The Test Drive

Browse car sites in one place. Take your news for a spin.

Where Your Author Sells a Subaru During a Pandemic (Part I)

I last gave an update on the vehicles which occupy my drive back in February. At the time, the Volkswagen’s roof rattle issues had (finally) been corrected and I was all ready for a quick sale of my Subaru Outback. But said quick sale was interrupted by a few different issues, both local and global. […]

The post Where Your Author Sells a Subaru During a Pandemic (Part I) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, Not Actually Named Aerocoupe

Rare Rides previously examined a rare Grand Prix. It was from a Pepsi contest and separated from the coupe you see here by only three years. Today we consider the end of an era for Grand Prix, with the very special 2+2. Pontiac’s full-size V8 Grand Prix coupe debuted for the 1962 model year as […]

The post Rare Rides: The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, Not Actually Named Aerocoupe appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: A 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport Cabriolet – Ultimate Rarity Assured

Today’s Rare Ride is quite possibly the rarest Chevrolet Celebrity ever made. And it’s also, possibly, one of those cases where rare does not equal desirable. First things first: the car you see here was a very special aftermarket conversion, and was not produced by General Motors proper. Regular Celebrities were built in coupe, sedan, and wagon varieties, […]

The post Rare Rides: A 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport Cabriolet – Ultimate Rarity Assured appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: A Luxurious Lancia Aurelia From 1953

Rare Rides recently featured this car’s successor — the lovely Zagato-built Flaminia coupe from 1965. Today we’ll jump a decade prior and take a look at Lancia’s flagship offering from the Fifties. Introduced for 1950, Lancia’s Aurelia was an attempt to branch into a new segment for the brand. Though Lancia offered large family cars in the past, […]

The post Rare Rides: A Luxurious Lancia Aurelia From 1953 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The Very Rare 1982 Mazda 626 Two-door Sedan

Today’s Rare Ride is boxy, brown, and well-equipped. It’s an unpopular variant of a less-than-mainstream midsize car of the Eighties. And at 38 years old, it’s managed to escape the rusty fate to which most all of these succumbed long ago. Let’s check out the 1982 Mazda 626. Mazda’s first 626 carried the name Capella […]

The post Rare Rides: The Very Rare 1982 Mazda 626 Two-door Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story

Today’s Rare Ride is a seriously sporty evolution of Ferrari’s well-known 308 GTB. Built as a homologation special, the 288 GTO was one of the most exclusive vehicles Ferrari produced in the Eighties. It’s a car which became relevant to me this past weekend, when a rusty example was unearthed in my parents’ backyard. The […]

The post Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: A 1990 Oldsmobile Troféo – Last of Personal Luxury

Today’s Rare Ride is one of those last-of moments for a historical nameplate. For nearly 40 years, Toronado was the luxurious coupe flagship of the Oldsmobile brand. But changing consumer tastes and a thinning of the herd at General Motors meant that, by 1990, the Toronado name was not long for the world. Let’s talk […]

The post Rare Rides: A 1990 Oldsmobile Troféo – Last of Personal Luxury appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The Practical and Luxurious 1979 Mercury Zephyr Villager

Today’s Rare Ride comes from a time when the family wagon segment was alive and well and Ford was eager to use its brand new Fox platform on as many vehicles as possible. Presenting the wood-clad Mercury Zephyr Villager wagon, from 1979. The Zephyr name originated as a line of luxurious Lincoln vehicles in the […]

The post Rare Rides: The Practical and Luxurious 1979 Mercury Zephyr Villager appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The Unfortunate 1998 Infiniti Q45

We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on Infiniti lately, primarily due to the grim announcement that the brand will become “Nissan-plus” in the coming years. While the brand produced a few bright spots like the G35 and FX over its 30-year history, most of its products were duds. That got me thinking about one such dud […]

The post Rare Rides: The Unfortunate 1998 Infiniti Q45 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More

Rare Rides: The 2005 Ford Saleen Focus S121 – an Improved Hot Hatch

Most examples of the popular first-generation Focus lived life as appliances. Use and abused, they filtered to the used car lots during the late 2000s alongside brethren like the Mercury Cougar and Jaguar S-Type. However, a select few were spared from such an ignominious fate by performance tuner Saleen. The Californian company took some new […]

The post Rare Rides: The 2005 Ford Saleen Focus S121 – an Improved Hot Hatch appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Read More