Category Archives: Fascination of the Boring
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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