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The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Nears the Ceiling

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Nears the Ceiling

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Nov 2013
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Imagination is the foundation of change, when the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing raised its doors in 1952 it captured the hearts of the world. Derived from a Carrera Panamericana and 24 Hours of Le Mans race chassis, the Gullwing soon found its way into driveways for a hefty price, which hasn’t quite hit a ceiling just yet. But will it?

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Mustang Fastback Was the Original Hot Hatch

Mustang Fastback Was the Original Hot Hatch

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Oct 2013
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The Ford Mustang has a cherished history of performance, sex appeal, and, as you’ve seen from our recent video, an unlimited amount of applications for personalization. From Steve McQueen’s infamous chase scene in Bullitt to Carroll Shelby picking a few up to race across the globe, the Mustang is as American as apple pie—but can you buy one as easily?

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Forgotten Mercedes Fintail Will Be a Future Favorite

Forgotten Mercedes Fintail Will Be a Future Favorite

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Oct 2013
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The fin era of the late ‘50s to early ‘60s swept through American showrooms and earned a place in automotive history. But did you know that during this time Mercedes-Benz caught a case of the “fin fever”? Between 1959–1965, the W111, W112, and W113 were the company’s hottest commodities to date, even after creating the 300SL Gullwing.

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Ironically, The Market for Happiness-Bringing E9s Remains Depressed

Ironically, The Market for Happiness-Bringing E9s Remains Depressed

By Alan Franklin / 28 Jun 2013
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This pillarless coupe arguably represents the Zenith of GT cars from a Gran Turismo golden age—there’s nothing on four wheels built since that approaches the E9 for sheer elegance and pitch-perfect style. When the E24 was released in 1976, E9s were dumped en masse in favor of the newer coupe, and as a result fell into less than sympathetic hands.

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A Good Karmann Ghia Makes a Solid if Unlikely Investment

A Good Karmann Ghia Makes a Solid if Unlikely Investment

By Alan Franklin / 14 Jun 2013
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First launched in 1955 as a coupe, then two years later as a convertible, the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was essentially a Beetle with a sexier body. Designed by Luigi Segre under the banner of Carrozzeria Ghia, and built by German coachbuilder Karmann, the Ghia helped VW appeal to a broader audience with minimal financial investment. Today, the Karmann Ghia’s among the most collectible of air-cooled VWs, and seen by many as a kind of poor-man’s Porsche 356.

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Want, Buy and Drive the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Want, Buy and Drive the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

By Matthew Lange / 31 May 2013
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“Dinosaur!” That is what the critics cried in disbelief that the new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 had a front-mounted engine when it was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1968. With the launch of the Lamborghini Miura, many thought Ferrari would follow suit and replace the 275 GTB/4 with a mid-engine supercar, but instead the car resolutely stuck to the same format Ferrari had used for all its road cars since the companies first the 125 in 1947.

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Redhead Residuals Set to Rise

Redhead Residuals Set to Rise

By Alan Franklin / 24 May 2013
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The Testarossa is one of a handful of truly iconic '80s supercars. At nearly seven feet wide and with those long, trademark side strakes feeding side-mounted radiators to cool its big flat twelve, Testarossas are many things, subtle not one of them. Introduced in 1984 as a replacement for the fabulous 512BBi, the Redhead retained its predecessor’s mid-mounted 180 degree V12 layout, and not much else.

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The Fiat 124 Spider is the Affordable Way to Drive Italian

The Fiat 124 Spider is the Affordable Way to Drive Italian

By Alan Franklin / 3 May 2013
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There’s no greater bargain the world of classic European roadsters than the Fiat 124 Spider. From its soulful and revvy Lampredi-designed twincam four, beautiful and timeless Pininfarina-penned bodywork, to its capable and entertaining chassis, there’s nothing else that touches it for historical significance, looks, and handling anywhere near the same price point. Though never all that reliable, even when new, they’re bone-simple in design and easy to wrench on, even for relative novices.

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What to Pay for a Driver's 510

What to Pay for a Driver's 510

By Alan Franklin / 12 Apr 2013
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Called the “poor man’s BMW” when new, it was the 2002 they were referring to. Four decades later, the sentiment remains true for buyers looking for a small, light, rear-wheel drive shoebox in a late '60s or early '70s vintage. Because it was produced in plants around the world in relatively large numbers (of which a high percentage remain due to its robust nature), appreciation won't make you rich, but as an investment in stylish fun a 510 is hard to beat.

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Pick Up A Well-Priced SM While You Still Can

Pick Up A Well-Priced SM While You Still Can

By Alan Franklin / 29 Mar 2013
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Citroën built less than 13,000 SMs between 1970 and 1975, and of that small number, many have caved to the car’s propensity to rust or to improper maintenance and repair—the complex nature of the car means that in 2013 there are only a few mechanics with the skills to properly work on SMs. If you’re prepared to pay exotic car running costs, though, there are few cars as unique and rewarding to drive in this world as a well-cared-for SM.

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Talbot Lago Architects

Talbot Lago Architects

By Barmak Behdadnia / 5 Oct 2012
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In a former life, I was a realtor. I didn't last a year...too much competition from soccer moms who have the Parent-Teacher Association's Rolodex full of potential prospects. They socialize at bake sales and parking lots, and they host sleep overs. In the game of sales, trust is enormous, and they were in a situation where they were selling themselves without trying.

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