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Anyone Else Sick of Muscle Cars?

April 23rd, 2014
Who does this impress?

Who does this impress?

I’m going out on a limb here and risking the complete revocation of my man card. I’m also risking the wrath of millions of Mustang and Camaro fanatics everywhere.

I’m sick of muscle cars.

The Mustang came out 50 years ago and captured the hearts of Americans. As a teenager in the 1990s, a ’65 Mustang was my dream car. I wanted a red convertible with the 289-cubic-inch V8 engine so badly that I worked two part-time jobs to save for one. I had dreams about that car and would have done anything to get one. Instead I met a girl and spent all the saved money on her, then settled for a black 1994 V6 Mustang.

Not the same, I know.

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2014 New York Int’l Auto Show Looks Forward and Back

April 18th, 2014

#NYIAS

The 2014 New York International Auto Show opens to the general public today, but we were lucky enough to preview it during Press Days. Featuring the debuts of more new models, redesigns and special editions of older models than we could possibly cover in a single blog post as well as huge crowds, lots of loud music and crazy lights, and a growing social media focus, carmakers threw a terrific event for the press that bodes well for the public event as well as the next year’s worth of new cars. Here are some highlights.

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Remember the Mister Two?

April 9th, 2014

1996 Honda Civic De Sol

Wouldn’t car names be a lot more fun if they had some personality in them?

Instead of seemingly random letters assembled together to sound nice, what if cars had friendly, respectable names that were easy to remember? It’s so hard to keep track of car names like SRX, MKZ, RSX, BRZ and XKR, much less distinguish them from one another based on their names alone.

Sometimes those names take on nicknames among enthusiasts, and sometimes they are simply misinterpreted and passed down into family lore.

One of those cars is the infamous Mister Two.

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Cars of Ireland: The Shamrock and the Costin

March 17th, 2014

Shamrock_car

Since everyone’s Irish today, let’s take a moment and remember the cars that were built on the green isle. The first one to come to mind, and the most successful car assembled in Ireland, was the DeLorean DMC-12. Regardless of the fact that the DeLorean is also a time machine, it sold only about 8,500 copies before the company shut down.

Because we’ve covered the DeLorean on this blog again and again, that’s the only time it’ll be mentioned here today.

Yes, believe it or not, it’s possible to discuss Ireland’s car industry without mentioning the DeLorean. The country certainly isn’t known for its auto industry, which today is non-existent, but a couple of interesting little automotive gems existed there in the past.

Good luck finding one today, though.

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Renegade? That’s Not a Renegade

March 5th, 2014

Renegade? That's not a Renegade...

Oh, how the Renegade has fallen.

Picture a Jeep Wrangler Renegade in your mind, and you’ll likely see an American-made, brutish, square-shaped, dirt-covered, rock-hopping jacked-up SUV on oversize tires.

That’s the Renegade of the past, which was actually an option package offered for the Wrangler from 1991 to ’94.

The Renegade of the future is a FIAT with a 7-slot grille.

There’s not anything wrong with that, per se, it’s just not what one would expect from the Renegade name. I totally get it—there’s an economic demand to create vehicles with low price tags and high miles per gallon. Why is it necessary, though, to mess with history to make it happen?

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The First Ferrari Turbo Since 1992!

February 14th, 2014

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For 22 years Ferrari has made do without a turbo. Not that it’s needed one, considering the Prancing Horse has had no trouble delivering ample amounts of horsepower and thrilling performance on levels rarely challenged by the competition.

To find a turbo Ferrari you’ll have to search your local listings for one of the 1,315 F40 supercars made between 1987 and 1992. The F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 developing 471 hp with 16 psi of extra boost. Zero-to-60 came as quickly as 3.8 seconds, which is impressive for the era!

Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson believes the F40 is the best supercar the world has ever seen. Can Ferrari’s new turbo match it?

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The Great Corvette Sinkhole of 2014

February 13th, 2014

Corvette sinkhole

By now everyone’s heard about how Mother Nature hates Corvettes. After yesterday’s little outburst of swallowing a few ‘Vettes whole, we can officially add her to the list, which also includes everyone outside the U.S. and anyone who drives a Porsche 911.

Okay, that’s a little unfair. The Corvette is a perfectly fine car and deserves its place in American history. That place is enshrined at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky, which is also where the infamous sports car is built.

It’s a little ironic that the very place that serves as the shrine to Corvette fans everywhere is the same place where a hole in the earth opened up and destroyed more than a few classic ‘Vettes.

But there’s an even more alarming piece to this story.

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Could That Used Car Be a Classic Car?

February 6th, 2014

1994 Dodge Viper

When listening to the classic rock station, I’m accustomed to hearing music from Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. So when a Metallica song came on the other day, I thought the station switched without my consent. When I realized the channel was still locked firmly on classic rock, I had a small tantrum.

“Metallica is NOT classic rock,” I said to myself. “I listened to Metallica as a teenager, just a few short… umm… oh man, 15-20 years ago.”

Holy moly, it’s true. Metallica are now considered a classic rock band.

Today I’m having the same realization about cars.

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World’s First Porsche Much Like a 2014 Porsche

February 4th, 2014

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The Porsche P1 might be considered rare by some people. It’s an electric model, so you might think it’s a fairly recent development, but in fact the P1 is an 1898 model.

Yes, that’s right. The world’s first Porsche was built in 1898. As in 116 years ago.

The small, open-top car was built by Ferdinand Porsche when he was just 22. It’s the first car he ever built.

Some 30 years later, the same Ferdinand Porsche would form a company that initially designed German tanks for WWII and then vehicles such as the original Volkswagen Beetle. After the war, the company focused on building sports cars, and the first Porsche under that umbrella was the Type 356 in 1948.

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We Finally Have an American Treasure!

January 28th, 2014

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287

Mount Rushmore. The Statue of Liberty. Yellowstone. Nicholas Cage.

The United States has its share of official (and unofficial) national treasures. From buildings to monuments to places, the U.S. Library of Congress has designated some 40,000 national treasures as significant to the history of the United States of America.

Never has a car made the list.

Until now.

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