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Time To Play Parking Lot Challenge!: Choose One Car From These Parking Lots To Drive Forever


You know what’s a great way to spend the tail end of a Friday afternoon when most of your work-brain has already checked out and is sobbing in the break room of your mind, but you still have to sit in front of a computer, looking productive? Playing Parking Lot Challenge on The Autopian, of course, with all your fellow Autopians! It’s the best, so let’s get to it.

You know how to play, right? It’s easy: we have a picture of a parking lot, and from that lot you must choose one (1) car, and that car will be the only car you ever own, forever. High stakes stuff, motherjumpers. So choose wisely, and tell us in the comments, along with your justification and reasoning, because you will have to defend your choices.

This time we’re going to do three (III) parking lots, two from a Sainsbury’s location in the United Kingdom, because they have a fantastic photo archive of “car parks” (that’s crazy Brit for “parking lot”; in America, a “car park” is where you take your car to frolic off-leash with other cars) from Sainsbury’s stores of the years.

The third one will be a picture of a parking lot from the Los Angeles International Airport, just to mix it up a bit.

Okay, ready for the first one? Let’s do it – Here’s Number 1:

Some good stuff there! A Mini, some Fiats, Opels, holy crap, an NSU Prinz! What’s it gonna be from all these little fuel-sipping wonders?

Okay, Number 2:


How about this one? From the early ’90s, and we have a good mix of Volkswagens and Fords and Rovers and other stuff. Lots of options!

Okay last one, Number 3:

Okay, now let’s head to America, specifically, sun-baked LAX:

Some good stuff there, too! And, likely rust-free! Look at that Eclipse up there, and…is that a mud-spattered Volvo? What’s the story there?

Pick, explain, talk, argue, and so on. Let’s have some fun here.


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104 Responses

  1. You nailed my afternoon pre-5:00 mood, so I’ll play. There are some intriguing cars in the ’77 photo. The ’91 photo put me to sleep. Which leads me to the LAX photo. Not sure if that blue Jeep is a TJ or older, but if I’m driving it for the rest of my life, I’ll stick with the Jeep.

  2. 1977: The red MK1 Golf far left. This was a hard choice between that and the Mini but I feel like the Golf would be a much more livable car with the bit of extra room it offers

    1991: My first thought was the yellow car up front because I thought it was some old Toyota but then I realized it’s actually a Rover P6. I’m feeling risky today so give me that P6 and it’s unnecessarily weird front suspension

    LAX: That first gen Pathfinder up front. It looks nice but not too nice to where I’d feel bad taking it off road and getting it dirty.

    1. Well, you’re consistent at least, haha. Hard to go wrong with a practical Golf.

      Tell me, what 2 door tan VW is that in the second pic? I think it’s a VW by the badge, door handles and general styling, but I could certainly be wrong.

    2. I am with you justin, red mk1, white MK2 and then because I am just as stupid as I was in 2012 the a4 avant. Praying it is the 1.8tqm like I had but somehow not as determined to bankrupt me. Close friend has a b6 over 300k so maybe I get lucky.

  3. 1977 – I’ll take the blue Mercedes wagon top right.

    1991 – I’ll take the pastel yellow chevy (nova?) Top right behind the pole

    Modern – give me the Avalanche top left by the stop sign. That was my 1st new car back in ’06 so I have a soft spot for it.

  4. I will take that white Rover 820 from the 1991 picture, thank you very much.

    My family car growing up was the 825TD and I don’t care what people say about reliability, it was awesome.

    Yes, the trunk lid was misaligned from factory (and could not be fixed), the dashboard warped within a couple of years, and there were rattles all over the place. But it served us well for over 10 years, and it felt classy as heck while doing so. I must have hand washed it a few hundred times and could recite the manual by heart. It was a truly special car.

  5. I’m shopping the LAX lot, since it is modern and the correct continent for me. The boring but practical choice would be the GMT900 Suburban. It can haul people, tow cargo, it will be likely to be reliable, and if it needs to hold up forever, parts will be available as long as there are Ice engines.

  6. Silver Mitsubishi convertible for sure at LAX. With what appears to be a front end black bra to emphasize just how classy it is. Some people can afford to drive a classic Merc convertible into their golden years at the country club. Others can re live summers hustling to make payments and dreaming reading an old aftermarket catalog for ways to snaz up their ride. I will get that ride has a kickass woofer in the trunk to blast Too Live Crew and Naughty by Nature while ridin through the burbs

    1. Can’t find an E12 5-series in the second picture… If you are referring to the green 3rd Gen. Opel Ascona/Vauxhall Cavalier, which has a somewhat similar rear, you definitely don’t want to drive that forever!!

