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22nd Jun '17 7:24:27 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enqNl7tdLR4 "Beep Beep" by The Playmates]] is about a Nash Rambler (never an impressive car) overtaking a much nicer car...in second gear.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enqNl7tdLR4 "Beep Beep" by The Playmates]] is about a Nash Rambler (never an impressive car) overtaking racing a much nicer car...in Cadillac. The former eventually overtakes the latter and the driver of the Rambler asks the narrator (who drives the Cadillac) how to get his car out of second gear.gear. The song was released the same year (1958) AMC happened to reintroduce the Rambler, which had been discontinued since 1955, as the Rambler American; it enjoyed record sales [[TheRedStapler thanks to the song]]. [[note]]An alternate recording was made for the UK market where the Rambler became a "bubble car" and the Cadillac became a "limousine" to avoid problems with Creator/TheBBC's rule [[ProductDisplacement prohibiting mention of trademarks]] in songs.[[/note]]
19th Jun '17 6:26:05 AM MagiMecha
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* In the first episode of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA, Tenchi finds the sword his ancestor Yosho used to seal away the demon Ryoko and is disappointed at how rusted and unkempt it was. It still had power when Tenchi broke the blade over a rock and split it in half. [[spoiler:The blade was also a disguised as the weapon was actually a LaserBlade. Which ''also'' still worked after 700 years.]]


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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', when the Romulan Republic character and their friend Tovan Kiev board and take over an old T'Liss Warbird, a later Reman ally mentions just how old and fallen apart the ship is, with her wanting to keep the Singularity Core from falling apart. However, the ship battles some of the toughest modern day Romulan ships captained by the Tal Shiar and ships manned by their Elachi allies and defeats them with gusto.
16th May '17 6:11:57 PM nombretomado
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* All the cars in the ''TwistedMetal'' series look fairly beat up, although there is a [[VehicularCombat good reason...]]

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* All the cars in the ''TwistedMetal'' ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series look fairly beat up, although there is a [[VehicularCombat good reason...]]
27th Apr '17 3:40:20 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games where [[RiceBurner ricing up your ride]] doesn't confer bonuses and only serves to decrease police heat by disguising the vehicle, like in ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted2005 Most Wanted]]'' and [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedCarbon Carbon]]'', nothing stops you from driving a sleeper (and even if you do have to change the car's appearance due to the heat, a simple and boring paint job does the trick). It's even more pronounced in ''Most Wanted'', where car tiers don't exist and you can just customize your initial Punto, Lexus or Cobalt's performance parts until it can compete with (and win against) heavily-customized sportscars like Lamborghinis, [=McLarens=] and [[spoiler:the BMW M3 GTR you lost to Razor]].

