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A Road Trip, Life Lessons, and a Citroën

A Road Trip, Life Lessons, and a Citroën

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Jul 2014
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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.

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A Date With a Princess of Monaco

A Date With a Princess of Monaco

By Afshin Behnia / 17 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

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.

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This Facel Vega is an Unrestored Piece of History

This Facel Vega is an Unrestored Piece of History

By Petrolicious Productions / 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.

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These Are The Ten Best Vintage Four-Cylinder Engines

These Are The Ten Best Vintage Four-Cylinder Engines

By Aaron McKenzie / 16 Jul 2014 / 20 Comments Read More

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.

Rekindling Your Love is What Happens at Checker-Fest

Rekindling Your Love is What Happens at Checker-Fest

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jul 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

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.

BMW Posters Designed for Fellow Collectors

BMW Posters Designed for Fellow Collectors

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jul 2014
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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.

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Dodge Challenger is an Original, Sweet Georgia Peach

Dodge Challenger is an Original, Sweet Georgia Peach

By Petrolicious Productions / 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.

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What to Drive Today–Porsche or Ferrari?

What to Drive Today–Porsche or Ferrari?

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Jul 2014
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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.

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The Ferrari 330 P4 Is One Sexy Beast

The Ferrari 330 P4 Is One Sexy Beast

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Jul 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

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.

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL For Sale Shines Brightly

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL For Sale Shines Brightly

By Petrolicious Productions / 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.

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Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

Why the Facel Vega HK500 Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Jul 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.

The Facel Vega HK500 combines a beautiful European handcrafted body and chassis with a proven, American engine. This type of combination has been used before–Iso, Bristol, Jensen, and De Tomaso spring to mind–but it’s a good one. You won’t have to worry too much if any mechanical issues come up, as you could pop down to your local Chrysler dealer, or even Auto Zone.

This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

By Jonathan WC Mills / 14 Jul 2014
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As the summer sun heats up our office the natural inclination is to dream of cooling off. And given our specialty is vintage luxury, those thoughts often circle back to wooden boats, or more specifically, the ultimate wooden boat. The Aquarama, Riva’s most popular boat, was in production for a staggering thirty-four years.

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Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jul 2014
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No, the zero-to-sixty time isn't remarkable nowadays, but it wasn't back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda's acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn't cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars.

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Hidden in a Barn is One Man's Gulf Racing Obsession

Hidden in a Barn is One Man's Gulf Racing Obsession

By Amy Shore / 11 Jul 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

This mysterious barn in the middle of nowhere wasn’t a simple farmyard building, but the workshop of the incredible ROFGO Collection. In 2008, Mr. Roald Goethe, with the help of Mr. Adrian Hamilton, began his collection of iconic Gulf cars, starting with an ex-works Gulf Ford GT40. Just six years on, this collection has grown to twenty-nine stunning machines including McLarens and Porsches.

Regardless of the Climate, This Datsun is in Great Shape

Regardless of the Climate, This Datsun is in Great Shape

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2014

People who love cars and winter weather are typically well-served by not combining them. The salt applied to roads during the cold months has a tendency to ravage cars. According to the listing, this 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo's owner has made sure not to mix that pair of pleasures.

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Triumph Makes Romance Easier

Triumph Makes Romance Easier

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Romance isn’t easy for many guys. Listen ladies, just because we don't want to be caught buying you an [adorable] fireman teddy bear for Valentine's Day doesn’t mean we don’t care about you. It just proves that we have no business expressing any sort of feelings. So how can a red blooded man express the true romance that lies dormant just waiting to burst from his heart?

Jaguar is his Dream Car

Jaguar is his Dream Car

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2014
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When it comes to this Jag, I like the smell and the sound, most of all. I like the thin steering wheel, the bakelite switches, the feeling of the gearbox, and the hard clutch. The engine has a lot of torque and is gently powerful. And obviously, I love it because I have been dreaming of it since I was a child.

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Follow Your Dreams into the Clouds

Follow Your Dreams into the Clouds

By Amy Shore / 10 Jul 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Rob and I talked long into the afternoon of his fascinating stories and life, some stories exciting, some deeply upsetting. But one thing I learned about Rob for sure is that he adores flying. His closing line to me was to try and experience as many things in life as you possibly can and truly live your life to the full. “Life is not a rehearsal, you’ve just got to do it.”