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The Designer's Story: Bill Mitchell

The Designer's Story: Bill Mitchell

By Johni Parker / 14 Apr 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Unlike the other ‘Designer’s Story’ features I’ve recently written for Petrolicious, this is a much more American tale. Bill Mitchell spent the entirety of his 42-year career in automobile design at General Motors and is ultimately responsible for creating and influencing the design of over 72.5 million automobiles produced by GM, including such landmark vehicles as the 1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, the 1955-57 Chevrolet Bel Air, the 1963-65 and 1966-67 Buick Riviera, the 1961-76 Corvette Stingray, and more.

The Designer's Story: Marcello Gandini

The Designer's Story: Marcello Gandini

By Johni Parker / 31 Mar 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

When looking at Gandini’s career in retrospect, it is without question that he has one of the most impressive client lists of any car designer in history, including Alfa Romeo, BMW, Bugatti, Cizeta, Citroën, De Tomaso, Ferrari/Dino, Fiat, Iso Rivolta, Lamborghini, Lancia, Maserati, and Renault. Gandini is rightly celebrated as one of the world’s authorities on car design.

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Why You Should Care About the Insane Vector W8

Why You Should Care About the Insane Vector W8

By Doug DeMuro / 20 Mar 2014
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Why am I writing about the Vector W8? Well, just look at it. Is there any car on earth that looks cooler than this one? Some of you might say yes, but then I'd be required to inform you that I am an expert automotive journalist with roughly six months’ experience, and you are wrong. Interestingly, the epilogue to this story doesn’t go as you might think…

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The Designer's Story: Albrecht Goertz

The Designer's Story: Albrecht Goertz

By Johni Parker / 17 Mar 2014
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Often polling very near the top of ‘The Most Beautiful Car Ever’ lists, the BMW 507 is unquestionably stunning and arguably Goertz’s finest and most famous work. The styling cues he penned for the 507 are still part of BMW's design language and have influenced many designs since. Additionally, Goertz worked for a number of other car companies, but not without controversy.

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Visiting Autofficina Sauro is Traveling Back in Time

Visiting Autofficina Sauro is Traveling Back in Time

By Raffaele Danna / 20 Feb 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

Everything here is fabricated with respect to the original part, assembly, and technique. Even if the staff uses, when exceptional precision is needed, the most advanced methods and tools, preference is given to traditional craft skills. The men who work here more strongly resemble artisans than mechanics. It is the attention to details and the direct experience that make this place different from a common restoration garage.

Happy Birthday, Enzo Ferrari, and Thank You!

Happy Birthday, Enzo Ferrari, and Thank You!

By Yoav Gilad / 17 Feb 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

It's fairly common knowledge that road cars were always a means for Enzo Ferrari to finance his racing program. But their stylish exteriors are some of the most sensuous shapes ever crafted, helping to elevate the marque beyond the realm of mere transportation. As tomorrow is his birthday, we'd like to honor Enzo by appreciating some of his gorgeous road-going cars. Grazie mille, Enzo. 

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: Rosso Corsa Italiano (4 of 4)

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: Rosso Corsa Italiano (4 of 4)

By Adam Kaslikowski / 7 Feb 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Forty teams entered into the contest, but only five actually shipped their vehicles to Peking and were prepared to start. Three French entrants and a Dutch team arrived in China along with our focus, an Italian team that would ultimately determine Italy's national color, consisting of Italian prince Scipione Borghese, his mechanic/chauffeur Ettore Guizzardi and journalist Luigi Barzini, Sr.

Original Barn-Find Nash Becomes Daily Driver

Original Barn-Find Nash Becomes Daily Driver

By Yoav Gilad / 5 Feb 2014 / 10 Comments Read More

It was bought new in 1949 by Mr. Frank R. Miller, a farmer from eastern Washington. It seems that Frank drove it around his farm because there were grass stains on the hubcaps and a layer of dried mud underneath. Shortly after Frank died in 1960, the Nash was parked in the back of a barn—until his nephew, who inherited his estate, discovered it underneath sheets about a year ago.

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: Deutsche Weiss und Silber (3 of 4)

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: Deutsche Weiss und Silber (3 of 4)

By Adam Kaslikowski / 30 Jan 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

Back in 1934, when the sleek and streamlined new Mercedes machine was finally completed and weighed prior to the race at the Nurburgring, it was a scant 1kg overweight. One measly kilogram! Mr. Alfred Neubauer, Mercedes’ racing program principal, hit upon the idea of scraping away the white paint exposing the bright and elegantly mechanical look of bare metalwork.

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: British Racing Green (2 of 4)

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: British Racing Green (2 of 4)

By Adam Kaslikowski / 23 Jan 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

British Racing Green is one of the most iconic colors of the automotive world. It’s provenance goes back 110 years and has decorated countless racing icons. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about the origin of this special emerald color. Ultimately, it came down to motor racing's legality in Britain, coincidence and an ironic tribute.

Traditional 1957 Buick Special Spoke to Bygone Era When New

Traditional 1957 Buick Special Spoke to Bygone Era When New

By Yoav Gilad / 22 Jan 2014
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While this stately Buick speaks to an era of optimism and growth, its heavy, deliberate stance betrays a sadder truth. In 1957, when this Special four-door sedan (Buick’s entry level model that year) was built, Buick sold fewer than sixty percent as many cars as it had two years earlier, its greatest sales year to date.

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A Colorful History of Racing Hues: An Introduction (1 of 4)

A Colorful History of Racing Hues: An Introduction (1 of 4)

By Adam Kaslikowski / 16 Jan 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

The original color codes dictated everything from body, numbering, even chassis color! Some nations chose either historically significant colors or just one team owner’s personal preference. As car frames began to disappear underneath streamlined bodywork, the mandated chassis color often became a secondary or highlight color.