Friday, February 1, 2013
One reason why I drive old cars
And the winner of the Car Talk Ugliest car contest is: The Nissan Juke. Rhymes with . . . ?
What were they thinking? Can they really sell these? It would be nice if one of the major companies decided to manufacture something similar to my old International, or my Willys MB, or even our 72 Mercedes 220d (no computers anywhere, all mechanical), all of which had not much more than the basics, making them easy to repair and keep on the road. Many of the classics had closely interchangeable parts with other cars and trucks. The IH having been built by the factory as somewhat of a Frankenstein from parts sourced everywhere, was even more so. Looking at the "Juke", I doubt there is a part on it that isn't proprietary. My guess is that not even the Chinese would feel comfortable making knock-off parts for it. If it were given to me, I'd start by knocking off most of the body.