Petrolicious Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:27:57 -0800 en-gb Italian Coupés to Suit Most Tastes, Available Now

For those thinking about buying a classic Italian coupe, there are options both extravagant and humble. There are Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and others that can be reasonably maintained and enjoyed. This week we’ve selected five Italian Coupes across the spectrum available now.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800
A Porsche 959, the Lottery, Government, and You

The NHTSA will test vehicles that account for eighty-five percent of the passenger car fleet sold in the US this year in order to verify that OEMs are, in fact, meeting the FMVSS. Nevertheless, fifteen percent of car buyers will have to rely on the respective manufacturer's word. How can this be? I remember reading somewhere that Porsche refused to ship the NHTSA four 959s for crash testing.

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Yoav Gilad Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:50:06 -0700
Help Us Find This Stolen BMW 325iX

Back in August, we featured this Diamond Black 1990 BMW 325iX, Phase 2. It features BBS wheels, a sport interior, electric sunroof, and Hartge spoiler. Unfortunately, it seems that the car was stolen earlier today while undergoing service in a closed garage in Maurepas, near Paris, next to the Pariwest shopping mall.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:42:18 -0800
One goal and Four Honda CBXs Later

I made a promise to myself never to crash a car on the street. After a few years I decided to up the challenge and include motorcycles on that promise. I first began riding a CBX while working as a salesman at a Honda/Kawasaki dealer. It was a demo '81 CBX. Smitten, I put 24k miles on it in a year and after quitting, I bought my own 1981 Honda CBX.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:01:53 -0800
The Fiat-Abarth Zagato is a Mille Miglia Marvel

As an enthusiast who has run the modern Mille Miglia five times, Carl Gustav Magnusson didn’t have to think long about which car he wanted when he began planning his sixth run. In his previous five races, each driven with a different family member by his side, Magnusson had piloted a Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, a car that more than makes up for its small stature by packing a whollop of pedigree, performance, and noise.

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:14:26 -0800
These Were the 10 Best Racing Series

Last Monday we asked you which motorsport offered the most talented drivers. It's hard to say whether the lack of safety precautions in pre-1960 Formula One are more exciting than the 1000bhp monsters of '80s F1. The same is true when comparing a race like the Isle of Man TT with Group B rally. Following is a list of the motorsport series' that offered the most skilled drivers...

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Sam Webber Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:16:58 -0800
Driven by Design: Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato

Based on the Fiat 600's floorpan, the Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato "double bubble" was Abarth's aerodynamic, performance version of Fiat's diminutive coupe. It made its debut at the 1958 Torino Motor Show and went on sale the following year as a continuation of Abarth's 750 series. But this 750 was different as it was fitted with a 750cc Bialbero (DOHC) engine and featured an aluminum body styled by Zagato.

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Yoav Gilad Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:41:48 -0800
Culver City Native Carries on Thunder Alley Tradition

Men such as Edelbrock, Iskendarian, and Guldstrand transformed a small stretch of South Jefferson Boulevard into “Thunder Alley,” in the process making Culver City synonymous with high performance. It was against this backdrop that Luis Loyola came of age, attending Culver City High at a time when public schools still boasted a wood shop, auto shop, and leather shop...

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Aaron McKenzie Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:44:31 -0800
Book Review: 50 Shades of Rust

Cotter writes about a wide swath of finds, from the more banal and ordinary to racecars and the truly collectable. All of these have one thing in common, and that is for one reason or another, they were discarded or forgotten sometime in their lives, only to be discovered years or decades later.

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Benjamin Shahrabani Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:16:09 -0800
Mercury Cyclone Squeezes Every Drop of Octane from Summer

Always on the lookout for new projects, I stumbled over this Mercury Cyclone for sale (online) and jumped on the phone. I went to have a look and it was just awesome, I knew that it was the car for me. I hadn't seen one of these in this condition before. That and the fact that it's rare made it even more appealing, I really like going to car meets and being the only one with this model.

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Petrolicious Productions Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:47:17 -0800
Cost-No-Object Porsche 935 Was Built To Win

While many of the specs were borrowed from previous 935s, the rest of the vehicle was a high-tech, custom racecar with a light fiberglass body, the latest aerodynamics, and suspension. However, JLP Racing wasn’t satisfied, and so John Paul Sr. commissioned Dave Klym’s Fabcar to build his son the fastest possible Porsche 935, capable of winning any race. According to Paul Sr., price was no issue.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:35:37 -0800
My Chat With White Roof Radio

In addition to fun topics like the, ahem, reliability of vintage Alfa Romeos, misconception of price as a barrier to entry in classic cars, and the upcoming Alfa Romeo sedan, Alex made me reveal some of our plans for 2015 at Petrolicious that I think may interest you...

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Afshin Behnia Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:41:36 -0800
Little Lada Is Back to Original

It has been a while since I last saw Sergey, the owner of this handsome orange Lada. His car is different from the last time I saw it, as it is now back to its original condition. I’ve always been interested in what makes people perform this or that mod, so I decided it was time some questions were answered…

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Andrey Smazhilo Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:36:45 -0800
French Market Finds From Across Europe

Classic French cars have a unique flavor, the kind that compels you to dress up to drive them. It even feels good to say names like Bugatti, Renault, and Citroen. Classic French cars aren’t for everyone but for those seeking a different automotive experience we present five available now.

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Petrolicious Productions Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:59:30 -0800
Previously a Black Sheep, The Porsche 912 Has its Revenge

Borne had been racing in the French Supermoto series for years, so he was no stranger to risk but his decision to move into his grandparent’s long-vacant farmhouse in a village on the outskirts of Paris and devote himself to rebuilding classic Porsches nevertheless required a new level of gumption on his part. Borne has since focused his energies on the Porsche 912...

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Petrolicious Productions Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:27:55 -0800