Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guest Post: 5 Best Looking Cars Of All Time

By Bradley Taylor

In considering which vehicles are the ultimate in visual design and intrigue, there are multiple features, which must be taken into account. The curvature and design of the lines, the individual styles, which become the essence of various vehicle manufacturers’ signature offerings lend themselves to the innovative usage of these elements in tandem in order to create something unique, beautiful, and iconic. Here, we will explore the five best looking cars of all time, taking into account all of the aforementioned aspects in order to assign definitive ranks.

5. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV


1971 Lamborghini Miura SV
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The last model in the Miura line produced by the iconic exotic luxury vehicle manufacturer Lamborghini, this gorgeous vehicle is as impressive to look at as it is under the hood. The fastest Lamborghini of its time, this car is capable of going from zero to sixty in five and a half seconds, boasting an impressive top speed of one hundred and seventy miles per hour. After one year of production, and only one hundred and fifty Miura SVs ever produced, this stunning classic is truly a feat to behold. At recent auctions, ’71 Miura SV models have sold for a hefty $900,000.00 US.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

High School Never Ends

There are all sort of car shows, like the weekly one Saturday nights at the Pavillions.  There is a fledgling gathering at the Penske dealership every third Saturday.  Usually it's lame, but sometimes there is some candy to shoot. About a year and a half ago, I discovered a monthly car show being held in Scottsdale.  It too is called Cars and Coffee, but it predates the corporate copy by a couple of decades.  It is put on by a group of "usual suspects" under the umbrella of "Scuderia Southwest." From what I gather, over months of lurking on Ferrari Chat, SSW is a group of disenchanted former members of the Ferrari Club.  I think that is where the tagline comes from:
There is no club to join, no dues, no rules and no drama.  Just a good time and maybe a cup of coffee.
In other words, we dropped everything we hated about FCA.  Also:
No drama!  No meetings!  No egos!  Just fun with cars!
And:
Photographers are always welcome.
If only that were true.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It Gets Better

Saleen was founded by racer Steve Saleen in 1983, with the first model being a 1984 Saleen Mustang. The first Saleens were mainly focused on handling performance and used stock Ford engines. (Wiki)
In other words, race Camaros on the twisties.  I always liked the underpinning upgrades of Saleens, but I have yet to see one that looks better than stock.  Maybe they should have teamed up with Roush.
1988 Saleen Ford Mustang
So probably a 5.0 under here

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Post: The 5 Types of Windshield Damage

By Sladen West



Many drivers might not be aware of this, but the glass that makes up your car’s windshield is different from the kind that is used in the windows on your house. Windshield glass is actually comprised of laminated safety glass, which means that it consists of two layers of glass separated and held together by an inner layer of polyvinyl butyral. This prevents the glass from becoming loose and falling inward, even if it completely shatters. However, this unique design means that it can sustain unique damage. Here are the five different types of windshield damage that you might have to deal with.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Old Style

The look is fully krausened...
1954 Packard

Diamond in the Rough

In trolling the junkyards and barren wastelands south of the river, we stumbled upon a glorious 1968 Ford LTD (our best guess at year and model).  We would have loved to take a longer, closer look, but time and geography suggested we grab a shot and just keep moving.
1968 Ford LTD

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Country Sedan

1967 Ford Galaxie Country Sedan
It's no "London Gentleman"
 It is the new Lurlene-mobile or what?

"Ass-Engined Nazi Slot Cars"

Porsche 911
That's a lot of junk in that trunk - oh wait...
We've spun out in all the variants from the 912 to the shovel-nosed 930. We've twisted driveshafts in all the Carrera 4s. We've compared 911s to everything from Corvettes to De Loreans to motorcycles to airplanes. The best line ever published about a Porsche was in this very magazine in 1980, when P.J. O'Rourke called it an "ass-engine Nazi slot car." 
Car and Driver

Does it come in red?

