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Cheap, Fun, and Fast: You’re Going to Want a Cyclekart

Cheap, Fun, and Fast: You’re Going to Want a Cyclekart

By Brian Driggs / 24 Apr 2015
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It’s a light-hearted homage to the early days of motorsport, when building a race car meant more than putting shelf parts on a credit card. It’s about homemade, 250 pound go-karts with timeless style, bombing quickly around streets, sharing the pure joy of motoring with friends and family—for less than $1500…all-in.

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Taming the Widowmaker: Porsche 935 K3

Taming the Widowmaker: Porsche 935 K3

By Jacopo Villa / 23 Apr 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

This was no public event or track day for this historic Porsche 935 “K3” race car, as it was a booked testing session for teams at the San Martino del Lago circuit, in the rural outskirts of Cremona. Petrolicious was invited to the testing session, and it was a pure spectacle.

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Five Reasons to Drive a “Super” Beetle

Five Reasons to Drive a “Super” Beetle

By Brendan McAleer / 23 Apr 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

Rare? Hardly—the Volkswagen Type 1 is nearly as numerous as the Coleptera order from which they take their nickname, Beetle. A ubiquitous feature of the motoring landscape of the '60s and '70s, these curvy-carapaced creatures survived well into the modern age, and are still a common sight around the world. So why drive one—specifically, why make one faster?

Proof Nobody Does Vintage Car Events Quite like the Italians

Proof Nobody Does Vintage Car Events Quite like the Italians

By Jacopo Villa / 22 Apr 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

Not too often you get to participate to an event where you see classic cars racing on a street circuit a few meters away from the sea—in Tuscany. I dare to say, only in Italy you can get three Lancia Stratos sideways in the tiniest streets imaginable, all the while shaded by tall and beautiful maritime pines.

What Makes This Vintage Ford So Special?

What Makes This Vintage Ford So Special?

By Andrey Smazhilo / 21 Apr 2015
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Building a car was completely different eighty-five years ago. To use someone’s successful products, you’d have to purchase their technology. And so it was for the USSR in 1929 when Soviet government decided that it was time for the country to start mass-producing its own cars. Who did they turn to? Ford.

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Escape From L.A. In A Dodge Viper

Escape From L.A. In A Dodge Viper

By Michael Banovsky / 21 Apr 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

When handed the keys to the car, its handler said, “Have fun,” which is a faster way of saying both, “Wish it was me,” and, “Don’t crash.” Have fun? In a Viper? In the middle of Los Angeles? “Have fun” while handing a child a soccer ball makes sense. Snaking a six hundred and forty-five horsepower car through the L.A.’s often decrepit concrete arteries is not fun—both have reputations, after all. Shortly after getting the keys, a chance email would alter my plans significantly—and add 600 miles to the car’s odometer. Let’s go.

The Race to Own an Opel Kadett C, My First Classic Car

The Race to Own an Opel Kadett C, My First Classic Car

By Máté Boér / 20 Apr 2015
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Dear fellow Petrolisti, let me introduce you my first classic car, a 1979 Opel Kadett C two-door sedan. It’s a moment I’ve been waiting for. Even as a writer, there are so many things that I love on this site, but reader submissions are my favorites. They’re honest, and, with only a few exceptions, feature everyday people sharing stories.

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Selling the Shelby Mustangs That Ford Didn't Make

Selling the Shelby Mustangs That Ford Didn't Make

By Jennifer Clark / 20 Apr 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel, 40, grew up in Banner, Oklahoma, a country farm town so small that Google Maps hasn’t been out there yet with its cameras. His father was a used-car salesman with his own repair shop, and Jason started fixing cars from the age of 10. Paint, wiring, body work. Living out in the country, Jason had to learn to do all that and more. There were advantages.

Right spots, wrong car: Where to park a Dodge Viper in L.A.?

Right spots, wrong car: Where to park a Dodge Viper in L.A.?

By Michael Banovsky / 20 Apr 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

“They paved paradise to put up a parking lot,” is quite true, except in Los Angeles, where paradise is parking. I’ve used the city’s ubiquitous parking lots as the hook to persuade Dodge to lend me a brand-new Viper SRT GTS, my bright red companion as I explore the most interesting ones in Los Angeles.

Car Ads & Mad Men

Car Ads & Mad Men

By Todd Torabi / 17 Apr 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

As the TV series Mad Men draws to a close, I’m starting to wonder whether there’s ever enough misery to go around. Scenes of Don on the apex of his second failed marriage, Roger’s lust for helpless women, and Peggy’s jealousy are all coming full circle as the series comes to a close. And a car commercial may have been the turning point for all of it.

Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

By Simeone Museum / 16 Apr 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

Back in 1970, with no Internet or regular magazines with large selections of collector cars, we often scoured the Sunday New York Times. It had an old car section full of great stuff, and most of it was local in the Northeast.

I would read it religiously, but most of the cars were out of reach. There were plenty of Duesenbergs, but they were all over $50,000, and a medical student’s salary back then did not go very far. What other options did I have?

Selling the Future: The Story of the Davis Divan

Selling the Future: The Story of the Davis Divan

By Forest Casey / 15 Apr 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

And as thousands upon thousands of American soldiers began returning home from the Great War, the market for domestic automobiles was ripe for revolution. Enter: Glen Gordon “Gary” Davis.

Unlike Preston Tucker, Davis had no hands-on experience building cars. What Davis had was years of experience selling used cars during the war in his home state of Indiana. Like so many before and since, Davis migrated to southern California with dreams of fame and fortune.

How’d that work out? Well…