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04 Nov 2014

Motorweek goes retro with ’80s hot hatch shootout

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Motorweek 1986 Hot Hatch Test

Motorweek’s decades of history on television make it the perfect medium to look back into the automotive past and see how things are different now. It recently added old road test videos to its YouTube channel of the Acura NSX and Toyota Supra, as well as the Ferrari F40. For one of its newest flashback clips, Motorweek has exhumed an affordable five-car challenge of 1986’s premiere hot hatches.

By today’s standards, this is an eclectic field that features fondly remembered classics like the Volkswagen GTI 16-valve and Acura Integra. However, it also throws in some nearly forgotten contenders like the Dodge Colt Turbo and Ford Escort GT. The angular Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S rounds out the group.

It’s fascinating to watch Motorweek run the quintet through the slalom, down the drag strip and on various roads. What’s most striking in this clip is the difference in the definition of a performance car between then and now. With its 16-valve, 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the GTI is the burliest of the contenders with 123 horsepower, but it still takes 8.8 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. By today’s standards, that would make it a plain-jane economy car, and not even a particularly quick one.

Still, in their day, these hatches were the pinnacle of affordable performance. If you’re curious to see the winner of the nearly 30-year-old test or just want a heaping helping of nostalgia, this video is definitely worth checking out.

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Motorweek goes retro with ’80s hot hatch shootout originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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31 Oct 2014

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 5 trailer percolates interest

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee makes its debut in one week, and after seeing the full trailer for this season, we can’t be more excited about it. We’ve known about the lineup of comedians for quite some time – Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Fred Armisen and Amy Schumer will all be there – but this is our first look at the cars of season five. And boy, are there some good ones.

From the trailer, we can see a Ferrari Daytona, a Ford Mustang Boss 302, a Frogeye Sprite, a first-generation Chevrolet Corvette, a Porsche 550 Spyder (we’re guessing this is a replica) and a Saab Sport, interspersed with smaller clips of what looks like a Land Rover Defender and some sort of droptop Mercedes-Benz. Oh, and there are issues with a few of the vehicles, meaning that not only will there be typically humorous conversation, but more than a few amusing situations for Seinfeld and his guests.

Season five of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premieres on November 6, at noon. Be sure to check back here for the full first episode.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 5 trailer percolates interest originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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31 Oct 2014

Perfectly restored Tucker 48 gets 15 more minutes of fame

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Tucker 48 Restoration

There’s something about the sheer audacity of the Tucker 48, sometimes also called the Torpedo, that makes this quirky American sedan so intriguing even 60-plus years after its introduction. Preston Tucker was only ever to complete 51 of them, and several of the remaining units were sold at auction after the company went bankrupt. Despite all of that, with its air-cooled flat-six engine hanging out back and Cyclops-like center headlight, the car has continued to withstand the test of time.

The Tucker 48 in this video is the 46th example made and is now completely restored to its original glory. The work from Nostalgic Motoring, a Michigan restoration shop that knows its Tuckers, leaves the sedan in absolutely immaculate condition, and company owner Mark Lieberman takes viewers on a full tour of the car and its features. Check out the clip to learn a little more about these rare, American vehicles.

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Perfectly restored Tucker 48 gets 15 more minutes of fame originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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31 Oct 2014

Five cursed and haunted cars

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Any kid lucky enough to grow up in Detroit is familiar with the Henry Ford Museum. It’s huge, full of shiny things and a great place to take a child and let them burn off some energy. After several field trips and weekend outings however, the dusty concept vehicles and famous aircraft tend to lose their punch for youngsters. As a fifth grader, I was already gazing on the museum’s many gems with glassy eyes. On yet another school trip, we made our way to John F. Kennedy’s death car, a gleaming black Lincoln limo. The aging volunteer docent told our little group something I had never heard before.

“You know, this car is haunted. Several employees have reported seeing a gray presence right here,” he said, pointing to the back passenger side seat.

I perked up. Now here was something I had never heard before. A haunted car? Sure, it happened in Goosebumps, but this was real life. It made sense, in a way. Cars can be violent, emotional places. That’s certainly the case with JFK’s limo, as well as the other four cars on this list. And maybe those gut-wrenching deaths can permanently doom a car.

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Five cursed and haunted cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Oct 2014

This Porsche 356 family keeps it outlaw

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Rod Emory was the founder of Emory Motorsports in Burbank, CA, and the scion to a family tradition of building “outlaw” Porsches that are almost as cool as the cars themselves. The lovingly modified Porsche 356s are lovely artifacts, and their story, along with the story of their builders, is pitch-perfect for the Petrolicious oeuvre of beloved classics.

Tune in for the history lesson, and then stick around for the car candy.

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This Porsche 356 family keeps it outlaw originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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29 Oct 2014

Chevy SSR gets shot at redemption vs. El Camino in Generation Gap Bowtie brawl

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Chevy SSR versus El Camino SS

It usually takes several years to figure out if a car’s design is standing the test of time to become a future classic. When new, the Chevrolet SSR was derided at practically every turn, largely for its retrofuturistic styling and Trailblazer-based underpinnings, but now some time has passed. Maybe it’s time for a revaluation.

This week Generation Gap aims to find out if the SSR’s time has finally come, but it’s putting the unusual pickup against the stiffest competition imaginable – a 1970 El Camino SS 454. They are both expressive Chevrolet pickups, but one of them is a better-regarded classic, and the other remains a bit of an automotive punchline.

