Usually, I’m a bigger fan of Hudson in darker colors, as the thicker shades hide some of the rather unusual lines. This time, I was mistaken. This ivory convertible Hornet is exactly what the “Step-Down” design should be, and I’m happy that I was able to photograph it last fall. Not many convertibles survive from this model line, and with a sunvisor, wire wheel covers, wide white wall tires, and slathers upon slathers of chrome, I couldn’t resist the allure. Enjoy the photos of this rarely-seen American boulevard cruiser. Continue reading 1952 Hudson Hornet Convertible at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey
This elegant barchetta by Zagato is still my personal favorite modern Aston Martin. The wail of a naturally aspirated V12, operated via a manual gearbox, with the wind in your hair… it’s just about perfect!
Context is everything. We all make our judgments off of our own experiences prior to the present in an effort to navigate most-effectively through the world. I had been looking forward to getting behind the wheel of an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport for a while. Infiniti’s range-topping new coupe with more zest than its predecessor, largely thanks to its twin-turbocharged engine making a hefty 400hp. Yes, surely the Q60 Red Sport would be as good as I remember the Q50 Red Sport being, but in a more stylish package. There was a problem this time around, though, a problem I hadn’t had before I drove the Q50 Red Sport. Right before I drove this Q60 I drove an Alfa Romeo, and that set the context bar pretty damn high.
Had I not experienced the Alfa in such close proximity, I’d probably be writing something very similar to what I wrote about the Q50. Something along the lines of “Well done, Infiniti, you’ve upped the bar!” But my experience in the Alfa gave this drive so much more contrast. It highlighted all of the major areas where the Q60 is severely lacking as an enthusiast car.
Who says some Malaise can’t show up at a Concours? I say, bring it on and bring it often. This baby blue Cadillac was chock full of people and looked right at home amongst its million-dollar brothers and sisters, happily making its occupants smile.
Auburn was a featured marque this past year at Radnor and luckily for us all, Auburn owners in the area delivered in fine style. This deep jewel green 1932 V12-powered speedster looked incredible in the flesh at the Radnor Concours. It’s one of just twelve equipped with the V12 engine and this particular boat-tail body style. These were cars built truly for the aristocracy, with 84 of this body style rolling out of the factory in 1932. These were fine cars in their day, and are even more highly regarded now. I especially love the dark green finish–everyone talks about the stunning pastels that show up in all of the glossy calendar shots, yet this deep, attractive finish was probably more of the time period and gives this large roadster a real sense of panache. Enjoy the photos of this not-oft-seen cruiser. Continue reading 1932 Auburn 12-160A Speedster at the 2017 Radnor Hunt Concours
General Motors took the dowdy Buick Regal coupe and turned it into a legendary muscle car with the addition of a Garrett turbocharger and intercooler. In this episode of The House Of Muscle, Mike Musto shows us all a pair of the greatest turbo Buicks ever–a 1987 Grand National and the ultra-rare, legend-worthy GNX. These are among my top-ten 1980s American cars, and I’m glad that they’re featured here. Enjoy the video.
This was the cheapest 12 cylinder American luxury car in 1933, one third the price of a comparable Packard. But 1933 was an era in the shock of the Great Depression, and those with money had become more hesitant to flaunt their wealth around with things like fancy cars. As a result, only 14 of these Auburns were produced that year.
The car you see here has been restored to its original black and burgundy color scheme. Enjoy the photos.
This is the first Callaway C12 Corvette I’ve ever seen in person. I had the 1/18 AutoArt model as a kid, and I always loved its sleek design. Underneath the C12 was based on the C5 Corvette, but it was totally overhauled into the racing-derived exotic supercar you see here. Back in 1999 when a brand new C5 Vette sold for around $40,000 and did 177mph, the Callaway C12 sold for $200,000 and could reach +/- 200mph. Back in the late-90s / early-00s that was incredible performance, right on par with top tier supercars of the day.
There’s a very good reason I hadn’t seen one in person until now, and that’s because only 25 C12s were built. It’s quite a rare car, one coveted by collectors, and it was awesome to finally lay eyes on one in the flesh. Enjoy!