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June 16, 2007 |  7:23 am



1957_0616_smogJune 16, 1957
Los Angeles

Hi, my name is Larry, and I owned a DKW.

Hi Larry!

Seriously. Induced by a crazy college friend, I bought one of these things in the early 1970s for about $30 and it was the strangest car I ever owned. The DKW had a three-cylinder, two-cycle engine, so you mixed oil in the gasoline--just like a leaf blower, and about as powerful. It was a real smog machine. The joke, of course, is that I bought it from a guy who had three of them.

No, I never got it running, much to the relief of Tucson's motorists, who are about the worst drivers in the nation. I finally sold it to a neighbor who owned a gas station. He wanted to park it at his business to make it look like he actually had some customers.

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