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Air-Cooled Porsche from Hemmings Motor News

Air-Cooled Porsche from Hemmings Motor News

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Mar 2015

The air-cooled, rear-engine Porsche has become one of the greatest classic sports cars available to the masses. With a wide range of years and models to choose from, there are affordable options for anyone from the average enthusiast to the museum collector.

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Only the Air-cooled Need Apply

Only the Air-cooled Need Apply

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 3 Mar 2015 / 14 Comments Read More

Luftgekühlt II did not lack for rare Porsches. Highlights included uber-rare 993 3.8 RS; street and race-prepped 904s and 906s; a 1971 East African Safari 911; a 959, a 964 Carrera 4 RS Lightweight; the Petersen Automotive Museum's early 356 Continental Cabriolet; and a Le Mans-winning Kremer 935 driven into the event by good friend of Petrolicious, Bruce Meyer. This event was like being a kid in a candy story–that is, if that candy store is filled with Porsches.

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What's the One That Got Away?

What's the One That Got Away?

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 2 Mar 2015
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Unless you’re Jay Leno, you just can’t buy every car you covet, nor can you keep every car that comes into your possession. Sometimes, the lack of time, money, or space (or all three) conspire such that a car cannot be purchased, or has to be sold. Sometimes, they just get away... What car do you wish you had never sold, or wished you had purchased, but let slip through your fingers?

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Herbie: One of the Special Ones

Herbie: One of the Special Ones

By Brian Garrity / 27 Feb 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

In September 2009, Domi Hocher and his then-girlfriend, Zainab, took off on what can only be described as the trip of a lifetime. Since setting out from their hometown of Vienna, Austria, six years ago, this couple has crossed 115 international borders, covered 118,000 miles while visiting 80 countries (including all 48 "lower" states in the United States), and set foot on six of the globe's seven continents. All of which would be adventurous enough on its own, but Domi and Zainab get extra credit for their choice of transportation: a pair of Herbie-replica 1963 Volkswagen Beetles. At first glance, this level of commitment to a movie car from a film that debuted before either Domi or Zainab were born might seem a bit...peculiar, especially when planning travels of this sort. What about this car could have possibly captured their imagination to such a degree? As it turns out, they are hardly alone.

Book Review: The Porsche 924 Carrera

Book Review: The Porsche 924 Carrera

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 6 Feb 2015
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In 1981, a respected car magazine noted that the 924 Carrera GT was “a true road-going racing car. Make no mistake; this is a very serious motor car for serious drivers, truly reflecting its racing parentage”. A read of Smith’s book might make you a believer that the 924 Carreras are some forgotten stars.

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Driving Exciting New Cars Enhances Porsche 993's Appeal

Driving Exciting New Cars Enhances Porsche 993's Appeal

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Feb 2015
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Having actually worked at Porsche for six years (first in PR, then marketing), I have to attribute part of my love of old cars to my time there. But after twelve years of reviewing new cars, I was all about the latest technology, or the most up-to-date styling. Working at Porsche nurtured the other side of my automotive brain, introducing me to the ideas of continuity, heritage, and unbroken lineage.

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Jack Nicholson’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser Stands In

Jack Nicholson’s Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser Stands In

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Feb 2015 / 2 Comments Read More

It is superlative, a beacon of quality from the automobile’s darkest days, a car for people with money, real money—old money—a car for oligarchs and oil tycoons, for despots and kings. The King of rock and roll, Elvis himself, owned a 600. Whenever automotive journalists discuss the Grosser, its distinguished list of owners is never far behind...

Fine Seventies Mercedes on Hemmings Now

Fine Seventies Mercedes on Hemmings Now

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Feb 2015

Only Mercedes-Benz could make the 1970s look so good. While most North American car manufacturers would rather forget the malaise era, Mercedes-Benz steadily grew by offering memorable, well built cars. The company established itself as the leading luxury brand in the world...

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The Mercedes-Benz 280 is a Bulletproof Beauty

The Mercedes-Benz 280 is a Bulletproof Beauty

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Feb 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

Bernard Bredehorn's grandparents had a W116 280SE and he fondly remembers the mechanical noises and sensations he experienced while playing in the rear footwells. His experience with his 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280S/8 however, was anything but easy going. Each time Bredehorn returned while on school holidays, he had to exhume it from the piles of junk sitting atop the neglected 280 just to work on it...