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First Car, First Love: 1970 Porsche 914

First Car, First Love: 1970 Porsche 914

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Apr 2015
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I’ve always liked things with wheels—I really don't know why—trains, cars, bikes, I like it all. That changed eight years ago when my mom met my now-stepdad, who introduced me to European cars. When I met my stepdad, I thought Jaguars were just boring old man's cars… then I saw his 1963 Jaguar E-Type for the first time and all of that changed. That was when I first started to take an interest in European cars

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Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

Buying a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”…in 1970

By Simeone Museum / 16 Apr 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

Back in 1970, with no Internet or regular magazines with large selections of collector cars, we often scoured the Sunday New York Times. It had an old car section full of great stuff, and most of it was local in the Northeast.

I would read it religiously, but most of the cars were out of reach. There were plenty of Duesenbergs, but they were all over $50,000, and a medical student’s salary back then did not go very far. What other options did I have?

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Learning To Drive In A Porsche Speedster Replica

Learning To Drive In A Porsche Speedster Replica

By Michael Banovsky / 14 Apr 2015 / 13 Comments Read More

Watching a young woman pilot a silver Porsche Speedster through traffic will turn heads anywhere; except, of course, in Los Angeles. Even with a black toque covering her hair, bystanders may get the impression that Anastasia Hafermaas is Hollywood royalty jetting between sound stages.

The truth, however, is far more interesting: she’s learning how to drive.

Touring Cape Town in a Porsche 912

Touring Cape Town in a Porsche 912

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Apr 2015
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With a few extra days to spare while on a corporate shoot in South Africa, I decided to stay a few extra days to cruise around Cape Town and take some time to complete personal work. Thanks to my assistant, I ended up with this beautiful “pumpkin”, a 1968 Porsche 912.

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A Day Spent Carving Corners In A Tweaked BMW 2002

A Day Spent Carving Corners In A Tweaked BMW 2002

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Mar 2015 / 19 Comments Read More

When searching for words that characterize the experience one gets from a modern sports car, “frustrating” is not one you would expect to come to mind. Yet with so much power and so little opportunity to use it, I have been hard-pressed to find a more suitable term.

This, of course, is nothing new; high-performance cars have been too fast for public roads for quite some time now. Nevertheless, there seems to be no end to the constant upstaging amongst auto manufacturers or the public’s appetite for the outcome. Still, the old idea of driving a slow car fast seems more relevant today than ever before and none more so than with Radu Muntean’s 1971 BMW 2002.

The Borgward Brand Is Back

The Borgward Brand Is Back

By Jennifer Clark / 26 Mar 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

With Borgward promising to revive the brand with an SUV concept ready for this fall, Petrolicious thought the time was right for a closer look at post-war Germany’s most intriguing car maker. Before it was forced to shut its gates in 1961, Borgward employed more than 23,000 people and made one of the fastest mid-sized cars on the road, the Isabella TS. It invented the mid-sized sports sedan years before BMW did. But it hasn’t made a car since. So what happened?

944 Reasons This Porsche is Not For Me

944 Reasons This Porsche is Not For Me

By Hellena Miron / 26 Mar 2015
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The other day, I opened the door to our garage, anticipating finding my Volvo waiting for me; instead, I got a strong whiff of eau de mechanique and found a strange car in its place…with a key and note from my husband. As a kind gesture, he had taken my car to the dealer for routine servicing, which I appreciate, but in its place he had left me a most unexpected loaner: a 1983 Porsche 944.

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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 / 17 Comments Read More

Luftgekühlt II did not lack for rare Porsches. Highlights included uber-rare 964 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.

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.