Thursday, December 26, 2013

All car makers/dealers are the same

2010 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupé

They all toy with your psyche, their relentless efforts to upsell.  Take this 2010 Drophead. Yes it's a real color.  Hurrah! Yes they upticked the wheels a bit, and shined the grill surround, but that's it? It's monotonous.  The windshield looks cheap and plain.  I think it's the lack of chrome accent or at least some contrast.

Thunderbirds for rich guys

Bentley Continental Rs
Bentley Continental R
^^ Looking for a forever home

Bentley Continental R
In the queue like a good Brit

Bentley Continental R
scuffed, as if it's actually driven in the real world.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sticker Porn - Kneel Before Zod

2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost
We have a winner.

$88,100 in extras. Those barely noticeable Stainless steel pinstripes don't smelt themselves, you know.

Sticker Porn - Ghost Extended

2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB

Sticker Porn - Wraith

Wraith says step back and watch, kids.
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Sticker Porn - Phantom

Phantom demands to play this game
2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom
I am very large and very much in charge, TYVM

Sticker Porn - Ghost

Maybach 57

R.I.P., Maybach - best Hyundai Sonatas ever.
2005 Maybach 57Yes, it has a glorious V12, like no Hyundai ever.  But still, look at this train wreck.  It's like Hyundai created their own luxury division with the same model as Lexus and Infiniti - shamelessly copy a real brand.  Except Hyundai followed the Kia model and created a caricature of an S-class instead of an homage.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

News Flash


BARRETT-JACKSON’S SCOTTSDALE 2014 SALON COLLECTION TO OFFER DIVERSE DOCKET OF WORLD’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER COLLECTIBLES
Rare and Desirable Vehicles Plus One Fully-Operational Carousel Will Cross the Auction Block at Company’s Monumental Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014  
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Dec. 18, 2013) – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today a group of exceptional vehicles representing 85 years of automotive history will cross the auction block as part of the world-renowned Salon Collection. The collection will be offered during the company’s 43rd Annual Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 12-19, 2014 at the all-new facility at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Kneel Before Zod

We were just awarded the super-prestigious Best of Mesa Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence...
It's an Honor Just to be Data-Mined Nominated
as presented by the Mesa Award Program. Suck it, Pulitzer. We're big time.

PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

That Guy From the French Connection Retired to Mesa

Or at least his car did.
Lincoln Continental Mark III
Lincoln Continental Mark III - the porkpie Heisenberg hat of cops and dealers alike.

Personal Luxury and High Performance

Both in one car! Or Neither!
Buick Regal Limited T-Type
1 - Make up a performance-sounding badge

In the late 1980s, your firends at Buick were desperate for an identity that resonated.  Buick was for 60 year olds, but those people die off. They wanted a younger crowd, buyers with sophistication, whose appetite for performance could be sated with a turbo and some stinking badges.  Enter the T-Type...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rode Hard; Hung Up Wet

The "OTHER" 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am at the flea market. Previously owned by some post-apocalyptic action hero...
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Two looks

1976 and 1979 Trans Ams
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Cousin Al

1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
....except with better wheels in place of a T-roof

1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Paul's Junkyard T/A

Ford Edsel: They Should have led with this one

The 1960 Edsel Ranger is an amazing looking piece of American iron. Follow the jump to see what we mean.Sadly, the damage to the brand was done; the 1960 refresh had no chance.
1960 Edsel Ranger

Jimmy Wang


My neighbor is Jimmy. He is 45 and is the worst cart boy at Savers ever. He sleeps on a couch at his sister's house. Oh look! it's Jimmy's car. Jimmy like his car. He cleans it all the time.
Neighbor Jimmy,drunk as shit
Time for some vent maintenance?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Fancy Parking


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Return of the King

It's just not Cars and Coffee without a hypercar. Usually, it's a familiar Veyron. Lately, there have been a couple of Enzo's tag teaming the event.  This is the one with an actual color.
Ferrari Enzo
with girl

Ferrari Enzo
without

Cherry and Vanilla

Topless and muss-free. Two flavors of 430 at Scottsdale Cars and Coffee.
Ferrari F430

Click through for the other.

Bond

Aston Martin DB7 Vantage.  Haven't seen this one before.
Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
Aston Martin DB7 Vantage



The Empire

was well represented at yesterday's Cars and Coffee, Scottsdale.  Arnolt Bristol:
Arnolt Bristol

Arnolt Bristol

Saturday, December 7, 2013

What a difference a letter makes

365 GTC/4 vs 365 GTB/4 Ferrari, 365GTB/4, 365GTC/4

More Glamour Shots

More beauty shots. Natural light; minimal staging.
2013 Ford Flex SEL
Ready for the next shoot.

Blink twice for yes

This is why Europeans cOuld never get the hang of pop up lights - holes in the hood? Really? We have seen this before, with similar WTF-ness Ferrari 456
bmw 850

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Beauty shots of the Ferrari F12berlinetta in "F*** me I Own It" red
Ferrari F12berlinetta
Kneel, knave

Best Scirocco Ever

As Bentley's go, it's heretical. Only the muted paint saves it from being abominable.
Bentley Continental GT

Nothing about this says tasteful or elegant.  It says ricer with a trust fund.  Is it fast? One hopes, since it was blindingly fast from the factory.  The add-ons can't kill too much speed, can they? Killing libidos is a different question entirely.
(Oh look! It's for sale!!!) +Couture Customs

Cars and Coffee: Two 458s

Ferrari 458

Unrelated to this week's events

These cars remain crazy fast, yet innocuous. They look like a Cayman with some HGH. They sound like a Prius. they are as forgiving as a 1976 Turbo when you erroneously lift throttle in a curve like you might in a normal car (HINT: everything you know about controlling a car does not apply.)

Anyhoo, one rolled up to C&C.  Usually, they're rare birds. Not so this week of all weeks.

And yeah, EVERYBODY looked at it and said, "that's the kind of car that one guy died in." EVERY BODY.
Porsche Carrera GT

Los Angeles, 1987

What to drive, when you just signed that record deal, you're not underwater with your coke dealer, and that appearance on Carson left you with more mistresses than you can abandon for the next one.  Take a Porsche 911 of any flavor and through a 5 figure pop up light slant nose on it.  That way, you're one of a thousand hyper-moded 911s, not one of tens of thousands of generic 911s.

Rock on wit' your bad self!
Porsche 911 slantnose

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

And it begins

Arizona auction week will have a different look this January, with the debut of the first Arizona Concours d'Elegance.

This Bugatti will be there. (We hope!)
Bugatti Type 57

And so will we.  Look for full coverage beginning next month.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Some Things Cannot Be Rushed

At least not much.  The Struggle enters Day 4.

We wait, patiently, for that phone call, that email, that brown envelope that says "Yes! Tell stories of wonder and mirth and decadence and privilege and sheet metal and Castrol 20W50 synthetic with a Royal Purple chaser to your millions of readers and fans throughout the galaxy. It can't all be about ruin porn and rust buckets and Mustangs."

We would tell you which what is the subject of this future, but we will drop no name before its time.

Fingers are crossed, runes, totems and charms are deployed.  Sayers are soothed, that they my soothsay favorably.

Batteries are charged.  Double redundant systems are redundantly doubled.  Nothing left but the waiting and then the doing. We're tan, ready and rested. Just need to lock down that one last detail.