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How Have You Modified Your Car and To What Extent?

How Have You Modified Your Car and To What Extent?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Apr 2014
15 Comments

I can’t explain it—it just happens. And I bet it happens to a lot of you. I am speaking about the "slippery slope," a fallacious argument that hypothesizes that a tiny first step leads to a chain of related events culminating into something much bigger. That is what happens when I buy a car, but instead of bigger, I start down the slippery slope of making it better.

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Have You Ever Sold A Car And Then Regretted It?

Have You Ever Sold A Car And Then Regretted It?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 7 Apr 2014
41 Comments

I have had a couple of cars that I spent countless hours fussing over. Polishing them, installing a new suspension, searching out rare upgrade parts on the internet, and obsessing over them until they were “just right.” Then in the blink of an eye, sold them. Only later did I wistfully remember and appreciate them.

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What Tool Brand Are You Loyal To?

What Tool Brand Are You Loyal To?

By Josh Clason / 31 Mar 2014
17 Comments

Part of the reason I drive a vintage car is that it was designed to last and I want a tool that shares that very same characteristic. There is something about a tool that is well crafted, and even if it feels a little silly to admit, I get a lot of pleasure out of something so simple as rebuilding and taking care of these tools.

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How Do You Pair Your Clothing and Accessories to Your Car?

 How Do You Pair Your Clothing and Accessories to Your Car?

By Yoav Gilad / 13 Mar 2014
18 Comments

Petrolicious believes in driving tastefully, not only in our actions and words, but also in terms of how we dress. Stylish clothing and accessories are de rigueur. For instance, when driving a convertible a baseball cap will do, however I find a flat cap to be a more stylish option. My choice of watch will also change according to the car I'm in...

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Tell Us About Your Greatest Road Trip

Tell Us About Your Greatest Road Trip

By Yoav Gilad / 10 Mar 2014
29 Comments

I’ll never forget coming around a corner and seeing Toledo’s walls high atop the Tajo River, the entire trip is wonderfully, permanently etched into my memory. We’d love to hear about our Petrolisti’s best road trips so please share yours... Was there a new vista, romance or a combination of amazing roads and car?

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What Is the Greatest Italian Car of All Time?

What Is the Greatest Italian Car of All Time?

By Yoav Gilad / 3 Mar 2014
43 Comments

Famous for works such as the Sistine Chapel and countless renaissance masterpieces, I'd argue that Italy has also produced more automotive masterpieces than any other nation. Sure, Germany, Japan, the UK, and US have also had their fair share but no other country has consistently produced such striking forms as "the boot." But this question isn't just about design–it's about greatness.

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Which Modern Car Looks Better than its Classic Ancestor?

Which Modern Car Looks Better than its Classic Ancestor?

By Afshin Behnia / 27 Feb 2014
17 Comments

Petrolicious is obviously all about vintage cars and we think that in many respects classics are superior to their modern-day counterparts. Still, there are a few cars out there whose last generation was better looking than its first. I can just see you shaking your head in disbelief. We’re just being honest and paying tribute to cars that have improved.

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What Modern Tech Do You Wish Your Classic Was Equipped With?

What Modern Tech Do You Wish Your Classic Was Equipped With?

By Yoav Gilad / 20 Feb 2014
13 Comments

A 1964 Pontiac Catalina Four-door hardtop that had a single four-barrel Rochester carburetor made me long for fuel injection. Not because it was poorly tuned or returned bad fuel economy (eight miles-per-gallon, as I recall). Rather, because the choke mechanism had a broken thermostat that I couldn’t be bothered to replace, “it’s no big deal!” It would remain open after cranking the engine.

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How Would You Build Your Racecar for Under $30K?

How Would You Build Your Racecar for Under $30K?

By Afshin Behnia / 17 Feb 2014
31 Comments

After many years of watching from the sideline and getting my feet wet with high-performance driving schools, I’ve finally decided to commit and begin vintage racing. The nice thing about vintage racing is that you can get going with as little as $10,000 or less, or go crazy and spend millions. In my case, I set a budget of $30,000 for buying and fully preparing a race car.

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How Much Horsepower Is Too Much?

How Much Horsepower Is Too Much?

By Yoav Gilad / 13 Feb 2014
22 Comments

The problem is figuring out exactly what "too much horsepower" means. You could simply ascribe a number arbitrarily—five hundred, for instance. But doesn’t the weight of the vehicle matter? After all five hundred horsepower in a five thousand pound Bentley doesn’t really seem too excessive. So what are your thoughts? Which cars produce excessive power? Is there even such a thing?

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