Author Archives: Jonathan Bush

Subaru SVX: Polarizing Styling, Please

Subaru SVX

I’ve been considering returning to a two-door as my daily hack. Almost five years ago, my grumpy lower back immediately complained about installing our newborn son and his car seat into the rear compartment of my 1991 BMW 318is. A four-door was in order, and we soon found our rusty-but-trusty 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320. Now, said munchkin is able and (usually) willing to climb into his car seat by himself. The Benz is just fine for now, but it can’t hurt to consider a replacement that might need some work before being pressed into daily service. Continue reading

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1979-89 Aston Martin Lagonda: Insert Wedgy Joke Here

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I can’t really tell you why I love Aston Martin’s folded-paper land wedge. Maybe it goes back to a Road & Track magazine cover, either a regular monthly issue or one of their Exotic Car specials. Those issues appeared at a time when I was more interested in pictures than words, and I can tell you the pictures by themselves made no sense of this alien craft.

Maybe I saw one at Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut back when they were sort of new, or at the New York Auto Show. Couldn’t tell you. All these years later, however, the Lagonda is just as cool and weird and interesting to me. Just maybe not for the same reasons. Continue reading


Five Cars, Five Speeds (on average), Five Grand

Five For Five

I took ten minutes this morning to wade through the first 1,000 listings in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Craigslist mire of used vehicles using the following criteria:

  • Manual transmission
  • Private seller
  • Picture(s)
  • Maximum of $5000

Here are the Top 5 that caught my attention, for any number of reasons including but not limited to: the car itself; the car still exists here; the car seemed cheap; I was bored; I was intrigued. Ready? Go. Continue reading


Nissan R32 Skyline: Welcome Our Latest Immigrant Friends

R32 Skyline

There has recently been a decent amount of chatter surrounding Nissan’s R32 Skyline. And by “decent” I really mean “any” found outside of the Skyline-centric Internet temples. A darling of hardcore Nissan fans in general, and Godzilla fans in particular, to even knowledgeable enthusiasts the non-GT-R models were just generic – albeit kind of cool looking – Japanese-market coupes and sedans we couldn’t lay hands on while safely ensconced in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

But that’s about to change. Continue reading


Lexus IS300: More Than Just Another BMW

IS300

Quick! Name a decent-handling, rear-wheel drive, four-door sedan with an inline-six engine and a proper three-pedal 5-speed manual transmission. Nope. Not that. Care to guess again? Continue reading


1985 BMW 323i Baur Top Cabriolet: No Sleep ‘Til Hopkins

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“Foot on the pedal, never ever false metal.
Engine running hotter than a boiling kettle.”

The wisdom of driving a 30-year-old BMW across some of the more desolate areas of America first came into question as we watched Sparks, Nevada fade from the rearview mirror, casually but rhythmically vibrating in time with the four bent wheels. Continue reading