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Ducktails, Whoo-hoo!

There is something undeniably sexy about a 911 ducktail from 1973 and ‘74. Also, we can probably agree that we pretty much all love the speed and precision of the more modern Porsches as the company has continued to push the boundaries of what we thought was possible in a small, street-legal sports car. Very [...]

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Saturday Sideshow

During the 1980s and 1990s in the Bay Area of San Francisco, car sideshows became a popular impromptu form of local car show that stemmed from traditional cruising culture. Based primarily around Oakland car culture and skewing heavily African American, sideshows have often been the target of various law enforcement actions since their inception and [...]

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Vette This

We talk a lot at CocoMats about how the past intersects with the present and the future. So much of our clientele is the classic car crowd, but we also spend a great deal of time focusing on current vehicles and looking ahead to future trends. With that broad perspective, we try and stay aware [...]

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Stinger Missile

For the second time in just over a month, I find myself really excited about a car to which I previously wouldn’t have given a second thought. The Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition was a really cool bit of marketing wrapped around a really interesting, performance-oriented wagon/small SUV. But the 2019 Kia Stinger is a [...]

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The Little Honda That Could

Recently, I’ve been interested in outrageous engine swaps. I have this super-secret dream of taking a sixth- or seventh-generation Civic coupe and cramming a Honda J35 from an Acura RL or a J37 from a Pilot or Odyssey under the hood. I would marry that to an all-wheel-drive conversion kit to create a Franken-Civic that [...]

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We try to stick to classic cars, sports cars, and exotic vehicles here, but every now and again, there is something really out of the ordinary that catches our eye.Hyundai isn’t typically the stuff of car blog gushing, and neither are small SUVs that aren’t called Porsche, BMW, or Audi. However, with Avengers fever in [...]

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The Magic Bus

We all know and love the classic VW Type 2. It’s impossible not to. The “Bay,” combie, minibus, hippie van, or whatever you want to call it is one of the most enduring and iconic cars ever built. Its versatility, comfort, utility, and mod-ability are only a few of the things that still draw people [...]

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

I try to visit Barn Finds and Bring-a-Trailer every few days just to check for any wild inspiration or really unique nuggets that would tempt me to open my wallet. So far, I haven’t found that perfect combination of performance, uniqueness, and budget, but I did find something today that absolutely sparked my interest and [...]

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The Chrysler Story

April is absolutely packed full of interesting automotive firsts and fun facts that deserve their share of attention, including the birth of the Gremlin, which we touched on last week, as well as the birth of Walter Chrysler, the death of Karl Benz, and the birth of one of the first motorized vehicles by Gottlieb [...]

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April Fool’s Day - It’s No Joke!

In the quest for the perfect April 1 post, I discovered this incredible-but-true nugget of automotive nostalgia: on April 1, 1970, AMC released what was perhaps the greatest April Fool’s joke in car history, the AMC Gremlin.Originally conceived of as a shortened, economy version of the Javelin, the Gremlin concept was originally called the AMC-GT [...]

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