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Categories: Special / Limited Edition

Uhm... Rolls Royce to Develop Plug-in Hybrid

On: Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:13AM | By: Teddy Field


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If you can afford to buy a Rolls Royce, then you’re not going to be concerned about the gas mileage. You probably own an oil well, or a small country, and you need a suitable conveyance for your massive ego. Obviously, the traditional Rolls customer doesn’t want or need a plug-in hybrid. But government regulators are forcing them to make one…


The Newest Chevrolet Corvette is ZO-Sick!

On: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 11:43AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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We would like to send an open letter of thanks to the great folks at Chevrolet. It is not often these days that we begin writing about a new car and then realize we're simply at a loss for words. Not because of any sudden illness, or some unusual drainage of every vocabulary word in our brains, or even a more simple solution like alien abduction. No, this initial loss of words was due to simply being overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of the newest badass to roll of the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Toy Trucks for Big Boys

On: Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 4:30PM | By: Karen Cook


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When my oldest son was three years old, we moved from Florida to California. We drove across the country in a small Isuzu pick-up. It was a 7-day trip since we drove only between 7am and 9pm so he could sleep in a bed every night. It was a long, cramped journey and I don’t ever want to do it again. He wasn’t much interested in coloring books and the like. What kept him entertained was a plastic beach pail full of tiny model cars. Hot Wheels, Tonka, and generic miniature metal vehicles occupied him for all those hours on the road. Every night the bucket was carried into the hotel where he spread a hand towel next to the sink, washed each car or truck in the tub while he had his bath and lined them up on the towel in neat rows to dry overnight. Boys like their model vehicles. Generally they outgrow the little cars and move on to big ones. Ford is bridging that gap and tapping into the little boy in every man.


Something Speciale

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.


 

BMW Goes Slightly Mad, Announces 4 Series Gran Coupe

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 8:21AM | By: Nick Bakewell


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I think that someone, somewhere inside BMW’s striking headquarters in Munich (which is in Germany, thank you) is about to be made “redundant”. Either that, or the pervading sense of German pragmatism has been unceremoniously defenestrated from the offices of BMW’s marketing, branding, and long-term planning executives. How else could they justify something like the newly announced 4 Series Gran Coupe? Let me provide a little background information:


The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

On: Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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The M3 is dead. Well, sort of. The two-door M3 is dead, but the four-door M3 lives on. So if you want the ultimate M3, you now can only get it in sedan form, but in essence the two-door M3 lives on as the M4. Confused yet? Essentially, 4 is the new 3. For 2015 BMW wanted to differentiate between its midsize two-door cars and its midsize four door versions. The 3-Series is now four-door only, while the newly designated 4-Series can be had only with a pair of doors. 


GM Blasphemes, Offers Auto 'Vette Z06

On: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:34PM | By: Nick Bakewell


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GM’s really gone and done it this time: they’re offering the new Corvette Z06 with an…automatic gearbox. Now, before you get all up in arms about it, remember that it’s just an option, you are by no means required to have 8 gears and a torque converter. According to project chief engineer Tadge Juecther (I don’t know, either), the new auto ‘box was found to be a pleasing and eminently practical alternative to developing a Dual-Clutch transmission, and was benchmarked against just about every other performance DCT on the market; they were all found wanting. So there you have it, from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.


Abra Cada-Brabus

On: Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:02AM | By: Karen Cook


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Sometimes the important thing is the destination. Other times, it’s the journey. If you need to get to your destination fast, but you want to enjoy the journey as well, Brabus has the vehicle for you.


Literal TONS of Classic American Iron Went for Pennies on the Pound at Auctions America's Fall Carlisle Sale

On: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 4:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’ve owned a lot of cars in my day(s)—or at least possessed them, as registering them is a hassle when you’re not looking to keep the car more than three months—but there have been only a precious few that really made me miss them once they’d gone.

Sure, her 400 cu. in. V8 really ran on only seven cylinders, nothing power-operated worked on a consistent basis, and I’d still be waiting for her to hit 60 mph from rest if I hadn’t given up and sold her 15 years ago.

But in the pre-eBay days a car-crazed youth like myself could actually find (semi) running cars that people just wanted gone from their garages, driveways, etc…. FOR FREE! Nowadays, however, everything’s worth something—just check out any “official” price guide—and you’ll see that the kind of USS California-sized battlewagons that you couldn’t GIVE AWAY in the 1980s and ‘90s are being stripped, shredded, and sent to China as scrap.

So, mark my words, people: we are living in the very last era of the semi-free super-sized land yacht. Oh, and parts are still plentiful and cheap, mechanics still know how to work on them and there is nothing—NOTHING—that can work on the ladies like a queen-sized, velour-covered rear seating area... [Author’s note: Your results may vary.]


You Have The Right to Remain Terrified by Mecum's Fully-kitted Ex-California Highway Patrol 2002 Camaro B4C

On: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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No. It can’t be. NO! But it’s a… a Camaro! Then the unmistakable round red “takedown” light pops on and I know the California Highway Patrol has me dead to rights. And forget about fleeing. Not that I ever would, but the test Nissan Maxima I was bombing down I-5 in would be meat on the table for a car like what I found to be the first “B4C” (police) package ’02 Camaro in that neck of the woods.

First thing out of the officer’s mouth—hand to God—was, “Dang. I thought you were going to run. They say these Camaros’ll do almost 150, but without a suspect to chase we can’t exceed 100.” Then I, professional wordsmith that I am, offered an equally shocking, “Sorry to disappoint you.”

He laughed, I tried to laugh back, and he let me go. And as I watched his shark-like black-and-white police-package Z28 slide off into the night, I swore one day I’d have one just like it, lights, labels, and all. And if I was in Anaheim, CA during Mecum’s Nov. 21-23 auction, I really could’ve. But [insert excuse why here] someone beat me to it. And for a price I STILL can’t believe…


I'm Goin' to Disneyland! Mecum Sold Some Rare Real-deal Shelbys for as Little as $1,300 in Anaheim

On: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:29AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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What does the serious Shelby collector do once he’s scratched all the usual itches? Cobras? You’ve got at least one each of the 260s, 289s, 427s, and 428s. Mustangs? You’ve got a garage full of G.T. 350s of every stripe (including at least one real-deal “R”) and a field full of G.T. 500s, open and shut, “KR” and not. Heck, you’ve even got the Holy Grail of Shelbys in your stable, a one-of-nearly-none Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Well, my friend, as Mecum’s recent auction in Anaheim shows, there’s a whole ‘nother volume in the Encyclopedia of Shelby, and—if you act right now—you can build yet another collection of that wily Texan’s wares for a relative song.

Well, that, and a MUCH bigger building…