Monthly Archives: March 2001

2001 Avanti: In the image of the past

by Paul Williams Nearly 40 years ago the Studebaker car company introduced its radical Avanti coupe to an unsuspecting public. The fiberglass car was unlike anything on American roads at the time. With its low-front and high tail, it anticipated … Continue reading

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Buying Safety

By Grant Yoxon Safety Sites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Transport Canada Road Safety Information Site Canadian Automobile Association both the 1999 Saab 9-5 and Honda Odyssey have rear seat adjustable shoulder belts including the … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: BMW Z3, 1996-2001

2001 BMW Z3 2.8, click image to enlarge Summer time is roadster time! So, here’s a rear-view look at a highly successful modern roadster, the BMW Z3. The Z3 broke new ground on many fronts for the revered Bavarian auto … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: Subaru Forester, 1998-2001

By Bob McHugh Given the enormous popularity of sport-utility vehicles it was bound to happen – Subaru, a leader in paved-road four-wheel-drive systems, brought out a vehicle that didn’t mind getting its wheels dirty. The year was 1998, and the … Continue reading

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Used Vehicle Review: VW New Beetle, 1998-2001

The New Beetle sparked the resurgence of VW in Canada and record sales numbers have been posted over its first four years.

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Motoring Memories: Kaiser Traveler – the first hatchback

1953 Kaiser Traveler. Photo: Bill Vance by Bill Vance When the hatchback body style began to appear on cars in quantity in the 1970s, its practicality made it very popular, especially in Europe. But like so many automotive features, it … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Triumph TR2

1953 Triumph TR2Photo: Bill Vance by Bill Vance The Triumph Cycle Co. Ltd., of Coventry, England, later the Triumph Motor Co. Ltd., a famous motorcycle builder, went into automobile manufacturing in 1923. The nameplate was relatively unknown in North America, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: Sunbeam Tiger

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark IPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Powering sporty English cars with big American engines has long been a favourite activity of genteel hot-rodders. Some examples are 1930’s Hudson-powered Brough Superiors and Railtons. After World War II, … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: The history of the station wagon

1948 Chevrolet “Woody” WagonPhoto: Bill Vance by Bill Vance Station wagon history goes back to the romantic era when the train was king. When it rolled majestically into the station, well- to-do passengers and their luggage had to be transported … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Painting your vehicle

by Jim Kerr The colour of your vehicle makes a statement about you, the owner. So does the quality of the paint. Stone chips and scratches not only make your vehicle look worn, but create a place for rust to … Continue reading

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Auto Tech: Vehicle Stability Control Systems

by Jim Kerr First, there was anti-lock braking. Then came traction control systems. Stability control is the third step in electronic systems that help us control our vehicles. Almost all automobile manufacturers offer a stability control system on select models. … Continue reading

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New source for old parts

by Iris Winston (editors note: This article is a follow-up to an earlier article – Out of stock – in which Iris Winston examined what happens when replacement parts for not so old cars are no longer available.) A new … Continue reading

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Motoring Memories: 1963 Rambler Classic

1963 Rambler ClassicPhoto: John Plow by Bill Vance One of the most attractive cars produced by American Motors Corporation, which was purchased by Chrysler Corp. in 1987, was the 1963 Rambler Classic. It was an appealing car that also had … Continue reading

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