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Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

Why the Citroën DS Is Collectable

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

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.

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

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.

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Driven by Design: Ferrari Dino

Driven by Design: Ferrari Dino

By Yoav Gilad / 18 Jul 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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?

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.”

This Is Why the Le Mans Classic Is a Premier Vintage Race

This Is Why the Le Mans Classic Is a Premier Vintage Race

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Really, it's a pretty simple formula: take a group of exciting, historic race cars add a classic, barely-quieted track, and 100,000 rabid fans and you have magic. The traditional Le Mans standing start is included for older groups too. What's that? Before 1970, the drivers and cars were inconveniently placed across the track from one another forcing racers to run across the track to their cars to start.