While on a mafia history tour of what used to be Little Italy, I got temporarily distracted by this post-apocalyptic 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 383 hardtop. Not only was it a GTS, but it was marked as (and the VIN tag corroborated) a 383ci V8 equipped car, so I felt obligated to stop and take a shot of it before we moved to the next set of streets. This particular area of Manhattan used to be a hotbed for Mafia activity, featuring murders, speakeasies, alcohol stowaways, and plenty of other illicit activities. The area’s been cleaned up over the years but near where this car was parked is the KGB bar, one of only a select few speakeasies still operating in Lower Manhattan, on West 4th Street near 1st Avenue.
Spotted by: Albert S. Davis
We had a fantastic time at Amelia Island this weekend. We attended both the Festivals Of Speed event and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and the cars were nothing short of incredible. We have a lot of content lined up to share with you, so keep checking back for more.
Consider this a taste of what’s to come…
Many cars at auto shows are displayed on a stage, high off the ground. Most folks don’t give a second thought to the logistics of it, but if you think about it, something as low as a McLaren P1 can hardly be “wished” into perfect position. We caught the McLaren team in action setting up the mighty P1 hypercar at their stand at Amelia Island. I love the garbage bag trick!
Stay tuned for more fun from this weekend!
Our first day at Amelia Island has been great. Here is a quick glimpse of the McLaren P1 hypercar that will be on display. Check back for more!
What is the Jaguar F-Type V8 S?
This is Jaguar’s return to building a true sports car. For a long time, under Ford, Jaguar really only built luxury sedans and coupes. You could maybe get away with calling the early 2000s XKR a grand touring car, but it wasn’t even remotely close to being a proper, driver-focused sports car. Much of Jaguar’s brand image has been built on racing success, and building iconic sports cars, such as the E-Type, so the new F-Type is a much needed return to form.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Boston visiting my cousin and her husband. While I was up there, I revisited the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline just outside of town. I hadn’t been there in more than 4 years, so I was excited to come back and see what had changed. Here is a selection of what was at the museum at the time I was there, including a 1953 Corvette, a prewar Bugatti four-door cabriolet in beautiful shape, a Mercer runabout, a selection of classic racers from the 50s and 60s, and a pristine Corvette Stingray in the back room. The museum has a smorgasbord of prewar cars on display both upstairs and in the family’s personal collection, located in the basement. This is definitely a great place to go if you like smaller car museums with an eclectic and ever-changing display set. Enjoy the photos. Read the rest of this entry »
There were over 700 Lamborghini Miuras produced over a period of six years, but the car you see here is the one and only roofless example. Built by Bertone for the 1968 Brussels Auto Show, the Miura Roadster may well be the most stunning Miura of them all, with its vibrant, sparkling aqua-blue paint job.
We had the unexpected privilege of seeing this car up close at last year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The Miura Roadster was in attendance as a part of Lamborghini’s 50 year anniversary celebration, and it even took the first place prize in the Lamborghini judging class. I had actually seen the car once before at Pebble Beach in 2008, but this time around I was able to get far better photos.
The one-off Miura Roadster set the precedent for the roadster versions of the Diablo, Murcielago, and now, the Aventador. Open-top V12 motoring is something we should all be glad exists. Enjoy the photos!