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Junkyard Gem: 1988 Ford Festiva LX

The tiny Mazda-built subcompact, still in production in Iran and Venezuela

The tiny Mazda-built subcompact, still in production in Iran and Venezuela.

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Jay Leno SHO-guns the Ford Festiva to its full potential

Jay Leno gives his Shogun the spotlight this week, and he shows why this hatch was one of the hottest vehicles on the street when it went on sale.

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Upside-down Camaro debuts in LeMons race

The man who, on the internet, goes by the name Speedycop has unleashed his latest crazy contraption on the racing masses at LeMons: an upside-down Camaro. Speedycop, self-described as "an eight-year-old kid trapped in a 40-year-old body, with just enough talent to pull off my wacky ideas," fashioned this beast out of the sordid carcasses of two vehicles, "a wretched 1990 Ford Festiva an

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Retail Car Show: Spotting future classics at the big-box store

Shopping trips become protracted. Friends and family call, wondering if you've been abducted. But it's a compulsion car enthusiasts can't help. Always on the lookout for interesting and exciting cars, any random parking lot can turn into a smorgasbord of "I haven't seen one of those in years!" You stand there taking smartphone pics of random old cars, confusing passers-by as you text and tweet your finds with a goofy smile on your face.

Video: Who's got a 300-horsepower Ford Festiva Shogun? Jay Leno, who else?

Jay Leno's 300-horsepower Ford Festiva – Click above to watch video after the jump

Nerd Alert! Geo Metro: the new "it" car?

It's not uncommon for owners of the late, lamented Geo Metro XFI, which USA Today refers to as "nerdy," to report fuel mileage rivaling and sometimes beating hybrids such as the Toyota Prius. The lightweight structure and very small engines - just three-cylinders and 49 horsepower for the Metro - allow these little runabouts to post great mileage figures. With gas prices at an all-time high, the efficiency of

Mazda2 coming to America as Ford Fiesta in 2009

I think we need to credit our own Sam Abuelsamid for predicting this one a month ago. He spotted a Ford Fiesta in Detroit in early March, and thought at the time that the Fiesta might make a good candidate for the then-just-confirmed news that the Mazda2 would be coming to the U.S. (others guessed

Cartalk names Top 10 Scariest Cars

What do the 1980 Chevy Monza and the 1973 VW Microbus have in common? They are among Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Top 10 Scariest Cars list. Of the Monza they say, " Whenever one of these beauties reared its ugly grille in front of the garage, every mechanic with more than six weeks' experience would go running for the men's room and lock the door." Another car on the list, the 1987 Ford Festiva, gets this derision from the brothers: "We once got in