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MotorWeek shows us all what the GNX could do.

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

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The Blue Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Coupe at Lime Rock Park

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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!

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1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser at 2018 Das Awkscht Fest

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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

1956 Packard Patrician at Das Awkscht Fest 2018

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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

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio at Concorso Ferrari

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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.

-Nick

An Immaculate Porsche 991.2 GT3 Touring at Porsche of Princeton

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This gem was in the showroom for the Cars and Coffee meet at Porsche of Princeton. The cars that showed up were great, but this GT3 Touring was probably my favorite car there. The spec was exquisite. Enjoy the gallery!

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1952 Hudson Hornet Convertible at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey

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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