Mystery Car

Since my fellow Hoons can guess an 88 New Yorker from a crayon sketch—this is all you get.

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57 responses to “Mystery Car”

  1. Kris Avatar

    Jag XKE.

      1. dwegmull Avatar

        <img src="; width="500">
        And it's the wrong number of louvers…

  2. vwminispeedster Avatar

    Something from Chaparral?

  3. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    Could be a MORGAN.

    1. facelvega Avatar

      Morgan slants its vents back.

  4. Tony Avatar

    I'm having trouble finding confirmation, but I think it might be an Toyota MR2.

    1. Thrashy Avatar

      The 1g engine cover is proving difficult to Google for me as well, but as far as I can tell the vents on it are punched in rather than out. Otherwise it could be a dead ringer.

  5. Feds_II Avatar

    These are ridiculously familiar looking… But not a VW type 3, not a Corvair/van/wagon… I'm at a loss

    1. Syrax Avatar

      I also went straight to Type 3 Squareback. No idea…

    2. B72 Avatar

      They look almost type 1 bus, but the proportions are off.
      <img src=";,width=500>
      image from flickr

  6. smokyburnout Avatar

    Clearly an NSX.
    <img src="; width="600"/>
    IMG from

    1. muthalovin Avatar


    2. Deartháir Avatar

      We have a winner!
      Wait, let's check with the judges… hmm? Mmmhmm… yup… uh huh…
      Yeah, NO.

  7. muthalovin Avatar

    It's not a Jeep, is it?

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Damn. And no.

      1. muthalovin Avatar


  8. B72 Avatar

    <img src="; ,width="500/">
    Hmm. maybe not.

    1. citroen67 Avatar

      Same number of louvers, damn close to the same color. I so wanted to be that!

  9. sidecar57 Avatar


  10. ptschett Avatar

    Since I'm stumped, instead I'll offer my projection of the future of Mystery Car…
    <img src="; width="500">
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    [HINT: all of these photos were taken in the Minneapolis Convention Center]

    1. Lotte Avatar

      I'll give it a shot; the first is the current smiley-face Mazda 3 (possibly a Speed3 'cuz it's red), 3rd one is the hood of a 370z, but the second one is not the side of a 2011 Mustang. Hmm…

      1. ptschett Avatar

        #1 is indeed a Speed 3. The color is important in #2. #3 is a hood and the only 2011 of the bunch, but it's only about half the car that a 370Z is.

        1. IronBallsMcG Avatar

          I knew it! 185M!

        2. ptschett Avatar

          Lotte was almost right about #2, but it isn't a Ford or Ford-related.
          I was a little bit off about #3 being half a 370Z; however, half, plus the number of the Mile Road adjacent to its factory, and then minus one will get you the number of this car.

          1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
            mr. mzs zsm msz esq

            The 200? Do they come in green? I don't think so, but there are two silver or primer spots on that picture in the door sill so maybe it's green for a reason, like some hybrid or something.

          2. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
            mr. mzs zsm msz esq

            Never mind, I'm a moron, #3 is the Chrysler 200 hood.

          3. ptschett Avatar

            Yep, #3 is a Chrysler 200 (the green car is a Camaro.)

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      #2 is a Camaro
      #3 is either a Buick or BMW

      1. ptschett Avatar

        #2's the “synergy green” Camaro V6 option from last year.

  11. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Why, John, you old stick-in-the-mud.
    That's clearly a heat register!

  12. rvorel Avatar

    VW Squareback

  13. jeepjunkie Avatar

    Now, Now,
    Surely not everyone could miss this one. It is as easy as riding a bike.
    It is the air intake system for a 1926 OIASASON, model 130r9ffnnv.
    Left side of center taken from a 38.6 degree angle with a partly cloudy sky with the sun in the lower right quadrant of the sky.
    It was a Monday afternoon with rain forcast for the evening.
    The vehicle was moved five times to get the correct angle so as to stump each and every reader.
    FuzzyPlushroom seems to be the closest. A/C intake vent from the Taj Mahal. Beachside, Omond Beach FLA

    1. Lotte Avatar

      Har-har! You made me search that…"B-but, Google says the Oiasason isn't a car!…wait…"
      It's either a Morning-Qualifying-worthy Grand Prix racer, vintage F1, or a bus. I dunno.

  14. ptschett Avatar

    Maybe we're overthinking this…
    Falcon Club Wagon?

  15. Alff Avatar

    At first I thought it was something from Local Motors but then I realized that's a louver, not a Fighter.

    1. zaddikim Avatar

      Ugh. I shouldn't be jealous, but I am.
      Damn you.

  16. moominsean Avatar

    yeah looks very vw to me! type 3?

  17. facelvega Avatar

    Ah for a second I thought it was a trick question and that it was really an 88 Chrysler New Yorker again, but the normal New Yorker had no louvers in 88, and the Fifth Avenue had 12 long vents and not 11 short ones.

  18. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    It makes me so happy that you're all stumped. I was just going to have to post a picture of a bolt and make you guess where it was from.

    1. citroen67 Avatar

      In all fairness, we have yet to hear from Mike the Dog or Tonyola. If neither of them know what it is, then we have truly reached maximum stumpage.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        I'm flattered that my abilities are held in high esteem, but this one beats the shit out of me.

      2. muthalovin Avatar

        Usually those guys play like Ken Jennings, and don't buzz in if they don't know the answer. But who knows, maybe they started Memorial Day vacation early.

  19. Manic_King Avatar

    I was quite sure I got right answer but damn, it's not:
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  20. B72 Avatar

    These things are sold as patch panels:
    <img src="; ,width="500/">
    Image from page
    If the apparent difference in width is due to perspective, and the car in question is a custom, it could be anything.

  21. SSurfer321 Avatar

    1973 Dodge Charger
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    posted with hopes to be awarded win due to judges distraction
    IMG found at DiecastHub Forum

  22. Alff Avatar

    MGB V8

  23. Stumack Avatar

    Good grief! 17 hours? Does NOBODY read that "other" site.?

    1. facelvega Avatar

      Okay I looked there, didn't see the answer, now I feel dirty. Thanks a lot.

      1. Stumack Avatar

        Wash up and look harder.

    2. B72 Avatar

      Sure enough, there's the answer.
      For those that don't feel like cheating, I'll give you a hint: They really aren't very big.

  24. TinMan Avatar

    Fiat 500 louvers, located below the rear window. One set facing left, the other set facing right.

  25. MusclesMarinara Avatar

    VW Squareback?

    1. tonyola Avatar

      I thought of that too but the VW's louvers are innies, not outies. Plus they're grouped differently.

  26. Stumack Avatar

    The other site where Mr. Longroofian plies his talents. CoughCCcough.

  27. Jo Schmo Avatar
    Jo Schmo

    this has to be one of our best comment threads to date.