  7. Gimme the green Fiat 128 in 1977, the white Mk2 Golf parked close to the store in 1991, and the black Nissan Pathfinder, far left, at LAX. All are cars I have history with, and know I like. If I can only have one of the three, I’ll take the Fiat, and make it work. Somehow.

  8. First: the Mini or the Prinz.
    Second: if that’s a Celica far left in the front row, I’m in it
    Third: meh, I ( sadly ) lost interest in late-model cars a decade or so back. I’d probably go for the muddy Volvo cause, tho I’m serious about washing salt off, I never wash mud off my car: I had to work to do that decorating, and I’ll enjoy it as long as possible.

    I like this! You should get pics from areas with more obscure cars so we can all yearn to have something odd-to-us. South America has some great oddball ( to me in the US ) cars

  9. That’s easy. I’d take the BH Subaru Legacy Outback. I already have a 2003 BH Legacy wagon as my forever car, like it, and know it well (also have a ’96 Legacy wagon that I’ve owned since 2000 as my beater). I’d want to de-Outback it though, getting rid of the two-tone paint and cladding, making it a Legacy. I like the handling of my non-Outback Legacy, but I’d investigate leaving the ride height of the Outback and making it a rally wagon. Let’s assume it has the 5-speed manual.

    The EJ251, once you replace the head gaskets with the proper Subaru MLS ones will run forever with appropriate care, and an engine reseal to take care of the leaks. There’s an Outback of vintage with over a million kms (and one of the head gaskets original) that spent most of its life towing camper trailers around. I’d probably have to stock up on OEM parts because Subaru will stop making some parts at some point soon. Unlike most enthusiasts, I am happy with a “slow” car because I’m never going to a track, and like driving conservatively and smoothly in the real world (such slowing when approaching a red light rather than speeding up to a red light and braking hard). I like going through back road corners fast though.

    I grew up and have always owned at least one station wagon (Volvos 145S, 265GL in family as a kid, Subaru Loyale and Legacys), so that’s my comfort zone daily driver. The Legacy wagon is surprisingly sporty and fun to drive on back roads. My 2003 Legacy is the sportiest car I’ve driven, even before I refreshed the suspension and put a set of sticky tires on it. That’s not saying much because I haven’t driven all that many cars, but it’s better handling than the ’87 Integra my family had and was my daily driver in the ’90s.

    1. Taking a closer look at the third photo, I see several more Outbacks and Legacy wagons of BH, BP, and BR generations. The blue BH Legacy is probably either a 2003 Special Edition or 2004 35th Anniversary. So switching my choice to the blue BH Legacy, which is the same as my forever car already, just in a different color.

      A bonus is that the LAX cars are probably rust-free, like my BH Legacy (which I bought sight-unseen off craigslist).

    2. Adding: That generation Legacy/Outback was a substantial upgrade in quality of materials than the previous generation, and cost cutting was evident/quality decreased noticeably in the following generations. The interior of my 2003, which I bought with 150,000 miles in 2019 looks close to new. The pre-2005 cars are also easier to work on and have less electronic gremlins to deal with and is easier and less expensive to DIY and repair than the 2005+ Outbacks and Legacys.

  10. 1977? White Mini in the foreground.

    1991? Red Mini smack in the center under the orange sign.

    I kind of love Minis and have since I was little, I finally got one I could afford and bought myself an r53, wish I could have found a classic one for a reasonable prce though.

    LAX? Red dually dodge ram on the front row. I used to have that truck in white with a 6 speed and the last of the 5.9 6bt Cummins engines. Loved it but when the economy tanked it killed my cabinet shop right along with it so The Brain(cartoon reference) had to leave Pinky behind.

  11. Truthfully I didn’t see anything whatsoever that rang my bell. I suppose the Mitsubishi GT3000 in the bottom row of LAX. There are plenty of dead ones for spare parts. It does have some sporting intentions that can be improved on after market.

  12. 1977: The red fastback on the far right right, next to the red Golf. Why? Why not? Looks sporty-ish.
    1991: Is that mustard colored car near the entrance to the store an older Ford Cortina? If so, sure I’ll take it. How many chances to you get to own a mustard colored car?
    Modern LAX: The red Mustang Convertible. Being a Mustang, I would actually be able to keep it running for the rest of my life without bankrupting myself.

