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23 Sep 2014

Stolen Jaguar E-Type reunited with owner after 46 years

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1968 Jaguar E-Type Convertible recovered after 46 years

Barely six months into owning it, Ivan Schneider had his Jaguar E-Type stolen from outside of his Manhattan apartment in 1968. Now, 46 years later, the somewhat beat-up convertible has been recovered just before it was about to be shipped to a new owner in The Netherlands.

US Customs agents at the Port of Los Angeles found the car during a routine check, and they contacted Schneider to arrange returning it to him. When the feds found it, the E-Type was already in a shipping container ready to go to its new owner. The condition is hardly perfect today, including rough paint and a replacement door, but Schneider is ecstatic to get his classic back.

Understandably, the now 82-year-old never thought he would see his droptop Jaguar again. Schneider told the LA Times that he bought the E-Type for $5,000 after winning a case as a lawyer, and it was originally painted gray. Now, he plans to have to have the vintage convertible restored to its former glory in New York.

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Stolen Jaguar E-Type reunited with owner after 46 years originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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19 Sep 2014

Leno drives Volvo P1800 from Roger Moore’s The Saint

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Volvo P1800 from The Saint

Outside of a few notable exceptions, Volvo usually isn’t associated with making beautifully curvaceous vehicles. But in the 1960s and early ’70s the company proved with the P1800 that its cars didn’t only have to be safe but staid family transportation. Underneath that shapely styling were a lot of components from the brand’s parts bin, but that didn’t bother Roger Moore when he drove one of these in the TV series The Saint. Actually, the future James Bond actor didn’t just get behind of one of these; he owned this exact 1967 P1800 S. It’s this week’s highlight on Jay Leno’s Garage.

Moore was the car’s original owner, but it also appeared in studio scenes of The Saint. Despite its famous provenance, when owner Bill Krzastek bought the P1800 in England, it was in pretty rough shape. The Volvo underwent a nine-month restoration to get it back into shape, which included some new body panels and wheels. Krzastek claims that much of the interior is original, though.

Krzastek comes off has a little bit nerdy, but you have to give him credit. He absolutely loves his Volvo and knows something about practically every detail of his car’s history. Krzastek even refinanced his house to fund the purchase and restoration of the P1800. Although, with the right maintenance these old Swedes have been known to go millions of miles. Enjoy this look at one that was a star of the screen in the ’60s.

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Leno drives Volvo P1800 from Roger Moore’s The Saint originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last?

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1992 Dodge Viper

The saga of the Washington state community college hoping to keep its allegedly pre-production Dodge Viper out of the maw of the crusher is going strong. Not only does the school still have the car, but there’s a chance that the college might even get to keep it.

The whole situation flared up in March when the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA, received a notice from Chrysler Group that requested that the school’s Viper be destroyed. The automaker had loaned the muscle car to it about a decade ago to use for educational purposes in its auto tech classes. With the Dodge growing long in the tooth, “it is unlikely that these vehicles offer any educational value to students,” the company said in its press release on the matter.

However, the college balked at destroying its Viper, despite the fact it had signed a contract with Chrysler Group to do so. The school further claimed that its car was incredibly special because it was a pre-production example and just the fourth one made back in 1992. Although, as we pointed out at the time, the photos of the school’s vehicle showed a coupe that looked like a newer Viper GTS.

In a recent followup from Fox News, things appear to be tenuously positive for the college. It’s negotiating with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to find a way to get ownership of the Viper. A company spokesperson said for Fox’s story, “We continue to pursue an amicable resolution of the matter.” Until there’s a final verdict, this muscle machine is safe as an education tool to teach students how to wrench on its big V10. Hopefully, we won’t have to watch this Viper get crushed.

Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Bob Seger’s Detroit Made music video is an homage to the Motor City

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Bob Seger Detroit Made music video

At this point, Bob Seger feels like the living embodiment of old-school rock ‘n’ roll. The Michigan native has been strumming out classic records like Night Moves for decades, and he just released a new single called Detroit Made. It sounds like a future staple of just about every classic car show within the next few years, and the video is dedicated to the Motor City, past and future.

