The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The Citroën DS's suspension may have changed the course of history in 1962, when French President Charles De Gaulle was riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport in his DS. Gunmen opened fire on the car in an assassination attempt, and more than a few of the 140 bullets shattered the car's rear window and deflated all four of its tires. Due to the car's suspension system however, the President's driver was able to accelerate out of a skid and flee to safety.
By / 21 Jul 2014
Imagine driving fewer than a thousand miles a year. Of course, you probably wouldn't have much of a social life, but perhaps your car would look as factory-new as this 1985 TVR 280i, whose paint is ninety percent original. In the past twenty-nine years, it's only covered 21,000 miles.
With his own nascent carrozzeria flourishing, Mr. Flaminio Bertoni fell in love with a young woman that his mother disapproved of. She wanted her son to marry a cousin instead. Apparently, that’s how things were done then. However, Flaminio would have none of it, closing his design studio and moving to Paris with his new bride. Fortunately, Citroën offered him a job in their design department.
By / 18 Jul 2014
The circle of life can be found everywhere, especially in the automotive world. The owner of this 1985 Mazda RX-7 doesn't "have much time to enjoy it, and would like to free up garage space." Thus his listing of the Japanese coupe, in search of a new owner, begins the cycle anew.
/ 18 Jul 2014
MotorBinder's little details are what really amaze: tools and supplies spread out on a blanket in the dirt beside a Kurtis-Kraft, Mr. David Hobbs eyeing a McLaren Elva Mk1 from his Lola T70, Suixtil race suits, a woman’s bare legs poking out from under a BMC Formula Jr., or Mr. Phil Hill behind the wheel of a Spencer-family Ford T-bucket.
The Dino was interesting as it helped to launch the career of designer Leonardo Fioravanti. He had been at Pininfarina for about two years when he was allowed to design the 206 GT and frankly, his inexperience shows. Even as the world was turning away from the voluptuous forms of the post-war years, the 206 GT clung onto them.
/ 18 Jul 2014
Even if you’d never even heard of the Gaspé Peninsula when you woke up that morning, you’d likely leave the office that day with tickets in hand after seeing a poster’s promise of maritime adventures in that far-flung corner of Quebec. That’s the magic of these vintage posters: with their striking colors and dramatic lettering, they could have made the other side of the street seem alluring.
/ 17 Jul 2014
Everyone knows the usual suspects: the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Corvette and Camaro. They went through many iterations varying from sporty through not-so-much. But there were quite a few other American cars that were quite sporty, which didn't receive the following that the aforementioned cars did, simply because they didn't have 'enough' power, handling and braking be damned.
By / 17 Jul 2014
Fifty years of existence takes its toll on everyone and everything, especially automobiles. To reverse the effects of that much time and 117,000 miles, the seller of this "# matching" 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible has fitted it with several new parts.
/ 17 Jul 2014
I’d be in a gas station buying more Monster Energy Tea and Maxx would be out giving the whole story to some mystified traveler who’d either never seen one and thought it was a vintage Porsche or Saab or, on rare occasions, knew exactly what it was and was thrilled to see one for the first time in dozens of years. Driving the DS was like coming into town with free cookies or a basket of kittens.
The next day we set out on our road trip, driving through charming seaside towns in Liguria with a stop for an excellent lunch featuring the local specialty trofie al pesto. Back on the road and arriving in Monaco, we made the descent into town through the windy one-way roads and after several wrong turns finally spotted Pete’s early, bright-red Porsche 911E parked in front of a cafe.
By / 16 Jul 2014
According to the seller, this 1960 model was built in late 1959 and features a "Torqueflite automatic transmission, power steering, disc brakes, closed Borrani steel wheels, [and] tinted glass." The last time this HK500 was for sale was over 30 years ago.
Last week, we asked you to name the greatest pre-1990 four-cylinder engine. Our question spawned a free-for-all debate on our website and various social media outlets, with votes coming in for everything from a late-1940s Crosley motor to the turbocharged Porsche 944 engine and plenty else in between. After reading your opinions and arguing the topic here in the Petrolicious garage, these are the ten best.
What did I end up with? A Checker. A what you say? A Checker. A 1980 Checker Marathon, to be specific. Remember the old NYC taxicabs? The behemoths that roamed the streets of Manhattan during the '60s and '70s? Well that’s what I have, albeit the ‘civilian’ Marathon model. Its name is Chunky–no, not Chubby. I never was one to go for the obvious.
/ 16 Jul 2014
Mr. Mo Faraz, the designer behind the art, uses this platform to share his ideas and knowledge with other enthusiasts and owners like himself. He has owned a handful of vintage cars himself, including an Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT, a BMW 2002, and a BMW E9 CSi, and has used his experiences with these cars to formulate the inspiration behind his designs.
By / 15 Jul 2014
Equipped with the famed 440 cubic-inch V8, this Challenger has the "Six Pack" of three two-barrel carburetors. According to the seller, this 59,000-mile muscle car is "a true JS23VOB that has a number matching motor," which means that this is the real, muscle-car deal.
/ 15 Jul 2014
The 911 has a race car feel and it's a little tinny, but light and quick. In terms of preference, the Porsche and the Ferrari are completely different worlds, and each has its own attributes. The Ferrari (a 550 Maranello) is big, refined and comfortable. It pulls like a D9 Caterpillar (big bulldozer)! It's a perfect blend of comfort and performance–a true gentleman's GT.
As much as any other car, the Ferrari 330 P4 is the embodiment and culmination of an entire era of racing. With its low-slung stance and voluptuous lines, it is also among the most visually stunning cars ever produced. Combine these factors and the word “icon” slips to the tip of one’s tongue.
By / 14 Jul 2014
Although "the carpet does show some minor wear and there are a few cracks in the dash," those blemishes haven't dimmed this car's star power. It's been used in film and photo shoots for the past three years. "Upgraded Chrome Wheels," a fresh coat of silver paint, and fog lights help it shine brighter.