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Celebrity Cars (Almost) Anyone Can Own

January 10th, 2014

Michael Jackson Ferrari Testarossa

A Ferrari is just a Ferrari, except for when it’s not.

The 1980s Testarossa defines the decade in the the same ways hairspray, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jackson do. It’s an iconic car and graced the walls of young teenagers everywhere. Even with the rich history of the Testarossa, it’s still a relatively inexpensive car, as far as Ferraris go.

For somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000, a savvy shopper can find a classic Ferrari and be the envy of ’80s kids everywhere. Own the Testarossa that Michael Jackson drove, though, and you’ll elevate yourself to legendary status.

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Restore or Not Restore: The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

January 7th, 2014

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

When a long-forgotten rare and classic car is found and brought into the public eye, it usually doesn’t take long for it to be restored and sold again in tip-top shape.

A recent find, though, brings up an interesting conundrum. A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, in its original state, has been found in a Pennsylvania garage. It’s rare to find a Ferrari of this vintage in any condition, but it’s nearly unheard of to find one of just 99 examples built that is in its completely original shape.

Well, original save for a small engine fire.

Even considering the fire, the car might be worth more if left untouched.

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It’s 2014! Let’s Look Ahead to 2015!

January 1st, 2014

alfa-romeo-4c

Let’s greet this new year by looking forward to the next one. In a world dominated by what’s next, I’d like to take a moment and look into the future. Yes, it’s day one of 2014, and already 2015 sounds just lovely.

Maybe that’s because the 2014 model year cars have been out for 6 months or so, and the number feels stale already. The year 2015 feels fresh and exciting and holds the promise of greatness. Most of that promised greatness comes in the form of one car. One stunningly beautiful, fast, wildly anticipated car that makes me and countless others want to fly right by 2014 and welcome 2015.

And no, it’s not the new Mustang.

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Big Money and High Technology to Fix an Old Problem

December 18th, 2013

McLaren P1

What’s the best way to spend the most money to fix a simple problem?

Assign a supercar engineer to the task.

Here’s the problem:

During inclement weather, falling condensation in the form of oxidane can accumulate on the windscreen of a vehicle, thereby creating visual impairment and putting the driver and occupants at risk. Additionally, when exposed to freezing conditions, said oxidane can transform into a solid state and create an even bigger problem for drivers by rendering the windscreen opaque.

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The Most Promising Cars of 2014 (So Far)

December 13th, 2013
2014 BMW M3

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

It’s that wonderful time of year again: Snow is on the ground, holiday music fills the air, and automakers have started revealing all the fantastic cars that will be in people’s driveways come the new year. Although 2013 saw some fantastic cars come our way—cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2014 Cadillac CTS and 2014 Mazda3—we can’t help but look at 2014 with wide eyes, as some of the most promising cars many makers have turned out in generations sit just beyond the horizon.

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For Almost $300K, a Used Aston Martin V8 Vantage or Two New Ones?

December 10th, 2013

1988_Aston-Martin-V8-Vantage

I enjoy dreaming about exotic cars as much as the next guy. Normally used ones, especially 1988 models, are at least somewhat affordable, if affordable means roughly the same price as a new Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

The guys over at CarThrottle found a real gem of a used car, an ’88 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, but it’s priced at nearly 300 grand. What’s so great about it to justify such a high price?

Aside from looking like a Ford Mustang from some angles, I honestly don’t know.

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Used Dodge Viper: Real or Fake?

November 4th, 2013

Dodge Viper based on Corvette

If you want a used Dodge Viper, you should just buy yourself a Dodge Viper.

The car has a strong, loyal following thanks in part to its storied past, which began with a combination effort between Chrysler and Lamborghini. Yes, it’s true, the Viper’s famous V10 engine has roots with the Raging Bull.

Lamborghini, owned by Chrysler from 1987 to 1993, was charged with modifying Dodge’s iron V10 truck engine into something suitable for a performance roadster. The resulting engine weighed over 700 pounds, but included cast aluminum heads, produced 400 hp and propelled the first generation Viper to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds.

The Viper gained a reputation for being a spartan ride, but also a brute force in performance.

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Cars with Enough Personality for Big Papi

November 1st, 2013
Lamborghini Veneno

Photo courtesy VW Vortex

It’s that time of year again. Last night the streets of America were filled with beards, baseball bats and World Series rings, as the Boston Red Sox went door to door seeking gifts of candy from gratuitous strangers. Well, the night may not have played out quite like that in the rest of the country, but that was certainly the scene on the streets of New England.

This week’s World Series finale got us thinking. The Red Sox are a lovable team because of the personality they bring to baseball. Their stadium is the oldest in the league, their history one of the most prolific, and with the exception of a few years (we’re looking at you, 2011), the Sox tend to field a team of talented “characters” (think Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, etc.). All of this gels together to give the Red Sox a distinct personality—a personality that makes them one of baseball’s most lovable teams.

If personality can make a baseball team loved (or hated, in the case of the New York Yankees), what can it do for a car? The answer is quite a lot—many an otherwise awful car has been saved by the personality it projects. Conversely, many excellent or innovative cars have been easily dismissed for having the wrong sort of personality (the classic example being the Pontiac Aztek). So, on this day after Halloween, when every parent in New England has a full year until they have to chauffer around some of the biggest personalities in baseball again, we ask the question, “What cars have big enough personalities to match the likes of David Ortiz, Johnny Gomes and Koji Uehara?”

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Supercar System Doesn’t Look Super

October 28th, 2013

2014-Supercar-System

Supercars are, by definition, super. It’s right there in the name. A car is just a car if it isn’t super.

Supercars, of course, also come with super prices. Just look into anything made in Modena, Stuttgart or Sant’Agata Bolognese. A supercar that doesn’t cost well over a hundred grand is probably not a supercar at all.

One company hopes to change that by offering a $70,000 “supercar” that will challenge some of the world’s most respected and revered supercars. The question is, can that be done on a budget, and, more importantly, with a GM engine?

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Bless This Season: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

October 10th, 2013

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

This is the time of year we start thinking about the upcoming holiday season, even though nobody really wants to yet. Step foot into any Costco in the land, and you’re welcomed with Christmas trees, holiday lights and animated Santas.

Being early October, you’ll also hear murmurs of, “Christmas stuff already? It’s so sad this is such a commercial holiday now.”

Yes, from one perspective it is unfortunate that this has become the season of excess and commercialism. This should be a time to show appreciation for the ones who love us unconditionally and give thanks for the plenty we have.

Then again, if that’s all we had this time of year, we wouldn’t have the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.

In a Neiman Marcus catalog.

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