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* In ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games where [[RiceBurner ricing up your ride]] doesn't confer bonuses and only serves to decrease police heat by disguising the vehicle, like in ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted2005 ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Most Wanted]]'' and [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedCarbon ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedCarbon Carbon]]'', nothing stops you from driving a sleeper (and even if you do have to change the car's appearance due to the heat, a simple and boring paint job does the trick). It's even more pronounced in ''Most Wanted'', where car tiers don't exist and you can just customize your initial Punto, Lexus or Cobalt's performance parts until it can compete with (and win against) heavily-customized sportscars like Lamborghinis, [=McLarens=] and [[spoiler:the BMW M3 GTR you lost to Razor]].
27th Apr '17 1:57:54 PM REV6Pilot
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* In ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games where [[RiceBurner ricing up your ride]] doesn't confer bonuses and only serves to decrease police heat by disguising the vehicle, like in ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted2005 Most Wanted]]'' and [[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedCarbon Carbon]]'', nothing stops you from driving a sleeper (and even if you do have to change the car's appearance due to the heat, a simple and boring paint job does the trick). It's even more pronounced in ''Most Wanted'', where car tiers don't exist and you can just customize your initial Punto, Lexus or Cobalt's performance parts until it can compete with (and win against) heavily-customized sportscars like Lamborghinis, [=McLarens=] and [[spoiler:the BMW M3 GTR you lost to Razor]].
27th Apr '17 1:25:28 PM REV6Pilot
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* The speedster you use in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2'', known affectionately as "The Muscle Car". Alyx is impressed with it from the start, presumably because pre-apocalypse cars that work at all are rare and this one does sort of look like it was a classic car once.
** The airboat counts as well. Beneath the exposed frame and rusty appearance lies a monster that maneuvers in water like nobody's business (not so much on land, but that's not where it was intended to run on anyway), can bowl over anything that isn't made of metal, and is light enough to ''glide'' during [[RampJump leaps]]. It also supports the eventual installation of [[{{BFG}} a devastatingly powerful helicopter-based machinegun]]. Unfortunately, later on, the only option is to ditch it. And then you have to use the scout car...
** ... which is another dirt-covered diamond. It's just as bony bare, and shabby-looking as the airboat, but it's a reliable, and fast, little vehicle that is more than enough to get past the coastal highways. It can make roadkill out of any enemy you find while you have it, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment it's fast]], responsive, and has a ''crazy'' turbo function. Plus, if you somehow knock it off its wheels, it's light enough to be turned back up by the gravity gun. Oh, and did I mention it has a Tau cannon in the front? [[OverlyLongGag Or that it's really fast?]] Or that it has a bottomless ammo crate allowing you to be very liberal with the SMG when you have to make an on-foot excursion?

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* The speedster you use ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' isn't lacking in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2'', known affectionately as "The Muscle Car". Alyx is impressed with it from the start, presumably because pre-apocalypse cars that work at all are rare and this one does sort of look like it was a classic car once.
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** The airboat counts as well.airboat. Beneath the exposed frame and rusty appearance lies a monster that maneuvers in water like nobody's business (not so much on land, but that's not where it was intended to run on anyway), can bowl over anything that isn't made of metal, and is light enough to ''glide'' during [[RampJump leaps]]. It also supports the eventual installation of [[{{BFG}} a devastatingly powerful helicopter-based machinegun]]. Unfortunately, later on, the only option is to ditch it. it on the following chapter.
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And then you have to use the scout car...
** ... which is
car, another dirt-covered rust-painted diamond. It's just as bony bare, barebones and shabby-looking as the airboat, but it's a reliable, reliable and fast, fast little vehicle that is more than enough to get past the coastal highways. It can make roadkill out of any enemy you find while you have it, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment it's fast]], responsive, and has a ''crazy'' turbo function. Plus, if you somehow knock it off its wheels, it's light enough to be turned back up by the gravity gun. Oh, and did I mention it has a Tau cannon that doesn't overheat or require ammo mounted in the front? [[OverlyLongGag Or that it's really fast?]] Or that it has a bottomless ammo crate allowing you to be very liberal with the SMG when you have to make an on-foot excursion?excursion? The downside is that it takes is a bit of self-control on the driver's part, because if you're too liberal with the accelerator and the turbo, the already fast scout car can indeed be TooFastToStop. And just like the airboat, you don't spend too much time with it before you have to leave it behind.
** The speedster you use in ''Episode 2'', known affectionately as "The Muscle Car". Alyx is impressed with it from the start, presumably because pre-apocalypse cars that work at all are rare and this one does sort of look like it was a classic car once. It's fast without being ''too'' fast, and it's very stable easy to control even when the turbo boost is activated, and unlike the base game's two vehicles, you keep it for practically the whole game. Its only problem is that unlike the airboat and the scout car, it doesn't have any weapons [[CarFu outside of its ramming potential]].
11th Apr '17 10:30:52 PM Yalsaris63
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* French car maker Renault famously took a Renault Espace Minivan (a rather pedestrian-looking family car) and [[http://www.carbuildindex.com/25979/1995-renault-espace-f1-minivan-with-800-hp-formula-one-engine/ installed a 800 bhp Formula One engine in it]]. They also got four-time former Formula One World Champion Alan Prost to drive it around a track at speeds rather higher than you'd normally achieve while dropping the kids off to the soccer practice. Why? Because they could. You know the Espace racing machine that appeared in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 2''? Yes, that one clearly was based off the aforementioned Formula One-engine installed version in Real Life. [[SuperPrototype Unfortunately, this van is not meant to be for sale because it is a concept car.]]

