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Cosmos Pioneered Mazda Rotaries

Cosmos Pioneered Mazda Rotaries

By Alan Franklin / 11 Jul 2013

Mazda, at least until very recently, long shared my love of the rotary, having purchased the rights to develop it from NSU in 1961. After six years of further development, their first rotary-powered car was revealed to the world, called the Cosmo 110S. Envisioned as a halo model for the entire brand, the Cosmo was genesis for every rotary-engined car ever to roll out of Hiroshima.

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Fiat’s First and Last V8 Sports Car Eclipsed Ferrari and Alfa

Fiat’s First and Last V8 Sports Car Eclipsed Ferrari and Alfa

By Alan Franklin / 10 Jul 2013

Though a V8 engine and its associated soundtrack are largely American icons, every major car-producing culture on Earth has experimented with the design, some with greater success than others. Italy has had a long-standing love affair with the bent eight as a means for motivating high-end performance machines. Even Fiat briefly flirted with V8-powered sports cars in the early 1950s.

 

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Villeneuve's Legacy Lives on in Modena

Villeneuve's Legacy Lives on in Modena

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2013 / 4 Comments Read More

Growing up in the Formula 1 paddock (with Scuderia Ferrari no less) would be an absolutely incredible childhood. Jonathan Giacobazzi lived that dream as a child, traveling as part of the Ferrari entourage in the late '70s and early '80s. During his time there, he met many legendary drivers, but none left such an impression as Canadian ace Gilles Villeneuve. While in Modena, Italy, we caught up with Mr. Giacobazzi to discuss Villeneuve, Formula 1, and his unique childhood experiences.

Snag a Historic XK120 in Iconic Colors for Summer Motoring

Snag a Historic XK120 in Iconic Colors for Summer Motoring

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2013

This drop top is an iconic cream-white over gray hide and is claimed to be one of the cleanest and most reliable XK120s around. Said to be matching numbers and highly original, no mention of any restoration work is made—we’re not sure that means it’s an untouched survivor, but it’s possible…

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Alfa’s GTV6 Makes Exotic Noises for Used Econobox Cash

Alfa’s GTV6 Makes Exotic Noises for Used Econobox Cash

By Alan Franklin / 9 Jul 2013 / 25 Comments Read More

Based on the 1972 Alfetta platform, the GTV6 is, as its name implies, a V6-equipped coupe with reasonable concessions to comfort. Designed upon the existing Alfetta GT/GTV fastback version of the aforementioned chassis, the GTV6 featured sophisticated design elements like a rear-mounted transaxle for better weight distribution, and front wheels suspended via double wishbones—the back two utilizing a somewhat old school, but still highly effective De Dion setup.

Which Sixties English Drop Top Twists Your Key?

Which Sixties English Drop Top Twists Your Key?

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jul 2013

We’ve featured a lot of roadsters in this feature over the past month or so, of which we’re completely unapologetic—when the weather’s this fantastic, there’s simply no other type of car we’d rather be driving. Would you choose a 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII BJ8 or a 1962 Daimler SP250 Dart?

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The Fiat 2300 S Coupe Is Suspended in Time

The Fiat 2300 S Coupe Is Suspended in Time

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jul 2013 / 12 Comments Read More

There may be no better way of describing the owning of a vintage car than as an island in an ocean of technology. For Pierantonio Micciarelli of Milan, Italy, this island comes in the form of a Fiat 2300 S Coupe. With so many rules and regulations to owning a vintage car in Italy, owning a car like this isn't just a means of transportation but a dedication to style, craftsmanship, and commitment. In a world of technology, this leaves Pierantonio, and many of us who choose the vintage car lifestyle, suspended in time.

Keep Time in Style with a Vintage Chronograph

Keep Time in Style with a Vintage Chronograph

By Sean Lorentzen / 8 Jul 2013
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Watches, especially mechanically driven examples, in many ways, are not unlike an early 911. Beautifully engineered for a singular purpose, there may be more accurate, more practical, and far cheaper ways nowadays to accomplish the job, but nothing else has the same feel or charisma. Perhaps the most automotive-minded group of watches are the chronographs.

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Three GTI Cars Battle to Be Hot Hatch King

Three GTI Cars Battle to Be Hot Hatch King

By Clayton Seams / 8 Jul 2013
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In 1989, car buyers shopping for cheap thrills had their choice of three GTIs: The original VW Golf GTI, the now iconic Peugeot 205 GTI, and the featherweight Suzuki Swift GTi. All three cars shared a common name, but each front-drive boxes of fun hailed from three different countries and showcased three very different approaches to creating entertaining yet functional front-drive transportation.

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Belgian Builder Brings Back MKII Golf GTI’s Sparkle

Belgian Builder Brings Back MKII Golf GTI’s Sparkle

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Jul 2013

The first generation Golf GTI may rightly get all the credit for sparking the hot hatch revolution, but it’s arguably the MKII which perfected the formula. It's large enough to be an easy day-to-day travel companion, small enough to navigate city living, modern enough to be moderately comfortable, reliable and safe, yet just old enough to capture the tail end of the classic era.

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