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What the Pagani Zonda tells us about the future of the sports car

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Pagani said the Zonda would be finished after 2013. AMG stopped producing the V12 at the heart of it, and well, the whole world was going turbo, right? Even so, there’s been at least one or two new Zondas produced every year since it’s production was supposed to stop. People have actually been willing to pay AMG to custom fabricate the V12 engine, paying astronomical sums that make a mere Huayra seem affordable. Prices of pre-owned Zondas are also through the roof at multiple millions, depending on model and spec.

It seems pretty clear that the market still has quite an appetite for the Zonda, and what’s more, many of them being ordered even have a true manual gearbox.

The Zonda you see above is the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta, revealed just this past weekend at Pebble Beach. It looks pretty fantastic for a car that was originally designed in the early 1990’s, and that finished production four years ago. I know there is word going around that the three Pagani Zonda HP Barchettas may in fact be the last three Zondas, but I think that would be a big mistake on Pagani’s part.

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Freiburger and Finnegan find the dirtiest Mustang ever–and save it.

Normally, I’m not a big Mustang guy. I usually go after Barracudas from the Sixties and Seventies, because I’m more of a Plymouth guy for that era. But, I make some exceptions, and Roadkill, my personal favorite YouTube show, resurrected this derelict, nasty, trashed old Mustang from a boneyard in Colorado, and got it home. I won’t reveal any details but for this–do not watch this one on a full stomach, because this is one of the most far-gone cars I’ve seen these two rescue. Watch it!

The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part IV: Back In The Saddle Again (briefly)

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By December, the Mark VII was sitting in the garage, in from the cold but not forgotten. I got car parts for my birthday, including a new set of front air springs, a compressor, and rebuild kits for each front solenoid. While I successfully installed everything, the rear failed while fixing the front. Continue reading The Lincoln Mark VII Chronicles, Part IV: Back In The Saddle Again (briefly)

Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Review: My Next Daily Driver?

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I’m starting to consider options for replacing my Volkswagen CC as my practical daily driver, and I’ve had numerous people tell me to try out the new turbocharged Honda Civic.

Now before any of you scream “Civic Si” or “Civic Type R” at the screen, just know that I need an automatic here because my girlfriend, Gab, needs to be able to drive the car. I have my Miata and my STI when I want to shift my own gears. Also, the mighty Type R is vastly out of my budget for this move.

I’m not going too deep into financials, but I’m considering a lease that would be the same or less than what I currently pay on my CC. I also want a car that is realistically capable of touching 40 MPG when I’m cruising.

So, automatic, 40 MPG capable, and a relatively cheap monthly payment. Sounds like driving excitement may not really be a factor here, right? The options are certainly limited, but the new Civic Hatchback Sport quickly captured my interest when shopping around. I’d heard some great things about the new 1.5L turbocharged engine, and it seemed like Honda had made the Hatchback Sport model a junior Si, of sorts.

I figured if I was going to try out the new Civic, I might as well try the one most likely to catch my interest. The 1.5L Turbo is available on all the Civic models, but the Sport would have the tighter handling and the sport exhaust, which would make it more my kind of car.

So, after work, I went to go check it out, and see if the Civic Hatchback Sport was the “8/10ths Civic Si” I was hoping it would be.

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Mercedes SLS AMG Spotted at dinner the other night

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When we rolled up to meet my parents at dinner this weekend, we saw this clean SLS AMG parked out front of the restaurant. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one in a random situation, and really is a handsome machine in a real world setting. With its thundering 6.2L naturally aspirated V8, the SLS remains one of the best sounding cars out there.

-Nick

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Take a flyweight Datsun with a turbo small block. Take a heavy Chevy with a blown big block. Mix well!

Roadkill has become my favorite YouTube show over the past few years. The reason is pretty easy to understand–take old cars, two guys who’ve seen everything about old cars for years, and a sense of humor that I can relate to (since I’ve been stuck working on two old cars for two years now), and the formula comes together. In this episode, Finnegan’s beat-up old Datsun 240Z, packing heat from a small block Ford with a turbo off a diesel F-Series HD, takes to the track against a car they built for Mighty Car Mods, a 1969 Chevy Impala with the same engine from the Crusher Camaro, a famous Hot Rod Magazine build–this time, it’s a 427 ci Chevrolet big block topped with a mean-looking supercharger. Who’s going to win this battle? Find out by clicking “Play”! Grab the popcorn (or Hot Pockets, or beer, or whiskey), this is a good one.