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2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition: What's In A Name?

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


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Although it is hard to argue with Shakespeare, when it comes to the automotive world, he may not have been quite right. While it is true that, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," when it comes to cars a name counts.  

By the numbers the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition, aside from being a mouthful, is not an overwhelmingly impressive car. It is powered by a wicked 5.9-liter V12 that churns out an incredible 510-horsepower and equally awe-inspiring 420-lb.-ft. of torque, but for all that power it is essentially the quintessential Aston Martin corporate motor that we have seen in quite a few other models. A six-speed automatic transmission is no more than standard fare these days, and could even be considered to be behind the times at this stage of the game with automakers like BMW and Mercedes using seven and eight speed transmissions to back their seemingly lesser cars. All that for the most daunting number of all -- a base price of a whopping $302,576!


Savage Rivale Shows Its Unique Convertible System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've never heard of Savage Rivale, don't feel bad. Up until a few months ago, we hadn't either. The Netherlands-based startup is in the process of rethinking the supercar with its Roadyacht GTS. Everything about this car makes it unique, including its innovative roof system, which Savage has shown a rendering of in a short, new video.

While the term "supercar" typically refers to a powerful, fast, lightweight two-door coupe, Savage Rivale extends the term to its funky convertible with four wing doors and four seats. While adding the weight of two rear doors and a convertible system would usually prevent a car from performing with other supercars, Savage claims to have weight down below 3,000 lbs., allowing the Roadyacht's 670-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8 to provide a 3.4-second to 62 mph time and a 205 mph top speed.


"World's First And Only Mexican Beaded VW" Visits U.S. (It's Better Than It Sounds)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:30PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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On the first leg of its tour of North America and Europe, “Vochol”—the world's “first and only Volkswagen decorated with beads by Mexican Huichol Indians”—can be seen now through May 6 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Now before you go and dismiss this as a “hippie”-style psychedelic custom VW, let’s look at the facts: all of the intricate, multicolored everything you see on the surface of this 1990 VW Beetle (yes, I meant 1990) has been done—by hand—with “more than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn and resin.”

Yep, "two families of Huíchol artisans [eight persons total] devoted more than 9,000 hours” to create Vochol, a name derived from a combination of “vochol”, a popular term for VW Beetles in Mexico, and “Huichol”, the common name of the Wirrárika indigenous group.

But this project is more than 233 lbs. of beadwork slapped on a Bug. And—unlike any groovy, 1960s-era painted version—this one’s important enough to be in the Smithsonian.


No foolin': OPGI's 30th Anniversary Car Show Set For April 1st

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 3:13PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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If you’re the owner of a “classic” GM car you’re probably familiar with Original Parts Group Inc. and their comprehensive catalogs. We’re talking about models like the Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, Skylark, GTO, Monte Carlo, Riviera and even 1954 through 1976 Cadillacs.

[Unfortunately, they have no apparent love—or parts—for my ’89 Olds Custom Cruiser. What’s up with that?]

Anyhoo, on April 1, in celebration of the firm’s 30th year of operation, they are hosting a classic car show at their Seal Beach, Calif., headquarters. Free and open to all, it is certain to feature many of the finest examples of each vehicle line I’ve mentioned, not including—so far as I know—any Custom Cruisers.

Still, it sounds like a heck of an event. But you don’t have to take just MY word(s) for it…


 

March Madness Mecum's Way Part 3: Meet MAJOR Muscle Cars In Missouri

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis


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I’ve got to hand it to you, Supreme Being; you’ve got quite a sense of humor. You hard-wired us to impulsively run from things that want to eat us, yet you made us unable to resist cuddling them when they’re young. Similarly, you’ve instilled a sense of “know-better” when it comes to owning—and doing—extremely dangerous things. Case in point: the six vehicles I’ve selected from Mecum’s end-of-March sale in Kansas City, MO.

Now you’ve (hopefully) read my earlier features on Mecum’s fearsome creatures, from the article on some classic, practical vehicles from the 1940s and 1950s to the article on the more modern yet COMPLETELY impractical ones. Well, that’s all fine and good if you’re just into trucks. But what if you wanted to kill yourself in something that’s more “fast” than “four-by”?

Well, fear not, for I have just what you need. And if you think you’re missing out because you’re only getting one "car" feature, just check out the stats on this dirty half-dozen: 12 doors, 24 wheels, 48 cylinders and a (claimed) grand total of 4,612 horsepower. Sound good? Damn right! So what are you waiting for? Get to jumpin’!


