Petrolicious Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:07:37 -0700 en-gb Toyota Was On the Right Trac with This Celica

It's a shame the Toyota Celica is no longer in production–especially with variations like this 1992 All-Trac. It has all-wheel drive and a turbocharged, two-liter four-cylinder engine. The few aftermarket parts it has are low-key, reversible and/or can be replaced with the included original parts.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:46:38 -0700
The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

Yes, like many other exotic cars from the era, the Mangusta has a reputation for "tempermental" handling and stability problems. The underdeveloped chassis is partly to blame, but the 32/68-weight distribution doesn’t help either. Italian mid-engined supercar design with a powertrain that can be serviced at a Ford dealer? Check. ZF gearbox from the GT40? Check. Build quality? Not so much.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:44:45 -0700
Lotus For Sale Was Appropriately Named

It takes a significant amount of élan–energy and enthusiasm–to refresh a classic automobile. Apparently, this 1968 Lotus has inspired a great deal of it. This 49,000-mile Plus 2 specimen was recommissioned after being stored for a lengthy stretch of time.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:34:06 -0700
Ayrton Senna Posters Celebrate the Master's Triumphs

This year marked twentieth the anniversary of Mr. Ayrton Senna's tragic death while leading the San Marino Grand Prix. His Formula One career spanned eleven seasons during which he earned nicknames such as "Rain Man" for his otherworldly control in the wet, set a record for most pole-positions (sixty-five, held until 2006), and was a triple World Champion.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:22 -0700
Driven by Design: The Incomparable Lancia Stratos

It wasn’t all rainbows under the Fiat umbrella though, as Mr. Enzo Ferrari didn’t want the Stratos to compete with the Dino and had Fiat delay supplying the engines until absolutely necessary. They then delivered all approximately five hundred powerplants at once. But, if there was in-fighting and jealousy between brands, why was the Lancia so dominant in rallying? Mostly, because of the design.

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Yoav Gilad Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:28:07 -0700
Dual Purpose: Alfa Romeo Races, and Wins Shows

When I saw a photo of this car I knew I had to have it but knew absolutely nothing about Alfa Romeos. So what did I do? I bought it, in spite of the fact that it had been neglected, and proceeded to nickel-and-dime my way through it for about ten years, until the car just couldn't take it anymore and I enlisted some professional help.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:57:21 -0700
This Lambo is in Great Shape - No Bull

It's only been driven 3,000 miles since having its engine rebuilt in 2003. The car has a total of 63,000. To accompany that refreshed motor, the current owner added a "complete new stainless steel exhaust-set, new clutch, electronic ignition system, and water pump"–and kept the receipts.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:42:18 -0700
Why The Ferrari 400i Is Collectable

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
The 400i shows the usual hopeful aspects of the period: pop-up headlamps, overly obvious five-spoke wheels, and a sleek, large-diameter, pre-airbag steering wheel. This Ferrari strove for elegance and largely achieved it. And despite the electronic fuel injection leading to a nine-percent drop to 310 horsepower (but a more favorable emissions test), the 400i went down the road with authority, no matter which transmission the 4.8-liter twelve was mated to.

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Ronald Ahrens Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:14 -0700
Help 'Driving Dreams' Reach the Finish Line

There are many avenues that we as Petrolisti can travel to learn more about our hobby and the personalities surrounding it. And with so much information online, it is easier than ever. But that cornucopia of knowledge can also choke you with misinformation. That's why it's refreshing to encounter men who are researching their subject by going straight to the primary sources.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:17:26 -0700
What is the greatest pre-'90 six-cylinder engine ever?

This week we move up the range to six cylinder engines. By now, I'm sure the Porsche-philes have already skipped ahead to stuff the ballot box, but in case you're still reading: we're aware of the flat-six. Yes, it's a great engine. Perhaps, just to make this more interesting, you could offer something other than your choice for the best variation of the 901. You're already typing 'Porsche 901...' aren't you?

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Yoav Gilad Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:12:03 -0700
These Are The Top Ten Classic Cars for the Teen Enthusiast

Most sane, frugal parents are not going to hand their freshly-licensed teen the keys to Dad’s '67 Stingray but that doesn’t mean that a stylish vintage ride is out of the question. Young drivers can have a lot of fun for under $10,000 and to prove it, we’ve compiled our list of the ten best classic (pre-'90) cars for the teenage enthusiast.

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Aaron McKenzie Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:42 -0700
Enjoy All the Colors of This Austin-Healey

This rust-free '62 British drop-top might be Florida Green, but as far as the Austin-Healey Concours Registry is concerned, it's gold. GOLD Level-worthy, that is. It's also been certified by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust to be a "numbers matching" car.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:05:22 -0700
You Are Shore to Love These Vintage Surf Ads!

"Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how…" Those immortal words helped mainstream a sport once limited to a few select beaches around the Pacific. As the sport's popularity grew, so too did the associated culture, which was about a fun, outdoor, bohemian lifestyle.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:00 -0700
The Porsche Museum's Mind-blowing Le Mans Exhibition

This year was special to Porsche because they finally returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Obviously, it will take some time for Porsche to recover their form after such a long absence. Nevertheless, a special exhibition called ’24 Hours for Eternity’, which pays homage to the famous race and displays Porsche’s racing heritage to public, is mind-blowing.

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Andrey Smazhilo Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:28:18 -0700
This Peugeot Is Ready to Race Across the USA

The car you see here is a transformer–in more ways than one. This 1985 Peugot 205 GTi has switched its citizenship from Welsh to American (it's now registered in Maryland). With a little work, using included parts, it can also be changed from a street machine into a track toy.

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:17 -0700