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Bored? Learn About Some Cars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Whether you like it or not, you’ve got some free time to spend at home right about now. We’re here to help you make the most of it, so while you sit on the couch munching on that bowl of chips, why not read up on some of the weirder, more esoteric four-wheeled wonders you probably haven’t heard about before? The word “obscure” holds different weight depending on the person, and in this regard, we picked a few cars we believe our average car-minded reader from the States has likely never seen or read about before. (As distinct from “forgotten” rides that were sold here, such as these ’80s models, or these rad ’90s cars, or these convertibles.) In this weird, wacky world of obscure cars, there seemingly are a zillion one-off prototypes, f...

Unique Off-Road SUVs that are Cheap, Cool, and Fun

See all 6 photos ZJ / WJ Jeep Grand Cherokee By far the most popular suggestion sent our way was to take a look at both the ZJ and WJ generations of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The ZJ represents the first generation of Jeep’s full-size SUV, which embiggened the unibody construction and looks of the popular XJ Cherokee but added numerous creature comforts as well as an available 5.2-liter V-8 engine on top of the slow, but trusty 4.0-liter inline six. It also offered solid axles front and rear, along with several different four-wheel drive systems and, eventually, a larger 5.9-liter V-8 in the last year of its 1993-1998 production run. The WJ was the next step after the ZJ, and delivered essentially the same package matched with revised styling and according to Jeep, only 127 shared comp...

Five Cool Alternatives to the Iconic LS V-8 Engine Swap

The Chevy LS V-8 engine has become the de facto engine swap suggestion for anyone seeking to add power to their existing platform, regardless of where the original vehicle might have been built or how many cylinders it left the factory with. It’s easy enough to understand why: the LS V-8 is relatively compact thanks to its OHV design, aluminum construction helps keep the weight down, and so many people have done this swap that a vast wealth of experience is available to draw from when planning your own engine surgery. Still, the LS doesn’t have to be the go-to drop-in whenever you’re looking for more power. There are a number of other very popular swaps out there that have consistently crossed company lines to deliver reliable and fairly affordable horses, each ...

Cheap and Cool ’80s Cars to Buy Now

Let’s take a look at some sweet 1980s cars that could even be purchased with the savings from a part-time job. Mind you, that sort of cash isn’t going to get you into a pristine example of these rad rides but rather for a running, non-basketcase version. Think of it as a driveable project car. While there isn’t anything too obscure in this list, we think it’s a good start in your search for a relatively affordable cool, classic car. Chevrolet Camaro or Pontiac Firebird The third-generation F-Body provided years of source material for mullet-mocking and hair-metal bashing, but the Camaro and Firebird still remain a great way to get cheap horsepower. With the astonishing number of third-gen cars floating around today and with some patience, you can still find a g...

Mercedes-Benz C-Class: History, Generations, FAQs

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Essential History: Generation One The Mercedes-Benz C-Class, also known by its internal code name, W202, rolled onto the American car scene in late 1993 as a 1994 model, replacing the 190E (W201) as the brand’s compact offering. The rear-drive C-Class was initially offered in four-cylinder C 220 (147-hp) and six-cylinder C 280 (194-hp) variants, with the numbers denoting engine displacement (i.e. 2.2 and 2.8 liters). The 268-hp C 36 AMG model joined the lineup for 1995; at the time, the C 36 was converted—engine and all—from a factory-built C 280. The year 1997 saw a torquier 2.3-liter engine for the entry model, now called C 230, while the C 36 was bumped to 276 hp and added a fifth cog to its automatic transmission. The AMG model was cut for ’98, but the...

The History of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Although luxury trucks are a key profit center for modern automotive manufacturers, there was a time when only a single brand on the American market was brave enough to make the leap from ski station to valet station. It was the early ’80s when AMC decided to go all-in on an aging platform by transforming its already decades-old Wagoneer into the Grand Wagoneer and open up an entirely new segment for U.S. buyers. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer beat the (still Spartan but nevertheless high-priced) Range Rover to the American market by a handful of years, and while Land Rover was able to outlast its underfunded rival in the long run, as contemporaries there was no question who was first, and in the minds of many sport-utility fans, who also did it better. Ancient Roots A bit of backstory firs...

