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Categories: Classics

Enzo Ferrari Museum Opens Its Doors

On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

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Ferrari already has a museum dedicated to its race and road car legacy - the Museo Ferrari, located at the Prancing Horse's headquarters in Maranello. Ferrari is broadening its museum footprint in opening the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, a museum dedicated to the life of Ferrari's founder.

Ferrari officially opened its latest facility on March 10. The striking design of the Enzo Museum began in 2004 when London's Future Systems studio submitted its winning bid to design the building. The architecture was designed by the late Jan Kaplicky, his last work before passing in 2009, and completed by Andrea Morgante of Shiro Studio, who had worked at Future Systems prior to Kaplicky's death. Engineering and project management were performed by Società Politecnica. The museum was built with an investment of some 18 million euros.

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…

Saturday Night's Just Alright For Buying: An Ex-Elton E's Upstaged At "Only" $130k

On: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 5:26PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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What’s a butt-print worth?

Fame’s a funny thing. The mere fact—or supposition, really—that someone even somewhat famous had owned/driven/sat in/looked at a car means big dollars to the person who can convince someone downstream in the selling process that what might otherwise look no better or worse than any other car of its type is in actuality better for its having been associated with said “star.”

So which do you think would pull down more money at auction: A rockin’-red roadster owned by a Sir-ed musical superstar or a buttercup-colored bit of Corgi-inspiring car show stand-candy?

Lyonheart K Is The Modern Day Jaguar E-Type

On: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 4:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

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It may be called 'Lyonheart', but the car before you is all Jaguar at heart. The Swiss-designed, British-built coupe is a modern day reinterpretation of one of the most iconic cars ever - the Jaguar E-Type.

The Lyonheart K was designed by Swiss firm Classic Factory and displayed last winter. The car was originally called the Growler E, but has since changed its name and its country of origin. Limited production will begin in Great Britain with deliveries scheduled for next year.

Robert Palm, CEO of Classic Factory, said: "We want to make the 'Made In England' label into a truthful concept, not just a statement. Every part of the Lyonheart K is developed, engineered and hand-built in England. The design clues of the Lyonheart K reflect Britishness at its best: cool, elegant, refined, understated yet powerful and dynamic."


Volvo V40 Unveiled Via Interweb Leak

On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Well, when you’re good, you’re good. The Polish car magazine Motodziennik recently posted pics of the upcoming, all-new Volvo V40 which was originally set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Despite months of careful cover ups and snowy sojourns, Volvo has been unable to avoid the inevitable, the ineffable internet community. And so, for the first time we have images which actually depict what a production V40 might look like.

Hot dang, it looks good.

Over the past decade Volvo has slowly chipped away at the company’s wagon offerings, first with the previous V40 in 2004 and finally an aging V50 in 2011. What we’re left with is a Swedish, pseudo-Chinese lineup which fails to pay tribute to the company’s hallmark wagon heritage and instead relies on a mash up of sedans and SUVs – with the exception of the XC70. Luckily, all that’s about to change.

**Vintage** Super Rare VW Bus Pickup Surfaces On eBay

On: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Salamone

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It’s not too often a VW bus pops up on eBay with a mere 28,000 miles on the odometer and even less often that such a bus would include a double cab pickup body. But, from time to time, even the least likely things do happen. In just 6 days the auction will close on a 1969 VW Transporter double cab pickup, which by all accounts looks to be in magnificent condition.

Let the bidding madness begin.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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In this day and age, car styles seem to come and go as quickly as iPhone models.  As soon as you get the new one, there's a commercial out saying that your new one is now the old one, and the real new one is on its way. Carmakers have been frustrating consumers for years with that same tactic. You spend thousands of dollars on a very carefully thought out decision, and before the down payment check clears, there's already a newer model on its way to make your hard earned car obsolete.  

But every now and then, a carmaker creates something that is so special, it stands the test of time. Not surprisingly, BMW accomplished this task, either willingly or not, with the third generation of its venerable M3. The code-named E46 was created from 2001 until 2006 and put the M3 on the map as a world-class performer, and all-around all-star. Not only did the new for 2000 M3 look the part, with a lowered stance, aggressive front fascia, bigger, wider wheels and tires, and trademark M-style quad exhaust, but it also had plenty of bark to back up its bite.

Classic Car Cultist: Saab 99 Turbo

On: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 12:36PM | By: Chris Salamone

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What makes a car worthy of the title ‘cult classic’? Do the legions of vintage auto enthusiasts seek then new-fangled technology, drivability, innovative design cues, or historical relevance? If the criteria for a cult classic come from an aromatic mix of the above attributes, then few cars - ever - will rival Saab’s most prestigious thoroughbred, the 99 Turbo.

The 99 Turbo was the car which defined Saab as a brand. Some might call it gimmicky, ridiculous, or perhaps even controversial. But those individuals would be wrong. This was a car which defied consumer expectations and taught the world something new about mass production cars – you could have a smaller, lightweight vehicle including plenty of storage space, without sacrificing fuel economy on the altar of performance.

Rumor Mill: Dodge Challenger To Become Barracuda

On: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 5:03PM | By: Chris Salamone

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If we learned anything from Detroit this year, it’s that American automakers are ripe with engineering innovation, bold design plans, and business strategy. And, to top it all off, rumors are popping up all over the internet of one particularly enticing possibility. A few credible sources mentioned by Motor Trend speculate that Dodge intends to replace the current Challenger with another blast from the past, the former Plymouth Barracuda.

But don’t expect a revival of the Plymouth nameplate, this Cuda might surface as soon as 2014 – just in time for the model’s 50 year anniversary.

What Lurks Beneath, Corolla Destroys Strip [Video]

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Pop quiz, what is the single most unlikely car to make an athletic showing on your local drag strip? Aside from a Smart, the third generation Toyota Corolla is probably the next worst option. But not in Australia, the land of recent Frankenstein-like mechanical recreations, this particular Corolla laid waste to the expectations of challengers and onlookers.

Such is the Tao of a true sleeper.

From the outside, the vehicle looks like an off white, straight from the dealership, people hauler which offers no indication of the devious threat lurking within. Upon further inspection, however, viewers might pick up subtle cues of hidden glory – small slicks appear menacingly cute on the vehicle’s rear wheels and few could miss the open hostility of a whining turbo.

To see the Corolla’s full aspect, one must venture further, beneath the confines of the vehicle’s outer shell.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts Of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 3:59PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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If you sit back and think about just how many different model cars have come across the assembly lines, it’s amazing that we remember any of them at all. Sure, you personally might remember your first car, but by-and-large, not too many of us are really emotionally vested in a 1987 Buick Skylark the way you might be. But then there are cars that come along every once in a great while that we as a collective civilized world can appreciate. Cars that are so striking, and so stunning that men and women that have no automotive knowledge whatsoever become awestruck and mesmerized by the mere sight of one of these mighty machines. That list of cars is very short, but it can be argued that at the top of that very short list lies one car, and one car only -- the Ferrari F40.