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DOTS: Manual Oddities + Flappy Boi

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I took a walk abouts and kept running into rare cars that are even rarer with a stick. Take this Geo badged Tracker for example.

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It appears to be in pretty good nick for what it is. I like the period aero mirrors.

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The hard top had been sealed with tape so clearly someone cares about this thing.

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I always thought these were overpriced, but this is one Beetle I can get behind. Brown manual with the amazing steelies.

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Here’s where the manual theme really carries. Both the shoddily repaired Forte Rio hatch and the Suzuki Reno were manuals. Why on earth did they not paint or at least wire brush the panels? It wouldn’t have been that hard before they were put on.

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Edit: Thanks Rallydarkstrike

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The weird part is the rest of the car was clearly very well looked after. Good plastics, no other body damage, and pretty clean for how much rain we’ve had.

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Now this Suzuki Reno is the real oddball. It too was a manual. Man, these things are not at all common.

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It too seemed to be in far better condition than you might usually see these in. There’s not even any curb rash on those hubcaps.

Not pictured: Brand new manual Veloster whose owner I had a brief chat with.

Now on to the automatics :/

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Firebirb is in good condition. I love the wheels on this thing.

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I don’t recall seeing many of these with a white top. I can’t place the model either. Pontiac Grand Prix? Not aged well from a design perspective, I mean that spoiler is dreadful, but when’s the last time you saw one this nice?

Edit: many people pointed this out as a Sunfire.

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And of course the parking lot caved in to reveal an abandoned well. Why is this just fenced off?

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Corololololola with the blackest bumpers I’ve ever seen. Like, they were just really really really really black. What on earth?

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Like, what, did the DX trim just come with bumpers made from ground up black holes? Is this a failed experiment in a Vantablack imitation? (I’ve seen it and this wasn’t quite that black but. . . ) I just, the bumpers were just so black. I can’t even. . .

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Hard to tell from this angle but this Tiguan was clearly as low as you can go and still maintain drivability. Nice Alfa besides it too.

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As promised, one (1) flappy boi. This Pudgeon just walked right at me while I was sitting there and was not at all afraid to show me his good side.

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Bonus #mixlopnik

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