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13 May 2014

eBay Find of the Day: 1993 Chevy Highlander is a Body Glove-era concept

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Chevrolet Highlander Concept

Oh, the early ’90s. Gas was cheap; Seinfeld was at its peak, and apparently neon green and purple paint were appropriate for a concept car. The retina-burning Chevrolet Highlander concept is currently for sale on eBay, and it personifies the look of its era perfectly.

With a combination of bright green, gray plastic and purple trim, the Highlander certainly draws the eye. According to the Chicago Auto Show’s history page, the concept was on display there in 1993 as a preview for the 1994 S-10 extended cab pickup. It was meant to show off an off-road ready truck and featured a tool compartment and adjustable roll bar. According to the current seller, the Chevy also has a fabric top that rolls down when the bar is up and a power rear window that can fold flat to access the bed. Power comes from a 4.3-liter V6 with an automatic shuffling those ponies to all four wheels. It carries a Buy It Now price of $17,000.

If you need this in your garage, keep in mind driving it could be tough. The seller does say that it runs and drives, but like most automotive concepts, there is no VIN or title, just a bill of sale. That makes getting it registered very difficult. The next owner is basically buying the Highlander based on its ’90s looks, which means they had better feel awfully nostalgic for that particular era.

eBay Find of the Day: 1993 Chevy Highlander is a Body Glove-era concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 12 May 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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13 May 2014

Watch this video, then buy this 1993 Volvo wagon

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Volvo 240 wagon for sale

Do you want to be perceived as rich and cuddly? Of course you do. Then you need to buy this car.

We know it makes no sense, but that pretty much sums up our take on the video you’ll see below, in which a man by the name of Christoffer Castor, from Scania County in Southern Sweden, attempts to convince any and all who watch to buy his car. The car in question is a 1993 Volvo 240 wagon, in red with a black fabric interior.

We have quite a bit of respect for the old boxy Volvo wagons here at Autoblog, and, despite the presence of some unsightly rust on the tailgate, would gladly bum about in this particular 240. We especially appreciate the five-speed manual gearbox and that it’s from the car’s final year in production.

But none of that has anything to do with the real reason we’ve decided to post this video. As much as we’d like to tell you all about it, you really just have to watch and see for yourself. Go ahead, scroll down below. Watch it all the way to the end. Please.

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Watch this video, then buy this 1993 Volvo wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 12 May 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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10 May 2014

Steve McQueen's Ferrari 275 GTB/4 to be auctioned in Monterey

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1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

We know from many, many years of watching classic car auctions, that there are certain qualities that ensure big money. For example, putting tiny silver horses and/or yellow badges on a red car will probably bring in a lot of cash. This is doubly true if said car hails from the 1950s or 1960s, and it’s triply true if some dude drove it around in circles or if a celebrity owned it. That, friends, is how you make the serious dosh at auction.

Considering that, we should expect big, big things when this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 crosses the block at the big RM Auctions event during the festivities surrounding the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Terrence Steven McQueen, better known as Steve McQueen and even better known as the coolest actor of the 1960s and 1970s, originally purchased this car while filming Bullitt in San Francisco, which should provide a big boost to its sale price.

As previously reported, this car has undergone a full restoration and has received its certification from the team at Ferrari Classiche. Beyond that, though, we’re kind of in the dark about this beauty. We don’t even have a rough guess of how much it’ll go for.

That’s where you come in. Considering that the price of classic Ferraris is increasing with all the regularity of Old Faithful, how much do you think McQueen’s 275 will call for when it hits the stage in August? Head into Comments and let us know.

Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 275 GTB/4 to be auctioned in Monterey originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 May 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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10 May 2014

Pennzoil and Penske bringing 'Yellow Submarine' livery back for Indy 500

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1988 Indianapolis 500

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 will feature at least one rather blinding blast from the past. Team Penske and Pennzoil have teamed up to bring back their iconic “Yellow Submarine” livery for the 2014 race with a bright yellow body, red pinstripes and black graphics. Even at high speeds around the Indy oval, the car will surely stand out.

While Team Penske may not have been the first to use the canary yellow paint job for its cars, it likely did the most to popularize it. Four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears drove the Pennzoil-sponsored car and won the race in 1984 and 1988 (pictured above) with it.

