It wasn’t a Rolls Royce, nor was it a 7-Series or even a Maybach. No, in my twelve-year-old mind, it was the Lincoln Town Car that signified power and mobility in 2000s New York City. Glancing at tinted rear windows of a Town Car perched on Madison Avenue, I envisioned stone-faced financiers in dark suits and trench coats, pushing the world economy along at the pace of a Blackberry wheel. Botox, mink coats, and vicious small dogs. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. “You’d always see Town Cars parked in long lines outside Manhattan restaurants like Docks or Sparks Steakhouse” recalls Andy Brooks, a former cable executive, in a phone interview. That’s the same Sparks where, in 1985, mob kingpin Paul Castellano was assassinated in his very own Lincoln Town Car. But steakhouse mafia hits weren’t a thing when I was growing up. Forget the peep shows and the murderers of the ‘80s, the Times Square of my childhood was giant M&M statues and Ruby … [Read more...] about When The Lincoln Town Car Ruled New York
Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was used formerly), an electric heater and an AM radio. Now among the classics, M20s — like this one — are often customized by people like Chip Fooski and Boydchik Codding . [Thanks to Mark for the tip.] New Old Car Remake: Pobeda [English Russia] Related:'This is a Tough Car for a Tough Guy.' Russian BRDM Gets Blinged [internal] Advertisement … [Read more...] about In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!
In recent years, various car washes in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley have joined forces with local food pop-ups to serve a new type of customer: hungry ones. In particular, these customers come for the hot chicken sandwiches that have enjoyed a spike in popularity in Los Angeles. The business idea is so simple I’m actually kind of mad I didn’t think of it first. Sure, many chicken sandwich shops take the traditional route and open up a physical restaurant, but others went for a more entrepreneurial route. They, according to this LAist story, inhabit car wash parking lots typically after the car wash closes. Advertisement The relationship is quite symbiotic, the outlet points out: Poultry peddlers get a visible, reasonably safe spot (with parking) to sell their wares. Car wash owners earn a little extra money from a space that would otherwise sit dormant at night. It’s a well worn path. Taquerias — like Leo’s Taco Truck at the corner … [Read more...] about San Fernando Valley Car Washes Have Been Taken Over By Hot Chicken Sandwiches
Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Chevy S10 is a border-spanning custom that could very well Italy has been an auto-producing nation for almost 120 years. The country’s first series-production car, the 1899 Fiat 4HP, may have Advertisement Out of that auspicious beginning,1993 Alfa Romeo 164 S we considered was representative of the last Alfa to be sold in the U.S. before the company went on a long hiatus here. The car was appealing in the way nicely maintained Alfas are, and at $5,200 it was seen as a decent value too, earning itself a solid 70 percent Nice Price win. As most of you are probably aware, an international incident occurred at this week’s NATO Summit in London. What happened was a gaggle of leaders from other nations, led by Canada’s hunky Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, were caught dissing Donald Trump, apparently le fetch’ happen! The problem for the U.S. with being in a spat with Canada is that we’re backyard Advertisement … [Read more...] about At $5,500 Canadian, Could You Find Common Ground With This Custom 1985 Chevy S10 Pickup?
No matter how attached you are to your car, there will probably come a time when you’ll need to sell it. Maybe you need an upgrade, or your old reliable ride isn’t so reliable anymore. At that point, you’re going to need to know how much your old car is worth. Here’s how to do that. — Dear Lifehacker, Advertisement Sincerely, Dear Shock, Figuring out how much your car is worth isn’t easy, but it all boils down to how much you can get someone to pay you for it. While every working vehicle has some level of intrinsic “value” (it can get you from one place to another, which is worth something to someone), how much is a negotiation between you and the buyer. If you can get someone to pay you $500,000 for your clunker, then it’s worth $500,000. (You won’t, but that’s how it works.) There are plenty of reasons you might need to find out the value of your car, even if you’re not selling it. If you total your car, … [Read more...] about How Can I Determine the Real Value of My Car?