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Categories: Classics

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

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

Ferrari F40 test 2

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.

2013 Shelby GT500 Is More Than A Camaro-Killer

On: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Shelby GT500 Is More Than A Camaro-Killer test 2

We can hear you now Chevy fans. Angry and frustrated. Confused and alone. Not more than two months after the announcement of the resurrection of one of the greatest names in Camaro history, the ZL1 -- does the rug get pulled out from under your feet, and your balloon burst in your hand thanks to one little 650-horsepower Mustang. Not only does this new Ford embarrass your chosen pony car, it actually goes a step further and slaps your beloved Corvette ZR1 right in the face. How could they? How could they! Well, fear not GM faithful, we are here to tell you not to worry, and that all of this has happen once (or twice) before.

Classic Car Cultist: Pontiac Aztek

On: Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 1:17PM | By: Chris Salamone

2003 Pontiac Aztek test 2

The Pontiac Aztek?! How can a vehicle which tops Edmunds’ “100 Worst Cars of All Time” and ranks 39th in AOL’s “50 Worst Cars of All Time” be featured as a classic? While not a mainstream classic – to be sure – the Aztek was a vehicle of immeasurable, yet quirky practicality that charmed nearly 30,000 sales per year from a dedicated following. But the Aztek looked like some sort of pseudo-futuristic Orwellian disaster – a fact which has landed countless criticisms.

Love it or hate it, the car’s freaky looks and uber practicality are precisely what made this vehicle a classic among certain demographics. Ok, fine. Generation X hardly qualifies as a demographic.

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

On: Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:03AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Ford SVT Lightning test 2

There's hauling, and then there's haulin'. When Ford resurrected the Lightning nameplate for its supercharged super-truck in 1999, it proved that it could build a pickup that could do both. The Ford Lightning was a two-wheel drive Flareside pickup that was fitted with a 5.4-liter Eaton supercharged and intercooled Triton V8 that made a ridiculous 360-horsepower and massive 440 lb.-ft. of torque. 

One look at the Lightning and anyone could see this truck was something a little different than your average F-150. Lower, wider, and more dramatically styled thanks to a sporty front facia and side skirts (replete with a passenger side-exit exhaust, the SVT truck made its presence known at every stop light.


Just How Far Gone Is TOO Far For A Car?

On: Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:01PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Lake-find 1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster test 2

You may not have noticed, but in today’s car-selling market there’s nothing hotter than the “barn find.” For whatever reason, people—mostly Europeans—are paying the same price for any car-shaped hunk of corroded scrap that drifts in front of their noses as they used to for a similar vehicle in concours-quality condition.

Now I’m not talking about those weathered-but-all-there “unrestored originals,” as I can completely agree that an all-original as-built car in decent-but-not-perfect condition should always be worth more than the same car “restored” as “they are only original once” and—and this is the crux of the argument—anyone can buy a restored car, so the “survivor” cars are by definition more rare—and they’re getting rarer by the day.

But does that mean that each of the three “cars”—if they could even be called that—I’m about to cover should be worth the fortune paid for them because they are, due to their decrepit condition, “unique”?


Wheeler Dealers To [Finally] Fix American Muscle

On: Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Salamone

Co-Hosts Mike Brewer and Edd China test 2

Like any good Discovery TV fan, the announcement of a Wheeler Dealers series focusing on the good ole’ USA was an exciting prospect back in September. However, since the season started in early October not a single Wheeler Dealers episode has featured a US vehicle, nor taken place off the British mainland. But that’s all about to change.

On Tuesday at 9pm, the Wheeler Dealers will take on a vehicle so potent, so grotesquely American, and so firmly routed to US cultural identity that spectators may just feel like the previous five episodes where nothing more than an accidental blip in an otherwise red, white, and blue season. What vehicle could have such a mind changing reaction, you ask? Nothing less than a desert-preserved classic 1969 Dodge Charger.

2011 Festivals Of Speed Orlando

On: Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 1:58PM | By: David Walter

2011 Festivals Of Speed Orlando test 2

The 2011 Orlando Festivals of Speed was originally scheduled for October 7 – 9, however, due to uncooperative weather, the Motorsports Collection Display portion of the weekend event was postponed to November 13.

We were there, cameras in hand; so were some of the greatest cars on the planet.

Check out our pictures from the event.

Volkswagen T2 Returns To Europe, Judgment Day?

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

Volkswagen T2 test 2

Despite all kinds of inflammatory claims that Volkswagen will soon be the largest automaker in the world, the company clearly has their marketing act together. It’s no secret that hordes of adoring fans support the newly redesigned VW Bulli concept and VW seems to be toying with our emotions further by reoffering old school VW T2 camper vans in the Netherlands. For European citizens, the opportunity to own an original VW van must be tempting, but true die-hard fans can still purchase them in Brazil. So what does it all mean?! Could the T2’s reintroduction be a sign of the second coming of VW’s landmark vehicle? A sort of quasi-judgment day?

Thus far, VW is keeping their focus strictly on T2s in the Netherlands and has not offered any real evidence that T2s would be anything other than a nifty collector item. We can only hope that these T2s actually represent a convenient tester vehicle for the European camper van market.

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

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 4:06PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Toyota Supra test 2

It could be argued that the Toyota Supra is in fact, the king of all performance imports. Not the entire line of them, mind you, but the Mark IV rendition available in the United States from 1993-1998. These cars were the perfect combination of sleek, stylish good looks, strong factory performance, and almost unlimited mod potential. The from-the-factory version was a stout sports car in its own right. Opting for the turbo model (and what self-respecting man wouldn't?), owners were privy to a very impressive list of performance pieces including a 2JZ-GTE twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that put down a lofty (and possibly underrated) 320-horsepower and 315-lb.-ft. of torque. The turbos on the Mark IV mimicked those on its rival RX-7, operating sequentially as opposed to simultaneously. Exhaust would first spin only one turbo in order to get the engine up and off its feet quickly so as to avoid the notorious "turbo lag" that so many imports were stigmatized with possessing. The first turbo would not only help produce low-end torque (below 2,000 rpm) that was comparable, if not better, than most rival American V8 engines, it would then feed the second turbo and help increase high RPM boost (above 4,000 rpm), making the Supra a force to be reckoned with at any speed, especially on the top end.

Bonhams To Offer A Four-Pack Of "Kustomizer" Rick Dore's Finest At Petersen Sale

On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:57AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by Author test 2

Though he may not have as famous a name as Foose, Coddington or Barris, Rick Dore nonetheless has turned out some of the finest customized vehicles extant, all of which can stand up to comparison with just about anything those “big name” designers have done.

Says Terry Cook, a former editor at Hot Rod magazine: "Rick Dore creations are unquestionably the very best in the world. He has the ability to build cars and trucks that, on one hand, represent the epitome of traditionally flavored custom cars, but at the same time he reaches out and goes where nobody has gone before."

Bonhams has brought four of Dore’s “Kreations” to its “Classic California: Collectors’ Motorcycles, Motorcars and Related Memorabilia” sale, each from the same mysterious “prominent Texas collector" as the Minority Report  “Lexus 2054” and many other vehicles at their Nov. 12th sale at the Petersen Museum in L.A.

His (or her) loss can be your gain, however, as even the tippy-top of each auction estimate figure is a fraction of what that vehicle cost to build. So if you’re looking for a Kwartet of Kustom Kars—OK, three Kars and one Chopper—register to bid RIGHT NOW….

'Bond In Motion' Exhibit Planned For England's National Motor Museum

On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 1:32PM | By: Chris Salamone

Aston Martin DB5 test 2

Bond fanatics will now have a sudden change in holiday plans this year. EON Productions (the new movie house propagating Bond films) and the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England have announced a joint-effort to open a ‘Bond In Motion’ exhibit set to debut January 18, 2012.

While the National Motor Museum is already an impressive collection, with over 250 historically and mechanically significant vehicles, this latest announcement of a Bond-themed exhibit will add an additional 50 iconic Bond transports from 50 years of silver screen glory. And, by the way, we aren’t just talking about super lux sports cars—the exhibit will also feature boats, bikes, sleds, jets, and a few surprises, too.