A stock 2004 SSR would lose easily to the high-performance El Camino, and Generation Gap has attempted to even the odds just a little with an example tuned by Lingenfelter. Its 5.3-liter V8 features a supercharger to boost power to a claimed 385 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Getting on the throttle is greeted by a scream of blower whine from under the hood, which is actually rather impressive.

However, the newer Chevy is fighting a previous heavyweight. The El Camino packs a 7.4-liter (454-cubic-inch) V8 pumping out 360 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque through a Muncie four-speed manual. It’s just one of 325 made that way for that year.

Check out the video to see if it’s time to reconsider Chevy’s iconoclastic folding hardtop convertible muscle pickup.

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Chevy SSR gets shot at redemption vs. El Camino in Generation Gap Bowtie brawl originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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28 Oct 2014

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is a love letter to Steve McQueen

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1967 ferrari 275 gtb/4

There have been plenty of movie stars who’ve been into cars, but few genuine aficionados like Steve McQueen. The legendary King of Cool was known for driving his green Mustang and Porsche prototypes on the big screen, but in his private life, he loved his Ferrari.

There was, of course, his iconic 250 GT Lusso, but back in 1967, the actor and sometimes racer also bought a rare 275 NART Spyder. Sadly, that car was totaled a mere two days after he took possession, and there were no replacements available. So he bought this hardtop 275 GTB/4 instead.

Ferrari’s Classiche department recently restored the car to pristine condition and RM Auctions sold it for over $10 million, but there’s more to its story than its celebrity provenance and high hammer price. Listen to the guys who worked on it for McQueen tell the car’s story in this latest video from the Aficionauto.

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1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is a love letter to Steve McQueen originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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26 Oct 2014

Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys

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Trolley Auction

The financial difficulties facing Detroit, MI, are well known with examples including not having the funds to replace batteries in its parking meters and at least considering selling off its art collection. To make some extra money, the city is holding a public auction on November 5 where it’s getting rid of what it is calling surplus vehicles. Usually, Autoblog wouldn’t cover a municipal auction, but a few of the lots are so interestingly bizarre that they need to be seen.

Looking through the items, you find pretty much all of the machinery a city needs to function with a huge number of vans, pickups, medium-duty trucks, even a transit bus. But then lots 224, 225 (pictured above) and 226 jump out at you because they consist of three trolley cars that appear much older than everything else listed.

Remarkably, all three appear to be in impressive condition and vary in length from 22 to 32 feet. Lot 224 is in a shade of sea foam green and eggshell white that you just don’t see anymore. All three are covered in dust, but the wooden interiors of 224 and 225 still seem to be in great shape. Lot 226 seems to be in the worst shape of the bunch from the photos, but it still isn’t too bad. There’s also a listing for lot 1050 that just says “3 trolley cars” with no further description or images, as of this writing.

There’s no indication what these old streetcars were used for or how long the city has had them. It’s possible that they could be among the nine, historic trolleys that ran along Detroit’s Washington Boulevard from 1976 through 2003. Check out the auction listings for more photos of them.

Detroit auctioning off hundreds of surplus vehicles, including vintage trolleys originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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25 Oct 2014

Ferrari Testarossa featured in retrospective by owner Harry Metcalfe

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Harry's Garage 1987 Ferrari Testarossa

Harry Metcalfe, of Evo fame, got our attention earlier this week with a review of the 1954 Series I Land Rover. Today, he’s gone a bit more… ’80s.

Yes, this is a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, one of the most vulgar cars from a decade synonymous with vulgar design. While your author might not be keen on its square rear end and cheese-grater doors and fenders, Metcalfe seems to like it quite a bit, giving a detailed walkthrough of his Rosso Corsa subject. That walkthrough includes some time on a subject we can certainly get behind – the TR’s flat-12 engine.

Take a look at the latest from Harry’s Garage.

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Ferrari Testarossa featured in retrospective by owner Harry Metcalfe originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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25 Oct 2014

Artist Peter Max’s Corvette collection headed to auction [w/video]

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Peter Max - A Retrospective - 1960-2014

Sometimes, the stories that lead to cars turning up at auction are as interesting as the vehicles themselves. That’s absolutely the case with the Peter Max (pictured above) collection of vintage Chevrolet Corvette models that are scheduled to cross the block in the spring of 2016.

Max is perhaps best known as a ’60s pop artist who mixed vibrant colors with iconic imagery. However, classic car fans around New York City might know him better for storing a collection of 36 vintage ‘Vettes in public parking garages for decades. The assortment is pretty special because it consists of one example of every model year from the original 1953 up until 1989, according to The New York Times.

Unfortunately, New York parking garages aren’t really known for their cleanliness, and photos show the artist’s Chevrolet collection neglected, caked in dirt and dust. After moving the collection around between several locations in the past few years, Max finally brokered a deal to sell them all off for an undisclosed price earlier this summer.

The collection’s new owners are rehabbing the cars in preparation for selling them off. They’re hoping to keep them all together as a set, but they’re also apparently ready to let them go individually if that doesn’t work, a move that will likely build buzz around these cars as they move toward the auction block.

The most bizarre part about these Corvettes is how Max acquired them. Without spoiling too much, it involves a 1989 contest from the cable music channel VH1. Scroll below to watch a video about this fascinating collection, then go read the whole story over at The New York Times.

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Artist Peter Max’s Corvette collection headed to auction [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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