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My new favorite color on the Alfa Giulia QV

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Red is great and all, but I’m a real sucker for Italian cars in blue. The dark blue was my favorite color on the Giulia… until I saw this one at the New York Auto Show. It’s called Misano Blue, and it looks just as spectacular as the red, you know, just in a more blue type of way.

-Nick

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Lamborghini Aventador SV spotted in New Hope, PA

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Seeing a high-level exotic car, like this Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster at a car event is a thrill, but seeing it out in the wild is something totally different. Only when such a machine is surrounded by everyday normal things can you fully appreciate the true magnitude of its insanity. There’s also the psychological factor of expectation, at a car show you expect to see remarkable cars, but I was standing in a cigar shop with my buddies when this thing rode by. I suddenly recognized the note of a ferocious V12 going by, and I looked out the window just in time to see the blue shape of an Aventador with a massive wing on the back… it had to be an SV!

We went looking for the car, and checked the valet parking lot of one fancy restaurant I’ve seen other exotics at. My hunch paid off, and we got to enjoy taking the car in for a few minutes. This SV was a spectacular spec, matte candy blue over black interior with blue and carbon accents.

There are always many nice cars cruising around New Hope, PA, but this is definitely one of the nicest I’ve seen there.

Also of note, this was the third Aventador SV I had the privilege of laying eyes on this weekend, so that was nice…

Enjoy!

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1955 Ferrari 750 Monza at Amelia Island

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This is how Ferrari does a 4 banger, to race competitively in the lower displacement classes. The 750 Monza was an evolution of the Ferrari 500 Mondial. It featured a larger 3.0L inline four that produced a healthy 250hp… very healthy indeed when you consider this car only weighs 1,600 lbs.

This 750 Monza showed up outside the Ritz Carlton during the Amelia Island Concours Weekend. It was quite stunning. Enjoy!

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Ferrari 166 MM at Amelia Island

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This immaculate Ferrari 166 MM is one of those restorations that almost certainly looks better today than the day it left the factory. Keep in mind, these cars were originally built for sports car racing, and the MM in the name stands for Mille Miglia – arguably the most insane road race of all time. Beauty was secondary to the this Ferrari’s original function, but now that it’s a classic, worth millions of dollars, beauty has become its primary purpose. Given that change, it makes sense that the workmanship would take a step up during the restoration. Racecars are mean to be pushed to destruction in the pursuit of victory, show cars are meant to be a timeless spectacle for the eye.

Looking at these photos, it seems this Ferrari 166 MM has made that jump, and they did a spectacular job with it.

Enjoy!

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Are Electric Cars REALLY the Future for Driving Enthusiasts?

Watching the first episode of the new season of Top Gear, and Chris Harris made a comment about the Ferrari FXX K possibly being the last gasp of the combustion engine. It’s a comment we’ve heard before, and I’m sure it’s a comment many will continue to make. But I don’t buy it for a number of reasons.

Sure, I do think electric cars, specifically self-driven electric cars, are the future for mass independent transportation. I think so many people out there have so little interest in driving that they’re a danger to themselves and everyone around them when they get behind the wheel. Those folks should leave the driving to the machines, the world will be a much happier place.

But what about those of us who live to drive for recreation, just because driving is so much fun? Obviously you can totally forget the self-driving cars, but are electric cars even that desirable to us?

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My take on the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show happened this week, and every year it’s like Christmas has come for the car industry.

Here are the highlights for me, and my thoughts on each…

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The front-engine V12 Ferraris are by far my favorite Ferraris. They have always been the ultimate expression of what a grand touring car can be, and their lineage goes all the way back to the beginning of Ferrari road cars in the early 1950s.

The 812 Superfast takes the insanity of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and takes it up yet another notch. With damn near 800hp on tap from its still-naturally-aspirated-V12 engine, the 812 Superfast is now the ultimate GT car (really more of a supercar) that money can buy. I also think it looks absolutely manic, yet somehow still in an elegant sort of way.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Do you think anyone ever imagined this when the Toyota Prius first came out? Hybrids were once pathetic little econo-boxes, but here is a 680hp Porsche Panamera with a hybrid system developed from the 918 hypercar. This is exactly how hybrid technology should be used. I want a 680hp bullet that can still get decent MPG when I’m not thrashing it. If nothing else, isn’t technology all about having your cake and eating it too?

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This Fiat Jolly is the bluest of blues!

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Is there a more Italian car than the Fiat Jolly? I mean, yea, there are the Ferraris and Maseratis of the world, but they take themselves a little too seriously. The Fiat Jolly, on the other hand, is all about taking the day off and going for a picnic at the beach in style. Now what’s more quintessentially Italian than that?

Unfortunately, while it may seem like one of life’s simple pleasures, Fiat Jollys are quite expensive nowadays. This one sold for $88,000 at Bonhams auction, and that’s a pretty pricy picnic.

-Nick

 

This gorgeous old Alfa could do 152mph back in 1933

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Most cars on the road today can’t even get near 150mph, but back in 1933 this supercharged Afla Romeo 8C 2900B could go faster. Originally a racing car, it took third place in the Mille Miglia before it was re-bodied into the beautiful GT car you see here.

As a road car based on a racing car, this is the pre-war precursor to what we now know as the hypercar. The Alfa Romeo 8C was among the fastest racecars of the era, and here was one you could drive to the shops. It was literally a Formula One car for the road.

Enjoy!

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Pagani Releases the Huayra Roadster, and I need to go change my pants…

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Anyone who knows my taste in cars knows that Pagani is my holy grail. There’s something about Horacio’s philosophy of art and science intertwined that makes his creations truly special, even at a level above the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world (for me at least).

Pagani just released the new Huayra Roadster, before it will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this March. I guess they wanted it to be the center of attention when it dropped, rather than a bullet point in the clutter of the show itself. Very Smart.

The jest of it is that Pagani took a lot of elements from the Huayra BC, and used them to improve on the Huayra to make the Roadster something on the next level. Weighing in at around 2,800lbs, the Huayra Roadster is an impressive 176lbs lighter than the Huayra Coupe, and it boasts 764hp to the Coupe’s 730hp. So it’s lighter than a Cayman GT4 and it’s got almost double the horsepower. Chew on that for a minute.

The point here is that Pagani has made the Huayra even better as they’ve cut off its roof. Lighter and more powerful, with the improved transmission and suspension design from the BC, and you get to choose whether you want a roof or not… I’ll take this over the Coupe, gullwing doors be damned.

Speaking of which, we haven’t actually seen the doors open yet, so maybe they’re interesting. That said, most rumors indicate the Huayra Roadster will have normal style doors. For many that may be a detractor, certainly when it comes to posing the car for photos, but I think having the wind in my hair is a worthy trade.

So, if you’re see this, and you’ve got a spare $2-3 burning a hole in your pocket, you can actually go screw yourself because all 100 Huayra Roadsters are already sold. Sucks to suck.

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