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Rare Rides: The Most Excellent 1992 Oldsmobile Bravada

Today’s Rare Ride represents a landmark for the Oldsmobile brand and a somewhat unsuccessful luxury badge experiment for General Motors. Let’s check out the rarely seen first-generation Oldsmobile Bravada. Rare Rides featured a Bravada way back in 2017 when this series was a spring chicken. But that Indianapolis 500 pace car was far removed from […]

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Rare Rides: A 1999 Dodge Durango Shelby SP-360, a Subtle Family SUV

Rare Rides has featured a few examples of Dodge vehicles which were breathed upon by the legendary Carroll Shelby. We add another entry to the file today, with the largest and most powerful Shelby featured here to date. It’s a Durango Shelby SP-360 from 1999. The Durango was the family-friendly and seven-passenger alternative to Jeep’s […]

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Rare Rides: The 1994 MG RV8 – Small Roadster, Big Engine

Today’s Rare Ride combines a traditional roadster design from the Sixties with updates from the Nineties, and uses an engine from somewhere in between. Let’s learn more about a hodgepodge which is the very limited production MG RV8. To understand today’s subject, we’ll take a quick stroll back to 1962. Said year saw the introduction […]

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Rare Rides: The 1993 Cizeta V16T, it’s not a Diablo

Today’s Rare Ride is one of those stand-out vehicles which had little (if any) real competition. Ten lamps up front, two seats in the middle, and 16 cylinders at the back. It’s a wonder it doesn’t take off in flight. Cizeta time. Let’s cover some company history first. Founded in 1988, Cizeta Automobili was headquartered in Modena, […]

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Rare Rides: A 1986 Dodge Ramcharger, All Kinds of Awesome

Dodge fielded a full-size, truck-based SUV for many years and called it Ramcharger. Eventually for Some Good Reasons, ChryCo abandoned the segment and let Ford and General Motors rake in the dough instead. Today we check out a beautiful truck from the later period of the Ramcharger’s run. Hope you really like brown. The Ramcharger […]

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Rare Rides: The Singular 1989 Mercury Sable Convertible

Today we head deep into the purest sort of Rare Ride: A vehicle which exists as a singularity, a one-off. It’s a two-door convertible version of the first-generation Mercury Sable. The lightbar will guide our way. Taurus and Sable were a big risk for Ford when it introduced its new midsize twins for the 1986 […]

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Rare Rides: A Pristine 1996 Oldsmobile LSS Guarantees Sports Luxury Enjoyment

An oft-overlooked offering in Oldsmobile’s product catalog, the LSS was available for a few short years as the Rocket brand headed toward closure. Comfort and sporty driving appeal awaited its customers then, and still awaits you today. Come along as we learn about this very beige supercharged sedan. The Oldsmobile Eighty Eight entered its 10th […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Moderately Luxurious American Coupes From 1976

It’s been a while since Buy/Drive/Burn covered a trio from the Seventies; December 2019, in fact. But today we return to that decade of automotive change with (almost) everybody’s favorite topic: personal luxury coupes. Let’s sort out which of these PLCs was worth taking home in ’76. Dodge Charger  Dodge’s Charger nameplate debuted for the 1966 […]

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Rare Rides: The 1988 Chrysler Conquest – an American Sports Coupe

Quick badge swaps between Chrysler and Mitsubishi were common throughout the Eighties. Mostly a one-way affair, Chrysler rebranded Mitsubishi products as Colts, Plymouths, and Dodges. These captive imports generated revenue via Chrysler’s brand recognition while cheaply filling gaps in the domestic company’s lineup. Today marks our first Chrysler-branded Mitsubishi, and it’s certainly the sportiest rebadge […]

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Rare Rides: A 1986 Pontiac 1000 – Preserved Performance

The Rare Rides series has previously featured many Pontiacs, and today’s hatchback is our ninth to wear the Red Arrow badge. It’s also the smallest Pontiac we’ve ever featured. It’s not a Chevette, but it is the Chevette’s sporty Driving Excitement cousin! By the mid-Seventies, it was time for General Motors to shake up its […]

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