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When Crazy Cars Gain Cult Status

September 7th, 2012

AMC Pacer

It’s hard to believe that Wayne’s World came out 20 years ago. That movie defined a generation and cemented the phrase “Party on” into pop culture. Teens in the ’90s ate up the Mike Meyers/Dana Carvey comedy, and today the movie could be regarded as a cult classic.

Oddly enough, the film featured a once-laughable car and turned it into a cult favorite in its own right: the AMC Pacer.

Remember the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene in the old Pacer? Truly a moment of cinematic history.

The Pacer is just one example of cars, some with less-than-glorious-pasts, that have achieved the level of cult favorite. Keep reading for more, and feel free to add any car you think I’ve missed. I know there are plenty.

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New Volkswagen T2 Microbus Headed for Europe… and the States?

November 14th, 2011

Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus

In certain crowds, mention of the Volkswagen Type 2 results in fond memories of a wild, but lost, youth.

To others, dropping “Type 2″ in casual conversation results in nothing but blank stares. Call it a VW Microbus, though, and people know in an instant exactly what you’re talking about. Whatever it’s known as, there’s no denying VW created an icon that played a part in defining an entire generation in the 1960s.

Introduced in 1950, the panel van was Volkswagen’s second model. (Thus Type 2. The Beetle, of course, was Type 1.)

Although the Microbus hasn’t been available in the U.S. in decades, it never has ended production. That’s right, in some places, it’s still possible to take home a brand-new VW Type 2. Could it re-enter the U.S. market?

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