Monthly Archives: March 2000

Used Vehicle Review: Jeep TJ, 1997-2000

1997 Jeep TJ Sport (US ‘Wrangler’ model)Click image to enlarge Although nobody is quite certain how the name ‘Jeep’ came about, it’s definitely linked to the origins of the TJ. Most likely it’s a distortion of the US army’s ‘GP’ … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Mazda MX-3 Precidia, 1992-1996

1995 Mazda MX-3 PrecidiaClick image to enlarge The Mazda MX-3 Precidia may not be the original pocket-rocket, but you have to admit that its flying wedge design is distinctive and appealing (well I think so!). Its inaugural model-year in Canada … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Dodge Roadster

1950 dodge Sportabout RoadsterPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Nineteen-forty-nine was very important for our Big Three, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. It was the year in which they brought out their all-new, post-Second World War models, and each took … Continue reading

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Car gifts and gifts for car lovers

by Paul Williams With Christmas just around the corner, an automotive gift is high on the list for many people. Car buffs live in hope that this year, someone will recognize their passion and get them something other than a … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Terraplane

1934 Terraplane convertible coupePhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance The Terraplane was a product of Hudson Motor Car Co., which was founded in Detroit in 1909 by department store magnate J.L. Hudson. The company soon established a reputation for good, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Stanley and the steam-powered automobiles

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The Internet promises one-stop shopping, but you still need to buy smart

by Grant Yoxon When Kevin and Karen Looby leased a Chrysler van in January, they turned to a purchasing service called Auto-By-Tel to help them find the vehicle they wanted. Auto-By-Tel is the best known of a growing number of … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Russell: a truly native Canadian car

1911 Russell KnightPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Canada has produced few home-grown vehicles. Most were foreign, usually American, designs. The Russell was an exception because it was designed and manufactured in Toronto, a truly native Canadian car. There was … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Pontiac GTO – first of the muscle cars

1964 Pontiac GTOPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Pontiac was not known as an exciting nameplate during the 1940s and ’50s. Side-valve six and straight-eight engines provided adequate, if uninspired, performance. All of that was to change near the end … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Packard Caribbean

1954 Packard CaribbeanPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance In the first third of the century, Packard was one of the grand automobiles names. From the beginning, when the Packard brothers, J.W. and W.D. of Warren, Ohio, built their first single-cylinder … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: MG TD

1953 MG TDPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance The English MG name dates back to the early 1920s when Cecil Kimber, manager and race driver with Morris Garages, manufacturers of Morrises, modified a “bull-nosed” Morris and called it an MG, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: 1939 Mercury

1939 Mercury SedanPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Ford Motor Co. brought out the Mercury as a 1939 model, and it was quite a departure for Ford. Henry Ford (the first) had virtually “owned” the domestic automobile market for many … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Marmon

1932 Marmon V-16Photo: Bill VanceClick image to enlarge by Bill Vance Marmon was one of the finest names in automotive history. Its accomplishments included winning the first Indianapolis 500-mile race, and a fabulous aluminum V-16 engine in the early 1930s. … Continue reading

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