RAW reader Nancy Vogler of Andover was shopping in Arlington last month when she spotted this well-decorated Saab -- a vehicle that many of us who live north of Boston have seen around and about.
"I'm sending along a few photos of a car that is often spotted in the Boston Northwest area," Nancy wrote. "I have seen it several times in Burlington, Arlington, and my hometown of Andover. I happened to have my point-and-shoot with me today when I parked next to it in Arlington.
"As you can see, it has small figures glued to it, such as action figures and Pez dispensers. I thought it might make an interesting photo essay. The MA license plate is MEOWWW. This person might be fun to interview along with photos of the car itself.
"I have no way of contacting the owner myself, but with the plate number, the Globe may be able to track down the owner ... who I assume is as colorful as the car itself!"
Aw, that would be too easy. Let's see if anyone in the RAW community can help us out first.
By the way, local guy Chris Devers has posted a couple of photos of the car on his Flickr page.
Here are the rest of the photos that Nancy snapped. Info, anyone?
Update No. 1: Chris Devers (see above) wrote in with this info:
Thanks for linking to my photos of the "Toy Car"!
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 "Cat in the Hat" hat. (I deliberately didn't get a photo of her getting out of it -- that would have crossed a privacy line, I think.)
• When I saw it near the Museum of Science in July 2008, there were a couple of kids in the back seat, one with curly (red?) hair.
• She has had the car, or at least the MEOWWW license plate, for more than a decade.
• She's way ahead of you on the "EYESORE" jokes :-)
I have another 15 photos of it on Flickr for your enjoyment :-)
Update No. 2: 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.
Mystery solved, Nancy!
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