Author Archives: Jonathan Bush

CHOTW: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL

Here at Totally That Stupid, we are huge fans of cheap convertibles. There are few better conveyances than a fun, inexpensive car with no roof throughout all four seasons, just as long as there isn’t liquid water falling from the sky.

From our individual Days One to high school and those weird years we called our 20s and 30s through literally today, the convertible bugs we carry with us – having bitten early and hard – were allowed plenty of time to germinate and flourish. It’s like a really friendly tapeworm, but with fresh air and a clutch. Continue reading


CHOTW: 1991 Plymouth Laser RS

Hot compacts of the 1980s and 90s, in both hatchback and coupe formats, were automotive life staples when your servants at Totally That Stupid were growing up. The fastest versions of the Honda Prelude, Acura Integra, Toyota Celica, and many others got all the attention – and the buff-book review accolades – for good reasons: They were quick, light, handled well, and were usually quite affordable, at least in hindsight. Continue reading


CHOTW: 1987 Cadillac Allante

Where does one land when combining a long history of Italian flare with good ol’ American engineering? Sometimes you’ll land on a masterpiece like the De Tomaso Mangusta or Bizzarrini Strada. Occasionally you conjure up a gem like the Nash-Healey. Even more rare are the shockingly beautiful mid-20th-century concepts from Chrysler and Ghia.

In other, stranger times like the go-go-let’s-get-some-blow 1980s, you come up with the Cadillac Allante. Continue reading


CHOTW: 1997 Toyota Camry V6

Welcome to the first installment of Cheap Heap of the Week!

We’ve long maintained that once you purchase a Toyota Camry, you’ve basically announced to the world that, automotively speaking, you’ve given up. Based on the one and only image associated with this ad, the same is true when you go to sell it.

But first, we need a bit of transparency on this post. First, it goes against our core tenant of only featuring ads that include decent photography. Second, this car doesn’t technically run. But it’s really close, and was running well enough before the… well, you’ll just have to keep reading.

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New Feature: Cheap Heap of the Week

Here at Totally That Stupid, we continue to lament the death of the cheap, fun car. Why is everything so expensive? Why do these Generation-X’ers – a group we proudly identify with – keep driving up the prices for the cars we either drove or coveted in our youth? Why are you on my lawn and where is my comfy chair?

Then it occurred to us we should probably define what cheap was, what cheap means now, and how that translates into our current automotive environment. Continue reading


The XCOR Aerospace Trunnel

Every now and then a vehicle comes out of the woodwork that is so interesting, so different, your humble narrator feels the need to surface and poke some words into a keyboard.

These days that vehicle has to be genuinely out there. It’s not going to be a Webasto-roofed youngtimer Mercedes-Benz with a random-colored velour interior, or an engine-swapped BMW using one-off pieces milled from solid unobtanium, or another something interesting I’d consider buying but ultimately decide was just too much effort.

About that last bit: I absolutely would not buy the Ford you see here. I have no room for it, we’re hoarding cash, and while I haven’t looked at it in a while – plus the fact at least half is written in Hebrew – I’m guessing there are clauses in my marriage contract about these sorts of things.

But you, dear reader, should dip into your own cookie jar of adventure without hesitation and snap up this, the one and only Trunnel.

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