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Looks Like Lincoln Will Bring Back Suicide Doors After All Looks Like Lincoln Will Bring Back Suicide Doors After All

I was just lamenting about how Lincoln has teased us with reverse-opening suicide doors on concept cars for years. Well, my pleas may actually be getting answered. Apparently the refreshed Lincoln Continental will, finally, gain the clapdoors it hasn’t had since 1969. This time they’re called “Coach Doors.”

Kurdistani News Report Turns Into Unplanned Toyota Ad, Embarrassment for Range Rover Kurdistani News Report Turns Into Unplanned Toyota Ad, Embarrassment for Range Rover

In case you’ve made a bet that Jalopnik has no readers in Kurdistan, get ready to lose, pal, because today a reader from Kurdistan named San emailed me. I believe he actually exists. I think this because he sent me a link to this tweeted video clip from the news channel Rudaw, which was showing a report about heavy…

Lincoln Teases Us With Suicide Doors Yet Again, Like They Always Do Lincoln Teases Us With Suicide Doors Yet Again, Like They Always Do

Lincoln has a very specific kink, and they love to tease us with it. The kink is the suicide door—specifically, rear suicide doors on a four-door car, in a configuration called “clapdoor” and made famous on the fourth-gen, 1961 to 1969 Lincoln Continental. It’s a great look, and while I would love to see a production…

You made it through the week, pals! Fantastic job. I have one more thing for you to do, though. Finish this sentence, please: “A Glas 1204 Roadster pulled up, driven by a woman in yellow, who pulled out a …”

There's Someone in South Africa Daily Driving a Crazy Rare Volkswagen Prototype Like It's No Big Deal There's Someone in South Africa Daily Driving a Crazy Rare Volkswagen Prototype Like It's No Big Deal

One of my favorite categories of not just cars, but objects in the known universe are little-known old Volkswagen prototypes. That’s why I’m always so delighted when I encounter one I wasn’t previously aware of. Last year, I found out about this amazing South African Beetle-based SUV prototype, and was amazed. Today,…

Someone Left a Human Heart on a Southwest Flight and No One Knows Who It Was For [Update: Heart Was Left By Courier]  Someone Left a Human Heart on a Southwest Flight and No One Knows Who It Was For [Update: Heart Was Left By Courier] 

I’m just going to spare you all of the “I left my heart...” jokes and let your own, capable brains fill those in yourself, because this story is just too damn weird to even waste time with that. A human heart was left aboard Southwest Airlines flight 3606 from Seattle to Dallas, when the heart was supposed to be…

Take a Look With Me at a Very Rare Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback

Yes, we have even more bits of video from that air-cooled Volkswagen gathering I joined this summer, so get ready for more radiator-free goodness. Today I want to improve the quality of your life ever so slightly by taking you with me on this quick walk-around of a Volkswagen that’s quite uncommon in America: The Type…

Volkswagen Restores Woman's Beloved Beetle She's Had For 52 Years Volkswagen Restores Woman's Beloved Beetle She's Had For 52 Years

If there’s been a silver lining to Volkswagen’s whole Dieselgate mess, its that since all that happened, the company has been working overtime to take our collective minds off that, and on to positive stories and experiences, many of which revolve around classic Volkswagens and their owners and the surrounding…

With Sedans Going Away, It May Be Time to Change the Default 'Car' Icon to Something Else With Sedans Going Away, It May Be Time to Change the Default 'Car' Icon to Something Else

It’s pretty well known now that sedans—the once-default, three-box design for a passenger car—are rapidly falling out of favor, especially in America. While the ratio of sedans on American roads is diluting every day, the iconic sedan shape is still the default icon for the generic idea of “car” on most official and…

Here's the 2020 Toyota Supra Face Before You're Supposed to See It Here's the 2020 Toyota Supra Face Before You're Supposed to See It

Despite all the teasing, and hinting from Toyota, we still have yet to see the brand-new, BMW-saturated, 2020 Toyota Supra underneath all that dazzle camouflage. A user named Supra93 on the SupraMKV forum has solved this problem for us, however, with the first un-camo’d picture of the face of the new Supra, caught…