MotorTrend Gets Wild With Super Wagon Showdown (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Salamone


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MotorTrend, the company famous for Subaru Outback adventures and Jeep survival epics, brings the thunder when it comes to automotive journalism. Few companies, if any, are capable of producing such high quality, well composed content and a recent super wagon-on-wagon comparo is no exception. In just over 9:00 minutes of scintillating video or skimming a brief article, viewers will be left with a newfound sense of appreciation.

Wagons, it would seem, can be less embarrassing than we thought, especially the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.


NO DISASSEMBLE! Mercedes Classic Murders A Gullwing (Knockoff)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:51PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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The 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” has one of the most beautiful bodies in the world, automotive or otherwise. Between 1954 and 1957, only 1400 of these curvy creations were built—1,371 in steel, 29 in aluminum—ensuring that they’d forever be a hot (read: EXPENSIVE) commodity.

Values have been rising rapidly to an “average” of nearly $1M. One—an alloy-bodied 1955 model—set a world record at auction in January with a winning bid of $4.62 million. It’s clear, then, that there’s a market out there for 300 SL replicas. Problem is, as Mercedes-Benz puts it, “The body shape of the legendary gullwing model has been trademarked by Daimler AG.”

So what happens when M-B finds out you’ve been violating said trademark? Bad things. Bad for you and VERY bad for the car.

Reader discretion is advised…


Mecum's March Madness Part 2: Another Round Of Big Rigs, Only This Time They're Classics (And USEFUL!)

On: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 1:10PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Here’s something for you if you’re a truck person (I hear there’s a cream for that now, BTW) looking to make a statement at your local Show ‘N’ Shine with something bedded and breathtaking, but you’re looking for something classy without looking like you had too much time and money to burn.

[For THAT kind of statement, see my earlier article.]

And you don’t want anything newfangled—these are classic car shows, remember—so anything built after Ike’s first term is right out, just as anything foreign-built at any time is Communist and against God, the flag and your mom’s apple pie.

But it should be practical, too. Any yahoo can buy an old pickup, but what if someone at the show required 1970s-era medical attention? Or milk? Or a, incline-bed tow? You could've been the hero in those situations if only you had the vehicle for it. Well, fear not. Mecum’s late-March Missouri sale has just what those improbable situations require, plus a few that are great to have just-in-case. You never know...


March Madness Mecum's Way: Its Kansas City Sale Is Supertruck Central

On: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 12:06PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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It takes a special kind of person to see nature’s most useful vehicle and—for whatever reason—convert it into something like the “trucks” you see here. Were these vehicles’ owner/builders overcompensating for something? Were they convinced that gasoline has a shelf life such that if they didn’t burn it all as fast as possible that it’d “go bad”?

You can (presumably) put these questions—and any others that might come from you reading about these rigs in a second—to said owner/builders directly at Mecum Auction’s Kansas City, MO, sale, March 29-31.

Just make sure you’re “diplomatic” about the whole thing. The kind of mind it takes to create something like one of these probably won’t cotton to dealing with your brand of humor. At all. Trust me on this one…


Cars on Film: Lambo Aventador J And Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Video)

On: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 10:20AM | By: Chris Weiss


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There were a lot of impressive new cars and concepts at this year's Geneva Motor Show. If we were forced into picking our favorite two, we couldn't really do better than the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador J. The former has the prominence of being Ferrari's new two-seat flagship and the latter is just an awesome, extreme one-off. And if you put money on Lamborghini and Ferrari in any type of car contest, you usually come up a winner.

Well, the tide has officially changed from dramatic on-stage presentations to post-unveil videos. Both Lamborghini and Ferrari have released videos of their respective Geneva debuts.


Jaguar To bring Its "ALIVE Driving Experience" To A City (Possibly) Near You

On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 4:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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In an effort to “reestablish the storied British brand among luxury consumers in a new modern context” the fine folks at Jaguar are taking their “Jaguar ALIVE [sic] Driving Experience” on the road, starting at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ, April 13-15.

They say that this “multi-day brand event invites consumers to learn about and drive the company’s full model line-up with professional drivers, view heritage Jaguar vehicles and fully experience the brand in a dynamic setting.”

I say it’s an opportunity to immerse one’s self in everything Jaguar, including serious seat-time behind the wheel of each model—from the XF and XJ sedans to the XK coupe and convertible—they make.

Interested? Read on...