Where were you in '82? Whoever took this photo was in Port Chester, New York. See anything you might like to drive home with through the time portal?

"Cruise-In" at the Templar Motors Factory

David Buehler, who showed me around the old Templar Motors factory in Lakewood for the post I wrote last winter, was interviewed for last Sunday's episode of Cruise-In, a locally-produced car show.

June 16 Weekly Open Thread: Car Lust Crowd-Sourced Data Collection Project


This week I present Car Lust readers with a challenge and a request: Science! There's a little project I've been pondering for a while now that combines automobiles and evolutionary theory.

Carspotters' Challenge #111--Pre-Flight


For this week's installment, we have the fine mid-century modernist architecture of the Minneapolis-St.


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