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The Iconic Mazda Miata Revived the Affordable Roadster

The Iconic Mazda Miata Revived the Affordable Roadster

By Ryan Connolly / 26 Jan 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

A quarter century ago, one might describe the everyman’s automotive landscape as a rather bleak place. While some of the wackiest and most delightfully nonsensical automobiles emerged during this era—poster children like the Testarossa, the LM002, and the Countach—these options were not exactly budget-friendly choices for your average Joe.

Driven by Design: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Driven by Design: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

By Yoav Gilad / 19 Jan 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Chevy flattered Ford by imitating, and engineered the Camaro on an existing platform (the refreshed, soon-to-be-released ’68 Nova’s) just like Ford’s Mustang to decrease costs. Did it work? Well, that depends on how you measure success. The Mustang outsold the Camaro by about fifty percent in 1967. But sales have little to do with design success...

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BMW M1 of a Kind

BMW M1 of a Kind

By Ryan Connolly / 29 Dec 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

What a magnificent car they built, right into a wall. Rule and popularity changes in the racing world quickly swung this purpose built production racer into obsolescence. When it finally went racing, it lost. A lot. Proving to be a costly mistake for its creators, the Motorsports division's budget was slashed, and at the time, the M1 was labeled a monumental failure.

A Porsche 959, the Lottery, Government, and You

A Porsche 959, the Lottery, Government, and You

By Yoav Gilad / 17 Dec 2014 / 18 Comments Read More

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.

Cost-No-Object Porsche 935 Was Built To Win

Cost-No-Object Porsche 935 Was Built To Win

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Dec 2014 / 12 Comments Read More

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.

Ercole Spada Became a Legend at 23

Ercole Spada Became a Legend at 23

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 24 Nov 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

The net effect was that the then-twenty-three-year-old Spada took the DB4, already a good looking car, and transformed it into what many consider one of the marque's most beautiful and desirable examples. The DB4 GT Zagato debuted at the 1960 London Motor Show to an adoring reception. The DB4 GT Zagato was only one of three Spada designs destined to captivate audiences that year...

BMW Baur E21: The Original 3-Series Cabriolet

BMW Baur E21: The Original 3-Series Cabriolet

By Doug DeMuro / 21 Nov 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

It happens every few years, like clockwork. First, they come out with the sedan. Then the wagon. Then the coupe. Then the convertible. Invariably, there’s always a performance version, and occasionally a hatchback. Except, that isn’t how it always happened. Once, they made one that looked like it was wearing a hat.

Frenchman Paul Bracq Responsible for Many Classic German Cars

Frenchman Paul Bracq Responsible for Many Classic German Cars

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 10 Nov 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

Bracq left the studio to begin his mandatory military service from late 1954 to '57; however, the industrious Bracq wouldn’t let something like military service hamper his goal of designing cars. Assigned to a military base in Germany, which was still under Allied “occupation”, Bracq managed to find his way to the Daimler-Benz factory where he boldly exhibited some of his drawings and sketches...

Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

By Yoav Gilad / 3 Nov 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

The Urraco maintains a traditional mid-engine proportion with the doors pushed nearly as far forward as possible. However, the proportion lacks the visual speed that the Countach has because of the disconnect between the a-pillar and slope of the hood (much like the Gallardo, actually)...

The Paris Motor Show's Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

The Paris Motor Show's Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Oct 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

The exhibit follows the timeline of the car’s development and follows the history of the automobile from the end of the Industrial Revolution through today. Included are cars like the first Panhard and Ford Model T to the stars of countless concours d’elegance such as the Voisin Aerosport. Post-war icons such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Facel Vega HK II, and Citroën DS19 were included as were icons of the Pop-Art years.