Last Call: High Flying Irony Edition

Rolls Royce
I find it interesting that the English company that once played so important a roll in defeating the Germans is now wholly owned by them.
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26 responses to “Last Call: High Flying Irony Edition”

  1. I_Borgward Avatar

    LeMons awaits! $200 to spare!
    The Corvette rear glass set on top just screams “serving suggestion”, doesn’t it?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Next month’s LeMons rally has a 300 point bonus for “bringing a Beetle-pan kit car.” Even though this one doesn’t seem to have much of its pan left, I imagine it would qualify.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Well in a post modern sense, Derrida or Foucault might well describe that the idea, meme, or memory of the ‘Beetle-pan’ is certainly present, although the actuality or physical prescence has certainly become, at least in a literal, or naive sense, very well deconstructed. One to perhaps run past a humanities proffessor?

        1. mdharrell Avatar

          I… um… sorry, what was that again? I was distracted by all those rocks visible thanks to the absent pan (or perhaps the present non-pan). Occupational hazard.

          1. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            That is the typical reaction of a ‘science type’ distracted by reality or their experience of what they might define as reality.
            It’s not the absence, or non-absence of absence of the pan or even the rocks, (for one has to define a rock), if indeed they are rocks or merely the accultural accumulation of what society might define what rocks are, that is in question. It is the question of wether the perceived reality of ‘Beetle-pans’ is a myth or not.
            I really must stop reading Zaha Hadid’s explanations of her work.

          2. mdharrell Avatar

            I’ll have you know that I devote several weeks of each academic quarter to defining what rocks are. I am of the opinion that the students love it.

          3. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            For love conquers all?

          4. mdharrell Avatar

            Four to five-ish. It’s a semiquantitative approach.

          5. Sjalabais Avatar

            Any “you rock”-signs among the chanting audience?

      2. njhoon Avatar

        The Index Of Effluency is strong with this one.

  2. JayP Avatar

    RR cars – yes.
    RR Defence – no.
    A better take is the Italian made Jeep.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      my cousins in England had a 5 that we used to ride around in when we’d visit them. i never quite understood why people like them. they’re fine, i guess, but nothing remarkable, and those sealed-beam headlights completely ruin the look.
      i do like the “le grille” sticker.

    2. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      What on earth are those hubcaps off?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        They’re one of the factory options, although frequently they feature a ring of paint.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          Just like on a Mercedes Benz!

          1. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            Batteries are heavy aren’t they?

          2. mdharrell Avatar

            There’s a running example of a Lectric Leopard a few miles from my place; I can always tell when the owners have removed the batteries for service.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      We’re on a camping vacation and after two days of heavy rain, we took a detour to my BIL’s house to dry up. His neighbour is pulling down an old building and among the treasures there we found old newspapers. The Renault ad is from 1974, my ’71 Volvo 145 cost 45000 NOK back then. A similar wagon would be ten times that today. The 20000 NOK in the ad should only be roughly 120k today according to inflation calculators though, a six-fold increase. That could only buy you the cheapest car in the market today, a wee tiny Mitsubishi. Also interesting to note the significant difference in price between Renault 4 and 5 (LeCar):
      Also note the aluminium-ish wheels on the ultra cheap Fiat van’s drawings. Ever seen those?

  3. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    just dropped like the better part of a grand on braking and suspension parts for my Volvo. this car had better drive like it’s brand goddamn new when i’m done.
    has anyone used those orange Koni STR.T shocks? supposedly they’re the equivalent of the yellows on full soft, which, i read on the reliable internet, is basically the only livable setting for daily use. at just over half the cost of the Sports i’m kinda hard-pressed to believe they’re as well-built, but $320 for decent shocks at all four corners was too good to pass up. who knows if i’ll still have the car in 50k miles anyway.

  4. mseoul Avatar

    Isn’t the aircraft engine (jet) division still separate and British owned?

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Yes. Almost the only successful British owned company actually making anything?

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        JCB are still doing alright; I’m waiting for them to branch out into SUVs

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          And join Bentley/Audi/Porsche.

        2. Guest Avatar

          Why wait for an SUV? JCB already makes the Fastrac, which seems sportier than your average Canyonero, if you believe the ad deparment:

          “JCB has been building the unique Fastrac since 1991. The result of 21 years of innovation, the current range is the most productive, most versatile, most comfortable and safest series of tractors on the market.

          The Fastrac is unique in offering full front and rear suspension for unparalleled ride, comfort and traction. External disc brakes offer excellent heat dissipation and far greater performance than the oil-immersed systems found on conventional tractors, while JCB tractors’ unique full chassis construction is designed for strength, stability and load carrying ability. Our centre-mounted cab reduces any jolts and helps to achieve near-50/50 weight distribution, making the operator more comfortable and more productive.

          The bottom line for you is a pure and simple performance advantage. Fastracs can travel smoothly and safely in the field and between fields – at up to 50 mph where laws allow.”