Too cool for school

Spotted this guy on the way to Subway. He was so hip, that I felt infinitely uncool to the point that I somehow became more ironically hip than him, which caused reality to collapse into a singularity. Welcome to the next dimension.

Playboy Shitty

Come on, Playboy City? Are you fucking kidding me? I was embarrassed even taking pictures of this thing. I was afraid that someone would see me with my camera out and think I was taking pictures of it because I thought it was cool. I couldn’t get a good picture but he had a bunch of playboy bullshit inside the car too. I probably could have spent a little more time and got a decent shot, but like I mentioned earlier, I really just didn’t want to been seen near the car, or associated with it in any way. I’m also pretty sure it’s a v6. You never see GTs with the rocker stripes or that hood, and look at the way the exhaust points down under the cutouts in the bumper. A GT would have had the tips coming out straight. Usually when you see v6s with dual exhaust they kind of point them down so they clear the v6 bumper, which makes me think he got his exhaust before he got his body kit. I’m not sure why that’s important, it’s just observation I guess.

I also thought it was kind of funny that the car was parked in a parking lot shared by an LA Fitness, a sports therapy place, a waxing place, and a tanning place in the middle of the day on a weekday. This truly is, the car for its time and place. He fits right in there.

1908 Baker Electric Car

As gas prices continue to fluctuate, many drivers are seeking more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly vehicles. The Nissan Leaf is unique among modern alt-fuel vehicles because it is a purely battery-powered vehicle that does not include a gas engine at all – unlike its competitors from Toyota and Chevrolet.

A pure electric-powered car may seem like a novel approach to getting better fuel economy, however the idea is anything but new. Continue reading

Kaiser Manhattan 2-Door Sedan

I spotted this gorgeous Kaiser Manhattan 2-door sedan at a church car show in Glendale, Arizona in 2009. Kaisers were produced after World War II and are notable for being the first production passenger cars to offer supercharging (beginning in 1954).  Kaiser and Willys-Overland merged in 1953 and stopped making passenger cars in 1955.

As you can see, the deep cherry color of this car is very vibrant even in this crappy cell phone picture I took. If you look closely, you can see the ghost flames on the car’s front fenders.

From this angle, we have a few more clues that this Manhattan isn’t exactly stock. The wide rear tires and monster tach on the dash indicate that this car may have undergone a performance rebuild. I wish I had more details about it, but sadly I do not.

Bonus: The gold colored car in the background of the first picture is a Frazer Vagabond, a sister marque of Kaiser.

Zap Xebra 3 Wheel Electric Vehicle

Because of its black and white stripe pattern, the zebra is one of nature’s most recognizable animals. Along those same lines, the Zap Xebra is a very recognizable car. Can you guess why?

No, it’s not an optical illusion. This is a 3-wheeled passenger car with the single wheel in front. But wait, it gets better! The Zap Xebra is an all-electric car manufactured in China! You can imagine my complete and utter surprise when I spotted this one silently humming around in Glendale, Arizona.

With a price of just $12,000 brand new, Zap had the market cornered on affordability (and unusual looks). However, at that price point there must have been some compromises in quality. According to several websites I found, some of the cars were made of fiberglass while others were made of steel. None of them ever came with airbags.

The range is an estimated 40 miles at 40 mph, so it can’t go on the highway. The driver must have been pretty close to home at the time I spotted him.

These cars were only produced from 2006 to 2009. I wasn’t able to get a photo of the front, but it has this crazy third headlight in the center that gives the car a very “mouse-like” appearance. Whether you like it or hate it, this is definitely not a car you see every day!

The Easter Rapist

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You know this is probably transportation for the happiest family in the world. I’m more inclined to believe some fanatic of both John Wayne Gacy and Donnie Darko drives this around. Even if the person behind the wheel isn’t some horror movie waiting to happen, the vehicle is certainly a real-life nightmare. The scariest part is that they were really hauling ass. I had to work to get these two shots.