Helluva color on this thing too!
Helluva color on this thing too!
This is a very rare photo. It’s not because it’s a 25th Anniversary Countach in front of the Freedom Tower, but because there’s a Countach and nobody is even looking at it.
A rare sight, indeed.
Range Rovers may be great when they’re new, but buy a used one, and the phrase “buyer beware” takes on a new and very sinister meaning. Here, Tyler Hoover, aka “Hoovie” of Hoovie’s Garage gives us the quick and dirty reasons why you should run away as fast as possible from old Range Rovers unless you know what you’re doing.
-Albert S. Davis
The Series 1 Jaguar E-Type is to this day one of the finest-looking automobiles to ever leave England. Here in America, it’s a regular at most Concours and regular classic car events. This dark blue Roadster made its mark in Scarsdale, but was hidden behind a few other cars on the main drag. No matter–it was found, and I was satisfied. Enjoy the photos of this beautiful British classic. Continue reading Series 1 E-Type Jaguar Convertible at the 2018 Scarsdale Concours
This was the first Radwood event on the east coast, and it was surely one of my favorite events of this year. Radwood is a car-based celebration of 1980s and 90s culture and the stuff that showed up was extremely interesting. I’ll let the highlights do the rest of the talking for now. There’s much more to come. Enjoy!
If you’ve been following this site for a while, you may be aware of my unrepentant love for cars of the Disco Era and my strange obsession with the Seventies Cadillac Eldorado. Doug DeMuro, who has a reputation for also liking unusual cars, takes this 1977 model out for a drive and shows us what he thinks of it–but also shows us why this was such a popular luxury car of the era.
-Albert S. Davis
Back in 1987, Buick took their already-strong Grand National and turned 547 of them into the evil, Devil worshipping monster known as the GNX. MotorWeek tested one out and it’s clear that even then, it was special. Today, a good one can clear $75,000 and it’s easy to see why.
Albert S. Davis
Mona Lisa. This 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupe is literally the Mona Lisa of the automotive world, both in its raw artistic beauty and in its collector status. It is one of just two of the original four Atlantic Coupes known to survive, and if either were to go up for sale the dollar figure could easily be the highest ever seen for an automobile.
This blue Atlantic is owned by the Mullin Museum in California and the other (black) Atlantic is currently owned by fashion mogul, Ralph Lauren. I’ve now had the pleasure of laying my bare eyes on both of them and each occasion has been tremendous for me.
The Type 57 SC Atlantic is such a striking car, as Art Deco as Art Deco gets on four wheels. Its definitive styling trait is its riveted dorsal seams that extend along the entire spine of the car and on each of its fenders. On the Aerolithe show car (on which the Atlantic’s design was based), the riveted dorsal seams were necessary for its construction due to its magnesium body, which couldn’t be welded. All of the Atlantics were aluminum bodied, but they retained the dorsal seams for their unique styling appeal. There is nothing else like it, and mixed with the Atlantic’s elegant curves, it will leave your jaw on the floor every time.
This is very much a “hypercar” circa 1937, in prestige, stunning beauty, unique craftsmanship, and raw speed. In fact, while the Jaguar XK120 was hailed as the fastest production car in the world in 1949 with a top speed of 124mph, these Bugatti Type 57 SCs were said to be capable of cracking 120mph more than a decade earlier. The superchargers took their straight-eight engines up to 200hp, and they only weighed around 2,000lbs. That’s not a bad power-to-weight ratio at all at around 10lbs per horsepower, similar to a Lotus Elise (on paper at least), though with vastly older technology. The point is the Bugatti Type 57 SC in 1937 was very much equal to the Chiron today, and if you’re looking into the history of the hypercar it may be one of the first clear examples you’ll find.
Naturally, early hypercars such as these would have only been owned by the fabulously wealthy and famous, and this Bugatti was no exception. According to sources I’ve seen, its original owner was a member of the prominent Rothschild family in Europe. They always seem to have such great taste in cars.
It was such a thrill to finally see the blue Atlantic Coupe in person. The show at Lime Rock was astonishingly good this year, but it would have been worth the 3-hour ride just to see this car alone. Enjoy the gallery of this unbelievable machine!
The field at Das Awkscht Fest in Pennsylvania was quite varied. While there were Packards galore and plenty of excellent American and foreign classics, oddball cars ruled the realm in a very big way. This 1969 Vista Cruiser got my attention rather quickly. With a factory-mounted CB, fake wood, and the all-important clear roof paneling, and fetching whitewall tires. Before SUVs became CUVs and minivans ruled the world, this was how the kids got driven to school, day camp, and off to Coney Island. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser at 2018 Das Awkscht Fest
The Patrician was Packard’s most expensive standard model for 1956, and being that the model line was about to become a Studebaker clone the very next year, it’s a great thing that the lineup in ’56 looks as good as it does. The Patrician is a very rare vehicle now and to see one with the two tone paintjob and all of its gold trim like this is a special treat. With Packard as Das Awkscht Fest premier marque this year, I’m glad that someone brought out the top Packard available in its last great year, right under the wonderful Caribbean. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading 1956 Packard Patrician at Das Awkscht Fest 2018
The Alfa Stelvio QV is the SUV to have if you really wanted a high-performance sports sedan, but needed AWD and some extra practicality. This red one was at Concorso Ferrari, and I fell even more in love with it there.