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Categories: Exotics

Hetfield's Black Pearl Named Custom Car of the Year

On: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:07AM | By: Gary P Garry


Black Pearl

Classic cars and classic hard rock music go hand in hand, and this marriage was taken to another level recently when a car that is owned by a legendary rocker took home a prestigious automotive prize.


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


2012 Boss 302 Prototype

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?...]


VEHICLES BY THE WAYSIDE

On: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:29PM | By: Karen Cook


The shape of the automobile has changed over the years in order to better fit our lifestyles, do less damage to the environment, and sometimes just to look cooler. Most of the time these designs are meant to be useful and attractive. Sometimes, though, they just look strange. I present to you a handful of vehicles made by actual manufacturers that were just too over the top to be mass produced. Keep in mind while you peruse that even though there was no mass production, these vehicles were actually made.


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

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.


 

Finally! eBay Motors breaks the million-dollars-per-car mark on my latest Top Five list

On: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:16AM | By: Andrew W Davis


eBay top sale 2012 Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport Convertible

If you’re someone who follows eBay car sales on a regular basis—which I’m sure you aren’t—you’d see that the great rise in automotive sales prices at “real-world” auctions aren’t being mirrored by their online counterparts.

Yes, $5,546,234 is a lot of money for just five cars—especially as they sold amidst a sea of rusty Dusters and mold-attacked Cadillacs—but eBay nonetheless seems to attract only high-end new car dealerships’ listing dollars which are meant mostly to move now-out-of-fashion used exotics.

Still, watch things long enough and you’ll find that there are some really, really expensive, to-die-for modern hypercars on eBay every now and again. It just so happens that this time it was five basically all at once. Enjoy!


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!

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…]


More Is Better: The Miami Auto Museum

On: Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 3:11PM | By: Gary P Garry


'59 Ford Fairlane

If you were ever wondering, those commercials with the stoic guy and the kids sitting around a table hammer home the point: more is better than less. As a classic car lover, a visit to an exhibition would be a lot of fun, but why settle for just one when you can have more.


Old is New Again for Fiat

On: Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:11PM | By: Karen Cook


Late spring will bring something special to the showrooms of Fiat dealerships. A limited production 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will make its debut in celebration of Italian automotive history. It is inspired by the Nuovo 500 which went into production on July 4th, 1957. The last one was built on August 4th, 1975.


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

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


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…


Something Speciale

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


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.


Party Time: Lamborghini Announces the Huracan

On: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03PM | By: Nick Bakewell


Alright, everyone, put your party hats on and break out the champagne: Lamborghini has just announced the replacement for the Gallardo. It’s called the Huracan, which (as you might imagine) is Spanish for hurricane and a very Lambo-ish sort of name. The figures are as you might expect: 10 cylinders, 5.2 liters, and around 600 horsepower, which puts it within punching weight of the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458, albeit a few years behind the curve. 0-62mph looks to be dispatched in just over three seconds, and though they’ve yet to announce the top speed, I’d be shocked if it were less than 200mph.