Go Ahead and Laugh at Me Geeking Out at this Air-Cooled Volkswagen Gathering in Monterey

Our very overworked video team has finally gotten around to editing all the video taken this summer when I went on the big Airhead Treffen, a shared excuse for air-cooled Volkswagen owners all over to drive around and get together in one place and geek the fuck out over air-cooled VWs. That’s why you’ve been seeing…

Someone Understands the Importance of Using Just the Right Picture When Selling a Car Someone Understands the Importance of Using Just the Right Picture When Selling a Car

When you’re selling your car, there’s nothing wrong with picking—perhaps even curating—the pictures you use to best display the vehicle you’re selling. That’s what I like so much about this Facebook Marketplace ad from a guy selling his 1985 El Camino. Yes, the in main picture of the car it’s currently on fire, but…

Ten Automotive-Themed Street Drugs You Should Be Aware of That I Probably Made Up Ten Automotive-Themed Street Drugs You Should Be Aware of That I Probably Made Up

It’s a crazy world out there, and, as gearheads, we find ourselves on the streets more than most, since that’s the natural habitat of cars. The street is also where street drugs come from, so it only makes sense that a whole sub-category of street drugs would arise with the innocent and vulnerable car-lover in their…

I Know We've Been Dunking on the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD a Lot Here But Come On I Know We've Been Dunking on the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD a Lot Here But Come On

I’m not sure if I can remember the last time a new truck launch has given us so much fun. The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD has done it, though, with that perfect combination of baffling design and unhinged bravado. We thought the High Country edition would be a bit better, and I suppose it was. Until I looked at the…

The State of Indiana Doesn't Know What an MG Midget Is The State of Indiana Doesn't Know What an MG Midget Is

This is really, really sad, I think. A Jalopnik reader and Indiana resident named Cory is now the proud owner of an MG Midget he’s restoring, and wanted to get it titled and all the paperwork in order with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Unfortunately he ran into a little complication: the Indiana BMV seems to…

This 1911 Film Predicted the Dangers of Autonomous Vehicles, Like Dragging Cops and Dogs and Getting Stranded Inside of Saturn

I know we tend to think that robotically-driven cars are a very recent phenomenon, but the truth is that people have been imagining the consequences of AVs since the turn of the last century. In fact, there’s at least one film that addresses the issues head-on, Walter R. Booth’s 1911 film, The Automatic Motorist. All…

Watch a Soyuz Rocket Launch from Absurdly Close to the Launch Pad

I’ve attempted to watch rockets launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base a few times when I was in California, and the thing I remember most about it was just how far away the official viewing areas were. The rocket is a tiny spike in the distance, and it’s like that for many valid safety reasons. At the Baikonur…

The Antidote to Oversized, Angry Pickup Trucks Is on Craigslist and It's Tiny and Very Weird The Antidote to Oversized, Angry Pickup Trucks Is on Craigslist and It's Tiny and Very Weird

We’ve been talking a lot about the brutality and madness of modern truck design here this week, so when what is in many ways the polar opposite of such design pops up on Craigslist, I suppose it’s my duty to make you aware. So that’s what I’m doing. If you want the antimatter to modern truck design’s matter, here it is

Here's an Old Volkswagen Beetle with a Power-to-Weight Ratio Close to That of a Ferrari 458 Italia

Earlier this year, I went to the Airhead Parts Treffen, basically an excuse to gather up as many old air-cooled Volkswagens as possible and drive them around. We talked to some people about their cars along the way, like this proud owner of a genuinely bonkers 1957 Beetle that’s been heavily modified to be, oh, a bit…

I Didn't Realize These Kind of Vehicles Have a Specific Name I Didn't Realize These Kind of Vehicles Have a Specific Name

See that vehicle up there? It’s not a particularly common design, at least not here in America, but I think from the standpoint of utility, flexibility, usefulness, and general, overall adaptability, it may be one of the best vehicular designs ever penned by the hand of man. I love little half-van/half-truck…

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