Detroit Made is all about cruising in the city in a classic Buick Electra 225, perhaps better known as a “deuce and a quarter.” It’s straight-down-the-middle rock and could just as easily be from a decades-old Seger album as something new.

The video for the new single mixes shots of American classics cruising along Woodward Avenue with a contemporary look at the city. Sure, there are the well-known dilapidated buildings falling into rubble, but the people there aren’t just letting the city die. Other parts show the attempts to clean things up and rebuild. Check out the video if you need a few minutes of old school rockin’ in your life.

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Bob Seger’s Detroit Made music video is an homage to the Motor City originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car

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Petrolicious Lancia 037

Lancia’s death is sad for many, many reasons, chief among which is the end of its wonderful, wild rally heritage. While the brand might best be known for the Stratos and the Delta HF Integrale, there was another big name model, called the 037, that did its best to live up to the family name.

The last of a dying breed, the 037 debuted as a rear-driver at the dawn of all-wheel-drive dominance. Despite its disadvantage, though, it still captured a WRC championship in 1983, and managed to finish second to Audi in 1984 and Peugeot in 1986. It remains the last rear-drive car to win the WRC title.

As per Group B regulations, Lancia built a limited run of homolgation specials. The street version, the 037 Stradale, sports a 2.0-liter, supercharged Abarth engine – detuned from the rally cars, of course – while this particular example benefits from a rortier exhaust, meaning it produces somewhere around 240 horsepower, according to Toledano.

It’s a truly stunning piece, and one worthy of coverage by the team at Petrolicious. Take a look at the video.

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Take a spin in a street-legal Lancia Group B rally car originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 Sep 2014

Xcar goes analog with the Ferrari F40

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Ferrari F40

We will forever be in love with the Ferrari F40. From its blunt-force appearance to its 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine living and breathing perilously close to the driver’s head, the F40, the last model designed and built with input from Enzo Ferrari himself, has been and likely always will be the Ferrari of Ferraris for automotive enthusiasts who grew up in the 1980s.

All of this raises an interesting question: is the Ferrari F40 the best supercar of all time? A case can certainly be made, and after watching – and, just as importantly, listening to – all 17 minutes of blood-red Italian glory from Xcar, you’re going to have to try long and hard to convince us that anything could be sweeter than this particular Prancing Horse.

Watch the video above, aptly titled Analogue Animal. You owe it to yourself. So go ahead, sit back, turn up your speakers and click play.

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Xcar goes analog with the Ferrari F40 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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16 Sep 2014

Aficionauto drives Vin Diesel’s fast and furious 1970 Dodge Charger

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Dodge Charger from Fast and the Furious

The Aficionauto host Christopher Rutkowski has a real passion for original and replica cars from movies and television, whether they are from James Bond, Jurassic Park, or incredibly obscure Japanese shows. However, he might have outdone himself this time because he hopped into one of the biggest automotive stars of contemporary cinema. This 1970 Dodge Charger appeared in Fast & Furious and came back in Fast Five, where Paul Walker actually drove it. The menacing, black muscle car will make its return to the franchise in the seventh film, too.

The Fast and Furious Charger is a real beast no matter how you look at it. The interior is nothing more than two seats and a roll cage, and as the video shows, this thing vibrates constantly like a coiled mass of muscle ready to strike. The camera can barely stay in place most of the time. Also, Dom’s Dodge is more than happy to do a smoky burnout and leave the driver partially deaf afterward from its wonderful, ear-splitting engine roar.

The Aficionauto also interviews the man who controls the keys to this beast. Bob Hartwig was once an F-15 pilot, but he also loved Hollywood vehicles. Now, he’s a partner at Picture Car Warehouse, a company with about 850 cars that supplies vehicles to film studios. This Charger definitely seems to be Hartwig’s favorite in the collection, as it should be.

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Aficionauto drives Vin Diesel’s fast and furious 1970 Dodge Charger originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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15 Sep 2014

Rowan Atkinson crashes at Goodwood Revival

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Goodwood Revival 2012

To quote Harry Hogge (played by Robert Duvall) in Days of Thunder, “rubbin, son, is racin’.” That can mean some unfortunate damage to high-end racing machinery, which may be repaired easily enough in stock car racing, but when it comes to vintage racing, the stakes can be that much higher. And yet incidents do occur, like at this weekend’s Goodwood Revival.

