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26th Jun '16 2:21:17 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Music/TheBeachBoys' "No-Go Showboat" inverts this trope. It may be "a wild custom that wins every show", but "everybody takes [it], even old Ford woodies" and it's "even shut down by the ice cream truck".
25th Jun '16 11:30:34 AM nombretomado
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* The [[AHDotComTheSeries MES]] ''[[AHDotComTheSeries AH.com]]''. It looks pretty broken down thanks to years of ramshackle repairs by a skeleton crew, but with an AI to even up the balance, it can still kick arse.

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* The [[AHDotComTheSeries [[Script/AHDotComTheSeries MES]] ''[[AHDotComTheSeries ''[[Script/AHDotComTheSeries AH.com]]''. It looks pretty broken down thanks to years of ramshackle repairs by a skeleton crew, but with an AI to even up the balance, it can still kick arse.
15th Jun '16 12:43:56 AM Doug86
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* In [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik stories]], Paperinik's car: it's the same AllegedCar he uses as DonaldDuck, only Gyro tricked her out, and now it not only works but is faster, tougher, has multiple gadgets, can change licence plate by pressing a button and colour by pointing the right item to it, and ''fly''.

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* In [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik stories]], Paperinik's car: it's the same AllegedCar he uses as DonaldDuck, only Gyro tricked her out, and now it not only works but is faster, tougher, has multiple gadgets, can change licence plate by pressing a button and colour by pointing the right item to it, and ''fly''.
19th May '16 5:25:28 PM erforce
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* The used car that Ray parks in front of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}' headquarters... complete with a list of repairs that it needed: "suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end... new rings, mufflers, a little wiring..." Eventually, it gets pimped out into [[CoolCar Ecto-1]].

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* The used car that Ray parks in front of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}' Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}' headquarters... complete with a list of repairs that it needed: "suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end... new rings, mufflers, a little wiring..." Eventually, it gets pimped out into [[CoolCar Ecto-1]].
6th May '16 5:21:21 AM foxley
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Parker}} The Outfit]]'', Parker visits a mechanic who specialises in supplying cars to the underworld. One of the vehicles he shows Parker is a Volkswagen Bug that he has been modifying into a getaway car, with a souped-up engine, reinforced chassis, ballast to allow it to corner properly, etc. The one problem he is having is that he cannot make it sound like a VW. Later in the novel, the reader gets to see the car in action, and he has solved the sound problem, at least at low speed.
6th May '16 2:01:22 AM pagad
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** A lot of Imperial stuff behaves like this as well. The boxy, primitive-looking Land Raider doesn't look like much, but one of them probably could take out an entire column of real life MBTs. It's even implied that the standard Imperial tank, the Leman Russ, is based off of an ancient agricultural tractor design.

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** A lot of Imperial stuff behaves like this as well. The workhorse of the Imperial Guard, the boxy, primitive-looking Land Raider Leman Russ, doesn't look like much, but one of them probably could take out an entire column of real life MBTs. It's MBTs, despite the implication that it's even implied that the standard Imperial tank, the Leman Russ, is it's actually based off of an ancient agricultural tractor design.design. Space Marine tanks tend to be more sophisticated, as they are used in far fewer numbers by elite forces.
6th May '16 1:57:14 AM pagad
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** Orks embrace this trope as their take on TheAestheticsOfTechnology. This also works because they project a psychic field around them where things work simply because an Ork thinks it ''[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve should]]''. Many times non Orks will try to use Ork weaponry only to discover them missing basic parts necessary for it to function. In those cases they are using junk that happens to work because of their innate psychic abilities.

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** Orks embrace this trope as their take on TheAestheticsOfTechnology. This also works because they project a psychic field around them where things work simply because an Ork thinks it that improves the efficiency far beyond ''[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve should]]''. Many times non Orks will try to use Ork weaponry only to discover them missing basic parts necessary for it to function. In those cases they are using junk that happens to work because what should reasonably be expected of their innate psychic abilities.it]]''.
5th May '16 12:26:43 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Depending on player choices (and how lucky they get on the procedurally-generated roads of the game) this trope is possible to achieve on the game ''Jalopy'' with the Laika (an {{Expy}} of the Trabant) that gives the game its name. Sure, it ''still'' will be a [[TheAllegedCar pre-Fall-Of-Berlin-Wall Eastern Europe car with a two-stroke engine that will see its fair share of maintenance]], but items like additional trunk space, tougher suspension, bigger fuel tank and upgraded carburetors will make it a much better car to ride around in, regardless of external looks.
28th Apr '16 11:12:57 AM marcoasalazarm
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Polar opposite of this trope is the RiceBurner. Compare LethalJokeCharacter, ExcaliburInTheRust and OlderIsBetter. See also TheAllegedCar for when it is just as bad as it looks. [[IThoughtItMeant Not related to]] ItsAllJunk.

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This Trope, like TheAllegedCar, ''seriously'' depends on how benevolent traffic laws are in the show's universe (to say nothing about RealLife): if the car looks too battered to be street-legal, then chances are you may get pulled over and have the car impounded or even ordered to be destroyed -- to not mention that some modifications may give you legal trouble, from being fined up to an automatic prison sentence (if it's something like concealed weapons or classified tech).

Polar opposite of this trope is the RiceBurner. Compare LethalJokeCharacter, ExcaliburInTheRust and OlderIsBetter. See also TheAllegedCar for when it is just as bad as it looks. [[IThoughtItMeant Not related to]] ItsAllJunk.
ItsAllJunk. An example of ArtisticLicenseCars.
25th Apr '16 8:28:35 AM 4444jdm
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* ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport 4'' includes many historical {{Joke Character}}s such as the [[EveryCarIsAPinto Ford Pinto]], VW Beetle, AMC Gremlin, all of which are slow, clumsy cars often maligned for their styling (exploding Pinto, "cutesy" Beetle, "where's the other half of your car" Gremlin). The first two are slow as molasses when stock, but the Gremlin comes with a low-revving, torquey V8 allowing it to laugh off hills and out-accelerate most other cars [[CharacterTiers in its class]]. The game's [[DesignItYourselfEquipment extensive customization system]] can turn even the slowest, most horrible car (i.e. [[GreenAesop Toyota Prius]]) into a 400+ horsepower monster; in fact, a well-tuned Ford Pinto is a [[TierInducedScrappy Leaderboard Car]] that [[GameBreaker dominates almost any track]].

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* ''Videogame/ForzaMotorsport 4'' includes many historical {{Joke Character}}s such as the [[EveryCarIsAPinto Ford Pinto]], VW Beetle, AMC Gremlin, all of which are slow, clumsy cars often maligned for their styling (exploding Pinto, "cutesy" Beetle, "where's the other half of your car" Gremlin). The first two are slow as molasses when stock, but [[PintSizedPowerHouse the Gremlin comes with a low-revving, torquey V8 allowing it to laugh off hills and out-accelerate most other cars cars]] [[CharacterTiers in its class]]. The game's [[DesignItYourselfEquipment extensive customization system]] can turn even the slowest, most horrible car (i.e. [[GreenAesop Toyota Prius]]) into a 400+ horsepower monster; in fact, a well-tuned Ford Pinto is a [[TierInducedScrappy Leaderboard Car]] that [[GameBreaker dominates almost any track]].
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