Petrolicious Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:48:10 -0800 en-gb The Porsche 911 Arrived, Then Refused to Go

The second day, we discovered a much less compliant Porsche. It had developed electrical problems and we took the car to two or three mechanics for help. They were very, very kind people who tried their best to fix the problem but ultimately couldn’t. The poor 911 wasn’t running well and we were so close!

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:02:38 -0800
Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch Was a Rolling Concours

This weekend was the second off-line driving event for Petrolicious and it was a resounding success. Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch brought together an eclectic crowd of Petrolisti and their cars for a spirited drive, and leisurely lunch, through Southern California’s mountains and valleys.

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Jonathan WC Mills Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:32:07 -0800
Classic '80s Italian Cars For Sale Now

The '80s produced some pretty bogus machines as the auto industry finally began learning how to deal with the '70s emissions constrictions and OPEC shocks. But there were also some bright spots. Pull out your favorite cassettes because we’ve found some great '80s Italian sports cars, available now.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:15:48 -0800
Hanns Lohrer Helped Create Porsche's Bold Graphic Identity

Ferry Porsche, the company’s head, and founder, was initially not fond of advertising. Colorful advertising pictures made him distrustful, which makes some sense, as his training was as an engineer. He would have surely thought that the technical data would have been enough for the consumer to make a wise decision. Hanns Lohrer would soon change that.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:56:07 -0800
Lateral Gs are BMW E21's Best Friend

At first I didn't even like BMWs. In my country mostly gangsters and gypsies buy BMWs and that gives these cars a bad reputation. But then drift became so popular and I fell in love with sideways driving the first time I ever experienced it. I immediately began looking for a rear-wheel drive car, two doors because sportscar, and availability here in Hungary...

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:48:44 -0800
The Toyota Sports 800 Is a Forefather of Fun

Start with the Lexus LFA and trace your way back through Toyota’s sports car lineage, pausing along the way to admire the Supra, the MR2, the AE86, the Celica, and the 2000GT. But don’t stop there: follow the Japanese carmaker’s family tree to the very root of its sports cars and you’ll find the Sports 800, known to its legions of fans as Yota-hachi.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:51:42 -0800
Autodromo’s New Blue Dial Prototipo Is Just in Time for Winter

Normally, we’re excited to discuss Autodromo’s outstanding style, but this time we’d like to begin by discussing the Blue Dial Prototipo’s tech specs. The Prototipo’s internal mechanical linkages, shared with Seiko’s in-house automatic movements, allow for instant chronograph reset and a sweep second hand powered by a state-of-the-art hybrid meca-quartz movement.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:54:48 -0800
What Makes You a Car Guy?

It was an Indian summer in Washington DC and over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit outside. I hit the Beltway, which was at a virtual stand-still and crawled along averaging about eight mph. My commute was about twenty miles. Then it got worse—the Pontiac’s engine block thermostat failed shut. What could I do?...

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Yoav Gilad Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:37:03 -0800
Driven by Design: Toyota Sports 800

One of the coolest features of the Sports 800 is the headlamp design that manages to straddle a surface transition and look quite good. It is a futuristic touch that made more traditional cars (AC Ace, any Ferrari to this point, etc…) immediately look dated. Additionally, the front of the 800 foreshadows the 2000GT to some extent.

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Yoav Gilad Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:55:32 -0800
Book Review: Porsche Unexpected

Though the ride convinced him “how special a Porsche was”, it would be another twenty years before Robert would follow through on the purchase of his first Porsche, a 964 Carrera 4 convertible, in 1992. It would be a fateful purchase that would lead Robert and his family to assemble, at the time of this book’s publication, almost three-dozen road-legal cars and race cars...

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Benjamin Shahrabani Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:46:12 -0800
See Some Great Music

In a time when a physical product was the norm, album art was just that – art. These imaginative creations, constrained to a fairly universal square canvas, gave the listener some sense of the personality that lay inside. Browse through, take in the essence of the era, and allow your mind to travel back to a period when you went out and bought your first album, in an actual store.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:28:48 -0800
Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch is this Weekend and Sold Out

We’re almost there... this weekend is Drive Tastefully: Paramount Ranch presented by Classic Car Capital and final preparations are under way. The main reason we’re so excited however, is the response we’ve received from you guys—the event sold out rather quickly and all available spots (and then some) are already spoken for.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:47:18 -0800
A Useless Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes Essential

To restore the body I built a rotisserie. Both side sills, and front and back floors had to be changed. All the mechanics were rebuilt, with an other "mild" engine tuning to get more HP, but keeping the original 1.6 liter capacity. I also added fast road camshafts, high CR forged pistons, electronic ignition and the color went back to its original Petrol Blue, or Bluette 506.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:51:55 -0800
Despite Lorry and License Issues, Lada Motors On

Last summer, Maxim asked his friend to drive the car to a stance festival due to some driver’s license problems, and unfortunately a truck struck the Lada as they cruised. Thankfully, the car only needed a new door. And funny as it may sound, the car drew lots of attention at the festival also due to the damage and the story behind the dent.

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Andrey Smazhilo Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:49:27 -0800
Classic British Roadsters for Every Budget (Really)

Last week we featured classic British roadsters for every budget and, rightfully so, drew some ire for the lack of less expensive options. So this week, we've limited all the featured cars for sale to a more realistic budget. Gather your scally cap and check out these classic British roadsters for sale under $15k.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:52:42 -0800