Range Rover Velar P380 SE Review: Taking a Different Approach

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Sometimes style is everything. In the age of Instagram, appearances are more important than ever and brands are having to make the appeal of their products more and more bold.

Land Rovers of old were boxy functional things, meant to go places other vehicles couldn’t. If you bought a Range Rover, that just meant you wanted to bring the comfort of your living room along with you to such remote locations.

My oh my, how the game has changed.

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Lancia Delta HF Integrale at the December Bergen County Cars and Coffee

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Sometimes, a little bit of Lancia is all you need to brighten your day. In this case, a Delta Integrale, possibly the most streetable rally special Lancia ever built, delivered the goods. Continue reading Lancia Delta HF Integrale at the December Bergen County Cars and Coffee

1973 Buick Century Grand Sport Stage 1 at the 2018 Greenwich Concours

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Sometimes, people forget that Detroit did have a few performance oriented cars on the market after the muscle car era came to a close and before the Malaise era went full 8-ball and full Disco Inferno. This burnt orange Colonnade Century hardtop coupe was quite a looker, and had a window sticker that displayed a truly chock-full list of options, including a 455 big block V8, four-speed manual, power everything, a tilt and telescoping wheel, and raised white letter tires. This is a prime example of what Americans could still get their hands on if they read the options list carefully–instead of ending up with a dowdy little Vega or underpowered Malibu (like my dad had in the Eighties). Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1973 Buick Century Grand Sport Stage 1 at the 2018 Greenwich Concours

1953 Cadillac Eldorado at Amelia Island

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Lead Sled: This ’53 Caddy is the definition. It shone like a shimmering blue jewel on the show field, especially as the scene became more overcast in the afternoon. If you’re gonna have an old Cadillac Eldorado, I can’t think of a much better color… maybe Pink.

I wish Cadillac would make real Cadillacs like this again. Enjoy the gallery of this incredible cruiser.

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Highlights from the 2018 CF Charities Supercar Show

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Wait I thought this said “Supercar Show?” Yea well, that did happen too, but we got a bit sucked into the autocross part of the event in our own cars. The weather was VERY borderline, but the rain never quite hit until the afternoon. That kept a lot of people away from the show, and thus, there wasn’t much of a line for autocross runs. So we happily enjoyed run after run. I love looking at cars, especially rare and exotic cars, but it still doesn’t compare to the thrill of actual high-performance driving.

We made the most of the autocross, and then checked out the rest of the show when it was time for the crew to have lunch. We were a little on the late side, but even still the turnout looked pretty thin in the show itself. I think the threat of rain scared a lot of people away.

Even still, I got to see two things I’d never seen before. One was a V12-swapped Toyota FJ40 Rat Rod, and the other was all three modern Bugattis lined up together. Chiron, Veyron and EB 110 together in the most exotic sort of harmony. It was incredible, and they’ll have their own galleries coming soon.

Enjoy this brief preview of the show.

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1939 Lagona V12 Drophead Coupe at the 2018 Greenwich Concours

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This year, pre-war European cars were heavily British. This is unusual, in that I would have expected to see perhaps a Hispano-Suiza, a Delage, or a Delahaye or two at Greenwich. Luckily, on elegance alone, this stunning Lagonda V12 grabbed my attention and refused to let me leave empty-handed. While I wish I’d taken more photographs of this gorgeous, one of 9 luxury convertible, I am glad I got a chance to see it. I doubt I will see another one–as I doubt there is another one as well-sorted as this. Continue reading 1939 Lagona V12 Drophead Coupe at the 2018 Greenwich Concours

Shelby Series 1 at Bonhams Auction, Greenwich

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This rare Shelby Series 1, which was owned by Carroll Shelby himself, sold for $313,000 at Bonhams auction last weekend in Greenwich.

The Series 1 was an impressive car, Shelby’s own successor to the Cobra in many ways (even after the Dodge Viper existed) This particular car was the test car for the optional supercharger, which brought the engine up to 600hp and dropped 0-60 from 4.4 sec down to 3.2 sec. That was more than extremely fast back in the 90’s, however, only 249 Series 1s were produced because they were quite expensive for their day at around $180,000.

One thing I hate, but also kind of love, about this car is the “shittiness” of its interior. It just reeks of the worst of mid-90s Ford build quality. I mean the thought of spending over $300k on a car and then being handed one of those awful plastic keys is both sad and hilarious. This car deserved a lot better, but it’s got what you want where it really counts. Truth be told, the Shelby Series 1 is very much “of its era” and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Enjoy the gallery, and read more on the car here.

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1950 Ferrari 195 S by Vignale at the Greenwich Concours

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This has to be one of the most beautiful vintage Ferraris I’ve ever laid eyes on. The two-tone color scheme was as much about its textural differences as it was the contrast of the colors, giving this 195 S a depth of detail that you seldom see.

This is one of those cars that is a literal work of rolling art. Enjoy the gallery.

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Highlight Preview from the 2018 Greenwich Concours

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We’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. We saw some amazing cars and had a few great drives as well.

There is a lot more to come from this weekend, so stay tuned. Here is a preview gallery to hold you over. Enjoy!

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