On the Weird List - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: On the Weird List

July 21, 2011

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The other day, I started to realize that weird cars hold a special place in my psyche. And the Juke is one of those weird cars. Follow the jump to see what I'm talking about.

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Subaru Brat: Every now and then (most of the time, actually) when I was in elementary school, I'd stare out the window and daydream about cars. I'd sketch them on any surface I had in front of me, much the the annoyance of my teachers. Then this weird pickup thing passed by. "What the heck was that?"

I furiously scribbled it down before the memory of it faded. Then later that week I saw it parked on the street. I saw these super cool plastic seats in the bed, facing backwards with grab handles on each side. It reminded me of an amusement park ride and I instantly fell in love with the Brat, and they still make me smile when I see one.

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Subaru SVX: This car came around when I made a push to make a living out of vehicles. It was around the time I was in art school, learning to design cars. When I first saw it, I thought it was the shape of the future and way ahead of its time. Then I found out that it was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and ItalDesign. Giugiaro had already cemented his place in my heart with designs that became the Lotus Esprit, Alfa Romeo Giulias, BMW M1 and VW Scirocco. I almost bought one, but opted for a 1995 Mustang GT Convertible, instead.

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Citroen SM: I saw this bizarre creation when I was in 4th grade. It was sitting in the shade in a local park and it stopped me cold in my tracks. What got me were the plastic coverings on the headlights and nose, where more traditional cars of the era had big metal grilles. Then there were the enclosed rear wheels. For the next year or so, every car I doodled had curved plastic noses and wheel spats. Today, I just think it's ugly, but in a fun nostalgic way.

What do you think? What cars are on your "weird" list?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor


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