Porsche 944 (951/952) Turbo (1986)

Profile view of US spec India Red Porsche 944 Turbo (1986) by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Profile view of US spec India Red Porsche 944 Turbo (1986) by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Porsche always had this problem: If they release a car that isn’t a new 911, fans start nagging because it isn’t a 911. If they release a new 911, fans are upset because it’s not like the old 911. The 944 (and it’s predecessor the 924) got a lot of meh from the community, mostly because it shared VW parts, utilized a water cooled Audi engine, and – wasn’t a 911.
Wind has changed and now we know the 944 IS a great car and a true Porsche (except the door handles, who obviously VW).

You can buy this India Red (Indisch Rot LM3A for the paint code nerds) at Redbubble.

 

Subaru / Alcyone SVX

Stack of Pearl White Subaru Alcyone SVX by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Stack of Pearl White Subaru Alcyone SVX by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Profile view of five Subaru/Alcyone SVX coupes in pearl white (paint code 267).

Available at Artsmoto or Redbubble

From top to bottom:

– Subaru Kenkyo Test & Development Center Pace Car
– SVX Nation Track Car Project
– David Caron’s bagged SVX
– Gene’s Pearly on Works wheels
– Stock JDM/Euro spec

Special thanks to the people of SVXNation.com for helping getting the details right!

Copyright 2016 Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – All Rights Reserved

BMW E36 328i Touring

BMW E36 328i 3-Series Touring Wagon Techno Violet lowered on AC Schnitzer wheels by Tom Mayer – Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

BMW E36 328i 3-Series Touring Wagon Techno Violet lowered on AC Schnitzer wheels by Tom Mayer – Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Available at Society6 | Redbubble | Pixels.com | Artflakes

I repeat: Techno Violet (paint code 299, for the nerds)! which is so fancy nineties as a BMW can get. So here comes the E36. Never came to the US, so it’s not only a violet, it’s also a 229-unicorn.

Toyota/Scion IQ Citycars

 

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Sideview of 4 Toyota/Scion iQ Citycars by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

In 2008 Toyota introduced the iQ to the Japanese market. Designed at the Toyota European Design and Development studio in Nice, France, the iQ was designed to maximize passenger space, while minimizing exterior length. The iQ is able to accommodate three passengers—and under very tight conditions, a fourth one. It was discontinued in 2015. As you can imagine in California it is a rarer sight than a Bugatti Veyron – means it sold badly. Compared to the millions of Camrys and Prius chances are good that the Toyota salesman will probably never forget the name of that person who bought one of these. Traditionally California does better with hearting odd vehicles. Especially since it’s a really good vehicle. The usability is much higher than a Smart car. A family with two kids could probably cut gas expenses down to 10% when driving Ayden and Brooklyn to school in an iQ instead of the Lexus SUV that is a quasi standard for the California Pinterest-mom. But well, didn’t happen. So RIP little car. Please become a future classic.

Stack of Volvo 850R 855R T5R Sedans Saloons

Stack of Volvo 850R 854R T5-R by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars

Stack of Volvo 850R 854R T5-R by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Here it is: After having the Wagon around in my collection for so long the sedan (or saloon) finally made it into the family. I haven’t made a decision yet on the next Volvo model to cover. I probably should make a poll.

The stack and other posters are available here:

Redbubble | Fine Art America | Volvofornia – Vintage Volvo T-Shirts And Apparel

The Last Ford Escort

Ford Escort Mk5 RS Cosworth Group A Rally Monte Carlo (1994) by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars

Ford Escort Mk5 RS Cosworth Group A Rally Monte Carlo (1994) by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Available at Redbubble and Artsmoto

The fifth generation Ford Escort (mark V for all you forum geeks) is my favorite. It was build from 1990 to 1997 (technically until 2004 but this revised model is dubbed mark 6 by Ford). It also came along with a lineup of models where I feel Ford got everything right. The design was well balanced, it had a corporate identity without looking the same. You could tell a Ford Transit back then from a mile away. The Scorpio looked modern and clean and not like a punched blob fish (compare the Scorpio in case you need something to scare your kids). All was good until Ford Europe decided ruin things with weird cosmetics. I’m still upset about that, and because of that you’ll only find pre-facelift Mk5s here.

Stack of Ford Escort Mk.5 Coupes by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Stack of Ford Escort Mk.5 Coupes by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Ford Escort Mk.5 RS Cosworth Diamond White by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars

Ford Escort Mk.5 RS Cosworth Diamond White by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars

 

The Holden Monaro Series

Stack of Holden Monaros V2 and VZ by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016

Stack of Holden Monaros V2 and VZ by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016

The Holden-Series available at Redbubble.com

Sometimes I get asked why I don’t do more of everybody’s darlings. My usual answer is: Because the other cars want T-Shirts too. It is actually a reason why I started the Volvo series in the beginning, because I wanted a certain style of T-Shirts with wagons on it, but couldn’t find anything I liked. So yes, I feel dedicated to the cars in the second row. The ones that, if they are lucky, become cult, decades later. The ones that are loved only by a few enthusiasts. But there is something else: These cars thought me more about automobile history than any Ferrari or Porsche. I learned about brilliant engineering and great stories from cars I barely knew before. And there are of course the fans. People pointing out details to me, changes in model years or rare colors. Stories about their own cars with links to forum posts that are more capturing than a season of ‘Breaking Bad’.

I mentioned the Holden Monaro earlier. Now I finalized the stack here is what I learned about a car I took as a rebadged Pontiac GTO with ill fitting hood scoops: That a big car company put a concept car into production because people loved it. That this car was so hot that other GM brands wanted it with non or just little changes. And I learned about Peter Brock – A racing legend who drove the red Monaro into 1st position at the Bathurst 24 hour race.

So this is a big thank you to all the people filling the internet with facts, photos, and stories of cars I learned to love and to draw in the recent years.