• "I SOR"
  • Old Nokia cell phone
  • One of several Pez dispensers: Snoopy
  • One of several Pez dispensers.
  • One of several Pez dispensers: Yoda
  • One of several Pez dispensers.
  • One of several Pez dispensers: Chewbacca
  • One of several Pez dispensers: Ewok
  • One of several Pez dispensers: C3PO
  • One of several Pez dispensers.
  • Charlie Brown
  • One of several Pez dispensers.
  • Fridge magnet: Piano
  • Fridge magnet: Muppet
  • Fridge magnet: Shark
  • Fridge magnet: seahorse
  • Fridge magnet: hand grenade?
  • Mini cooper toy?
  • No hubcaps. Of course.

    I almost expect the spinny hubcaps, or pinwheels or something glued on to the wheels.
  • Splattery paint
  • Window sticker: smiley face
  • Window sticker: butterfly
  • Window stickers: fish
  • Splattery paint
  • Splattery paint
  • Splattery paint
  • Monkey wrench
  • Stuff on the dashboard, too

    Oh wait that must be the kids.
  • Action figure, Doctor Doom I think.
  • Horse
  • Action figure army.
  • Fridge magnet: Traffic lights
  • Pirate ship sails?
  • Fridge magnet: Seahorse.
  • Monkey wrenches
  • Plastic pliers.
  • Unidentifable action figure.
  • Unidentifable action figure.
  • Unidentifable action figure.
  • Unidentifable action figure playing the piano.
  • Unidentifable action figures.
  • "Schwa" style alien head.
  • Matchbox car.
  • Matchbox car.
  • Fridge magnet. Sadly, whatever was glued to it has fallen away.
  • Action figure: Homer Simpson?
  • Octopus? Monkey?
  • Clean pillar. Only clean part on the car.
  • Etch-a-sketch?
  • I'm always looking for a pen. - Hadleygrass is asparagus
  • Toothbrush? - FourPawsATail...AndTwoWings?
  • looks like the same wrench from my kids "Bob the Builder" interactive book - dennilane

Decorated Saab car as sculpture (back-er)

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Fittingly, the license plate said "MEOW".

See this picture for a little more of the hood.

I'm not sure which Saab model it is: maybe a 90s vintage 900 or 9000, or maybe a 2000-ish 9-3 (first generation) or 9-5.

In any case, the real answer is that this car is truly one of a kind now.

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Bostonist.com: Bite Size News, July 29, 2008 :-)

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UPDATE 12 Jan 2010: Spotted again! I saw the car while driving through Harvard Square this morning, and was able to stop & get a few more photos of this magnificent, magnificent beast of a car -- and with the better camera, too. Enjoy!

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UPDATE 30 Mar 2010: The hunt is on! Teresa Hanafin at Boston.com's RAW Blog today ran Who drives this funny car?, in which a Globe reader from Andover is asking for info about the owner of the car, noting that it has been several times in Boston's northwest suburbs (Burlington, Arlington, Andover, Cambridge, etc). According to some commenters, the owner may live (or work?) in Belmont, as it seems like it's seen there pretty often.

I don't want to infringe on the driver's privacy too much, unless she wants to "out" herself as the owner of this fine machine, so I'll simply add the handful of clues that I have:

• Both times I've seen the car, a woman was driving it.
• When I saw it in Harvard Square in January, she was wearing a Dr Seuss hat.
• When I saw it near the Museum of Science in July 2008, there was a couple of kids in the back seat, one with curly (red?) hair.
• She's way ahead of you on the "EYESORE" jokes :-)

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UPDATE 31 Mar 2010: The Boston.com blog post ferreted out the info within hours:

Jenny wrote to let us know that a correspondent for one of the Globe's regional editions wrote about the car, identifying the owner, about a year and a half ago.

fleur1984, and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. applejack1963 70 months ago | reply

    I SOR? -> EYESORE, but don't you believe it!

  2. Ashley Pomeroy 70 months ago | reply

    You did all those notes? I bet you were waiting for something to cook in the oven.

  3. Chris Devers 70 months ago | reply

    ...as a matter of fact...

    (Actually, I keep forgetting about the Note thing to begin with, too.)

  4. WBUR 70 months ago | reply


  5. mattlach 66 months ago | reply

    Its likely an early 1st generation Saab 9-3. (essentially a newer version of the 90s Saab 900).

    You can tell its a 9-5 by looking at the bumpers. They are body colored and have the black bumper strip all around. Saab 900 models looked very similar, but had bumpers with black tops and a chrome strip going around them.

    Either way this thing is a major eyesore and IMHO the "artist" (if you can call them that) wrecked an otherwise perfectly good and nice car!

  6. lucy★photography 64 months ago | reply

    Ha this is amazing I love It!

  7. saabrobz 57 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Modified Saabs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. Ferdinand1977 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cars extraordinaire, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. King Baby 52 months ago | reply

    Your first car is always that cool!

  10. Dona Minúcia 50 months ago | reply

    This image - and all others on this subject, "collections, lots of (whatever), miscellaneous, patterns, textures, persevering and/or very detailed studies images etc." - would be lovely on our very new group, called ALL COLLECTIONS

    If you accept the invitation, it is not necessary to ask to join the group. Just click on link above (in blue); then appears a window on you not to have to ask anything - just say "hi" and send back :-)

    It would be adorable have your artwoks on that subjects there.

  11. Betsi Goutal 49 months ago | reply

    I was all set to proudly answer your question when I noticed I'd missed the small blurb at the end. Whoops, silly me! Anyhow, the reason I knew the answer is because there is a brief interview with the owner in the November/December 2009 issue of the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors. :)

    Oddly, I live fairly near the area the car is usually spotted in, but I've never seen it. Especially strange since I adore all things kitschy, weird, and brightly colored. You'd think I'd've spotted it! :)

  12. Chris Devers 48 months ago | reply

    Just keep an eye out -- it's hard to miss :-)

  13. chevyman2010 [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    I have seen one just like that I wonder if it was yours

  14. Chris Devers 47 months ago | reply

    Well, it isn't mine -- the caption gets into identifying the owner a bit, including links to a Globe piece about the car and the owner.

    But in any case, it's certainly unique -- if you've seen one "like it", certainly it must be the same car.

  15. chester1chester 44 months ago | reply

    I photographed this car a few years ago in Bedford MA, just saw it here.


  16. Smooothie 38 months ago | reply

    wow... this must have been a lot of work!

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