It’s strange how much automotive development, culture, and availability has been shaped by taxes. In America, we’ve had a dearth of small imported pickup trucks for years thanks to a tax involving chickens, many European countries’ engine displacement taxes played a role in the rise of turbocharging and prevented many American cars from being competitive, and, maybe most fun result, tax loopholes created some wildly improbable and delightfully non-sensical vehicles. Like the Camaro and Firebird pickup trucks of 1980s Finland.
I was sent some pictures of these by one of our weird-shit-hunting minions, Hans, and I think what’s most amazing about these Camaros—beyond the massive rear overhang and that shockingly usable-looking bed—is how many of these there are in Finland.
What’s going on, exactly? There seems to be too many of these to just be coincidental one-offs from some gloriously-deranged Finns—there