Driven features interesing or unusual cars which are actually driven around instead of sitting in a garage or museum.


Fuck Crossin Over To Them (S10 Blazer)

Believe it or not but there used to be small trucks, with a frame and everything, like this S10 Blazer I spotted the other day.  Now, I understand that the ‘need’ isn’t really there anymore but I miss seeing them around.  pretty much everything out there now is based off of a family sedan, which seems odd for a ‘truck’.

Crossovers are basically cars that sit too high with a hatch and worse mileage.  I’m not saying to sell your Fusion Edge or Altima Murano to rush out and buy a beat up old S10, what I’m trying to say is that if you keep mindlessly buying this shit they will keep making it.  Maybe I’m too old, or out of the loop, or I just simply do not get it (or all three).  Do people buy them to sit up higher and feel more confident?  I drive a 4 door car that is neither lifted nor lowered, I can see traffic around me just fine and I’m willing to bet it would do just as well offroad.  I’m having a hard time seeing the benefits of a crossover vs a normal car.

So you want a car that kind of reminds you of sitting in a small truck?  Is it one of those too cool for school things? You don’t want to be seen in a mini van so you choose to drive a what is essentially a mini van without sliding doors hoping that no one will notice?  The world may never know.  Then again, why were people buying S10 blazers?  Who knows?   At least they were capable when they needed to be though.

You are the reason they don’t make wagons anymore, and I’ve been on a wagon kick lately.. asshole.
Oh yeah, the S10 Blazer.. I didn’t crawl under it to have a look at what’s doing under the hood.  I know that I sure wouldn’t want someone crawling under my car while I was in the store, so I can’t confirm that there’s a small block sitting under the hood.  However, It’s safe to assume that there is and has been one there for probably 15 years, 6 years after they bought those wheels.  This truck is so close to looking right, I hope they fix some of what they messed up in the (obviously) 90’s.

Driven: 1969 Chrysler Imperial Sedan

I must confess that I have a newfound affection for fuselage-era Chryslers. Something about the way they look just looks “right” to me. From the headlamps to the tip of the tailpipes, I think these cars are just pure design gold.

I spotted this 1969 Chrysler Imperial sedan at Cars and Coffee in Las Vegas. It was parked a few rows away from the other cars, humbly minding its own business. No one paid it much attention, but I was smitten.

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1978 Ford Granada ESS Coupe

When things got weird in the 70’s with gas prices and emissions laws this little guy came around. It was one of the more luxurious compact cars around with the intent of easing people who were used to large cars into smaller cars. These first generation (1975-1980) Ford Granadas were based on the 4 door Maverick (the second generation Granada went on to ride on the Fox platform like every other Ford). There were 4 engine options, two I6 models, a 302, or a 351 Windsor. I don’t know too much about these cars and I wasn’t able to track down the owner (not sure if they work at the smoke shop, Goodwill, Kmart, or the pizza place.. but let’s not judge) so who knows what is going on under the hood. I’m not even certain what year this car is but they did switch to square headlights for the 1978-1980 model years, so it falls somewhere in there. 

This car is the ESS (European Sport Sedan) model, even though it’s obviously a coupe. The ESS trim level is basically just a couple of blacked out body parts, some fancy wheels (not pictured), buckets seats, and possibly a heavy duty suspension setup.

I like that this car is daily driven, I see it all the time. I also like that it is not beat to piss or modified in any sort of ridiculous way, although that hood scoop is pretty atrocious. It makes me happy to see an old car being driven around fulfilling the simple duty of just being an old car.

In an interview with AAA president Obama mentioned that his very first car was a Granada:

“The Ford Granada was not the peak of Detroit engineering .. It rattled and it shook, and I don’t think the girls were particularly impressed when I came to pick them up in a Ford Granada .. But you know what? It moved and so I have fond memories of the fact that it got me to where I needed to go. That’s about all I can say about the Ford Granada.”

I don’t have much to add to that, he summed everything up nicely.

Driven: 1923-style Model T Ford pickup

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Welcome back to Driven, where we feature cool cars found in hotel parking lots that are actually driven! This time we feature something that’s common at car shows, but uncommon for cross-country transportation: A 1923-style Model T. This particular one is riddled with clues that leads me to believe that it’s recently been brought back from the dead. Continue reading

Driven: 1985 Z31 300ZX 2+2

Welcome back to Driven, where we feature cool cars found in hotel parking lots that are actually driven! Today we have a naturally aspirated 2+2 300zx. It has a beautiful interior, metallic brown paint and a manual transmission! Judging by the lack of a Datsun badge, 50th Anniversary Edition-styled steering wheel, Leather interior and steering wheel controls, we can decipher that this is more than likely a 1985 GLL-trim model.

The car you see here is powered by a SOHC 3.0L V6 that managed to make 160hp in it’s naturally aspirated form, according to Nissan. Not too shabby considering a 5.7L v8 nearly twice it’s size could barely manage similar numbers with exception to the brand-new L98 TPI mill for the 1985 model year.