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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:  

Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Biggest automotive disappointments of all time

Some new cars sneak into the world under the radar with little baggage in the form of expectations (realistic or otherwise).  Others are so heavily touted or anticipated that even the best can sink under the weight of unrealistic pressures. Here are some that, in addition to being under the microscope when introduced, suffered from […]

By May 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

Mama and Baby REO: An heroic homecoming story

For those who think there is no altruism left in the world, I’d like to tell you the story of a Mama, a Baby and the couple who brought them home for good after they wandered the country apart for more than 100 years. Two of the principals in this fascinating story are human – […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Museum celebrates more than Olds and his mobiles

Several years ago, Collectable Automobile magazine called Lansing’s R.E. Olds Transportation Museum “one of the ten best small car museums in the country.” We still agree. Housed in an old city bus garage on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing, Michigan, the museum preserves and celebrates not just automobiles but trucks and […]

By May 9, 2014 Read More →
80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

80 years ago, Citroen changed the way people drive

Today, front-wheel drive is the rule, not the exception, among the cars on the road. But it wasn’t always that way. Some auto racers had success in the 1920s with cars that were pulled rather than pushed, and there was the Cord L-29, a front-drive luxury car that was introduced at the end of that […]