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15th Dec '17 12:42:52 PM WhosAsking
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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car. It seems to end up spending more time in the police garage than on the street. Apart from windows that won't roll completely down, the rear-view mirror that won't stay up, and the glove box that keeps popping open, it suffers a blown radiator hose, busted tail light, and a cracked distributor cap before a brake failure finally causes it to roll downhill into a light pole. It is last seen ''towed'' back to the station.

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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car. It seems to end up spending more time in the police garage than on the street. Apart from an "old taxi" smell, windows that won't roll completely down, the rear-view mirror that won't stay up, a catch in the gas pedal, and the glove box that keeps popping open, it suffers a blown radiator hose, busted tail light, and a cracked distributor cap before a brake failure finally causes it to roll downhill and crash into a light pole. It is last seen ''towed'' back to the station.



'''Reed''': Well, we retired it for you a little early.
** Then there were the two drug dealers [[StupidCrooks who hid their twenty-six dime bags of high-grade heroin in their gas tank]]. One of the bags broke, stalling the car.
--->'''Malloy''': So you're telling me this car died of a heroin overdose?

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'''Reed''': Well, we retired it her for you a little early.
** Then In "Truant", there were the two drug dealers [[StupidCrooks who hid their twenty-six dime bags of high-grade heroin in their gas tank]]. One of the bags broke, stalling the car.
--->'''Malloy''': So you're Are you telling me this the car [[IncrediblyLamePun died of a heroin overdose?an overdose of heroin]]?\\
'''Narcotics Detective''': What else?
14th Dec '17 12:26:20 AM narm00
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%% While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.

%% Ironically, this trope was codified by none other than the Ford Model T. Yes, the very car that put the world on wheels was considered obsolete and faintly ridiculous by the height of the silent film era and quickly became ''the'' Alleged Car in the hands of comedians like the Keystone Kops, HaroldLloyd, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They were cheap, disposable, intrinsically funny, and ironically enough the quirky brake, throttle, and transmission controls that made them seem so obsolete just happened to make them excellent stunt cars. [[note]]In reverse order: the pedal shift transmission had no levers to get in the way and only two speeds, the hand-lever throttle would stay where it was set and was easily rigged in any number of ways, and the brakes worked on the rear wheels only, ideal for skids and bootleg turns, which the tall, skinny tires allowed at relatively low speeds.[[/note]]

If a horse or a computer that gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.

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%% While this can be TruthInTelevision, it's largely the [[TropeBreaker ghost of tropes past]]: it plays off old pre-1980s notions of notoriously unreliable used cars and low-quality imports that tend not to be true today; ironically, older domestics have largely taken their place, place in the US, as American carmakers became infamous for egregious corner-cutting and shoddy worksmanship that persisted up into the late 2000s. Back then owning a car [[MadeInCountryX built in a foreign country]] could be a joke in and of itself and anyone buying a used car was understood to either be barely above poverty or a major cheapskate. Lemon Laws and lawsuits have since [[IncrediblyLamePun driven]] most of the truly decrepit jalopies out of the market. Also worth noting, cars that degrade to the state of disrepair often depicted in an Alleged Car would simply not be street-legal in any modern industrial country with an established vehicle safety code[[note]]In the US, however, states are free to choose whether to have mandatory safety and emissions inspections; states that lack mandatory inspections are far more likely to have some truly terrifying shitboxes on the road[[/note]]. Of course, that doesn't mean [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough there aren't people who still drive them anyway]], and, as anyone who has owned one can tell you, there are plenty of shady garages that will happily slap an inspection sticker on any old piece of junk or even just sell you the sticker outright, "twenty dollars with an inspection or fifty dollars without one" as the old joke goes. Yes, "easy sticker" garages will usually get audited and lose their license to conduct inspections if misconduct is found, but for every one that gets shut down, there are usually at least three or four to fill in the void.

