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Future Classic: Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf GTI

Future Classic: Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf GTI

In 1983, the U.S. was just emerging from the automotive weariness of the 1970s. The Arab oil embargo had made everybody leery of gas supplies and rising prices and, to make matters worse, automobiles strangled by inefficient emissions controls had made performance pretty much a thing of the past. In that dour atmosphere, the Volkswagen […]

By June 16, 2014 Read More →
Pick of the Week: 1963 Mini Penny Car

Pick of the Week: 1963 Mini Penny Car

“Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.” And on my car, apparently, in this awesome tribute to The Beatles’ classic hit of 1967. The 1963 Morris Mini Minor has had approximately 4,000 British pennies glued and grouted onto its surface in gleaming homage to “Penny Lane” by a woman in England whose […]

By June 13, 2014 Read More →
Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

Classic Profile: The 1936 Vanderbilt Cup race revival

In 1936, George W. Vanderbilt III banded together with Boston Braves owner George Marshall, and Eddie Rickenbacker, owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to revive a major event from the early days of motorsports, the Vanderbilt Cup. The Vanderbilt Cup was founded by William K. Vanderbilt (George W. Vanderbilt’s uncle) in 1904. America’s first international […]

By June 11, 2014 Read More →
Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Residency requirement: Drew Alcazar thinks he’s found the secret to success in Orange County

Orange County may be the sweet spot within Southern California’s classic and exotic car culture, but it has been a very tough nut — well, actually, a tough-skinned fruit — for classic car auction houses to crack. “It’s arguably the car Mecca of the planet,” said Drew Alcazar, founder of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile […]

By June 2, 2014 Read More →
Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Five of the oddest cars from Ford Motor Company

Multi-national Ford Motor Company has — regardless of market — charted a fairly conservative path through the years. Unlike dedicated eccentrics SAAB, Citroën and even American Motors, it has produced few cars that could be fairly characterized as weird, but here are five from Ford (and its Lincoln and Mercury divisions) that still have us […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

Five of the coolest nearly extinct cars from the ’70s and ’80s

The attrition rate of cars from the mid-disco to late Reagan-era is huge. And while we’d love to see someone somewhere driving any one of the cars on this list, in truth, we can’t remember the last time we saw any of them.  Here are five of our favorite nearly extinct cars:

Forgotten 90s greats

Forgotten 90s greats

The 1990s had a fair amount going for it, in terms of both pop culture and automobiles. And while you can argue the merits of Nirvana and Green Day over Duran Duran and White Snake all day, nearly every car on this list is a vast improvement over its 1980s counterpart. Here are five of […]

By May 27, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
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 →