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Categories: Classics

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

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


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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.


The 1968 Ford Mustang GT

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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1968 was a pivotal year for Ford Motor Company and the Mustang. It was the year when Ford decided to take control of the Mustang—not that it didn’t before 1968, but at least it would bring performance to the Mustang itself and not by an outside company, like Shelby. Shelby would continue making neat Mustangs, but under Ford’s control. And the Ford brand would make performance Mustangs too, but these could be marketed to the public at much less expensive prices. Shelby Mustangs could be had only in loaded versions, but the much less expensive Mustang GTs were within the reach of the regular Joe.

The Mustang GT got a shot of real horsepower with the optional 428 Cobra Jet engine. Now here was an engine that could make the Mustang go sideways with just a touch of the accelerator pedal. And, should the customer decide that he didn’t need power brakes or power steering, these expensive items could be deleted from the option list. Of course, that would make the GT a little bit harder to steer or stop, but that didn’t matter too much for the drag racer.


How Ferrari Coulda Had Four Before: The Pinin Four-Door Sees The Bidding Floor In London

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 4:45PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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OK, so maybe you already own a bachelor pad and therefore find the second-home-sized Ferrari tour bus I just covered more-than-a-little too large for your lifestyle.

Fear not, gentle reader, for there’s another one-of-one custom Ferrari that has a liaison-sized interior going up for auction at RM’s London sale, and this one isn’t the size of a wingless jumbo jet.

Yes, before Porsche had even thought of the Panamera, before Aston-Martin succumbed to Rapide fever and long before Lamborghini even entertained the Estoque, there was a top-shelf exotic car maker that toyed with the idea of adding another set of doors aft of the two God intended be there: Ferrari.

Sort of.


Ford Big-Block Hemi Engines

On: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 11:35AM | By: Peter C Sessler


Ford Big-Block Hemi Engines test 2

By the mid-1990s, Ford completely changed its engine lineup by finally introducing modern engines based on the Modular design. Whereas in the past, Ford would have one engine based on the 5.0 engine, by just boring and stroking, a larger engine would be available—this would be the 351 engine. Relatively cheap, it made for gas guzzling engines that weren’t too powerful either.

The name Modular was derived from being able to switch plant tooling so that different versions of the engine could be easily assembled. Modular engines are used in Ford and Lincoln cars. In trucks they are known as “Triton” while the InTech name was used in cars using the DOHC versions of the engine.


 

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Holy Van Commercials, Ya Dig?

On: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 11:12AM | By: Chris Salamone


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From the A-Team to Scooby Doo, no vehicle is more controversial, yet respected, than the van. They come in many different shapes in sizes, ranging from the Mazda 5 to those monster commercial conversion vans over at Sportsmobile. So diverse are these vans, that a determined rundown of all the individual makes and models would create a list as colorful and ongoing as Herman Cain’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Instead, we’ll focus on the most important aspect of vanenvy: awesome ads.

Prepare for some of the greatest van commercials of all time.       


Something For Everyone: The 2011 Lake Mirror Classic

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 4:00PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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This year’s Lake Mirror Classic had everything we come to expect—classic and collectible vehicles, street rods, classic motorcycles, wooden boats, and of course the amphicars, but the show had something new for 2011.


Fuel? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Fuel: DMC Plans Electric DeLorean For 2013

On: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Start reworking those flux capacitor schematics, saving up for Plutonium (available in every corner drugstore), and finding time-period specific pink cowboy shirts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is back, and better than ever. Although it’s easy to imagine that any modification to the DeLorean would make the vehicle better than the original, this EV version looks like something special.

At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last weekend, DMC announced the company’s official plans to produce an EV. DeLorean Motor Company, recently reborn in Humble, Texas, intends to use a 260 horsepower electric motor and add a few much-needed interior updates. As for the exterior, expect to see some modern gadgetry blended into the original design. For example, the front grill hinges open to reveal an electric charging port.


B-J Unloads A Few Mindfreaked-With Customs For The Magicial Criss Angel (& "JD"!)

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 1:00PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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Welcome to the 200th installment of my series, “I Am in the Wrong Line of Work.” Today’s topic: What the hell’s so freaking special about magicians?

Now I’m not saying that automotive writers don’t get their fair share of the ladies, it’s just that those damn key-swallowing, hand-waving weirdos get way more than theirs. [Sure, maybe those multi-pierced, wannabe Goth/Emo girls aren’t what I’d be looking for, but it hurts me that they never even offer.]

What does this have to do with cars, you ask? Plenty. See, this "Criss Angel" dude—like that’s really the name his mom gave him—decided to unload a few of his “Mindfreak” vehicles at the last Barrett-Jackson sideshow in Vegas—naturally—so now I get to unload a little on him, too.

Let’s see Mr. Magicpants escape from my Tomb of Scathing Invectives!


FINALLY! Enough Woodies And Wagons To Have Brought Big-ish Bucks At Auction (But Didn't). Thanks For Trying, Mecum!

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 12:38PM | By: Andrew W Davis


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You have NO idea how badly this “wagon guy” wanted to cover his favorite body style in one of these features, and thanks to Mecum’s Oct. 6-8 sale, I can.

The ratio of sales vs. non-sales on the ten lots offered wasn’t in sellers’ favor—$108,500 vs. $130,500, respectively—but not for a lack of variety. Ranging from a 1926 Ford to a ’79 Mini Clubman—with representatives from nearly every country and time period in between—most everyone could’ve had the five-door of their dreams.

[Except me. But I already have two of them, and that’s enough for now. Or so my wife says. I, on the other hand…]


2000 Mustang Cobra R

On: Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 9:05AM | By: Peter C Sessler


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The high point for Ford’s 4th Generation 1994-2004 Mustang is the 2000 Mustang Cobra “R” model. No fooling around here—the “R” model was not equipped with any luxury options such as air conditioning, stereo, power windows, rear seats, and power door locks. The standard seats were replaced with special Recaro versions which also incorporated a Cobra snake and “R” emblem on the headrest area. The snake/”R” emblem was also used on the reverse indicator letter on the transmission shifter. It almost seems as though Ford didn’t want people to drive the car.


HEEEYYYYY!!! The Fonz's Triumph Motorcycle Up For Auction

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 4:58PM | By: Chris Weiss


HEEEYYYYY!!! The Fonz's Triumph Motorcycle Up For Auction test 2

Few characters in the history of television are legends on the same level as The Fonz. Hell, even on his worst day, The Fonz gave us timeless pop culture—his jumping over a shark on waterskis in a 1977 episode, inspired the phrase "jump the shark," which has come to identify the point of no return where something popular starts a downward spiral from its peak.

Okay, my admiration for all things Fonzie has a point that has to do with automobiles, I promise. The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 once ridden by Fonz in Happy Days will go up for auction next month.