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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

1994 Ford Power Stroke Concept Truck  test 2

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.

A Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati for Credit Card Money? Be Afraid, Very Afraid...

On: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Andrew W Davis

See an old Rolls and run! test 2

There’s a joke that goes, “Do you want to know the easiest way to make a small fortune? Start with a big one.” And it just so happens that there are very few ways to do that faster than buying an aged exotic automobile at auction and then trying to keep it looking/running as-new.

Yes, a Roller, a Mercedes, and a Maserati can be had for MasterCard money. Just make sure none are ever sold to you.

Sure, these cars were lovingly assembled and packed to the rafters with only the finest in leathers, woods, and wools, but these businesses know from long experience that exotic cars—like any other rich persons’ fashion items—are not meant to be used year after year; it’s all about what’s new, next and never, ever used.

What it means for you, however, is that you can spend a pittance on purchasing a ride that will allow you to—honestly—tell others that you own a Mercedes, a Maserati or even a Rolls-Royce. [Just remember: The operative term here—as I will show you—is “tell”. This is a trio of funds-hungry vampires just waiting to bankrupt you in a thousand different ways, and they will impress no one that even glances at them…]

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…


F1 2013 Roundup

On: Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 1:13PM | By: Nick Bakewell

F1 2013 Roundup test 1-1

Here we are, edging ever nearer to the end of the year, a time traditionally given over to a bit of reflection. In this case, I’d like to turn the mirror towards this year’s Formula One world championship, and see if we can’t find some nuggets of truth and happiness to extract from what was otherwise, prima facie, a rather boring season. We all know the internet loves a good list, anyway.

Configurator Contest!

On: Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:49PM | By: Nick Bakewell

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As part of a bid to entice new buyers, car companies these days offer a series of “configurators” on their websites. These are essentially graphic tools that allow people to “build” and spec any car that the company currently offers. They range from basic cosmetic options, like paint color and wheel type, to incredibly granular tweaks, such as the color of the stitching on the seats, and whether you want the suspension to have one, three, or five modes. What I’ve decided to do is go through (more or less) all of the configurators that are available, pick the best and the worst, and explain how pithy little applets can tell you a lot about an automaker. So, without further ado, the awards:

A look Back At The Isuzu Impulse

On: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:52PM | By: Teddy Field

The Isuzu Impulse test 2

How fast was the Isuzu Impulse Turbo? "950 MPH"  said Joe Isuzu —In 1983, Michael Jackson wasn't a pedophile (allegedly), Ronald Reagan was scaring the heck out of communists, and Chevy Chase was trying his best to find Wally World. It was a simpler time back then, and cars were simpler too. They didn't have huge touchscreens, a million horsepower, or NASA-grade supercomputers. But what they had was style, and, if you were lucky, pop-up headlights. Oh, and the word “Turbo” actually meant “my car's way cooler than yours”.

Should Dealership Remove Alex Rodriguez From Their Name?

On: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 9:41AM | By: Teddy Field

Should Dealership Remove Alex Rodriguez From Their Name? test 1-1

Back in 2004, Alex Rodriguez was the most recognized name in Major League Baseball. He had signed a record 10-year, $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers 3 years earlier, but they wound up trading him to the New York Yankees in order to free up room on their payroll. In an effort to invest some of the money that he made signing with the Rangers, he decided to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership outside of Houston. Now embroiled in a steroid scandal, Rodriguez' name may not be as marketable as it once was. And many media outlets have started to attack his dealership in order to grab a headline.

Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Bill Wilson

Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic test 1-1

Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:


On: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 11:45AM | By: Jon Summers

96 Honda Civic with peeling paint test 2

In this culture of "buy new" and "replace, don't repair", even a hardened old car lover like myself finds his head turned by some of the spectacular offers on new cars. Cars such as Kia Souls or Nissan Versas can be had for as little as $150 a month. Surely this has to be the cheapest motoring available?  Ever the contrarian, I set out to examine that. My weapon of choice was a 1996 Honda Civic, resplendent in peeling aqua-marine paint, a spring chicken showing a mere 160,000 miles. It came my way free of charge, but craigslist will offer you a choice of colors and trims nearly as broad as the Honda dealer would have had back in the mid-nineties, yet now all floating around the $1000 mark.

Best Mid-life Crisis Cars of 2013

On: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 9:39AM | By: Teddy Field

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So it's finally dawned on you: You're halfway between youth and retirement, and you're starting to miss the endless optimism that you had as a kid. Back then, everything seemed possible, and your hair was located on your head, instead of your chest and ears. You miss that feeling of freedom you got when the DMV literally gave you a license to go anywhere you pleased. That first car became your escape pod, your faithful companion with which you explored the world. And you finally discovered what it felt like to be an adult.

Now that you've gained some perspective on life, you want to get a car that'll give you back that carefree feeling. Except you actually have the money to do it right this time. Luckily, the 2013 model year has seen many unprecedented advancements. Ford unveiled a tiny 1.0-liter turbo-3 which is capable of churning out an 123-hp. On the other end of the spectrum, McLaren released a wild looking new supercar called the P1, and it comes with, wait for it, a 903-hp gas-electric hybrid powertrain! This is certainly our “Golden Era” for cars. And if you're itching for a fun new car, that can divert attention from your rapidly growing bald spot, you've got a fantastic lot to pick from. So put down the Rogaine, go trim your ear hair, and get ready to become a stereotype!