There are many different ways to design and build a car, and, if we’re honest, most are quickly discarded after a few years for something newer, faster, and better-equipped. There are vehicles cherished for decades, of course, owned by enthusiasts loyal to some marques more than others. At the top of the classic car world, however, few are as universally loved as the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider.
The Lotus Super Seven is perhaps the simplest and most elemental of sportscars. It is wheels, engine, seats, a pop-eyed face like a praying mantis, and bodywork like an early aeroplane. Conceived in 1957 as a very low-budget club-racer, it found a home racing on the decommissioned WWII runways of England. And here are six more reasons you should love it.
/ 30 Apr 2015
With a day job illustrating many of the world’s finest machines for some of the world’s finest automotive publications, including Top Gear UK, Racer, and Turbo, Portugal’s oldest monthly car magazine, you’re probably already familiar with Ricardo Santos’ work. An artist by day, what does he work on in his free time? Some of the most beautiful automotive illustrations we’ve seen.
/ 30 Apr 2015
A wise man once said, “There are car enthusiasts and there are driving enthusiasts.” While the world isn’t so black-and-white, there are few events that are able to cater to both groups of enthusiasts. Day or weekend-long driving tours are often able to please both drivers and car enthusiasts, and one of the up-and-coming names in the business is Classic Car Adventures.
By / 29 Apr 2015
As they say, there are many ways to skin a cat. The same is true of driving quickly, and this week’s market finds represent a number of different ways to be thrilled while behind the wheel. Of course, you could pop down to your local Ferrari dealer and order the latest 488 supercar, but chances are you’d rather take a different route.
Spring is here for much of the world, and with that comes beautiful weather and long drives in your classic car—or long hours working on it in the garage! Lately, we’ve been wishing we had a few more automotive-themed T-Shirts, and so with our motto in mind we’re introducing two designs shortly. But how can you get one?
/ 29 Apr 2015
In 1983, Risky Business made Tom Cruise a household name. Cruise’s character, Joel Goodson, will soon celebrate the fact that his parents have left him home alone, and he dances around the living room in his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll”. Although Risky Business isn’t a car movie, there’s more than a few quintessential moments in the film where the Porsche 928 had a major role.
Petrolicious recently sat down with Shaheen Armin, a young man who quit his job designing new cars in the U.S. in order to create a documentary about a nearly unknown classic car. The Paykan, or “Arrow” in Persian was made in Iran since the ’60s, becoming known as “the national car of Iran” mostly because it was made for an incredible 38 years!
/ 28 Apr 2015
One day, on the way to work, I saw the car. I thought it was a Toyota Crown at first, but it was far grander. It was parked in front of the Officer’s Club and it had a presence that is hard to put into words. The design was fairly conservative, but something drew my attention to it...
Designed to be a grand tourer beyond reproach, the French brand Facel quickly earned a reputation for style, speed, and quality through the ’50s as it wood the European elite. The company’s slogan was, “For the few who own the finest,” and it’s easy to see why Facel cars are still highly prized today. For restorer Jasper Beukenkamp, Facel cars are a special sort of passion.