    Overall, the Mustang will provide the best combo of usefulness and fun to drive. It’s a ragtop, so you can haul anything with it.

  13. I may get the Friday afternoon milaise but some of us actually have to WORK so just now reading this from home. Always seeing thing late from the left coast, but a cost I’m willing to pay to live int he water starved and fire prone paradise.

    Jack Trade, incredible observational skills, I missed what definitely looks like a Sebring convertible at the rear fence of the LAX fence (my other ‘home’ airport), and MaximillianMean had the car I spotted in the Mustang convertible.

    I owned both, among other convertibles (both green, oddly enough), and both had their issues, but overall could be sorted out for now to kingdom come. I mean, this is for life, right?! Come on, the stakes are high, live a little, enjoy a convertible, you’ve always wanted one!

    The Sebring, despite its manufacturer, was a decent car all said and done. The back seat was HUGE for a convertible, you could almost fit adults back there, so much so, that I drove one from the central coast of CA on Highway 1 all the way to Victoria, BC, and I do mean, regardless of what ‘Highway 1’ was at any one section, twisty, badly maintained, goes through towns, etc., that’s the route. It was glorious. It took two weeks all said and done (business meetings) including the incredibly boring drive back down the interstate (for time). That Sebring had a big truck, and between that and the back seat, it was easy to carry everything that was needed, including the ice chest on the back seat for, you know, refreshments. Only issue the whole trip was all the gravel that OR puts in their interstate paving mix. Soon as OR interstate hit on the way back, the road noise from the mix just about drove me crazy.

    The Mustang, just like the Sebring, has poor build quality overall, but damn if that wasn’t a fun car. Actually bought it to give to my daughter (who of course destroyed it after I gave it up after a year, but I expected that), but drove it from TX to CA and it was a great ride. Last ticket I ever got in TX was leaving the state that trip at 600AM from Ft Worth and going 287 up toward Wichita Falls to eventually get on I-20 (too hot for i-10), and with no one on the road but me, I opened that sucker up. Radar detector went off and I hit the brakes, looking down I was doing 115. I was down to 85 when the Ranger got a good fix on the car. Most expensive ticket I’ve ever had to pay. Gladly paid it because the Ranger told me if he wrote me up for 85, he would have to impound the car and take me to jail. It was too early for that stuff apparently.

    Both cars were plastic interior crap mobiles, rattled like crazy, but had so much potential. Hell, I thought about trying to put a supercharger on the Sebring just for fun. Lord help me.

  14. 77: Oh.. I guess I’ll take the Golf.
    91: I’ll take that green Jaguar XJ6 parked next to the pole, thank you.
    LAX: The bright orange Outback in one of the back rows (or should I say OUTBACK?)(heh heh.) I’d never lose it in a parking lot, That’s for sure.

  15. 77 Saintsbury:
    I think I see the tail lights of a Citroen on the left hand side. I’ve always wanted one of those.
    91 Saintsbury:
    I think I see a Reliant Robin van sort of near the entrance. Eh, the roads are straight enough here.
    The gray Avalon in aisle G, second back. Current DD with over 200k, and I couldn’t be happier.

  16. Considering that it’s the only car I’m allowed to have forever, I’d have to go with:
    77: VW Golf
    91: VW Golf
    LAX: VW Golf
    It’s practical, easy to get parts, and I’ve always liked them in general. Plus if the grey Mk4 at LAX is a TDI it’ll run forever.

  17. For the rest of my life?
    Oh bother.. I guess I’ll take the Nissan Cube.
    Small footprint
    Easy to access ride height
    Couch-like seats
    Good visibility
    And it can haul a wheelchair
    Fingers crossed that one’s a manual so my soul doesn’t completely leave my body before I’m dead.

  18. Have not read comments yet.
    Last photo. Mud splattered “Volvo” looks like a First gen Camry Hatchback.
    First photo. The Opel screams at me. “Look how many powertrains will bolt into me!” At least if I’m right and it’s somewhat related to the Kadett/Chevette/I-Mark/Gemini line (which itself was sort of a Ford Escort/Contour/Festiva/Mazda 323/etc. version 1.0 {from anotha motha}) then there’s still a lot you could do with it.
    Middle photo was surprisingly underwhelming. More surprised that so many vehicles available in America then were prevalent in UK. I mean Renault, Peugeot, Sterling duh Europe I get it. It just looks at first glance like any US parking lot of the time, lots of largish sedans, like that weird girl from Harry Potter whose ?Scottish? accent peculiarly came off sounding very American.

