Category Archives: Fascination of the Boring

1990 Toyota Camry

I haven’t seen this 1990 Camry in something like a year, and the damn thing hasn’t moved an inch from the corner of 31st and Madison Avenue. I don’t know who owns this brown Toyota, cloth seats, automatic and all. … Continue reading

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Autofrei Verlag: From Nightclubs to Retirement Homes

If I’m going to spend my day reading up on the inane and somewhat trivial development of Scion from a much-touted youth brand to a car bought principally by the elderly, why not get published? Moreover, if I spend my … Continue reading

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Ways to Lose Money: the 1994-1997 Toyota Tercel

I don’t know what screws I have loose, but I can’t help but find these mid-’90s Tercels handsome. They represent the last of the line for Tercels in America, and these pre-1998-facelift coupes strike me as somehow gorgeous. 

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Fascination of the Boring: 1989 Mazda 626

It often seems to me that the more boring a car is, the better it serves as a gauge of the trends of its time in terms of automotive perception, use, and design. By the same token, the more unusual … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1989-1990 Geo Prizm GSi

One reason why I never fell for E-Type Jags was that it seemed ignorant to praise how beautiful they are. The E-Type was never wanting for admirers, and I felt a bit scorned that so much attention went to the … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1983-1989 Toyota Van

Also known as the MasterAce, the Passenger Van, and advertised for its last two years as a Wonderwagon, the 1980s Toyota Van is a fascinating vehicle. 

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Fascination of the Boring: 1980-1981 Datsun 510

Old cars are secretive; they hide away the veneer they had when new, stowing away their identity under ever deeper layers of paint, distorting their complexion with dings and dents, even erasing their own history in rust. All the rust and the … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1989 and 1990 Toyota Camrys

A lot of the discourse on automobiles -their individual characteristics, their histories- uses nation-states as an analytical lens. There are a variety of reasons for the prevalence of interpreting cars with regards to their countries of origin.

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Fascination of the Boring: 1985 Toyota Camry, pt.3

In the earlier installments of this series on the first-generation Camry, Autofrei looked at how this mid-’80s family car fits into the world of 2011 in Part 1 and in Part 2 Autofrei viewed the Camry within its own historical … Continue reading

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Fascination of the Boring: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500

One thing that I love about cars that were boring when they were new is that the harder the stylists worked to remove any individuality of the design, the easier it is to spot the general look of the times … Continue reading

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