For 2014, the No. 3 Chevrolet of three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves gets the historic guise, and he has a lot riding on it. If Castroneves triumphs this year, he ties Mears with four victories in the race. The two drivers have brought Roger Penske’s teams 7 of their 15 Indy 500 wins. Scroll down to read the full announcement from the team.

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Pennzoil and Penske bringing ‘Yellow Submarine’ livery back for Indy 500 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 May 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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09 May 2014

Cars and coffee combine to make invigorating art [w/video]

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Coffee water color

Let’s be honest; without coffee, nothing would ever get done. The cup of joe has done more to boost productivity than just about anything else on the planet. However, Romanian artist Adrian Mitu has found a new use for java – making fascinating automotive art.

Mitu’s style is really cool just because of its simplicity. Essentially, he is using coffee in the same way other artists might use watercolors. His images start as pencil drawings, and then he adds details and depth with his brew. Occasionally, he even incorporates traditional inks with the coffee to add an extra dash of color.

According to a profile about Mitu on Romanian auto site Promotor, he studied architecture and interior design. However, his real love is cars. He started using coffee to paint one day because he was too lazy to get up and grab his standard colors. He dipped his paintbrush in the beverage next to him and hasn’t quit since. Mitu goes by the name Aquarelief on Facebook and has a large portion of his portfolio for you to view. They are mostly automotive paintings but a few motorcycles and planes as well.

Check out our gallery above for some of his work or his Facebook page for a whole lot more. Scroll down for a video showing off how he uses coffee to create a watercolor. Unfortunately, it’s not in English and there aren’t subtitles. But he begins adding coffee to the drawing about four minutes into the short film.

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Cars and coffee combine to make invigorating art [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 May 2014 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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08 May 2014

1947 Chevy rat rod pickup leaves rubber and smoke in its wake

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Rat Rod Diesel Pickup

Cool comes in multiple flavors. One one hand, we have the sophisticated attraction of svelte design and the efficient use of power. Of course, on the other hand there is the allure of being the bad boy and going against the grain. That is part of the appeal of rat rods. Ideally, they are built without rules to an owner’s specific tastes, and this widened and heavily modified 1947 Chevrolet pickup rod is a perfect example of that spirit.

Coming down the highway with a bent grille, rusted body and pouring smoke, it looks like the pickup from hell. It backs up the looks with some very impressive mechanicals too. Owner Troy Gubser says that the truck packs a Ford Power Stroke diesel with to 42 pounds of boost that runs out of 8-inch exhaust stacks at the back. He claims it managed 505 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque on the dyno. To harness all that power, this hot rod has a ZF five-speed manual gearbox with a ceramic clutch and short-throw shifter. Plus, it has cool little features like a doorbell on the tailgate that operates an air horn.

You might not expect a truck like this to actually be useful, but it has a fifth wheel coupling to haul an RV around drag races and car shows. The air suspension also probably keeps the ride fairly comfy when Gubser wants it to be. Scroll down to check out this beastly rat rod pickup and watch it engage in some diesel drag racing. Warning, there is some NSFW language.

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1947 Chevy rat rod pickup leaves rubber and smoke in its wake originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 May 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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08 May 2014

Ugly Moto makes beautiful motorcycle art [w/video]

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Ugly Moto Ducati Print

Ugly Moto is a horrible name for a company that makes such wonderful motorcycle art. The creation of artist Francis Ooi, the company’s illustrations focus on some of the iconic racing bikes of the 1960s and 1970s.

The artwork has an elegant simplicity that really makes it pop. It would fit just about anywhere from a home office to the bedroom of a young gearhead. Ooi has completed six illustrations so far covering classic cycles from Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and even Harley-Davidson. According to his site, the Suzuki RGB500 ridden by Barry Sheene will be the next one released. All of the prints are priced at $65 and are limited to 100 copies. They are all about 16.53 inches by 23.58 inches in size.

According to his website, these prints are just a hobby for Ooi and his real career is as the creative director at an ad agency. He creates the illustrations on his Mac, and he estimates that each design with about 800 components and layers takes about a month to complete. You can get idea of the process involved in the time-lapse video below.