%% Ironically, this trope was codified by none other than the Ford Model T. Yes, the very car that put the world on wheels was considered obsolete and faintly ridiculous by the height of the silent film era and quickly became ''the'' Alleged Car in the hands of comedians like the Keystone Kops, HaroldLloyd, Creator/HaroldLloyd, and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. They were cheap, disposable, intrinsically funny, and ironically enough the quirky brake, throttle, and transmission controls that made them seem so obsolete just happened to make them excellent stunt cars. [[note]]In reverse order: the pedal shift transmission had no levers to get in the way and only two speeds, the hand-lever throttle would stay where it was set and was easily rigged in any number of ways, and the brakes worked on the rear wheels only, ideal for skids and bootleg turns, which the tall, skinny tires allowed at relatively low speeds.[[/note]]

If a horse or a computer that gets this treatment, then you're respectively dealing with TheAllegedSteed and TheAllegedComputer. The subversion of this trope, where a car looks like this but is secretly a CoolCar, is WhatAPieceOfJunk. A ChronicallyCrashedCar may become one of these if it gets repaired one too many times. A RiceBurner is often an attempt to make one of these look like a CoolCar. Either this or a bicycle will be part of a RealVehicleReveal. It may have been purchased at HonestJohnsDealership.



** The navigation is expertly described as "knackered" before the Doctor even gets into it. It frequently takes him somewhere other than where he wants to go (although often where he needs to be). It's also liable to keep him where he doesn't want to be, often through PlotDrivenBreakdown.
*** Although in "The Doctor's Wife", it's revealed that the TARDIS usually takes the Doctor to where they ''need'' to be, as opposed to where they ''want'' to be.
** It's supposed to have a "chameleon circuit" that allows it to [[CloakingDevice disguise itself seamlessly among its surroundings]]. The Doctor's first landing is in 1960s Britain, so it disguises itself as a police box. It then gets stuck there and hasn't been fixed since. The Doctor has since grown accustomed to this appearance and now ''refuses'' to get it fixed, and out-of-universe, the police box appearance is iconic.

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** The navigation is expertly described as "knackered" before the Doctor even gets into it. It frequently takes him [[SexShifter them]] somewhere other than where he wants they want to go (although often where he needs they need to be). It's also liable to keep him them where he doesn't they don't want to be, often through PlotDrivenBreakdown.
*** Although in "The Doctor's Wife", it's revealed that the TARDIS usually takes the Doctor to where they ''need'' need to be, as opposed to where they ''want'' to be.
be ''intentionally''.
** It's supposed to have a "chameleon circuit" that allows it to [[CloakingDevice disguise itself seamlessly among its surroundings]]. The When the series starts, the Doctor's first landing is landed in 1960s Britain, so it disguises itself as a police box. It then gets stuck there like that and hasn't been fixed since. The Doctor has since grown accustomed to this appearance and now ''refuses'' to get it fixed, and out-of-universe, the police box appearance is iconic.
13th Dec '17 5:08:01 PM InTheGallbladder
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* Then of course, there's "Music To Drive-By," [[http://dualplover.com/akombi.php an album]] credited to one such car. Lucas Abela gunned the engine on his aging Kombi and recorded the myriad sounds it made.

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* Then of course, there's "Music To Drive-By," [[http://dualplover.com/akombi.php an album]] credited to one such car. Lucas Abela gunned the engine on his aging Volkswagen Kombi and recorded the myriad sounds it made.
25th Nov '17 8:35:10 AM Siempie
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** It has a mind of its own ([[SapientShip literally]]), but it's unable to express itself very clearly. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife On the one occasion it could]], it proved to be [[ManicPixieDreamGirl fairly]] [[CloudCuckooLander unhinged.]] It's also clearly attracted to the Doctor and lets that affect its judgment.



*** Although in "The Doctor's Wife", it's revealed that the TARDIS usually takes the Doctor to where they ''need'' to be, as opposed to where they ''want'' to be.



