Fix It Again Tony

fiat-500-photo

This is a Fiat 500.  Want one?  If Fiat ends up mating with Chrysler you just might be able to buy one.

And this is the car the new one was designed to make you recall. 

 1957-fiat-500

You had to open the hood to fill it up.

And I apologize for the music. 

The main reason for this post: remember when I told you that you would not be able to get a Ford Fiesta here?  Well, I may have been wrong.  Ford is putting one hundred of them into the hands of trendsetters (read “insufferable hipsters”) to test the market.  I’ll keep you informed.

64 comments:

1:30 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

Fix It Again Tony is clearly second-best to the all-time put down: Fix Or Repair Daily.

1:31 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@chicago bureau:
I always thought that Calvin peeing on a FILL IN THE BLANK car logo was pretty good.

1:35 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

Hell, I’d love me a Fiat like that. Or a Ford like that. At least it’s got four wheels. You people (for which read “spoiled Yanks”) never had to live through the three-wheeled car craze.

You all got a Mustang for your 14th birthday and never had to change trains twice to get to school. Which is, of course, why the rest of the world wants to be you.

1:56 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Benedick: I would have loved to have a 3-wheeled car in high school.

2:13 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@blogenfreude: Yes but not when you were thirty with two children. They weren’t schoolboy cars they were… cars. Not that I had one. I was too young. I was busy smoking my brains out on a British Rail branch line to Sidcup.

2:20 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Benedick: The original Mustangs were Ford Fairlanes, a dull family car, with new bodywork. They were loads of fun to drive until you tried to take a fast corner.

2:23 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Dodgerblue: Yes but they were cars. More than two people could get in them at one time. You could afford the petrol. And everybody had at least two. Even the Poors had cars all over their lawns. We just had shitty pop music and debs hooting at each other in coffee bars. And bicycle clips.

2:26 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

Fix it again Tony
Fucked in ass twice
Fix or repair daily
Found on road dead

I always questioned Chevy “Like a Rock” ad campaign ….

2:27 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Dodgerblue: Bill Cosby: “Mustang is a sports car?”

2:31 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Dodgerblue: Based on the Falcon as well as the Fairlane – which was never a good thing. I heard those things went through ball joints like nobody’s business.

2:40 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Benedick: The other American tourists can have their pictures of Big Ben, a red phonebooth, the palace guards, etc. My favorite tourist shot from my time there was a Reliant Robin on a street in Aberdeen.

2:42 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@flippin eck: Best seen in drizzle under lowering grey clouds.

2:45 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@blogenfreude: My Mom had a Ford Falcon, fer chrissakes, like this one: http://www.cartype.com/pics/3769/full/ford_falcon.jpg.

Now, the Shelby Cobra, that was a monster. http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/shelby_cobra_427_1967_01.jpg

2:47 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@flippin eck: Ever see a Reliant Robin refitted as a space shuttle?

2:55 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

That car totally looks like a butt plug.

3:06 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Dodgerblue: I think the Cosby bit — from 200 mph — was about the Cobra, or at least some Shelby. The setup is that he’s all cool and hip beforehand, and a limp mess after a test drive.

Punchline: “Take these keys — it’s all paid for — take these keys, and you give this car to George Wallace.”

3:29 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@nojo: It was a Cobra – I remember that routine.

3:37 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@fupduk: First on race day. Fo Mo Co = Fo no go.

3:39 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@blogenfreude: Next question from the Sands of Trivia: Was the Mustang an Iacocca project? I vaguely recall some Ford exec bragging about turning a Mom Car into a “sportscar”.

3:40 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Tommmcatt the Wet Sprocket: Now, THIS “car” totally looks like a butt plug, or, so I would imagine. (Ahem.)
http://www.flytheroad.com/

@Benedick: Bonus points- It has only three wheels!

3:40 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Tommmcatt the Wet Sprocket: Friend of mine used to call the various late-80s streamlined models “rolling suppositories”.

3:44 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

Mating with Chrysler? But who’ll be the bottom?

3:44 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@chicago bureau:

Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious.

4:02 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@nojo: Yes – Lee Coca Cola was repsonsible.

4:16 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

TJ/ I saw this headline on my Google page (From Raw Story) and had to check to make sure it wasn’t from The Onion RSS feed:
Gore recount lawyer declares, ‘Senator Franken has won’

4:29 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@nojo: We called the Caprice of that era the “Tylenol.”

4:36 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

TJ: According to Kos, Sy Hersh, in an interview today, said that Cheney still controls a network of “stay behinds,” Moles, in defense and intelligence, who exercise so much power that his sources (Hersh’s) are still afraid to speak. Hersh specifically said that they brief Cheney in minute detail and they take orders from him to thwart and “sabotage” Obama’s policies.

4:37 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

One of Mrs RML’s friends’s dad worked on the design of the original Mustang. I think another friend’s father worked on the current generation.

4:43 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Prommie: Heard that on Terry Gross yesterday. They need to be rooted out.

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office has confirmed to FDL that Tedisco’s people have filed an ex parte motion in order, the effect of which would be to investigate and overturn today’s election results, should the outcome not be to Republicans’ liking.

GOP hasn’t even lost the election yet. Stunning.

4:52 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Prommie: Obama’s got to pull those people into camera view and have them shot. Anyone of them would do the same for him. Use the pay per view proceeds to pay down the budget deficit.

