Rust in peace: Ran When Parked visits Salt Lake City’s self-service junkyards
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Rust in peace: Ran When Parked visits Salt Lake City’s self-service junkyards

Join us as we wander around three of Salt Lake’s largest self-service junkyards. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Snow (part two)
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Topical advertising: Snow (part two)

It’s officially winter time in the northern hemisphere. Ski stations are gearing up for their busiest seasons, holiday preparations are in full swing and annoyed commuters are getting ready to fire up the snow blower. What vintage car would you most like to take on a trip to the mountains? What one would you trust … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits the American southwest
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Ran When Parked visits the American southwest

We recently took advantage of a work trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to re-discover the American southwest. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. Continue reading

Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars
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Topical advertising: Rear-engined cars

Rear-engined cars were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s because installing the engine behind the rear axle freed up a generous amount of space inside the cabin. This space often came at the expense of cargo capacity and handling, and rear-mounted engines were quickly phased out once automakers started toying around with front-mounted engines … Continue reading

A collection of vintage dealer stickers
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A collection of vintage dealer stickers

Memorabilia from car dealerships often reveals fascinating facts about automotive history. Take stickers on the back of cars, for example. Not only are they essentially tamper-proof seals that help decipher a car’s origins, they are reminders of days gone by that often display logos of brands that have been dead for decades. Sometimes the address … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Convertibles
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Topical advertising: Convertibles

Spring has arrived throughout most of the northern hemisphere, which means it’s time to stash away your winter beater and pull out the nice-weather car you’ve been keeping under a tarp in your garage for months. What better way to enjoy the mild weather than with a convertible? Continue reading

Topical advertising: In the city
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Topical advertising: In the city

Spine-chilling traffic, potholes, pedestrians, buses and numerous lights are just some of the nuisances generally associated with crowded cities.  We even have a theory that driving in big cities is comparable to how a dog ages: Every mile driven in a city puts seven miles’ worth of wear and tear on a car. That being … Continue reading

A look at the 1966 Chevrolet Electrovair II concept [Video]
1960s / American / Chevrolet / Electric / Video

A look at the 1966 Chevrolet Electrovair II concept [Video]

General Motors designed and built a battery-powered Corvair in 1964. Largely experimental, the Electrovair was based on the four-door model but it reportedly had its rear doors welded shut in order to increase structural rigidity. Although the project had many shortcomings, engineers continued to develop the technology after the car was presented. Continue reading