  19. Picture 1) The Triumph Dolomite is the easy choice, but I am morbidly attracted to the red Lancia Beta Berlina next to the Gold MK1. According to this, there were only 15 left in the UK in 2018, as they all vanished in a gentle puff of iron oxide: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/classic/uks-rarest-cars-1978-lancia-beta-2000-berlina-one-fewer-15-left/
    Therefore, if you are going to drive it forever, you may have to move to the Atacama desert, the driest place on Earth, and bring a few tonnes of anti-rust along with you.

    Picture 2) Has to be the Rover P6 and its Buick-derived 3.5L V8 on the middle-left. Those were serious getaway cars in its day if you could not steal a Jaguar Mk II, or you might get chased down by the police in one. Would need a British Racing Green paint job if I’m driving it forever, though…

    Picture 3) Torn between the Acura TL and the Porsche 996 in the top-middle-right, next to the Saturn LS. Love the TL and its paint job, but the tinted windows probably mean it’s been modified and likely ruined in some way. Betting the Porsche is in better shape, and praying the seals on the water-cooled engine have been replaced by now…

  20. I’d take the Benz wagons in the first two, because wagon. I guess give me the Tundra in the 3rd, it’s four doors and a shell to keep the bed dry. Probably wouldn’t sleep as good as my Disco does in the woods, but I’d learn to live with it.

  21. Some caveman part of my brain always desires a bigass Dodge Ram dually with the Cummins. If you’re going to get a pickup, why not get the biggest one out there? I would like to think that one of them in photo 3 is a Cummins, 4×4, 6MT.

  22. 1977: Red-with-black-top round-taillight BMW 2002 on the left
    1991: Silver newish Civic hatch in the center
    LAX: Ugh–so many SUVs. I’m optimistically reading the white sedan behind the closest H 1 G sign on the left as a Lexus LS400, a car which you could easily drive forever, which is good, because that’s exactly the challenge.

  23. Well, if you are going to have only one car, forever, you need to maximize utility and durability. It has to be able to do *everything* you need a car to do, and it needs to keep doing it forever without wearing out.
    With those criteria in mind, I choose the red Dodge dually pickup in the LAX picture. I’m crossing my fingers it is a diesel, but that’s a pretty good bet with those trucks. Maybe it is one of the small handful that has the G56 six speed manual? That would be sweet…

  24. Already have the Tahoe version, but I’d go with the tan/silver GMT-800 Suburban. Might not be as interesting as many other choices, but with a family of 6 that likes to tent camp, it makes sense. And it is cheap/easy to maintain, parts will be available forever too.

  25. A Sainsbury’s car park in 1991 is pretty much the sweet spot in the centre of my car knowledge Venn diagram. I wanted to see how many of the cars in that photo so I annotated:

    1. Ford Escort Mk3
    2. Not sure, maybe a Triumph 2.5 PI Mk2?
    3. Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3
    4. Rover 800 (I think those wheels make it a Vanden Plas)
    5. Volvo 340
    6. VW Polo Mk2
    7. Renault 21
    8. Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2
    9. Austin Rover Metro
    10. Suzuki Swift
    11. Ford Granada Mk2 Estate
    12. Maybe a Ford Fiesta Mk2
    13. Vauxhall Astra Estate
    14. Metro (blue one)
    15. Mini
    16. Looks like it’s probably another Metro
    17. Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 Hatchback
    18. Another Metro
    19. Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 Saloon
    20. Bit of a guess, but I think it’s another Granada Mk2
    21. Mini
    22. Renault 9
    23. Ford Fiesta Mk1
    24. Hard to say with the shopping trolley in the way, but I reckon it’s another Swift
    25. Ford Fiesta Mk1?
    26. Ford Granada Mk3
    27. Ford Escort (maybe an XR3!)
    28. VW Golf Mk2 (white)
    29. Mini
    30. VW Golf Mk2
    31. I originally wrote down Nissan Sunny, but now I’m not convinced
    32. Mercedes E-Class Estate (the legendary W123)
    33. Another Metro – how the hell did they sell so many of those awful cars?
    34. Citroen AX
    35. Reliant Regal
    36. Peugeot 205
    37. Another Golf Mk2
    38. Another Mini
    39. Citroen BX
    40. I’m starting to clutch at pixels, but I think it’s a Ford Cortina
    41. Rover SD1

    Annotated photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mgxW2yfCEf2ILdlLtumoVy8a3ZrvsDnI/view

  26. 1977: Mk1 Golf, the Mini is tempting, but the Golf is a far more modern car and likely isn’t that much less good to drive, especially considering neither Mini is a particularly high trim and “sporty” model for the time. Avoid the HC Viva like the plague, and park as far away from it as possible lest it catch fire.