Among the many competitors taking part in the retro racing event in England was none other than Rowan Atkinson, the actor perhaps best known for playing Mr. Bean. Driving a classic Ford Falcon Sprint in the Shelby Cup event, Atkinson (pictured above at the 2012 revival) reportedly crashed head-on into another car on track.

According to reports, the two cars up spun out. The driver in between managed to avoid a pile-up, but Atkinson couldn’t steer clear and hit the obstructing vehicle. Fortunately Rowan walked away unscathed (and, we imagine, in a humorous manner), but while we don’t know how extensive the damage was to the Falcon, it was enough to take it out of the race.

Atkinson, for those who don’t know, is a certified automotive enthusiast. He regularly drives his McLaren F1 (which he’s crashed a couple of times), sometimes writes for UK car magazines, once topped the Top Gear leaderboard and even convinced Rolls-Royce to lend him its V16 prototype for use on screen in Johnny English Reborn.

Rowan Atkinson crashes at Goodwood Revival originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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15 Sep 2014

1969 Corvette Lego model needs some support to make production

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Lego proposal

Spend just a few minutes looking around online, and you quickly find that people have figured out how to make just about anything out of Lego, including some very cool model cars. The Danish company has taken this fact to heart and has released some fantastic automotive kits recently. In August, its vintage Mini Cooper came out, and a few years ago, it unveiled its 1962 Volkswagen Bus. But maybe it’s about time that Lego added a large-scale recreation of a classic American sports car to its offerings.

To that end, a user named Brickdater on the website Lego Ideas is hoping to put this 1969 Corvette into production. According to the project description, “Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted a ’69 Vette. So I built one.” The creator definitely gets the C3 ‘Vette’s curvaceous form down, despite having to render them in angular plastic blocks. Brickdater has even managed to achieve a two-tone look with a white stripe running over the hood, roof and trunk. As it sits now, the Corvette is made up of 1,500 parts – about 420 more than the Mini Cooper – and the design features removable T-tops and a really well-detailed engine bay, complete with a carb and hoses.

Lego Ideas is a way for the company to get new product ideas directly from its fans. If a project receives 10,000 supporters, the Lego Review Board evaluates it. Then if it gives the design the thumbs up (which isn’t a guarantee), the kit gets put into production. Lego even shares a percentage of each sale with the creator.

With about 2,400 supporters as of this writing and nearly a year to reach the goal, Brickdater’s Vette is doing pretty well so far, but obviously it could use a nudge if you’re so inclined. You can add your further encouragement over at Lego Ideas.

1969 Corvette Lego model needs some support to make production originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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14 Sep 2014

California historical license plate reissues in jeopardy

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Cruise Night

California hands out its license plates differently than some other states. As opposed to the tag being associated with the owner and switching whenever the vehicle is sold; the plate belongs to the car and remains for its life in the Golden State. Over the decades, the Department of Motor Vehicles there has redesigned its plates going from black-over-yellow during some of the 1950s to yellow-over-black and eventually yellow-over-blue through the ’70s and early ’80s. We thought it was pretty cool when a law potentially allowed for these vintage looks to come back, but some owners haven’t been quite so enamored.

For the state to actually produce these legacy plates, a given color scheme had to receive 7,500 pre-orders from January 1, 2013, through January 1, 2015. That seemed pretty doable given Californians reputation for loving their cars, but according to Truck Trend the program hasn’t exactly been a raging success. It claims that only the yellow-on-black tags have received their requisite applications. Black-on-yellow has managed around 2,000 requests, and yellow-on-blue has received about 1,700 of them.

The lack of popularity for the yellow and blue tags makes some sense because enthusiasm for restoring models from the ’70s and early ’80s is just starting to build. However, it seems like owners of ’50s classics would be eagerly hopping onto this program. Perhaps many of them still have their original black plates and don’t need a reproduction. Obviously, there are still a few months to go for the other two schemes to meet their requirements. Applications are still available, here, and if a design doesn’t nab 7,500 orders the $50 pre-order is refunded.

California historical license plate reissues in jeopardy originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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