Petrolicious Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:41:19 -0700 en-gb The Race to Own an Opel Kadett C, My First Classic Car

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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Máté Boér Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:27:57 -0700
Selling Shelby Mustang Recreations From Oklahoma to Morocco

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.

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Jennifer Clark Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:05:52 -0700
Exploring Los Angeles Parking Garages With A Dodge Viper

“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.

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:48:28 -0700
What’s The Best Classic Racing Livery?

While I personally feel as though the famous Martini “Hippie” livery for a Porsche 917 entered into the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most perfect livery—the car, era, and design match perfectly—we here at Petrolicious would love to know your favourite classic racing livery.

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Michael Banovsky Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:56:23 -0700
#DriveTastefully Instagram Roundup #1

We've selected some of our favorite #drivetastefully Instagram photos shot over the last few weeks. You can follow us @PetroliciousCo to get a glimpse behind the scenes of our film and photo shoots, sneak peeks of upcoming video subjects, and keep up to date with our daily automotive adventures. Do you Drive Tastefully? Let us know by using the hashtag #drivetastefully

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:55:54 -0700
Weekend Playlist #6: The Seven Sins of Car Commercials

This week, we wade into the rich world of car commercials. Once used to promote speed, beauty, durability, and agility, modern commercials are often filled with faked stunts, gimmicks, and strange plots.

Let’s rewind the clock, then, and appreciate classic car commercials—as a twist, we’ll use the seven deadly sins as our guide.

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Petrolicious Productions Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:02:19 -0700
Car Ads & Mad Men

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.

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Todd Torabi Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:56:29 -0700
Spring Is Here: Where Will You Drive Your Classic First?

Even though the Petrolicious HQ is located under the eternal sunshine of the California sun, we have lived all over the world and truly miss watching the seasons change right before our eyes. Months of anticipation lead, inevitably, to one moment: your first springtime drive. Where will you go?

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Michael Banovsky Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:32:08 -0700
First Car, First Love: 1970 Porsche 914

I’ve always liked things with wheels—I really don't know why—trains, cars, bikes, I like it all. That changed eight years ago when my mom met my now-stepdad, who introduced me to European cars. When I met my stepdad, I thought Jaguars were just boring old man's cars… then I saw his 1963 Jaguar E-Type for the first time and all of that changed. That was when I first started to take an interest in European cars

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Petrolicious Productions Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:20:07 -0700
Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

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?

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Simeone Museum Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:53:31 -0700
Get ready for the Mille Miglia with this stylish T-Shirt

Auto enthusiasts are starting to get spoiled. It used to be that unless you were working for a racing team, wearing attractive automotive-themed clothing was near-impossible—unless, of course, you had a silkscreen setup in your basement. Now, you can have almost anything automotive-related inked onto an attractive, well-made T-Shirt—and we think that Curb makes some of the best.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:32:49 -0700
Get Yourself an Oddball Station Wagon

There are plenty of vintage Mercedes-Benz and big ol’ American wagons floating around the classifieds each week, so to stand out sellers have to be offering something pretty special. Though we regularly fantasize about buying a typical vintage wagon, there are certainly a number of unconventional models worthy of consideration. It possible to buy an oddball station wagon at any price point?

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:48:53 -0700
Selling the Future: The Story of the Davis Divan

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…

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Forest Casey Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:13:32 -0700
Introducing the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

At Petrolicious, it’s always important to keep our eyes on the story and—of course, possible stories. That’s why we’re excited to announce that you’ll be reading a number of stories in the coming months done in partnership with the excellent Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

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Michael Banovsky Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:46:03 -0700
The American Job: Three Minis Around the U.S. in Support of One Boy

Three normal guys in three classic Minis are tackling a lengthy U.S. road trip in order to change the life of a little boy named Jack. After raising half of the money required for an operation at a leading U.S. hospital, they’re looking for additional donations during their tour of the Eastern U.S.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:32:49 -0700