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U-S-A! U-S-A! The most American classics of all time

U-S-A! U-S-A! The most American classics of all time

Automotive designers have cribbing from each other since the dawn of the automotive era. Often it’s less obvious to borrow from far away than from your own backyard. Witness the countless European-inspired American cars we’ve seen over the years (like the 1989-97 Ford Thunderbird, a virtual copy of the 1977 BMW 630 CSi).  Europe has been […]

By May 25, 2014 Read More →
Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Rick Cole returns to Monterey, but with a new twist on the classic car auction

Nearly 30 years ago, Rick Cole had “a crazy idea.” His idea was to stage a classic car auction in conjunction with the Monterey Historics vintage races and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Cole, who regularly drove in those races, noticed how his fellow racers were buying and selling cars among themselves in the Laguna […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
SPONSORED POST: Swisstrax, the modern alternative to epoxy

SPONSORED POST: Swisstrax, the modern alternative to epoxy

When it comes to the world of garage flooring solutions, epoxy coatings have long been the go to for many individuals looking to improve the look of their floors. Whether an adventurous car buff decides to brave the process alone, or the less tenacious acquire a more skilled technician, this process is anything but simplistic. […]

By May 23, 2014 Read More →
Five classic Mustangs you can still afford

Five classic Mustangs you can still afford

With the big 50th anniversary of the Mustang, prices of the classic first version of the Mustang, the 1964½ (technically a 1965 model) through 1966, have been moving up. The best convertibles and fastbacks with the highest horsepower engines can bring well over $65,000 and there has been renewed interest in vintage Mustangs of all years.  […]

By May 22, 2014 Read More →
Designer updates a classic BMW

Designer updates a classic BMW

Although this day job is designing Riva yachts, David Obendorfer is intrigued by classic cars, especially those that have become icons of design. What Obendorfer likes to do is to see if he can reinterpret such designs so yesterday’s cars might fit into today’s — and tomorrow’s — driving environment. Obendorfer’s latest project is the […]

11 automotive tragedies from the big screen

11 automotive tragedies from the big screen

Bad things often happen to good cars in the movies. Here’s a list of 11 scenes that still make car guys cringe with every viewing: 1970 Dodge Challenger (“Vanishing Point”): The ’70 Dodge Challenger (one of about five used for the film) meets a fiery end when the protagonist of the film (played by Barry Newman) drives […]

Five of the coolest station wagons ever

Five of the coolest station wagons ever

Station wagons are officially endangered in the U.S., and other than the Dodge Magnum and Cadillac CTS wagon, Richard Nixon was president when the last really cool one was built in America. But a quick look at the cars on this list might make you re-think any preconceived notions that wagons were all “Mom Mobiles” for the […]

By May 18, 2014 Read More →
My Classic Car: Peter’s 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

My Classic Car: Peter’s 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Forty years ago, I started looking for my dream car — a 1955 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL — either a gullwing coupe or roadster, both now among the most sought-after German classics and far beyond the reach of the average classic car aficionado. In November, 1983 I finally spotted a 1957 300SL that looked affordable […]

Pontiac GTO: One of the 5 cars Boomers miss most

Pontiac GTO: One of the 5 cars Boomers miss most

Baby boomers are in full nostalgia mode as they contemplate their lost youth. And as the last generation that really bought into America’s love affair with the automobile, it’s natural that some of that nostalgia is of the four-wheeled variety. Here are five of the cars that baby boomers miss the most:

Cars that wouldn’t die: 6 cases of auto longevity

Cars that wouldn’t die: 6 cases of auto longevity

In this age of ultra-short product lifecycles where a three-model-year run unchanged is an eternity, it’s tough to imagine the same basic design being produced for three separate decades or more. Here are six cars well known to most Americans that all had tortoise-like life spans: