One lap of the Web: Lost childhood cars, the Jeep Wagoneer at 50 and Airstream's rental service goes liveMon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700
We spend a lot of time on the Internet -- pretty much whenever we're not driving, writing about or working on cars. Since there's more out there than we'd ever be able to cover, here's our daily digest of car stuff on the Web you may not otherwise have heard about.
-- Hooniverse poses a poignant question: What family car do you wish your parents had held on to? The author longs for his parents' '65 Ford Thunderbird, and commenters have added everything from a '72 Saab 96 to an AMC AMX. Add your lost childhood ride to the discussion.
-- At Petrolicious, Alan Franklin makes the case for the Fiat 124 Spider as the affordable way to get into an Italian roadster. It's certainly a sharp-looking car that can reportedly be had for $500, with excellent examples fetching $7,000. Worth the potential risk? You decide.
-- Jalopnik fills us in on the Jiotto Caspita, a futuristic supercar might-have-been from the late 1980s. We think it looks strikingly like the Pagani Zonda with just a hint of the Honda NSX in the tail. Did the wild Caspita inspire the designers of these later cars?
-- Hemmings gives a 50th anniversary nod to the Jeep Wagoneer. Few vehicles can unite hard-core off-roaders and hard-core prepsters like the Wagoneer, which looks as at home at Moab as it does in a Ralph Lauren ad.
-- You know what would look really great towed behind a your Grand Wagoneer? An Airstream trailer. With Airstream's new Airstream 2 Go rental service, detailed here by the Wall Street Journal, you can do some cross-country touring without the headaches of trailer maintenance and storage. Cue up the Pat Metheny Group and hit the highway.
By Autoweek Editors