VW Passat/Dasher B1

Signal Red VW Passat Variant B1 / Dasher Wagon by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Signal Red VW Passat Variant B1 / Dasher Wagon by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Passats are like Camrys: Not overly cool and nothing you would buy because you really like the design. And it seems for many years VW didn’t even tried to make them somewhat exciting, rather keeping the appearance neutral to avoid running into ‘design fads’. But there was a time where Volkswagen really reinvented the lineup by hiring one of the hippest car designers of the time: Giorgetto Giugiaro, who created the Golf, Scirocco, Jetta, and Passat, which turned VW away from the legacy of the air cooled cars invented in the 1930s into a modern car manufacturer. While the Golf and Sciroccos are cult and becoming searched classics, the first generation Passats are somewhat underrated. But in my opinion the original pre-facelift design is one of the most beautiful cars VW ever built.

Prints and shirts available at Redbubble

Rally Green VW Passat Variant B1 / Dasher Wagon by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Rally Green VW Passat Variant B1 / Dasher Wagon by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 – All Rights Reserved

Renault Twingo (1993)

Renault Twingo I (1993-2007) - Base colors of the first generation Twingo by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Renault Twingo I (1993-2007) – Base colors of the first generation Twingo by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Following the initial concept and the tradition of the R4 to build a simple and affordable car, Renault offered the Twingo with only one trim level, four exterior colors (coral red, Indian yellow, coriander green and overseas blue) and a vibrant upholstery. The retail price was 55,000 French Francs, by today’s value around 9,500 USD

I also want to point out the soft top hood, that let’s you open the roof, which is soooo great and French!

Nissan Prairie Wagon / Nissan Multi / Datsun Prairie (1982-1988)

North American Nissan Stanza 4WD Multi Wagon, or Nissan Prairie Wagon in other markets by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

I’m not sure what sparked the love in the showroom to buy on of these. It must have been the breathtaking Italian design stolen from the Lancia Megagamma concept car (no kidding). Or maybe the sliding doors with no B-pillars,  An extensive accessories and options list, including a kit that effectively turned the vehicle into a campervan, a 5-speed gearbox, a 2.0 liter engine, and four wheel drive. So if you want to impress on the next Cars & Coffee with a rare JDM car, how about a Stanza? It only has 24 posts on Instagram. Try that with a VIP slammed Lexus or that rare gray import Skyline.

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JDM Nissan Prairie / Nissan Prairie Wagon on Hayashi Street wheels by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

JDM Nissan Prairie / Nissan Prairie Wagon on Hayashi Street wheels by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

North American Nissan Stanza 4WD Multi Wagon, or Nissan Prairie Wagon in other markets by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Slammed Retro Gamer themed Nissan Prairie Wagon on Advan Racingdish wheels by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – ©2016 All Rights Reserved

Slammed Retro Gamer themed JDM spec Nissan Prairie Wagon on Advan Racingdish wheels by Tom Mayer, Monkey Crisis On Mars – ©2016 All Rights Reserved

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!

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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.