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A Brief History of the Toyota AE86 Corolla

A Brief History of the Toyota AE86 Corolla

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Aug 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

For the uninitiated it’s “just a Corolla,” but the AE86 goes by many names. Anime star. O.G. drifter. Hachiroku. Overhyped. AE86 itself is perhaps the nerdiest of them all, named after Toyota’s internal chassis code for the model. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, one could still make the claim that the 1985-97 Toyota Corolla GT-S was unappreciated or underground for most of its life.

A Quick History of Cars in Pebble Beach

A Quick History of Cars in Pebble Beach

By Michael Banovsky / 9 Aug 2015 Read More

Now into its 65th year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is now a not-to-be-missed event for car collectors and enthusiasts alike in order to attract people to a very specific destination. Back in 1950, however, the event wasn’t quite enough of a draw by itself.

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What Made The Datsun 510 Bluebird Coupe So Special?

What Made The Datsun 510 Bluebird Coupe So Special?

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jul 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

Nowadays there are few cars from Japan’s Miracle Years that escape the collector’s eye, but long before every grandma’s Toyota Corona or obscure Isuzu was sought for by street tuner and speculator alike, the Datsun 510 stood alone at the forefront of the classic J-tin vanguard.

Looking Back At A Forgotten Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Supercar

Looking Back At A Forgotten Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Supercar

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Jul 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

Mercedes-Benz's return to motor-racing in the late 1980s proved to be very successful, very quickly. Encouraged by its on-track exploits, the engineers at Stuttgart set out to construct a road-legal counterpart to the C11. The result, which was unveiled at the 1991 Frankfurt International Motor Show, was the C112.

When Fashionable Women Ruled The Skies

When Fashionable Women Ruled The Skies

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Jul 2015
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The story of how stewardesses were made a part of air travel is an often-told tale of training women to be, essentially, equal parts nurse, cook, and pin-up model. And while those days are thankfully over, modern flight attendants also don’t get a chance to wear uniforms that push the boundaries of fashion.

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A BMW M1 That Will Always Rewind To The ‘80s

A BMW M1 That Will Always Rewind To The ‘80s

By Joel Clark / 18 Jun 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

With Le Mans fresh in our minds, it was only fitting that I focus on a brute built for that race in this look at another speed icon. Le Mans is such an iconic event that it, obviously, creates a challenge in picking just one example. And the BASF-sponsored, Sauber-entered BMW M1 is it.

Le Mans Is Where Machines Evolve

Le Mans Is Where Machines Evolve

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 Jun 2015 / 6 Comments Read More

Not every groundbreaking car that has raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been a success. With a relatively open rule book, Le Mans has long been the place to try something new—from Nissan’s front-wheel-drive-biased race cars this year to gas turbine engines (on more than one occasion).

Here are some of the ideas that didn’t go far past the gates at Circuit de la Sarthe.

This Is Why Sir Stirling Moss’ Mille Miglia Record Is Unbeaten

This Is Why Sir Stirling Moss’ Mille Miglia Record Is Unbeaten

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 May 2015
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Every auto enthusiast has a dream race in the back of their heads, a race where you could throw together the best cars and drivers, and have them tackle the most challenging terrain imaginable. Over the course of history, it’s actually a rare occurrence to have these elements come together in a single event. The 1955 Mille Miglia is one such event. Let us explain.

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This Is Why The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Is Unbeaten

This Is Why The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Is Unbeaten

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 May 2015
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It’s both difficult to put a classic race car into a modern context and to talk about such weapons-grade machinery without delving into the small engineering details that make it great. Sometimes, however, a car like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR requires your undivided attention as you learn about what makes it great. Its racing achievements are stuff of legend, and listed here. But first, why is this car so special?

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What was so special about the Mille Miglia?

What was so special about the Mille Miglia?

By Jacopo Villa / 12 May 2015
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Mille Miglia! Never two words ever sounded so daring and evocative when put together. People always seem to take a moment to pronounce them with the right amount of emphasis, just if they want to stress how important this event is. As a matter of fact, the Mille Miglia has always been a sensation, a race followed almost religiously every year since its creation, in 1927.

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Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

By Simeone Museum / 16 Apr 2015 / 11 Comments Read More

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?

Selling the Future: The Story of the Davis Divan

Selling the Future: The Story of the Davis Divan

By Forest Casey / 15 Apr 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

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…