Land Rover Defender Visual History: How the Off-Road SUV Got Here

Land Rover Series I (1948-1958) See all 165 photos The Rover Company had a problem after the second World War. Europe was in shambles and there wasn’t much demand for the sort of luxury cars Rover had made in the past. Inspired by the Willys Jeep, they developed the first Land Rover, an agriculturally focused four-wheel-drive truck with a steel frame and an aluminum body. It entered production in 1948 and what would come to be known as the Land Rover Series I was born. It was offered in various configurations that differed in wheelbase, door count, and body style. Land Rover Series II (1958-1971) See all 165 photos The Series II made its debut 10 years later in 1958. Its exterior design featured the same inboard headlights and boxy profile as the Series I but added a pronounced shoul...

Moonroof vs. Sunroof: Is There a Difference Between the Two Roof Types?

In the beginning, no cars had roofs. Then the newfangled machines gained folding canvas tops, some with clear side curtains. Then Cadillac became the first manufacturer to offer fully enclosed factory bodywork. Before long, folks were looking for something in-between. Europe answered the call with canvas- or metal-covered roof openings and the patented Pytchley sunroof mechanism in the 1920s. Hillman even offered a sliding roof panel with glass windows on it on the 1933 Aero. Today, sunroofs, moonroofs, panoramic roofs, T-tops, or targa tops are widely available on most new vehicles, each offering something in between a fixed roof and a full convertible. Here’s how to tell the two best-known versions—moonroofs and sunroofs—apart: Are a Moonroof and a Sunroof the Same Thing? See all 5...

New “No Time to Die” Trailer Shows off Bond’s Bullet-Riddled DB5

James Bond is the quintessential spy. The orphan turned assassin likes to work alone, but frequently shares the silver screen with some pretty hot sheet metal. The second trailer for the latest Bond film, No Time To Die, just dropped, and it gives us a more thorough look at the 25th Bond film that’s due to hit the big screen this November. Like the first one, the new trailer is packed with action. Once again, we see Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 with miniguns in its headlamps, as well as a number of Land Rover Defenders racing about off-road. This is the fifth and likely final James Bond film Daniel Craig will headline, and we decided to put together a list of the cars that have starred alongside the most recent incarnation of the legendary British spy. Check out the latest...

These Rare Hot Wheels May Be Small But They’re Worth Thousands

As enumerated in this list of the most sought-after modern Hot Wheels, hard-to-find variants from the first few years of production are some of the most valuable and cherished collectible toys in the high-end collecting sphere. The trouble is, when you try and pin down specifically what the most expensive Redlines—what connoisseurs call models from the first few years of Hot Wheels—are, you run into a mire of prototypes, one-offs, and promotional models. So, skirting around some of the more unique Redlines, here is a handful of valuable, now-expensive vintage Hot Wheels to keep an eye out for when you’re digging through your collection. 1970 Classic Nomad in Gold, $2,500+ See all 6 photos Image Courtesy of Woody Itson Like the majority of Redlines that occupy the upper echelons of th...

Turbofan Wheels: The History and Appeal of These Awesome Rims

For any given era and social niche, there are certain markers, certain cultural icons, that serve as symbolic bywords for that era and culture. Clothing can easily become such a reference: bell-bottoms, backward clothes, flannel, JNCOs, skinny jeans—each has had its heyday. So, too, with cars, some icons standing in as rolling representations of their eras—Wolf of Wall Street, anyone? But what about what the cars roll on? Do the shoes make the car, too? In the case of “turbofan” wheels, at least, the answer is yes. What Is a Turbofan? Originating from the time when racing’s top levels were just beginning to figure out the “how” of creating downforce and minimizing aerodynamic lift in the 1970s, turbofan wheels were another step in that direction. Perhaps capturing that nascent but incomple...

What Is SiriusXM with 360L? A Breakdown of the New Audio Platform

Satellite radio provider SiriusXM is upping its game with 360L, a new audio platform that focuses heavily on streaming content. The feature that first debuted on the 2019 Ram 1500 is now making its way to a variety of vehicles from many different automakers, and severs SiriusXM’s curated music channels from exclusive delivery via satellite signals. Keep reading to learn more about SiriusXM with 360L, and how much you can expect to pay. What Does Sirius XM with 360L Come With? The new SiriusXM 360L audio platform gives listeners access to more channels, including exclusive streaming channels. In fact, there are more than 10,000 hours of recorded on-demand content available, delivered via the same kind of internet data connection used by smartphones and such. Enhanced personalizat...

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