A Sweet Air Cooled Beetle Spotted in Carmel, CA

VW Beetle in Carmel CA

Swimming in a sea of exotic cars during Monterey Car Week, this Volkswagen Beetle caught our eye. Something about the two-tone color scheme and the turned wheel pose was just perfect. Enjoy!

-Nick

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Chris Harris Drives The Ultimate ‘Ute, The Holden HSV Maloo GTS

America’s two biggest contributions to the automotive world are the pickup truck and the muscle car. In Australia, GM makes a vehicle, called a ‘Ute, that is a perfect mix of the two, a muscle car with a pickup bed. The Holden HSV Maloo GTS is the ultimate ‘Ute, equipped with a 570hp supercharged LSA V8 under the hood.

Frankly, the HSV Maloo GTS is the most American car I can possibly imagine, but thanks to GM’s bean counters, it and all of the other ‘Utes have never been sold stateside. Idiocy, I know, and it’s extremely frustrating.

The HSV Maloo GTS marks the end of the current model, so hopefully GM may reconsider bringing the ‘Ute back to America with the next generation. We need a new Chevrolet El Camino. And if GM’s people cannot see the demand for such a car, then they clearly don’t understand the American market very well.

For now, though, just enjoy watching Chris Harris flog the Holden ‘Ute around on the track!

-Nick


Classy, brashy 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz spotted in Pebble Beach, CA

1960 Cadillac Front Right

The first day Nick and I were at Pebble Beach this year, we spent a lot of time relaxing at the Inn at Spanish Bay gawking at the cars coming in and the money rolling in. After walking around the RetroAuto collection (and grabbing a few golf balls for a co-worker), we left the Inn and headed for the auction tents. Right before getting in the car, I noticed an enormous American hunk of iron sitting next to it–this classy old Cadillac. The Eldorado Biarritz was the top-of-the-line Cadillac droptop in 1960 and stayed that way until 1964. This example is one of only 1,285 made in 1960 and one of only a few I’ve seen since we started this site. It’s a real treat to see someone driving a car as big, brash, and beautiful as this one, anywhere.

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2015 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Reviewed (8/10)

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Front

The Turbo S Executive is the big mac-daddy of the Porsche Panamera lineup. It seems to take all of the best aspects of other Panamera models and put them together with an extra helping of horsepower. The Turbo S Executive is an immaculate vehicle in every way possible. But it had better be, considering the price… $240,000 for the one I drove.

The Panamera Turbo S is an awesome and complex automobile, full of gadgets and cutting edge technology. I could go on for days about all that, but it’d get us nowhere with the one truly relevant question… is this Panamera worth spending nearly a quarter of a million dollars for?

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1936 Chrysler Imperial C-10 Airflow at the 2014 Radnor Hunt Concours

Imperial Airflow Front

The Chrysler Airflow was the first time, and not the last time, that Chrysler Corporation would build something that was so ahead of its time aerodynamically that the design ended up being a sales failure despite its innovation. In the mid-1930s, automakers were not necessarily looking at aerodynamic styling outside of motorsports applications. Chrysler, however, decided that even without a big racing program in the Depression, that the theory of streamlining the panels on their new mainstream model, now called the Airflow, could be a success. They weren’t just wrong, they were far enough off the mark with the American public that the endeavor nearly killed the company by 1938, and the more traditionally-styled models were quickly pressed into service to bring sales back to normal levels. Not many Airflows sold thanks to the radical, streamlined styling (with influence by Orville Wright) and seeing one at a Concours event, while not unheard of, isn’t a common occurrence. This gold example at Radnor looked incredible, with only 60,000 miles since new. Enjoy the photos. Read the rest of this entry »


One Nasty Audi R8 Spotted In Carmel, CA

Black Audi R8 Carmel

We spotted this sinister Audi R8 with some seriously bitchin’ wheels in the Fuel Run lineup when they came through Carmel. Such a great look!

-Nick


Mercedes’ New Bro-Chariot Has Arrived, And It’s Called The GLE

2016 Mercedes GLE 450 AMG

Let’s begin with a story…

A few years ago, BMW created an all-new segment. They looked at the idea behind Mercedes’ beautiful CLS 4-door coupe, and then BMW thought… “what if we did that with an SUV?”, And the BMW X6 was born!

Now, unlike the Mercedes CLS, which is essentially just a sleeker, more beautiful Mercedes E-Class with no tangible drawbacks, the X6 didn’t turn out so well. The tapered roofline that makes a car look sleek wound up looking really awkward on the X6’s larger SUV proportions. It also compromised the size of the trunk. So a sleeker, more beautiful BMW X5 the X6 was not, not by a long shot. In fact, it really only served to remove the “utility” from “Sport Utility Vehicle.”

So why, then, would you buy a BMW X6? If you wanted an SUV for all of the reasons anyone wants an SUV, then you’d buy the X5. If you wanted a stylish coupe for all of the reasons people generally want a stylish coupe, then you’d buy a 6 Series. Where is the market for something that looks like a sad humpback whale on wheels?

Well, Mercedes-Benz has clearly been watching closely, and whatever the market may be, they want a peice of it! So, with that, they decided to take their M-Class SUV, break its back like Bane did Batman, and boom!… the Mercedes GLE is here.

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