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Cars with personality aren’t dead

Are cars with personality, charm and charisma dead? Jason Harper from Bloomberg seems to think so. In his recent article, Harper asks “In this age of mass production and global distribution, have we seen the last taillights of cars with personality? Where are the oddball autos that appeal to only a heartfelt few?”

Buick Riviera

Cars that Harper digs from the “good old days” are the Citroen DS-19, the Morris Minor Traveller or the Buick Riviera. Sure, those were cool cars, but isn’t it natural for people to look fondly at the past? It’s why after every Super Bowl, people say the commercials were disappointing inferring some sort of benchmark was set in the past. People were more wholesome too, our country was stronger, gas was cheaper, Adam Sandler made funnier movies and cars had more personality.

To his credit, Harper does believe electric cars from Fiskar and Tesla are a sign of change. Their interiors, their curves and wacky details have stimulated excitement in the car industry. Nonetheless, beautiful design aren’t just limited to electric cars. It could be argued a whole host of quirky and charming cars can be found at a dealership near you. Here are a few. [keep reading]

The Monday Grind

The weekend has come and gone, unless you have Columbus Day off. If you are off today, consider the title of this post irrelevant because you are certainly not on the grind. If you are on-the-clock and crunching those numbers, metaphorically speaking, read on work-warrior.

John Wayne International Harvester Travelall

-Pictured above is John Wayne’s custom built International TravelAll for sale at a modest $1,000,000. [link]

-Per last week’s “Putting it into park” it seems people have heard of the Suzuki Kizashi. Here’s a review. [link]

-Travis Pastrana to compete in 2o12 X Games Rally event but not Moto X Freestyle. [link]

-The shortlist for Car and Truck of the Year was released and the MINI Countryman is apparently a truck. [link]


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