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What is the greatest pre-'90 six-cylinder engine ever?

What is the greatest pre-'90 six-cylinder engine ever?

By Yoav Gilad / 28 Jul 2014
114 Comments

This week we move up the range to six cylinder engines. By now, I'm sure the Porsche-philes have already skipped ahead to stuff the ballot box, but in case you're still reading: we're aware of the flat-six. Yes, it's a great engine. Perhaps, just to make this more interesting, you could offer something other than your choice for the best variation of the 901. You're already typing 'Porsche 901...' aren't you?

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What is America's Greatest Unsung Automotive Hero?

What is America's Greatest Unsung Automotive Hero?

By Yoav Gilad / 17 Jul 2014
16 Comments

Everyone knows the usual suspects: the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Corvette and Camaro. They went through many iterations varying from sporty through not-so-much. But there were quite a few other American cars that were quite sporty, which didn't receive the following that the aforementioned cars did, simply because they didn't have 'enough' power, handling and braking be damned.

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How Would You Modify This Toyota MR2?

How Would You Modify This Toyota MR2?

By Aaron McKenzie / 2 Jul 2014
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Since buying this '91 Toyota MR2 turbo, I’ve changed nothing about it because I haven’t decided on a unified direction for my modifications. Given the car’s proximity to originality (and the creeping valuations of original MR2s), should I track down some original wheels and keep its mechanics stock? Or, do I take advantage of the fact that these 3S-GTE engines are only a few tweaks away from 300 hp?

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Do You Collect Cars?

Do You Collect Cars?

By Yoav Gilad / 26 Jun 2014
13 Comments

The car I'm piloting slides through thick burnt umber fields, tires screaming, begging for mercy, as wailing sirens get closer. I punch the accelerator, the car lunging forward at impossible speeds as the parade of police cars begins to recede. Approaching rapidly is an open draw bridge with a lumbering, slow ferry beneath. Suddenly, the soft, distant tinkling of bells shatters my concentration.

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Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric?

Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric?

By Yoav Gilad / 19 Jun 2014
25 Comments

Electric cars seem to be the future, if you believe Mr. Elon Musk and Tesla anyway. But if you prefer driving classic cars would substituting an electric drivetrain be sacrilege? Obviously this ruins a car's originality, but what if you have a body and chassis lacking a drive train?

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How Has Your Dad Affected Your Love of Cars?

How Has Your Dad Affected Your Love of Cars?

By Yoav Gilad / 11 Jun 2014
30 Comments

My father can fix anything. I’m not bragging because this is a fact. In many ways, he’s like MacGuyver (the character from the television show of the same name), the exceptions being that he doesn’t play ice hockey or sport a mullet. And like MacGuyver, not only can he fix anything, he can probably do it with objects close at hand.

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What are the Most Absurd Options to Ever Grace a Car?

What are the Most Absurd Options to Ever Grace a Car?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 26 May 2014
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What are some of most ridiculous, costly, or just special options that were available on the cars of yesteryear? Some of these are performance oriented—I’m talking about options like Chevrolet’s “L88” 427 engine option of the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette or maybe the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham with magnetic shot glasses?

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What's Been Your Most Outrageous Test Drive?

What's Been Your Most Outrageous Test Drive?

By Yoav Gilad / 22 May 2014
11 Comments

In looking for a new daily driver, I test-drove a blown, 400ci (6.6L) 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada desert. The car was frighteningly fast. Until it broke. The seller, who had seemed irritated that I wanted to drive it before paying, was beside himself. In a spittle-fogged, expletive-laden invective he strongly suggested that I leave before harm come to me.

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How Has Your Mom Influenced Your Automotive Taste?

How Has Your Mom Influenced Your Automotive Taste?

By Yoav Gilad / 8 May 2014
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I enjoy working on my cars due to watching and helping my dad work on cars. But he has always had a practical view of cars. To him, they're tools to accomplish an objective, and 'doing it yourself' is the means to keep that tool humming. But I've always been bored by the practical. My cars have always had a certain level of style. This I owe completely to my mother.

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Color or Black/White?

Color or Black/White?

By Jonathan WC Mills / 5 May 2014
18 Comments

Obviously, here at Petrolicious, we appreciate color. In fact, one of the small joys of owning a vintage car is the attention it might attract and bright colors increase that likelihood. It seems this is true for everyone except, of course, your humble author…

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