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* French car maker Renault famously took a Renault Espace Minivan (a rather pedestrian-looking family car) and [[http://www.carbuildindex.com/25979/1995-renault-espace-f1-minivan-with-800-hp-formula-one-engine/ installed a 800 bhp Formula One engine in it]]. They also got four-time former Formula One World Champion Alan Prost to drive it around a track at speeds rather higher than you'd normally achieve while dropping the kids off to the soccer practice. Why? Because they could. You know the Espace racing machine that appeared in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 2''? Yes, that one clearly was based off derived from the aforementioned Formula One-engine installed version in Real Life. [[SuperPrototype Unfortunately, this van is not meant to be for sale because it is a concept car.]]
11th Apr '17 10:30:15 PM Yalsaris63
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* French car maker Renault famously took a Renault Espace Minivan (a rather pedestrian-looking family car) and [[http://www.carbuildindex.com/25979/1995-renault-espace-f1-minivan-with-800-hp-formula-one-engine/ installed a 800 bhp Formula One engine in it]]. They also got four-time former Formula One World Champion Alan Prost to drive it around a track at speeds rather higher than you'd normally achieve while dropping the kids off to the soccer practice. Why? Because they could. [[SuperPrototype Unfortunately, this car is not meant to be for sale because it is a concept car.]]

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* French car maker Renault famously took a Renault Espace Minivan (a rather pedestrian-looking family car) and [[http://www.carbuildindex.com/25979/1995-renault-espace-f1-minivan-with-800-hp-formula-one-engine/ installed a 800 bhp Formula One engine in it]]. They also got four-time former Formula One World Champion Alan Prost to drive it around a track at speeds rather higher than you'd normally achieve while dropping the kids off to the soccer practice. Why? Because they could. You know the Espace racing machine that appeared in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo 2''? Yes, that one clearly was based off the aforementioned Formula One-engine installed version in Real Life. [[SuperPrototype Unfortunately, this car van is not meant to be for sale because it is a concept car.]]
23rd Mar '17 5:35:46 AM Adept
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** Most egregious in its home ground ''InitialD Arcade Stage'', where it is consistently the best car of them all, beating sport models like the Mazda RX-series, and the Honda [=S2000=] and NSX. The consistently second-best (the first generation Mazda MX-5) is also not much of a looker even though it ''is'' a proper sports car.

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** Most egregious in its home ground ''InitialD ''Manga/InitialD Arcade Stage'', where it is consistently the best car of them all, beating sport models like the Mazda RX-series, and the Honda [=S2000=] and NSX. The consistently second-best (the first generation Mazda MX-5) is also not much of a looker even though it ''is'' a proper sports car.
3rd Jan '17 8:11:12 AM Lopiny
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* ''Videogame/SunlessSea'': Invoked by the Wreckships in the ''Zubmariner'' expansion; they are ''supposed'' to look like actual shipwrecks, because [[ChestMonster that way they lure unsuspecting captains who loot regular shipwrecks]]. That, and they're made from sunken ships, so not much you can do there to make them look like anything other than the product of a half-assed salvage effort. But they are definitely powerful ships, with a frontal cannon stronger than even those carried by the dreadnoughts of the Iron Republic and excellent maneuverability that ensures you will always be in their sights.


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* ''Videogame/SunlessSea'': Invoked by the Wreckships in the ''Zubmariner'' expansion; they are ''supposed'' to look like actual shipwrecks, because [[ChestMonster that way they lure unsuspecting captains who loot regular shipwrecks]]. That, and they're made from sunken ships, so not much you can do there to make them look like anything other than the product of a half-assed salvage effort. But they are definitely powerful ships, with a frontal cannon stronger than even those carried by the dreadnoughts of the Iron Republic and excellent maneuverability that ensures you will always be in their sights.
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