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1961 Jaguar MkIX: There will always be Jaguar

1961 Jaguar MkIX: There will always be Jaguar

It seems rudely out of place. There, surrounded by the Edwardian library excesses in leather and walnut, is the flat-black steering wheel. It’s a huge one-piece affair made a Bakelite-like material, with four flat spokes radiating from the hub in an intimidating X. Except for the snarling jaguar on the horn button, the wheel would […]

March 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
1957 BMW 507: Beauty in its soul

1957 BMW 507: Beauty in its soul

The BMW 507 is a beautiful car.  It is well-proportioned, refined and visually harmonious.  It is a shape of classic grace and timeless elegance. The 507, however, is more than a collection of well-drawn curves.  Those who know the model know it was designed by Albrecht Goertz.  What’s not so well known, however, is that […]

January 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
1986 Maserati Quattroporte classic review, four doors of history, occasionally made

1986 Maserati Quattroporte classic review, four doors of history, occasionally made

Maserati’s history had been one of race cars, sports cars and grand touring cars, but never, never a sedan. But then there on the Maserati stand at the 1963 Turin was just that, a four-door sedan. Considering the momentous nature of the event, Maserati simply named the car the “four-door.” But it was four-door in […]

December 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
1976 Buick Century Indy Pace Car Replica review: The Greatest Spectacle

1976 Buick Century Indy Pace Car Replica review: The Greatest Spectacle

It’s axiomatic that the smaller a general’s army, the greater the gold braid, medals and festoons on his uniform. The same is often true of automobiles. At least it was with the 1976 Buick Century Indy Pace Car Replica. During the 1970s, the double whammy of emissions and serial fuel crises saw visual horsepower proliferate […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dodge Diamante: The ‘Chrysler Corvette’ that never was

Dodge Diamante: The ‘Chrysler Corvette’ that never was

Could the Dodge Diamante have been Dodge’s two-seat sports car, Chrysler’s Corvette? Well, to have worked for Dodge in the ‘60s and to have the Hemi, and then look at the Corvette and just know that given half the chance—a quarter of the chance—that you could do that too, how that must have stung. If […]

December 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider: Simpatico was never more Italian

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider: Simpatico was never more Italian

There is something there that loves an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. There is an aura, a certain magic, even in the words, that arouses emotion, a definable affection that can be spoken only in Italian: Simpatico. One not need speak Italian to know the meaning of that one word. (Assuming, of course, that it is […]

November 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, a Buick-designed and built WW II speedster

M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, a Buick-designed and built WW II speedster

Although the M4 Sherman tank is the most famous armored vehicle in the Allied arsenal of World War II, the fast M18 Hellcat “tank destroyer” lived up to its description, being particularly effective against German heavy tanks. The latter thick armor on the front, virtually impenetrable by allied ordinance coming in from ahead, which German […]

May 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Jam Handy, maker of ‘educational’ films that just happened to feature Chevrolets

Jam Handy, maker of ‘educational’ films that just happened to feature Chevrolets

A note left for the milkman, three boys bouncing on the back seat—one brandishing a toy gun—and planning a route with multiple turns, it’s How to Go Places, an educational film brought to you by Your Chevrolet Dealer. How to Go Places  tells how to take a vacation by car, which isn’t as ludicrous as […]

May 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder: Driving under the influence

1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder: Driving under the influence

  Summer nights are special magic, a sorcery that suspends time and makes déjà vu the common experience. A web of warmth and darkness and fantasy. The weatherman may say it is warm and humid, but anyone with a soul knows it’s not meteorology, but mood. A time to lower the top of a Maserati […]

April 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
1954 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet: Top down and fast…sorta

1954 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet: Top down and fast…sorta

Perhaps it’s not what it once was, but the cult of the radically modified VW Beetle approached minor religion status in Southern California, but then what doesn’t? It’s easy to forget that in the 1950′s the Volkswagen was just another imported car and that buying an imported car was like shopping in the weird fruit […]

December 18, 2012 | By | Reply More
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