1988 Toyota Van. Clinton Hill.
Oh, for the days when Japanese cars were more, well, Japanese.
The Toyota Van must be the automotive equivalent of those bags of Kasugai Gummy Candy promising “admiring feelings of a graceful lady” or “colors of the cheeks of a snow-country child”.
It would seem this UFO, which was also known as Space Cruiser, VanWagon, Wonderwagon, or MasterAce, was rushed to market in the U.S. in response to the runaway success of Chrysler’s minivans, but according to Wikipedia, it landed in Toyota showrooms around the same time.
1978 Peugeot 504.
This comically rusty 504 is a rolling metaphor for practically everything: the withdrawal of French automakers from North America, the ever-diminishing importance of France on the world stage, the never-ending European banking crisis, America’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, the squeeze of the middle-class, climate change, the rise of China – you name it.
It is also totally awesome.
1972 International Harvester Scout II Rallye.
“scout (skout), n. 1. a soldier, warship, airplane, or the like, employed in reconnoitering. 2. a person sent out to obtain information. 3. Sports. a. a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams. b. a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment. 4. the act or an instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc. 5. a Boy Scout or Girl Scout. 6. Informal. a fellow: He’s a good scout. 7. a man acting as a servant to a student at Oxford University. 8. (cap.) Rocketry. a four-stage missile for launching small satellites —v.i. 9. to act as a scout; reconnoiter. —v.t. 10. to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information; reconnoiter: to scout the enemies defenses. 11. Informal. a. to seek; search for (usually fol. by out or up): He’s scouting up a date for Friday night. b. to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read. [ME scoute < OF (e)scoute, back formation from escolter, ascolter (now écouter to listen) < LL ascultāre, var. of L auscultāre to ascultate]
scout (skout) v.t., v.i., to reject with scorn; flout. [< Scand; cf. Icel skūta to scold]
—Syn. disdain, contemn, despise, scorn.”
(Random House Dictionary of the English Language )