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Vintage car enthusiasts are different. For us, cars are part of our character.

They may have influenced our childhood, played a role in how we met our significant other, or became an integral part of our family history. Petrolicious cinematic short films explore the special connections between people and machines, and we strive to inspire a new generation of enthusiasts through these human stories.

 

Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS

Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS

By Petrolicious Productions / 24 Feb 2015 / 19 Comments Read More

In the early 1990s, Jeff Suhy was a young executive at A&M records in Los Angeles when he first heard a band from the far-flung reaches of the Pacific Northwest. The group, which eluded categories and didn't seem particularly interested in cultivating a mass audience, was Nirvana and its new album was a collection of songs called "Nevermind." Soon, this peculiar trio from the shores of the Puget Sound was the biggest thing going and music would never be the same again. 

Five 1970s Supercars We Love

Five 1970s Supercars We Love

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Feb 2015 / 7 Comments Read More

In the annals of automotive design, the 1970s is something less than a highlight. In the United States, we had a decade of cars that are now more valuable for their strength in a demolition derby than for their aesthetic or performance attributes. In Europe and Japan, however, a few exceptions to this decade of mediocrity managed to emerge, among them the the Lancia Stratos, the "Kenmeri" Nissan Skyline, and the Porsche 2.7 RS.

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Rita Hayworth's Cadillac Ghia is Quintessential Los Angeles

Rita Hayworth's Cadillac Ghia is Quintessential Los Angeles

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Feb 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

In the early 1950s, international playboy and south-Asian royalty Aly Khan purchased this Ghia-bodied Cadillac in an attempt to recapture actress Rita Hayworth's affection. They had been married for a few years, but their relationship was ending and according to legend, this was his last gasp attempt to save their love. It didn't work, they split up permanently, but Hayworth did keep the car.

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...

This Jensen Fits Right

This Jensen Fits Right

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Jan 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

At first blush, leaving Italy to go in search of a beautiful vintage car seems as unnecessary as leaving Tahiti to look for the perfect beach. But when a man takes a fancy to a particular car, he sometimes has no choice but to cast a wider net...

Camaro Ownership Changes Life Path

Camaro Ownership Changes Life Path

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 Jan 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

How many classic car owners can point to the single car in their collection that embodies their automotive education? How many enthusiasts can point to one vehicle that set them on their life path? On both fronts, Adam Martin certainly can. As a sixteen year-old in 1990s Minnesota, Martin used his pizza-making earnings to buy a ridden-hard, primer-gray 1968 Chevrolet Camaro...

He Built This Alfa Romeo Giulia, It Built His Career

He Built This Alfa Romeo Giulia, It Built His Career

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Jan 2015 / 15 Comments Read More

Most people use their job as a way to get a car. Dorian Valenzuela, however, is not most people: he used his 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super to land a job, in this case at Singer Vehicle Design, where he helps create that company's bespoke Porsche 911s.

BMW E28 5-Series Are the Ideal Family Cars

BMW E28 5-Series Are the Ideal Family Cars

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 Jan 2015 / 15 Comments Read More

When the Caccavos made the “$10,000 Rule,” Dean was on the hunt for a BMW E28 M5. He found a 1988 model for just under $9,500, snapped it up, and today, more than 200,000 miles later, it’s still his daily driver. Dean enjoyed the E28 platform so much that he eventually bought a 1987 535is for DonnaRae–for less than $10,000, of course.

The Fiat-Abarth Zagato is a Mille Miglia Marvel

The Fiat-Abarth Zagato is a Mille Miglia Marvel

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Dec 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

As an enthusiast who has run the modern Mille Miglia five times, Carl Gustav Magnusson didn’t have to think long about which car he wanted when he began planning his sixth run. In his previous five races, each driven with a different family member by his side, Magnusson had piloted a Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, a car that more than makes up for its small stature by packing a whollop of pedigree, performance, and noise.

Previously a Black Sheep, The Porsche 912 Has its Revenge

Previously a Black Sheep, The Porsche 912 Has its Revenge

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Dec 2014 / 65 Comments Read More

Borne had been racing in the French Supermoto series for years, so he was no stranger to risk but his decision to move into his grandparent’s long-vacant farmhouse in a village on the outskirts of Paris and devote himself to rebuilding classic Porsches nevertheless required a new level of gumption on his part. Borne has since focused his energies on the Porsche 912...

One Vespa Leads to Another

One Vespa Leads to Another

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Nov 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

When he was six years old, Peter Maas nabbed his grandfather’s garage key and snuck into his own future. Inside the shop, he found himself captivated by the shelves of carburetors and spark plugs, and old pictures of his grandpa’s TT racing days at Assen. From that moment on, Maas was obsessed with old things, and especially with old things that motored about on two wheels.

The Toyota Sports 800 Is a Forefather of Fun

The Toyota Sports 800 Is a Forefather of Fun

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Nov 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

Start with the Lexus LFA and trace your way back through Toyota’s sports car lineage, pausing along the way to admire the Supra, the MR2, the AE86, the Celica, and the 2000GT. But don’t stop there: follow the Japanese carmaker’s family tree to the very root of its sports cars and you’ll find the Sports 800, known to its legions of fans as Yota-hachi.