This adorable little firecracker is a Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato. It’s a Fiat 600 chassis underneath, but turned up to 11 by Abarth. With an extra 150cc under the hood, it has all of 43hp to move its scant 1250lbs. That may not sound like much today, but these were serious racecars back in the 1950s and 1960s.
I bet a racing series with a bunch of light nimble machines like this would be an absolute riot. But it’s about more than just speed. This little Abarth has so much flavor, so many fine details that give it such a classic Italian style. Any car Zagato touches becomes a masterpiece. I just love it!
Enjoy the gallery.
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This was my first time seeing the new McLaren 720S in person, at the Driven By Purpose event in Liberty State Park. It’s pretty damn incredible when you see it in the flesh, a true cutting edge supercar. It’s proportions seem a tighter than those of the 650S, which it replaced, and a lot of the styling that seemed questionable in photos made sense when you can distinguish every little contour. I also loved this copper orange and black two tone color scheme. Very cool indeed, and supposedly that 720hp claim is more on the conservative side.
We’ll surely be seeing many more 720S’ around in the next year. Now I just need to find one I can drive for a proper review. Enjoy the gallery!
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Sometimes, a big red wagon takes me back to my younger days, when I used to ride my Radio Flyer down Chestnut Hill Road at breakneck speeds (yes, I was kind of dumb with those things) for no apparent reason. Seeing this wagon, though, makes me wish I had this Big Red Wagon instead of the Little Red Wagon. But, then again, doesn’t any kid want that?
I couldn’t get over the rich color combo on this Mercedes 190 SL at Misselwood. These old Mercedes roadsters are something truly special, and I just love when their color pallet lives up to my imagination. There’s literally nothing I would change about it.
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This has to be the most pristine Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition I’ve ever seen in person. It had just 2,000 miles on it, and was brought in on the back of a truck. I normally roll my eyes when people don’t drive their cars to shows, but given that this has become a classic, and has such low mileage, I give it a pass.
This Lambo looks great with NYC. Enjoy the pics!
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Nick posted a lot of fantastic cars from the Cars and Caffe that took place this weekend up at the Garden State Plaza. But, in the words of Monty Python, “Now, for something completely different”. Indeed. Feast your eyes on one of the more ill-fated Honda joint ventures right here, a Sterling 827. This is somehow an Acura Legend but with British build quality and interior trimmings. Few were sold, and fewer are left around. I’m glad, however, that I can now say I’ve seen one and can chalk it off of the bucket list.
I haven’t been genuinely excited to sit in a car in quite a while, but certain cars still bring out that same childish excitement. The owners of this sinister gray LaFerrari were nice enough to let people sit in their $3.5 million dollar holy grail of a car. It made every kid’s day, and even some of us who used to be kids.
The LaFerrari rolled in late and it absolutely stole the show, like it had its own gravitational pull or something. Gray is not that flashy of a color, but the car’s low dark shape moving through the crowd made everyone do a double take before they realized exactly what it was.
Sitting in the LaFerrari feels a lot different from sitting in a 488, more like the cockpit of a fighter jet than the cabin of a car. Everything seems tighter, and more focused. I was kind of surprised, but then again, you wouldn’t want your seven figure Ferrari to feel exactly the same as your six figure Ferrari now, would you?
This was actually the third LaFerrari we saw that day. It was the only one at Scarsdale, but there were two that were trucked in for the meet at Garden State Plaza in NJ. The owner of this gray LaFerrari actually drove his car to and from the show, so by that alone he’s infinitely cooler in my book. Let alone the fact that he and his wife let people sit in it. This is hypercar ownership done right, and all you stingy billionaires should take notes.
Enjoy this gallery of THE Ferrari.
Continue reading This dark gray LaFerrari was lurking at the Scarsdale Concours
Cars and Caffe at Garden State Plaza was incredible yesterday. I hadn’t been before, and I didn’t really expect it to be quite as big an event as it was. There were thousands of people, and hundreds of cars, many of which were top-tier hypercars. The Holy Trinity was in attendance, as well as 2 Paganis, 4 or 5 Carrera GTs, an F50, Ben Chen’s Panda Bugatti, and Team Salamone’s incredible Avantador SV. Also of note, I finally got to see my first Callaway C12 Corvette in person, after having the AutoArt model on my shelf for years.
There were some great sights and sounds throughout the day, and I was blown away with the turnout. It’s kind of crazy to see people rolling up in a cars like a Ferrari 488 and barely being noticed. The rest of the parking lot was a sea of Ferraris, McLarens, Lamborghinis, and Porsches. I will definitely plan on attending the events next year, and I urge everyone in the Tri-State Area to do the same.
Enjoy these highlights. There’s a lot more to come!
Continue reading Some Highlights from Cars and Caffe at Garden State Plaza
People always say that the Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car to hit the streets. They’d be right, and they are right. However, it would be unfair to say it came out of nowhere. Pontiac was making some serious performance strides in the years prior to the GTO hitting the market, and it started to grow some teeth very well with the 421 big block V8 in the early Sixties. This black ’62 Grand Prix ticks all the boxes for an early full-size American land yacht running a racing engine. The obligatory “triple deuces” 3x2bbl carburetor configuration is present and accounted for, along with the four speed manual transmission, positive traction rear end, and very unusual 8-lug wheels (which were designed for better brake cooling). Top it off with some black paint and red leather, and you have a recipe for a handsome and stupid-fast cruise liner. Continue reading 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix “Super Duty” at the Haskell Car Show
Driven By Purpose hosted their New York Harbor Iconic Event this past weekend, benefitting Make-A-Wish New Jersey. This capped off a wonderful weekend my girlfriend had in Jersey City / NYC. She works for Make-A-Wish and I volunteer at many of the larger events, which (obviously) can have some perks.
Some really incredible cars showed up, and the scenery of Manhattan at Liberty State Park was totally breathtaking. I’m really looking forward to next year’s event, which is supposed to be even bigger and even better.
Enjoy this highlight gallery, there’s a lot more where this came from.
Continue reading Highlights from Driven By Purpose’s New York Harbor Iconic Event
The Chevrolet Bel Air is as American as baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. It’s also, especially in the flashy 1957 trim, one of the most recognizable stars of the 1950s. Chevy started their action by putting out their first OHV V8 in 1955, then made waves with the chrome-slathered styling just two years later. Augmenting that with the Dagmar front bumper points, classy knockoff style wheel covers, and dual antennas, they got plenty of attention from critics, and from the American public. Sales were fantastic, and Chevy hasn’t gotten their mainstream cars to be as stylish since then. GM hit the ground running in 1957–just like the Detroit Lions, who won their final (to date) championship that year. One could say that GM styling peaked the same year their football team did (although there are plenty of examples that prove otherwise). Enjoy the photos of this true American classic. Continue reading 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Convertible at the Radnor Hunt Concours
We had a beautiful day yesterday for the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance. There were some incredible cars in attendance, and we took hundreds of photos. Here are a few highlights for you to chew on…
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