Here in Crete we have a fairly large collection of jalopies – most of them still on the road. Some of them go back forty years and consist basically of a rotovator without the blades with a seat and trailer on the back. Later they joined the front engine to the trailer and then we had, hey presto, the first jalopies. Here is one . . .
Interestingly in a village not far from where I live is a lovely old blue jalopy. I dare not guess at the age, but it is on the road and in daily use by a very mature farmer. It is painted blue and it goes pretty well, if not fast.
As I said, it is indeed in daily use. In the field beside the above picture the farmer was tilling his land and loading some wild greens in the back for his family to eat.
In the dictionary, it says that a jalopy is an old vehicle – more or less – not a shining vintage car. So there we have it . .