    1991: There’s a good few 1980s/early 90s executive cars, must have been taken in the late afternoon just as the middle management classes were getting out of work. I’d be tempted by the Rover P6, but it’s Honda-derived descendent, the 800, would be the much more livable car on a day-to-day basis. Not dealing with Leyland build quality when it’s my only car. Honourable mentions to the barely visible Ford Granada (maybe even a Granada Scorpio?), Vauxhall Senator/Carlton (basically a Holden), EF Civic, and the Renault 21. Interesting that all besides the Senator/Carlton were also sold stateside under various names, and all failed miserably besides the Honda and the P6.

    LAX: This picture bores me to death, maybe it’s familiarity kicking in. Tossup between the dirty Volvo 850, the extremely brown Nissan Cube, simply for the quirk factor, the Lexus CT on the third upper row next to the Jeep, or maybe the Aura XR, a surprisingly underrated warm sedan. I might punish myself with the Toerag, if it’s the V10, which it definitely isn’t, or either the Mk2 or Mk3 Discos, but I think I have too much self respect.

  27. 1977: Reddish BMW 2002, middle of the left row. Not a lot of power, but I got to drive my friend’s Dad’s 2002 lo these many years ago and I still remember how cool it was.

    1991: Gotta go with that silver Jetta (or whatever it was called in the UK) in the front. I always admired those angular V-dubs while at the dealer buying parts for my Super Beetle. I probably could have bought one with what I spent at the parts counter.

    LAX: Meh, but if forced to choose I’d go with the orange CrossTrek (controversial choice, I know) or the early-mid 2000s Outback. What can I say, I like Scoobies. My DD is one of the very last manual trans Foresters.

  28. 1977: Cadet blue Triumph Herald on the right. One of my many Triumphs was a Herald. I hated a lot about it, but I know how to take it apart and keep it running so that’s a plus.

    1991: Meh.

    LAX: I am shocked by: the lack of diversity in that lot; the total number of Subarus, the almost complete absence of Priuii; zero rust-free pre-1980 vintage machines that make up what seems to be at least 10% of cars on any given SoCal highway at any give time. So, I’m gonna go with the Cube … because as somebody mentioned … the quirk factor.

  29. I love the concept but frankly if you’re using your phone most cars not out front look like paint samples. I can’t pick out what most of these cars are because as I zoom in all visibility is lost. Is that an Austin Healey 3000 or Tyne Daly in a pantsuit? Ooh is that a vintage Range Rover or Bea Arthur? For the Brits is that a Mazda Miata or a 90 year old Emma Peal?

  30. Pic 1: Well this is the hardest one to choose from. I’m not sure that *is* a W123 Mercedes wagon at top right, but if it were that’d be my pick. Failing that, I see what looks like a black on tan MkIII Cortina toward the back of the middle row. Depending on spec, that’d be the duck’s nuts. Failing that the Mk1 Golf has timeless appeal. Most of everything else rusted to flakes years ago, though I’m given to understand that little Mini was recently fitted with an ST150 drivetrain somewhere out in t’countryside.

    Pic 2: I’m very tempted to say “Rover 3500” as it’s already has a classic air to it by that stage, but having sat in one before I know the charm of it’d be short-lived. I’m on team W123 Estate again here.

    Pic 3: Well, assuming I have to drive it forever but my children eventually get to capitalize on it as part of my estate? 996 911, baby.

  31. 1977: Fiat 128. Reliable if properly maintained, super efficient, roomy inside, excellent handling. A great thing to drive if it’s the 1.3.

    1991: Ford Scorpio. Super comfortable, easy to maintain, safe and spacious. Superb handling.

    LAX: Honda Accord. Comfortable, reliable, efficient. Something you can enjoy when you drive on the twisties and the highway too.

  32. 1: The Triumph Herald, because it’s body on frame, so you could probably get a Spitfire body on it or an open Herald, or a Coupé Herald – or even the two door estate. I also just love that Michelotti look. It’s quite noisy and slow, with the whining rear wheel drive and 1147cc engine, so it will probably never go so fast, that it could actually kill you.

    2: The Peugeot 505 Estate! Owned a 504 once and it’s just a simple rugged car, and the 505 is better in every way, besides from the looks. Also tons of space for everything. It might even be a “Familiale” with 3 rows of seats.

