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1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

One of the best traditional British sports cars was the Datsun 2000 Sports. British, perhaps, as sushi and chips, but British nonetheless. Not in manufacture, of course, but in spirit it was every inch the equal to the MGB. In performance, it beats the B hands down, and as for racing, SCCA Regionals have had […]

November 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

There’s not much to the interior of an Alfa Romeo GTA. Memory fails all but the most important details, things like highly legible gauges, the Alfa-typical dogleg shifter, the bucket seats that hold the occupant like a miser holds his ledger. There’s the should-belt-only restraint system—no lap belt—that hopefully works better than it feels. Mamma […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

When I was boy, a visit at Uncle Henry’s was always special. Uncle Henry, you see, had every copy of Mechanix Illustrated ever printed—or so it seemed—and ever copy of Mechanix Illustrated , in addition to Mini-clad-in-overalls-that-covered-as-little-as-possible in those days modelling some clever and undeniably useful device while simultaneously showing a lot of leg, had […]

August 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda: Inspiration to paranoia

  Paranoid. That’s what a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi’ Cud makes you. Paranoid. You carefully scan the road ahead, alert for the telltale roof-mounted light bar. You watch the mirrors to see if there is a police car behind you. You check the cross streets as you pass, and examine the car alongside at a […]

June 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

1967 Alfa Romeo T33 Stradale retro review: Racer for the road

Like a persistent back-seat driver, the 2.0-liter V8 yammers incessantly. Sucking air and high test spritzed into the velocity stacks I can see in the rear-view mirror, it urges “faster, faster,” and my right foot is all too ready to comply. The seat of my pants is on full alert and my neck muscles are […]

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

1972 BMW 3.0 CSiL: Not what they had in mind, but…

When the final history of the Nurburgring is written, when the last word have been spent on that asphalt serpent writhing 14 miles through the tall dark evergreens, its great story told once and for all, no grander chapter will there be than that on the BMW 3.0 CSL, lightweight conqueror of the Capri, champion […]

June 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seven generations of Volkswagen GTI: The original hot hatch

Seven generations of Volkswagen GTI: The original hot hatch

The Volkswagen GTI was improbable and audacious. Volkswagen had been suffering, hooked on the Beetle, trapped by an air-cooled rear-mounted engine concept that it had trumpeted as automotive perfection, but even radical updates like the VW Squareback were unsuccessful in turning the tide rolling in from Japan. In 1975, the Toyota Corolla pushed its maker […]

May 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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