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Ugly Moto makes beautiful motorcycle art [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 May 2014 19:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

Classic metal may make new Forza 5 pack our favorite ever [w/video]

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Forza Motorsport 5: 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe

We’re usually pretty enthused every time Turn 10 Studios unveils another of its monthly car packs for Forza Motorsport 5. It means we’ll have an entirely new batch of vehicles to play with when the work day finally ends, whether that means we race, tune, style or simply crash them. This latest car pack, though, the Meguiar’s Car Pack, is arguably one of the most interesting that we’ve seen.

On the surface, there are some pretty standard cars here. The BMW M3 DTM car is going to be an extremely cool addition to the game, as is the Aston Martin V12 Zagato. Where this car pack gets interesting, though, are in the number of classics on offer. Sure, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air might not be too special in a game like Forza. We could say the same of a 1967 Chevelle. What about an Aston Martin DBR1, though? Or the bootlegger’s dream – the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe? Yes, there are some seriously weird gems in this car pack.

Both the 1973 Mazda RX-3 and the underappreciated, Lotus-tuned Ford Cortina are featured here, while we can add one more Alfa Romeo to Forza’s stable with the gorgeous 1986 GTV-6 (this writer is still holding out hope for the appearance of a Montreal or SZ in a future car pack). Rounding out the group is the Dodge Dart Hemi Super Stock.

Turn 10 put together a short video composed of in-game footage of the cars. Scroll down and have a peak at the video, as well as the press release, which describes each car. The Meguiar’s Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 is currently available for download, and costs $9.99 (naturally, it’s free for Season Pass owners).

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Classic metal may make new Forza 5 pack our favorite ever [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

450-car collection to be auctioned with no reserve in Indiana

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John Scotti Collection Auction

Talk about the paradox of choice. Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale includes roughly 450 cars at no reserve from the John Scotti collection from Montreal, Canada. Scotti is a well-known classic car dealer, but he’s clearing out much of his inventory at the auction that runs from May 8-10 at the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, IN.

The collection of cars runs the gamut with something for every auto enthusiast. While the selection tends toward American classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, there are also some vintage European cars from Jaguar and Rolls-Royce and more modern supercars including three Lamborghini Diablos, an Acura NSX and a very sweet Porsche 911 Slantnose. The prices seem generally reasonable with many lots available with estimates at less than $20,000, and with no reserve there could be some bargains as well. There are so definite oddities in the bunch, too, like a rotary-engined 1969 NSU RO80 and the love-it-or-hate-it shape of a 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda.

Even if you can’t attend the auction or afford the classics, you can watch it on the NBC Sports Network. Click through our gallery for a smattering of the cars on the block, or if you have the time, wade through the whole collection, here. It will be time well wasted.

450-car collection to be auctioned with no reserve in Indiana originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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06 May 2014

Leno stretches Lamborghini Diablo's legs for latest Garage installment

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1991 Lamborghini Diablo

While posters of the Lamborghini Countach decorated the walls of many boys’ walls in the 1980s, the Diablo filled that spot for young men in the early 1990s thanks to its extreme styling. In its latest video, Jay Leno’s Garage welcomes a beautiful, white 1991 Diablo into his garage for a look back on what is now a classic supercar.

Unlike some of the vehicles Leno shows off, this one doesn’t belong to him. Instead, veteran Italian car mechanic Franco Barbuscia owns it. He has been maintaining Jay’s Countach for years. A ’91 Diablo is an archaic supercar by today’s standards. It doesn’t have power steering, anti-lock brakes or obviously anything like traction control. It’s just a big V12 hanging behind the driver with a wonderfully meaty roar that emanates from the exhaust.

Franco’s Diablo might actually be better than new. It has a few upgrades to aid in drivability, like re-spaced pedals, a carbon-Kevlar clutch and more. Apparently all of the tweaks help a lot because, “it rides smoother than my Carrera GT,” Leno enthuses about the car. Scroll down to reminisce about this Italian classic and get an ear full of its wonderful sound.

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Leno stretches Lamborghini Diablo’s legs for latest Garage installment originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 06 May 2014 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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