This is basically the Grandpa truck. This looks like a 4-speed and probably a V8. Grandpa's had a 300 I-6 and a 3 on the tree.  And a small cap that would never come off - built in shelves and such.
1968 Ford F100
Never drove it. I think I'm glad, especially the manual steering column stick shift combo.   Way to toally neglect the date night potential of that bench seat and long bed.

Worst Javelin ever

1975 Bricklin SV1.  This was billed as a "safety vehicle."   This is true.  A shitty AMC V8 ensures that it won't go far, fast or long, limiting your exposure to MVAs.
1975 Bricklin SV1
Dorkmaster 9000 styling ensures that you will be safe from STDs. Not even a hooker will touch you in this.  And, your coke dealer will laugh you off too.

Good Evening, Mr. Bond

Would you like it in 6 or 12?
Aston Martin Vanquish DB7

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Why no

it's not a truck. See? It's got a back seat!  Right there in the bed wayback.
Subaru BRAT
"Breezeway" seating

This is in no way an attempt to avoid the"chicken tax" thing, in order to import a mini El Camino on the cheap.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Those who forget history...

are doomed to repeat it. Exhibit 1: the 1980-83 Honda Civic.
1980-83 Honda Civic

Yawn. This car had exactly one claim to fame...

It figures

I go off bloviating about how rare a 1982-83 Celica is around here, and then what do i see...
1982 Toyota Celica GT-s
Looks promising

It's not the worst Fox-body ever

Because that is an overcrowded field already.  What the 1982 Lincoln Continental has going for it is that it is not instantly recognizable as a Fairmont derivative.
1982 Lincoln Continental
Yes, it does sort of have Cougar face, but not in the "slap a new front cap on an LTD II and call it a Cougar" badge engineering we saw earlier.  Or on the predecessor Versailles.

Zero is not a speed

Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagon
Therefore, this Covair version of the mystery machine is not unsafe. Except from meteors.  The Marty Feldman look on the front end assures that there will me no "Chevy van" babymaking going on, so it's that kind of safe too.


Allendale Revisited

What could have been. In 1988, I needed a car. My uncle had plenty of cars - a 71 or 72 Olds 98. a Chrysler Newport, and a 72 LeMans were all sitting in the back yard, waiting to be used/rescued.
1972 Oldsmobile 98

Why no

It's NOT on blocks.(It's not a Camaro, after all.)  It's just your father's Cutlass, after a little dumbass crunk therapy


Style

Lincoln V eight
Lincoln V EIGHT, as if you did not instantly know.
Stamped gold valve covers.  Pastel manifold.  A waste?  Hardly.  When your front clip is ripped away, and your 368 cubic inches are sitting out for the world to see, you do want to look your best.

at the sign of the cat

You will find malaise, sweet, tasty malaise. Wonder bread and miracle whip and bologna. Air Supply. "CHiPs." Lesiure suits and Haggar and Herb Tarlek.
1977 Mercury Cougar
so sporty and exciting...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This one goes out to

the one I like more than the rest.
Saturn SC
Saturn SC

but then I got a ride from a paralegal, and it turned into a secretary girl car, like Beetles and Miatas.  Still cool, but I can't pull it off.  Much like that paralegal's sweater.  But that's a story for another blog, another time.

Suddenly

Seeing this Yugo. I am overwhelmed with the desire to drive to Ann Arbor with a guy named Ken.
And then, sleep on the floor in some dive apartment in Ypsi.
Best of all, maybe there will be some sort of football game afterwards.

Seriously though, I thought they were all dead.  Not all the Kens; all the Yugos.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sunday Drivers

Yes, we've seen this princess and her court before.
1957 Lincoln Premiere

We just couldn't make a 115 degree drive to Globe without stopping by Miami to say hi. (Plus try some different Lightroom tricks beyond "medium vignette")

From our friends

in Western NC, a spotting of a post war Jag (Mark VII?) in a moment of repose by the tracks.

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