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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.

 

Chevelle Siblings Bring High-Desert Satisfaction

Chevelle Siblings Bring High-Desert Satisfaction

By Petrolicious Productions / 15 Apr 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

As a youngster pumping high-octane gasoline for local muscle car owners in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley during the 1960s, Mark Lundquist could only dream of owning a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Super Sport (SS). As if to make up for lost time, however, Mark now has four Chevy SS cars (as well as a beastly “standard” 1968 Camaro) of varying vintages parked in a Joshua Tree, California, garage that inspires envy in every guest who drops in. And yes, this collection includes a ’65 Malibu SS.

This Thing of the Past is a Contribution to the World

This Thing of the Past is a Contribution to the World

By Petrolicious Productions / 8 Apr 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

Other drivers speed past this Czech oddity without a second glance, seemingly oblivious to the car’s dorsal fin and triple headlights. But as Paul swings the Tatra into a parking space in front of a favorite local bistro, it’s as if he has brought the black teardrop to a stop in the middle of a Hollywood spotlight. Here come the second glances, the puzzled questions. "What in the world is that?"

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Purist Loves This Car Just the Way It Is

Purist Loves This Car Just the Way It Is

By Petrolicious Productions / 1 Apr 2014 / 36 Comments Read More

We’ve been asking–actually, begging and pleading–for a ride in this monument to Americana but James Chen always found a way to politely turn us down. He is, he says, willing to share his Ferraris and Lamborghinis and Cadillacs, but he and his family enjoy such a personal relationship with this particular car that he seldom shares it with outsiders. He finally gave in.

This Car is Two Strokes of Luck

This Car is Two Strokes of Luck

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Mar 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

In 1967, Glenn's parents special-ordered a silver Saab Sonett II from a Florida dealer and, as a result, Glenn spent his childhood riding to school not in Detroit’s muscle cars of the 1960s and ‘70s but in a 1500-pound Swedish sports car with a 70 horsepower, two-stroke engine. The Sonett has followed Glenn through life. In 1980, when he was eighteen years old, Glenn bought the car from his parents for $300 and, with the help of his father, gave the car enough energy to carry Glenn through college and into adulthood.

This Datsun Traveled 37,000 miles on a North American Road Trip

This Datsun Traveled 37,000 miles on a North American Road Trip

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Mar 2014 / 15 Comments Read More

The average American driver puts 13,500 miles per year on their car. Mr. Scott Fisher of Las Vegas, Nevada, added that many to the odometer of his 1967 Datsun Roadster in just the first three months of a recently-completed road trip that ultimately took him to forty-eight U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces. By the time Scott pulled into his garage in Las Vegas for the first time in eight months, he had covered 37,850 miles of the North American countryside.

Jaguar XK140 Brings Coventry to Compton

Jaguar XK140 Brings Coventry to Compton

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Mar 2014 / 23 Comments Read More

Mr. Winston Dabbs is a product of his time. As a young man in 1970s Compton, California, he was swept up in the local enthusiasm for British sports cars, tasteful status symbols among young black men of the time. Winston's own entry into the world of British cars was modest – a Bugeye Sprite which he bought from a friend for $75 – but it sparked a passion that has stayed with him to this day, a passion that led to a career in automotive restoration.

Maserati 3500GT Will Make You Fall in Love

Maserati 3500GT Will Make You Fall in Love

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Feb 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

We're all affected differently. Some people fall in love because their dad or uncle had one. Others fall in love out of necessity, constant breakdowns requiring them to work on their car. For Mr. Frank Mandarano a tour through the Maserati factory in 1971 was enough for him to be smitten. He bought his first Maserati a few years later, a red 3500GT, which promptly broke the day after he bought it.

This Oakland Racer Fits Just Perfectly

This Oakland Racer Fits Just Perfectly

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Feb 2014 / 14 Comments Read More

Some people might consider Mr. Brian Bent's lifestyle extreme, an anachronism perhaps. But we have a feeling that he'd be OK with that. You see, when Brian purchased this 1927 Oakland he built the clutch pack himself. He also makes his own 1920s and '30s style surfboards and his own period-correct clothing. Brian applies "Drive Tastefully" to his entire life, making sure that all the pieces fit him.

American Muscle, Built to Handle

American Muscle, Built to Handle

By Petrolicious Productions / 12 Feb 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

Mr. Bob Gough's family moved to France for a few years when he was thirteen years-old and thus he grew up idolizing European sports cars and looking down on American muscle. That was until he discovered the 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S. The ‘Cuda Formula S was upgraded in-house by Plymouth with suspension and brakes, allowing it to keep pace with Europe's best.

1956 Porsche 356A Speedster's Racing Past Shines Through

1956 Porsche 356A Speedster's Racing Past Shines Through

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Feb 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

When new, this was the least expensive Porsche available and had a ‘less is more’ philosophy behind it. Indeed, the car was intended to be taken to the track and be a legitimate club-racing contender. It seems that that’s precisely how this 356 spent a large portion of its early life. Raced around Connecticut, the car racked up trophies and actually won the E-Production Championship in 1963.

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.

Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato's Style is Elegantly Simple

Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato's Style is Elegantly Simple

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jan 2014 / 17 Comments Read More

Had the James Bond series been set in Italy, this would be his car. Instead, this Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato belongs to Mr. Robert Giaimo and is simply about style. Simply being the operative word because the shape is so pure and unadorned. The Lancia was blessed with taut lines, classic proportions, and is mercifully devoid of any extraneous details.