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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - A Revolution on the Eighteenth Fairway

On: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:08PM | By: Jon Summers


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The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance took place last Sunday, on the golf course at Pebble Beach, overlooking Monterey Bay. A 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe won Best of Show, the most elegant car on the lawn this year. The car, owned by Jon Shirley of Medina, WA, has what auction companies call “the perfect storm of provenance”—both sexy and scary. It is fundamentally a racing car, (the MM designation stands for Mille Miglia)  and fast, even by twenty first century standards—contemporary reports suggest a top speed of perhaps 185mph for open 375 MMs, and this car has a more aerodynamic coupe body.  Of course, it makes do without traction control or airbags, and doesn’t have much in the way of brakes; however, it has plenty of 4.5-liter Ferrari V12. Furthermore, it has celebrity ownership history: Acclaimed Italian movie director Roberto Rossellini commissioned the car, and allegedly gave it to film star Ingrid Bergman. It sports a recent world class restoration: That is to say, it is cosmetically perfect. So in these respects it is a typical Pebble winner. What sets it apart is that it is a car built after World War 2. It is the only postwar Best of Show winner in the last four decades. Why ?


The Volkswagen Beetle Goes Dune Buggy

On: Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The Volkswagen Beetle has a long, illustrious history in the dune buggy world, having served as the inspiration and mechanical base for some of the original and most important sand buggies of all time. The Meyers Manx, which recently became just the second vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register, was based on Beetle components. Volkswagen pays homage to this history with the 2014 Beetle Dune concept.


Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:40PM | By: Teddy Field


Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection test 1-1

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a larger-than-life car, for larger-than-life people. If you've got a big wallet and a big ego, this massive car is an opulent way to show people that you's a 'Boss'. And the new Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection will even help you stand out from those other tycoons at the yacht club. Let's find out why it's so special...


Great Scott! Branson Auctions brings movie(-ish) magic to MO with a damn-near perfect BTTF DeLorean

On: Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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When it comes to car-nerd-ery, I’m a 100-percent Christine Plymouth person, but I can see the appeal in owning a sorta-kinda Back to the Future DeLorean like the one not sold at Branson Auctions’ Spring (April 11-12) 2014 sale in—you guessed it—Branson, MO.

These kinds of cars seem to run a traditional route from private listings to eBay Motors and then to places like this, a medium-sized real-time auction in the Midwest. Heck, you can even buy one “new” from several places that I will mention later. And apart from the $541k—yes, you read that right—one-and-only authentic-and-in-private-hands movie-used DeLorean extant, there's a pretty established market with an equally-established average price.

At $62,500 this lot was smack where it should have been price-wise. Why didn’t it sell? I can only assume—as I will in a second—but I'm cool with that if you are. As for now, know this: I think that the owner of this BTTF replica would like to go back in time, take that bid and run. Then again, that would mean his DeLorean time-machine actually works, which would make even half-a-million bucks seem worth less than .01 jigawatts…


 

Audi A3 Named World Car of the Year

On: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 9:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is going on now at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. That means a whole lot of shiny cars are dazzling the biggest city in the United States. One car in particular has distinguished itself above and beyond the pack. The Audi A3 has taken home the prestigious "World Car of the Year" award, beating out 23 other competitors.


Motor City Mashup: Baseball and Classic Cars

On: Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23AM | By: Gary P Garry


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Going on a vacation, even if it is for a long weekend, is something we all live for. If you love classic cars, there is nothing like taking your ride for a ride when you have time off, and the getaway itself is the ultimate payoff.


Nissan Showing Its Smart Mirror at New York Auto Show

On: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 3:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


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In a few years, all new cars will be required to have rear-view camera systems, based on a recent ruling by the NHTSA. Nissan's getting a head start by showing its new Smart Review Mirror in the US for the first time at this week's New York International Auto Show. Equipped on a Rogue crossover, the dual-mode mirror combines traditional mirror view with an LCD display showing video feed from the camera mounted in back.


The New Scion Series 10.0

On: Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 12:49PM | By: Karen Cook


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Toyota is bringing the latest edition of the Scion to the 2014 New York Auto Show and it promises to attract buyers with its modern appearance and some technological upgrades.


Two Near-New Bad-Ass Boss 302s Are For Sale in Canada, eh!

On: Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 3:14PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Living, as I do, in Southeast Michigan, I am constantly subjected to Canadian radio stations, with their better playlists, fewer commercials, and just general all-around better listening experiences. Granted, Detroit was/is the home of Motown, but that’s not really my thing. No, when it comes to classic and modern rock—plus pretty much anything else that makes your ears bleed in a good way—you’ve got to set your radio to something Canuck.

So I’m not quite sure why I was so surprised to find two of the most important and sought-after new(ish) Heavy Metal Mustangs for sale in Toronto this weekend, at Collector Car Productions April 5-6 sale in Toronto. Not only do they have a “Mint 1-of-1 Prototype Pre-Production” 2012 Boss 302 for sale, there's a reverse-color 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, too.

[Granted, that doesn’t leave you much time to get your papers in order, but it’s not like anybody’s going to care if you’re border-hopping OUT of the U.S., right?...]


Ford's Freakiest F-350 Has Been Sold in Chicago. And Now That We Can Track It, We Should Kill It... With Fire!

On: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 4:15PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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As you might have read in an article a colleague of mine wrote a while ago, the 1994 Dodge Ram displayed at that year’s Detroit Auto Show is blamed/praised as the pickup design that set the tone for every rig that’s followed. And for that, we all—yes, ALL—should kiss the ring of anyone involved in the creation—and implementation—of that truck.


Nissan has Another Weird Sedan Concept on the Way

On: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Usually a Nissan sedan concept car wouldn't be interesting enough to intrigue us more than a month before its debut. But Nissan has been on a role of wildly styled concepts of late, not least of which is the recent Bladeglider, a triangular, electric arrow that totally rethinks what a car is all about. While the concept Nissan has planned for the upcoming Beijing Auto Show doesn't look quite that radical, it does appear to have some flair of its own.