"Are you from the past?"

“Are you from the past?”

It’s hard to figure out how to respond to a sight like this.

A sight, I might add, that didn’t get better the closer I got to it.

Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, this driver clearly wasn’t going to be stopped from getting the most attention out of his retro-styled compact wagon.

Chevrolet HHRs (or as all the kids call them, Heritage High Roofs) were sold between 2005 and 2011. Based on the Cobalt, the HHR was a fairly competent vehicle powered (mainly) by the durable 2.2 and 2.4-litre Ecotec engines, mated to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual.

A rare SS model came with a turbocharged 2.0-litre making 260 horsepower, which promised really fast trips to the grocery store. I have to think this would be something of a find for a certain niche of collector.

Overall, I’d argue the HHR pulled off the retro wagon look better than the oddly-shaped Chrysler PT Cruiser. THIS, however, doesn’t count as part of the package.

With skull-and-crossbones faux chrome wheel covers atop painted steel rims, coupled with a do-it-yourself whitewall treatment, this HHR wasn’t busy hauling restraint or taste.

The wide pinstripe is a nice addition, however.