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Celebrating 60 Years of Ferrari Design

September 17th, 2014
2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

In 1954, America changed forever.

This wasn’t because of a traumatic event or even something that seemed all that significant when it happened. The impact, though, has spread across six decades and left a trail of inspiration and breathlessness, along with plenty of burned rubber and lofty aspirations.

It was in 1954 that Ferrari formed an alliance with the North American Racing Team and began selling cars in the United States. Over the next 60 years, Ferrari won countless races and produced some of the most exhilarating and beautiful automobiles to ever scorch the pavement.

With a 60-year anniversary car debuting next month, let’s take a moment and look back at some of the most influential Ferrari designs in U.S. history.

First, though, I want to share what little info there is about this 60th anniversary car. AutoEvolution says,

In all likelihood, it is expected that this car will be based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and it will add an exclusive exterior and interior design to account for the price jump of almost $3 million; a standard 2014 F12 Berlinetta starts at $318,888. Among the upgrades include a distinctive blue paint scheme with white stripes acting as a throwback to the Ferraris raced by the North American Racing Team (NART) from the 1960s through the 1980s. Big changes are also expected inside this car.

For $3 million, it had better be special! Not that it matters, because word is that only 10 vehicles will be produced and all are already sold. With that in mind, here are my favorite Ferrari designs from each decade:

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The Opposite Ends of Mercedes-Benz

September 10th, 2014

Mercedes AMG GT

Should You Buy a Used Unimog?

What’s a Unimog, you ask? Well, if we look to the reliable and almost-always-accurate Wikipedia, we’ll learn that Unimog is a range of multi-purpose 4-wheel-drive trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz.

With diesel power, high ground clearance, a flexible frame and a powerful off-road ability, Unimogs can be found in places where other motor vehicles dare not go.

That includes the freeways of Los Angeles, where one very famous Unimog once lived.

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Has the Corvette Finally Arrived as a Supercar?

August 27th, 2014

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

In all my years on this planet, never, not once, have I done a double head turn to check out a Corvette.

Corvettes just aren’t my thing. I see them on almost every outing, whether they be models from the early ’60s on the way to a classic car show, models from the ’80s and ’90s being driven by aging gearheads or later models piloted by post-midlife-crisis 50-somethings.

Corvettes are nearly as common as Hondas around here, and their design has never left me with the desire to exert the necessary energy to look twice. In fact, I usually try to look away as soon as possible, because I’m completely turned off by the Corvette and everything it represents.

So earlier this week, when my heart gave an extra jump as I turned a corner and saw a sexy red supercar parallel parked downtown, I quickly turned my head to look again, then knew my lifetime streak was over.

I had looked twice at a Corvette.

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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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Futuristic Cars You Can Buy Today

July 4th, 2014

Nope, not going to happen

Forget flying cars and hoverboards. The future of personal travel won’t look anything like it did in movies like Total Recall, Tron or Back to the Future. 

The way I see it, there are two options for how the future will turn out. It’ll either be a peaceful world full of light and love, or it’ll be a wasteland of post-apocalypse Americana. I’m hoping for the first option, but already there are cars available that will serve us well in both situations.

Keep reading for the cars of the future that you can buy today!

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Introducing the Supercar Unknowns

June 27th, 2014

SSC Tuatara

I was tagged in a Facebook post that said, “Dude, Washington has a supercar!”

The link went to a local story about Washington State company SSC and its Tuatara megacar, which is due to start production in 2015. That car has a very real shot at regaining the title of world’s fastest production car for SSC, whose Ultimate Aero has battled with Bugatti for the title over the last couple of years.

In our parts of the woods, SSC, formerly Shelby Supercars, is not an obscure car brand. Granted, we don’t see any roaming our city streets, but any real car nut knows it exists.

Keep reading for 5 supercars of which even the most pure of heart may not be aware.

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Buying a Car for the First Time?

June 20th, 2014

1994 Dodge Viper 2_dr_rt_10_convertible-pic-502

Remember your first time?

Mine was the culmination of a lot of searching, a lot of saving and then a long journey to find what I wanted.

The effort, time and money finally paid off when I experienced one of the greatest first times a young adult could possibly dream of: I bought my first car.

Actually, my first car was a truck and exactly what I wanted in a first vehicle. I bought it just as summer began and looked forward to many long days and warm nights of newly purchased freedom.

With a new summer dawning, plenty of teens and young adults will be considering their first vehicle purchase. What should they look for?

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Did Your City Get an Alfa Romeo Dealer?

June 11th, 2014

alfa_romeo_4C

After years of anticipation, it’s official: We got one!

It won’t be long before the new Alfa Romeo 4C is tearing up the streets of the place I call home.

Chrysler announced this week that it has awarded 82 Alfa Romeo franchises to dealers in 33 states across the United States. One of those is my local FIAT dealer, which will soon add the Alfa Romeo logo to its street sign.

If you’re shopping for a new or used sports car, you might want to wait until you at least have a chance to check out the 4C.

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Cars for Your Vision Board

June 6th, 2014

audi_q7

Not even a year ago I received a text that changed my future.

The note, which was accompanied by a photo, said, “This is what we need for when we have all four kids. No way are we getting a minivan.”

The picture was of a white Audi Q7.

Naturally, I nearly spit my lemonade out my nose, because the Q7 was about as attainable as a rocket ship. Which, essentially, is what I said in reply. Not long after it was suggested that we make a vision board, a poster consisting of pictures of everything we want in life.

The Q7 made it onto that board.

Just weeks later, a perfect used Q7 cropped up. It was the right color, had roof racks for our paddle boards, had fairly low mileage and most of all, was priced very affordably. That Q7 was the first thing crossed off our vision board.

It’s been replaced with another car, but before we get to that, let’s take a look at cars you should put on your vision board. Be ready, though—you might find one sooner than you think!

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