5:02 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009
5:34 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@FlyingChainSaw: I’m still geeking the sucker, so we’re not ready for a public announcement yet. But if anyone would like to start editing what’s there, feel free to register and dive in.

5:36 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@nojo: Zombies can’t pestork – same as vampires.

5:45 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@FlyingChainSaw: @nojo:
Hah, genius.

@blogenfreude:

Au contraire, my friend. You need to read A Lost, Sad Love at the Diner of the Damned

5:57 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Prommie: What the … What?!??!!

5:57 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@blogenfreude: If Cylons can pestork, so can Zombies. Zack Snyder set the precedent for updating tradition.

6:11 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Prommie: Hersh on Democracy Now earlier today.

6:17 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Prommie: The stay-behinds are zombies?

6:22 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@FlyingChainSaw: Extremely well done. One small suggestion: let’s use “stewardship” rather than “dominion.” I have a colleague in the Christian environmental movement (this is not a joke, these are good people) who has the view that “dominion” is a mistranslation and that what the Big Guy really meant was take care of this planet I’ve given you and don’t fuck it up.

6:32 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@nojo: I don’t buy it – a real zombie’s pestorker would fall off. Tradition!

6:42 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@SanFranLefty: I seriously worry about someone offing Hersh.

7:24 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

Meanwhile, Mommy 1.0 has me all riled up about the “worse than the Taliban” law signed in Afghanistan by President Karzai that legalizes marital rape and prohibits women from going outside of their house without their husband’s permission, among other things, and Hillary’s failure to mention it in her meeting with Karzai today.

7:38 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@SanFranLefty:
Oh, and in Iraq, another country we’ve “liberated,” they’re planning mass executions of more than 100 people because they have teh ghey.

9:03 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@SanFranLefty: The only solution is to get teh fuck outta there and then punish them by witholding cash, etc. You want us to buy your dope, you’ll at least pretend to uphold basic human rights.

9:07 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Nabisco:

But who’s gonna make the US uphold basic human rights?

9:11 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Nabisco:

/off topic/

Is that Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan? Her skin is simply radiant.

10:11 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@SanFranLefty: Stabby, stabby, stabby. But hey, at least the women in the Afghan parliament managed to amend the bill to raise the age of marriage for girls from nine to 16. Woohoo. Remind me again why we’ve wasted all those lives and money on Iraq and Afghanistan? Anyone?

11:01 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Mistress Cynica: My former foster care client who is now like a little brother to me (his photos are on my FB page) is shipping out to Afghanistan in little over a month with the Army. I can’t breath every time I think about it, and now this makes me even more upset about what the fuck are we doing.

11:06 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@SanFranLefty: My godson, who graduated magna cum laude from USF, believed recruiter promises lies about going into military intelligence and not being sent to Afghanistan and has joined up (at least in part to pay off student loans and because he couldn’t find a job). I dread what will happen. Good thoughts to your friend.

11:12 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Mistress Cynica: Oh yeah, it was the same “promise” about doing intelligence analysis. Has your godson gotten orders yet?

11:18 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

God, the ironic thing is that afghanistan is like teh ghey pestorking capital of the muslim world. They want it all, the right to rape teh boys and teh girls.

11:18 pm • Tuesday • March 31, 2009

@Mistress Cynica: Yeah, if this is true, cheney is eviler than ever anyone thought, and his influence needs to be stopped. Damn.

12:13 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Dodgerblue: RE: 1967 427 Cobra. I’ve mentioned this before, but I believe it in my loins to this day: Gina Lollobrigida on 4 wheels.

12:16 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Promnight: I have no doubt that the stories are very true. He’s as evil a MF as ever lived, and has been since he was a young man. Over the years he has become the de facto head of the Shadow Government. What would make anyone think he would relinquish that power?

12:19 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

Update re: Afghanistan:

Hillz gave Hamid hell, unfortunately it was in private. Unfortunately I think the only thing Afghanistan would care about is money.

As stated in one of my favorite movies: “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.”

12:20 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Ewalda: I think it would take Chainsaw’s proverbial baseball bat and then some to end the rein of terror.

12:32 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@SanFranLefty: Not until summer. They even talked him out of officer training, so he just a grunt cannon fodder.

1:29 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Mistress Cynica: Oh fuck. I thought that a B.A. was automatic officer training. My ex-b.f. from high school is an officer in the Air Force and has been to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once, so on the other hand, being an officer is no protection…

1:32 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Mistress Cynica:
Any “technical training”, or is he just going to be a Stryker passenger?
This is all so wrong.
How many times in my little life does this shit have to happen for no good reason?

1:46 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Ewalda: Indeed yes. I saw a couple on the street in L.A. in the old days. I’d guess there aren’t any now outside of museums or maybe Leno’s collection.

1:58 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009
11:03 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@SanFranLefty: @Ewalda: So, I’m guessing there wouldn’t be many votes of confidence if I join the Hilzbot Soft Diplomacy Army and ultimately land in Whatsthereastan?

11:03 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Original Andrew: Actually, it’s Bobby D as Bobby D. That’s how good Kate was in that movie.

11:21 am • Wednesday • April 1, 2009

@Nabisco: Oh, I’d have confidence in YOU, darling. My issue isn’t with the FSOs out in Fuckedupistan or the USAID folks in Africa. It’s the people at the top.

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