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New Toyota Supra Comes Closer to Reality

July 30th, 2014

Toyota FT-1-concept
This is happening, people. Well, most likely.

After years of speculation, rumors and the wildest dreams of car fans everywhere, the Toyota Supra has more rumors swirling that it’s coming back.

We are living in a prime time for sports cars, as the stodgy, economically oppressed early 2000s begin to give way to the exciting 2015s. Almost halfway through this decade, we’ve seen more sports cars either resurrected or introduced than we’ve had for the last 15 years.

The new Supra, though, will be nothing like its original namesake.

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The “Barn Find” No One Can Buy

July 29th, 2014

1966_volkswagen_microbus_21_window_not_for_sale

You know you’ve dreamed about it. Like every true car guy or gal, you fantasize about driving through a city or cruising down a rural road, looking out the window and seeing a neglected classic car, forgotten, just waiting for you to take home.

“Barn finds,” as they are known, are legendary. In my town there’s an infamous numbers-matching 1963 Corvette split window that’s been decaying under some pine trees on a run-down lot since 1975. The owner has received plenty of offers, but for some reason refuses to sell.

Now, there’s another local vehicle getting the attention of car aficionados. Once again, the owners want nothing to do with it.

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Custom Cars: Does Big Money Equal Great Taste?

July 28th, 2014

1966 ferrari 365P berlinetta speciale

Sometimes you just don’t question a 12-year-old.

“Hey Dad,” my son said, “have you heard about the 3-seat Ferrari?”

Of course I told him he was wrong and that Ferrari has never built a 3-seater. A Ferrari with a bench seat wouldn’t make any sense—it would be like a pickup without a bed.

Well, the little guy proved me wrong by directing me to an article describing a rare Ferrari 3-seater, which will be up for auction next month at the Pebble Beach Concours. The 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale has earned the nickname of “Tre Posti” for its three front seats.

Then my little guy shocked me again with news of a 4-door Prancing Horse.

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The New Breed of Muscle Cars

July 14th, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

Just because it’s available doesn’t mean it’s controllable.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the three big automakers in the United States were engaged in an epic power struggle. Building the car with the most horsepower and the best ability to smoke tires was all part of the car culture back then.

It was a time of cheap gas and power that was fun, but manageable. Heck, even a car like the ’68 Barracuda produced 300 horsepower tops.

Today, the automakers are at it again, only this time their arsenal has gone nuclear.

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Happy Collector Car Appreciation Day!

July 11th, 2014

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Happy July 11th! Today is a very special day for car-lovers: the relatively newly dubbed National Collector Car Appreciation Day is a (real and official) holiday celebrated to raise awareness of automotive restoration and collection and its role in American society. A resolution was passed (one of the few truly bipartisan efforts) by the U.S. Senate in 2010 in order to to recognize the important roles played by automobiles in music, literature, cinema and other cultural and artistic aspects of the American identity. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the event has been held on the second Friday in July since 2010. This makes today the fifth annual Collector Car Appreciation Day, and its popularity (and knowledge of its existence) is growing. And we couldn’t be happier about that.

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Falling for Mazda and a Turbocharged Wankel

July 11th, 2014
Could a new RX-7 look like this?

Could a new RX-7 look like this?

I officially love Mazda.

I’ve slowly developed a crush on the scrappy little automaker and have been thoroughly impressed by the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. I even had a few scintillating hours with an older MazdaSpeed3.

She rocked my world, and I thought she was a one-time thing. But now I think I’ve transitioned into love.

How did this happen?

Maybe I’m just a sucker for rumors and the promise of future greatness. Maybe it’s talk of turbocharging the Wankel. Whatever the source of my newfound love affair, I dare you to read more and not fall in love, too.

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Ten Number-One American Cars

July 4th, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang

Today marks the 238th birthday of the United States, and to celebrate this we have decided to create a list of what we believe to be the top 10 best vehicles ever developed by the American automotive industry. And let us tell you, it was not an easy task to wade through more than 120 years of car manufacturing to find the best, most American cars ever made. There are quite a few contenders, but we think we compiled a pretty good list. And needless to say, we had a difficult time ranking these, because these vehicles are all so iconic, influential and legendary. So here’s the list we decided on: a ranked list of the 10 best American Cars. While reading this list, ask yourself, “What great cars has Belgium made recently?”

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The Car You Need to Buy Right Now

July 3rd, 2014

1992 Subaru SVX 2_dr_ls_awd_coupe-pic-20483

In the early 1990s, Subaru unleashed a car it would never introduce today. It was expensive and heavy, didn’t come with a manual transmission and performed only reasonably well.

But oh man, was it awesome.

The Subaru SVX was sold during a time when the Nissan 300ZX and Mitsubishi 3000GT jockeyed for position in the entry-level sports coupe market. It was also a time of financial hardship in the United States, which made the SVX a tough sell.

Today, it’s a car you should buy immediately if you can find one.

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The Cars (and Culture) of Mille Miglia

June 13th, 2014

Mercedes_SLR_Stirling_Moss_1977

One thousand miles of no-holds-barred racing through Italian cities and countryside.

Five million spectators.

Twenty-four races.

Fifty-six people killed.

This was the Mille Miglia, a legendary road race that brought the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti to fame.

The original race lasted from 1927 until 1957, with a few years off due to war. The race was banned mostly because of a lack of safety precautions, which led to the tragic deaths of drivers and spectators.

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The Greatest BMW Ever?

June 5th, 2014

bmw 8 series

BMW created its masterpiece 25 years ago.

The flagship grand tourer topped the BMW product line and could be considered as much a supercar as a family car.

The legend of the BMW 8 Series lasted about a decade, with more than 30,000 copies built between 1988 and 1999. With a starting price of $70,000 and an available V12 sending power to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission, the car introduced features previously unseen on production cars.

The 8 Series died an untimely death, partly because new emissions standards were too cost prohibitive to meet without extensive re-engineering.

A new 8 Series may or may not ever hit the market, but what are the odds of snagging an old one?

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