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Thank You, and Goodbye

Thank You, and Goodbye

By Yoav Gilad / 13 Feb 2015 / 50 Comments Read More

I started at Petrolicious as the editor about fourteen months ago and today I’m wrapping it up. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have held this position mostly because it allowed me the opportunity to have a dialogue with a broad, diverse audience that despite many geographic and cultural differences, are really just like me—hard-core classic car guys (and girls)...

Book Review: …I've Been Drawing Sports Cars

Book Review: …I've Been Drawing Sports Cars

By Yoav Gilad / 13 Feb 2015

Whether you can scarcely draw a stick figure or your last name is Gandini, I have yet to meet a Petrolista who has never attempted, at least once, to sketch their dream car. Ever Since I Was a Young Boy, I've Been Drawing Sports Cars is about those lucky, hard-working few who are so obsessed with the idea of designing their dream car that they develop their craft with single-minded devotion...

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Driving a Bentley R-type is Exaltation

Driving a Bentley R-type is Exaltation

By Ronald Ahrens / 13 Feb 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

My experience behind the large wheel of a standard 1953 R-Type sedan left vivid impressions of the exalted seating position, and from somewhere within me there came the feeling of pity for those unfortunate people down below in their Hondas and Chevys. An R-Type Continental would surely amplify this feeling...

Sophia Loren, Spaghetti, and Gullwings

Sophia Loren, Spaghetti, and Gullwings

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 12 Feb 2015 / 7 Comments Read More

From her jewels to her clothing, Sophia Loren clearly had taste with a capital 'T', and is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses to grace the silver screen. “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti”, Loren once said. That must include her classic cars too, then. Loren had several, but perhaps the car she is best known for owning is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL...

The Mini was the Giant Killer Born to Burst Some Bubbles

The Mini was the Giant Killer Born to Burst Some Bubbles

By Brian Garrity / 11 Feb 2015 / 7 Comments Read More

British Motor Company (BMC) President Leonard Lord, believed that if the British motoring public truly needed a small, fuel efficient car to endure the nation’s precarious hold on foreign oil, this car should be “a proper small car” and not the “bloody awful bubble cars” that he felt should be driven “off the streets.”

Classy Caddys Available from Hemmings Motor News

Classy Caddys Available from Hemmings Motor News

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Feb 2015

Before cars were compared to all manner of BMWs, the classic Cadillac was the gold standard. Even high quality household appliances and airplanes were billed as “the Cadillac of the...” (fill in the blank). This was for a very good reason, they’re beautiful and their build quality was noticeably very fine.

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Rita Hayworth's Cadillac Ghia is Quintessential Los Angeles

Rita Hayworth's Cadillac Ghia is Quintessential Los Angeles

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Feb 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

In the early 1950s, international playboy and south-Asian royalty Aly Khan purchased this Ghia-bodied Cadillac in an attempt to recapture actress Rita Hayworth's affection. They had been married for a few years, but their relationship was ending and according to legend, this was his last gasp attempt to save their love. It didn't work, they split up permanently, but Hayworth did keep the car.

What is the Greatest Pre-'90 Twelve-Cylinder Engine?

What is the Greatest Pre-'90 Twelve-Cylinder Engine?

By Yoav Gilad / 9 Feb 2015
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Let's make this clear at the outset: the twelve-cylinder engine is the pinnacle of automotive powerplants. Yes, there have been V16s, but twelve-cylinder engines produce smooth, easy power and torque throughout the range and are the conventional choice for any machine whose mission is clear and uncompromised.

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The Watch Makes The Man: James Bond and His Rolex

The Watch Makes The Man: James Bond and His Rolex

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Feb 2015 / 17 Comments Read More

“Bond surveyed his weapons. They were only his hands and feet, his Gillette razor and his wrist-watch, a heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on an expanding metal bracelet. Used properly, these could be turned into most effective knuckledusters.” - Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1963...