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Car Talk’s Clunkers

Jun 12, 13 • by Craig Fitzgerald • Featured, Vintage Cars2 CommentsRead More »

Click and Clack LeadAt an undisclosed location yesterday, I had some time to grab some photos of Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s cars — otherwise known as Click and Clack from NPR’s Car Talk.

Ray’s Dodge Colt Vista was a regular feature on the show. Ray once called the four-wheel drive Dodge Colt Vista “a marvel of engineering.” He purchased it from a customer of his garage for $100.

Click and Clack Colt1

The Colt Vista was a badge engineered version of the Mitsubishi Chariot, which was also sold in Australia as the Mitsubishi Nimbus.

Click and Clack Colt2Before crossovers, and even before everybody drove SUVs, cars like the Dodge Colt Vista, the Honda Civic Wagon with RealTime4WD and the Toyota Corolla AWD and the Toyota Tercel AWD wagons were popular.

Click and Clack Colt4They offered seating for up to seven, with the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive. Like Ray’s, many of these wagons featured five-speed manual transmissions, from a time when people weren’t incapable of shifting gears themselves.

Click and Clack Colt3They were economical, fun little vehicles that served a lot of drivers very well over the years, until insidious rust found its way between the panels.

Click and Clack Colt5Tommy’s car is a lot more along the lines of what you might call a “classic,” a 1952 MG TD.

Click and Clack MG1It’s in fairly decent shape, and it has been known to run a few times. There’s a photo of it in action on Car Talk’s website.

Click and Clack MG2

I love the Massachusetts plate:

Click and Clack MG3

I also love how it seems to have leaked a profuse amount of gear oil on Ray’s car, which is stored right below it, awaiting a full restoration.

Click and Clack Colt7Poetic, in a way.



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2 Responses to Car Talk’s Clunkers

  1. Mary Cryan says:

    An AWD 4 door drip pan! Brilliant!

  2. Steve Strieter says:

    That’s not oil…it’s preservative. The British have never been properly honored for their brilliant design contribution to metal preservation, or its clever side-effect of keeping roads properly misted to keep the dust down.