    3: The Subaru Outback in the correct green and silver paint scheme! Cool families in the movies always drive these, and that’s why I want one! The AWD, the boxer engine and the frameless doors are also cool, and I definately could live with that.

  33. This is an easy one from me. Roughly smack in the middle of the LAX picture, is a unicorn example of the best generation of trucks ever built, the GMT-800. I’m currently 16 years into daily driving an ’06 Sierra for as close to forever as I can (I bought it new, and I’ll NEVER sell it).

    The one in that picture is either a 1500HD or a 2500HD crew cab, with a 6-1/2′ bed a 4-wheel drive. That’s not what makes it rare, there are a kajillion of those. Hook your peepers on the rear fender sticking out, and keen eyes will note that this truck is equipped with Quadrasteer 4-wheel steering. Be it a 1500 or a 2500, I don’t care. Whether it has a gas or a diesel engine, makes no never-mind to me. I could drive that truck forever, no problem.

  34. Is that a Lancia Gamma on the far left that has everyone confused? If so much rare (hubnut has a great video on them though)

    For the record.
    1977 Golf Mk1 because colour! I’ve bought one before because it was Porsche 911 style Santos Green.
    1981 Peugeot 505 wagon because Africa. I also drove one and it was so comfortable to drive
    LAX Green Subaru Outback. I just like them because active lifestyle.

  35. I’ll take the orange VW Beetle from the 1977 photo. It’s easy to work on, inexpensive to maintain, gets excellent fuel economy, is light and tossable in the corners, and there is a massive aftermarket parts industry. Would it count as the same car if I build a kit car body onto it and/or converted it to diesel or electric? Even if not, it’s still the right choice for me. I’d be able to keep it running without the need to pay a mechanic and without needing to pay too much for parts. And even if I was required to keep the original engine, there is a wide variety of components to give it more power.

  36. 1977: probably the brown(?) triumph dolomite on the left, (also is that a citroën GS on the far left? it’s certainly a cool car, but I don’t think I’d be capable of keeping that suspension working)
    1991: that light blue W123 wagon on the far right is certainly tempting, and it could conceivably actually last my entire lifetime.
    LAX: in the upper middle, just below the stop sign, there’s what looks to be a white XV20 Camry. similar to the merc, if you’re going to have one car for the rest of your life, it’d better be “the most car of all cars”.

  37. Nothing right hand drive, because nope. So, my pick is David’s first ZJ in along the back fence, which he doesn’t realize actually lived nearly 14 years of it’s life in that same parking spot before the owner retrieved it. Just needed a jump from a sputtering MG in row F. It stalled, flooded, but that 4.0 sprung to life. He was now blocked in. Choose your own adventure, what did he do?

  38. Hey! I have a white touareg just like the one in the LAX picture!

    But imma go with the tundra to the right of it.

    Unless parts and fuel are free, in that case the VW. It does everything well, except fuel economy and parts prices.

  39. This is when inline images in the comments would be really helpful.

    I already forget what I picked for 1977. I *think* that may be an old Alfa between the NSU and the white Mini so that’s what I’d go for.

    In 1991, the obvious choice would’ve been the Volvo 340, but closer inspection yielded a Mercedes estate. I can’t tell if it’s a W123 or 124, but either way works for me.

    The LAX pic… the 850. Always.

  40. My boyfriend and I have played this game before, live. We will be walking into a store and I’ll say “look around and tell me which car you’d drive yourself”. The first time we played, we both picked a black Chrysler 300C posted up out front, looking exceptionally clean and menacing. Yesterday when leaving Walmart, it was a last gen (13-19) black Taurus Limited. Could there be a large American sedan in our future, possibly in a sinister black? Or are those the only desirable choices in a sea of silver Nissan Rogues and Altimas? Hmmm.

    First pic, hard to recognize most of them, and the ones I do, I’m not exactly thrilled with. I think there is a red BMW 2002 in the far most left bank of cars, that’ll do.

    2nd, probably that white Honda Accord. I think those had solid headlights instead of the flip-ups we got in the late 80s. Should be a manual, too.

    Last pic, I think I see a brightly colored Subaru Crosstrek, and as long as it has a manual and DOES NOT SMELL LIKE DOGS, that should be a fun choice. If not, one of the 4 door 4×4 F-150s, I suppose the white 2004ish since those did well in crash tests compared to the earlier 2000s F-150.

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