** It has a mind of its own, [[SapientShip literally]], but it's unable to express itself very clearly. On the one occasion it could, it proved to be [[ManicPixieDreamGirl fairly unhinged]]. It's also clearly attracted to the Doctor and lets that affect its judgment.
24th Nov '17 10:07:47 AM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'' had him take a tour of Nowa Huta (a Communist-built industrial suburb of Krakow) in an [[EastGermany East German]] Trabant, a TheAllegedCar/RealLife embodiment of this trope.

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* One episode of ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'' had him take a tour of Nowa Huta (a Communist-built industrial suburb of Krakow) in an [[EastGermany [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany East German]] Trabant, a TheAllegedCar/RealLife embodiment of this trope.
23rd Nov '17 11:24:01 AM sabremeister
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* Gerry's Triumph Stag in ''Series/NewTricks''. He keeps claiming it's a classic, but it is notoriously unreliable and when any other team member rides in it, they are always dubious as to whether it will get them to their destination.

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* Gerry's Triumph Stag in ''Series/NewTricks''. He keeps claiming it's a classic, but it is notoriously unreliable and when any other team member rides in it, they are always dubious as to whether it will get them to their destination.destination (although that could just be them [[{{Troll}} extracting the urine]]).
23rd Nov '17 10:44:48 AM sabremeister
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* The Ford Capri driven by Del in later seasons, known to Rodney as "the Pratmobile".
* The vast majority of cars that Boycie sells are Alleged Cars.

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* ** The Ford Capri driven by Del in later seasons, known to Rodney as "the Pratmobile".
* ** The vast majority of cars that Boycie sells are Alleged Cars.
22nd Nov '17 10:03:22 PM ExultantCapon
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** TheAllegedCar: Wanting to be like Takumi, he seeks out to buy an [=AE86=] Levin, but accidentally buys a ''[=AE85=]'' Levin instead[[note]]The [=AE85=] is the lesser cousin of the [=AE86=]: this is similar to how certain cars in the American market have economy and performance models. As for the differences, the [=AE86=] has an LSD, 4-wheel disc brakes and a DOHC 4-cylinder engine, whereas the [=AE85=] lacks all of the above and has a SOHC ''carbureted'' 4-cylinder engine[[/note]]. The Speed Stars make fun of this, but Itsuki is convinced by Takumi to stick with it, regardless.

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** TheAllegedCar: Wanting to be like Takumi, he seeks out to buy an [=AE86=] Levin, but accidentally buys a ''[=AE85=]'' Levin instead[[note]]The [=AE85=] is the lesser cousin of the [=AE86=]: this is similar to how certain cars in the American market have economy and performance models. As for the differences, the [=AE86=] has an LSD, 4-wheel disc brakes and a DOHC 4-cylinder engine, whereas the [=AE85=] lacks all of the above and has a SOHC ''carbureted'' 4-cylinder engine[[/note]]. The Speed Stars make fun of this, but Itsuki is convinced by Takumi to stick with it, regardless.
22nd Nov '17 10:01:49 PM ExultantCapon
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* ''Manga/InitialD'':
** TheAllegedCar: Wanting to be like Takumi, he seeks out to buy an [=AE86=] Levin, but accidentally buys a ''[=AE85=]'' Levin instead[[note]]The [=AE85=] is the lesser cousin of the [=AE86=]: this is similar to how certain cars in the American market have economy and performance models. As for the differences, the [=AE86=] has an LSD, 4-wheel disc brakes and a DOHC 4-cylinder engine, whereas the [=AE85=] lacks all of the above and has a SOHC ''carbureted'' 4-cylinder engine[[/note]]. The Speed Stars make fun of this, but Itsuki is convinced by Takumi to stick with it, regardless.
15th Nov '17 8:57:01 AM Prfnoff
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** ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' also makes this claim about the Ford Model T:
--->By modern standards, the Model T was very primitive: It had no electric starter, no radio, no heater, no air conditioner, no brakes, no transmission, no engine, and no wheels. The only way to get it to actually move was to have four or five burly men pick it up and stagger down the street. But it was affordable, and people bought it like crazy. "What the hell," they said. "There's nowhere to go anyway, here in 1913."
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