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1968 Honda N600 Was Fun and Fancy Free

1968 Honda N600 Was Fun and Fancy Free

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Apr 2014
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How do you advertise a foreign entry-level car in the country that practically invented the entry-level car? Make the campaign bright, modern, and above all: fun! In the late 1960s, Honda was expanding globally and their cars were especially well-suited to budget-concious people and the rebuilding European economies.

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This Classic Datsun Found Its Owner

This Classic Datsun Found Its Owner

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Apr 2014
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The funny thing is that I was actually completely set on buying a Datsun 510 and had been looking around for the perfect one for close to a year. My father cut out an ad in the local newspaper (I know right, not craigslist?) and advertising this 1000. I did a little research and knew it was something special, it had spent half its life in Steveston (about five minutes away from me).

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If You Don't Buy This Acura NSX, I Will

If You Don't Buy This Acura NSX, I Will

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Apr 2014

A mid-engined Japanese exotic was a revelation in the early '90s–even more so as a Honda, meaning it was easy to live with. Its design didn’t play second fiddle to Ferrari either. We love these cars at Petrolicious! So, please somebody buy it or we'll have to!

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Toyota Fined $1.2B–Are Classic Cars Actually Safer?

Toyota Fined $1.2B–Are Classic Cars Actually Safer?

By Johni Parker / 26 Mar 2014
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The visibility in older cars is always significantly better with much thinner pillars; it’s amazing how obstructive they typically are on more modern cars, due to their necessary thickness for impact integrity. I also think you have to take into consideration that older cars are significantly lighter, which undeniably means less mass, meaning less force in event of an impact.

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Close Calls and Lessons Learned

Close Calls and Lessons Learned

By Jonathan WC Mills / 12 Mar 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

Recently we were lucky enough to meet Mr. Scott Fisher, who just finished an epic solo quest. On his way to visit us, Scott had the misfortune of meeting a deer at high speed. He was not physically injured (just his psyche) although his Datsun was scarred and the deer is now chasing bucks in the great beyond. However, hearing about it and seeing the damage got me pondering my own moments of automotive near misses.

Which Modern Car Looks Better than its Classic Ancestor?

Which Modern Car Looks Better than its Classic Ancestor?

By Afshin Behnia / 27 Feb 2014
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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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Honda Original Fanboy Becomes Twenty-Seven-Year Original Owner

Honda Original Fanboy Becomes Twenty-Seven-Year Original Owner

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Jan 2014 / 18 Comments Read More

Yesterday, we asked you which Japanese cars helped improve Americans’ opinions. But perhaps it wasn’t the cars as much as the people who bought them. At the young age of fourteen, Mr. Christopher Hoffman helped convince his mother to buy a ’77 Honda Civic wagon. That was just a small, first step in what would become a life-long infatuation with Hondas.

Driven by Design: Mazda Cosmo 110S

Driven by Design: Mazda Cosmo 110S

By Yoav Gilad / 27 Jan 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

The Mazda Cosmo 110S hit American shores in 1967, along with several other Japanese sports cars. Realizing that the key to serious growth lay in wealthier Western markets, all the major Japanese companies were trying to expand their brands with halo cars. Unlike the Toyota 2000GT however, the Cosmo was designed without outside help, by Mr. Heiji Kobayashi.

Subaru 360 Brochure Showcases JDM Kei-car Packaging

Subaru 360 Brochure Showcases JDM Kei-car Packaging

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jan 2014
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Only 10,000 360s were exported to the US (the first Subaru model ever to be sold in the States) and although 360s are collectors items nowadays, they received a lot of criticism in the States upon their release due to safety concerns and lack of power. Here is a Japanese brochure for the little car (we love all the vintage photography and diagrams) and a couple vintage Subaru 360 commercials. Enjoy!

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Garage Company Is a Temple to All Things Moto

Garage Company Is a Temple to All Things Moto

By Adam Kaslikowski / 16 Dec 2013 / 3 Comments Read More

Yoshi Kosaka positively breathes motorcycles. His shop started as a hobby, a distraction from his dentistry job in Japan. As the shop grew, it moved to Los Angeles and continued to grow until Garage Company was born. His enthusiasm and affect are contagious, which explains why his “shop” is really more of a temple to all things moto.