'''Basic Trope''': An apparently-decrepit vehicle turns out to be superior in performance to newer, shinier machines.
* '''Straight''': Ben's [[TheAllegedCar 50-year-old Fiat 500]] is dented and scarred with flaking paint, but its speed and power are visibly better than the other models shown.
* '''Exaggerated''': Ben's [[TheAllegedCar 100-year-old Ford Model T]] is covered in rust holes and sloppy jury-rigged repairs, but it can [[BadassNormal outrun fighter jets while carrying an entire refrigerator]].
* '''Downplayed''': Ben's [[BoringButPractical 20-year-old Toyota Camry]] is less [[BlingOfWar stylish]] than the others in the show, but it runs measurably faster.
* '''Justified''':
** The company Ben works for is running on a shoestring budget and can't afford nonessential repairs. They make up for it with ingenuity, and their clever designs are better than the standard.
** The other cars were all built by HonestJohnsDealership, and were made to attract suckers by looking nice, since aesthetics are cheaper than quality. Meanwhile, [[BoringButPractical Ben's machine]] looks rather weary after all its years of service, but still packs a punch because it was built to last.
** Ben's cars had subtle modifications on their performance. Aside, they look stock.
** Ben's cars are his own AceCustom with sheer amounts of modification, and he uses the dusty shell to disguise his car as TheAllegedCar.
** Ben's cars are old SuperPrototype not released to the market, they are dusty, but they still run well, and he gleefully BreakOutTheMuseumPiece.
** Ben's car is a factory performance version that does not look much different to a base model.
** Ben's car is a decommissioned racing car no longer in use, due to TechnologyMarchesOn.
* '''Inverted''': [[DarkActionGirl Claire's]] [[CoolCar Bugatti Veyron]] is a {{Rice Burner}}.
* '''Subverted''': When Ben's [[AllegedCar Toyota Corolla]] breaks down after racing against his opposition, he switches to a [[FragileSpeedster Ferrari F12]] like those he's been racing ... [[AcePilot and is even faster]].
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...because his Toyota Corolla was actually in dire need of repairs the whole time. When it finally gets fixed and he's back in it, [[BadassNormal it's even better]].
** Ben's [[ImprobablyCoolCar 30-year-old Ferrari 288 GTO]] looks like (from everyone's view) an outdated VendorTrash compared to [[CoolCar the modern]] [[DifficultButAwesome supercars]] like [[MightyGlacier Nissan GT-R]], but it runs reasonably fast, and executes even better on curves.
* '''Parodied''': [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Deb]]'s moped looks beat up, is missing a significant portion of its frame and a front wheel and is literally falling apart, but can overtake [[BigBad Emperor Evulz's]] Top Fuel dragster.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Ben's [[TheAllegedCar Ferrari Dino]] is fast, but unreliable. As such, his Dino [[DamageIsFire catches flames very easily]].
* '''Averted''': None of the cars are in apparently worse condition than any others.
* '''Enforced''': Ben is the CoolOldGuy, and therefore must have a cool old car.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Are you sure that'll still run, Ben?"
* '''Invoked''':
** [[CombatPragmatist Ben]] prefers his opponents, particularly Emperor Evulz, [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty off-guard]].
** Ben takes apart his car, and deliberatley damages the extorior panels, while leaving the vital engine parts undamaged.
* '''Exploited''': [[DarkActionGirl Claire]] bets on [[BadassNormal Ben]] in a duel, knowing that most of the people gambling will underestimate his odds.
* '''Defied''': [[NonIdleRich Ben]] is slowly restoring his car's bodywork throughout the series.
* '''Discussed''': "The first lesson you will need to learn is a simple one: underestimate no-one. You see that heap out in the yard there? Ben, show them what it can do."
* '''Conversed''': "You know, I can't see why the RiceBurner drivers keep getting fooled by Ben's Yugo. [[OlderIsBetter Every old model you see is better than the new ones.]]"
* '''Deconstructed''': Ben's Ford Transit is as fast as it is relative to the others because it was built right before new regulations banned the use of its core technology for environmental and safety reasons, and he ends up facing legal charges for continuing to operate it.
* '''Reconstructed''': Ben's Ford Transit is as fast as it is relative to the others because it was a [[SuperPrototype development mule for the Jaguar XJ220 chassis]] -- which explains why the aesthetics ... aren't there.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Ben's opponent, Emperor Evulz, is an UpperClassTwit JerkJock who constantly brags about his Bugatti and gets humiliated after getting beaten by what others see as a [[AllegedCar junkyard find Geo Metro.]]
* '''Played For Drama''': Ben's friend to whom Ben has lend his modified car dies in a crash after underestimating the car's performance.
Back to WhatAPieceOfJunk, and don't let the rust fool you: that link's just as fast as anything out there.
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