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Used Parts Bin: I Ordered a...

Bill Crittenden
June 27, 2014


Huffington Post has a story about a man who asked to go to Spain but was sent to Grenada instead of Granada.  GrEnada is in the Caribbean, and it wasn't an upgrade considering his hotel reservations, trains, and tours were booked in Spain.

So I suddenly remembered that I had just yesterday indexed the new library page for the Opel/Vauxhall Cascada.  It's a small convertible, and it went in just above the Freightliner Cascadia, which is obviously a big damn truck.  One letter made such a huge difference!

What I was wondering was, what would be a the worst such errors imaginable when ordering a car?  Say that you're a man or woman of much money and little time, and you call up an exotic car broker, and order a car.  New, classic, doesn't matter.  And instead, based on a one-letter typo you overlook in the contract they sent you, something very different gets delivered to your driveway the next week.

Similar to our subject in the story, you mention the marque in passing but the model name is where the mistake has been made and the delivered car isn't even the correct manufacturer.

What would be the most tragic one-letter name switches in car models?  I'll post the good replies here!



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