Unearthed: 1962 Renault Dauphine DeLuxe(May 18, 2013)Actually it is gorgeous. No, it isn't any good for drag racing, but in a country devastated by war, inexpensive transportation made a difference between survival and upward mobility.
Subaru BRZ Tuned to 450 HP(May 14, 2013)Just think of the look on the face of the guy driving the Vette/Viper when you pull away from him. Priceless.
DC Design Avanti Coming in 2014(May 04, 2013)While it might not be a "Supercar" per se, it is far more likely to be affordable by the general public, like the Mustang, Camaro, or even Corvette and Viper. Yes, Lamborghinis look fantastic, but Mazda Miattas do far more to introduce young drivers to the thrill of driving. At least you don't have to be an heir to a large fortune to be able to buy one!
Mercedes Releases Updated Sprinter(May 01, 2013)Actually, it is exciting. I worked in the forklift business for a long time. We used full sized Ford, GM, and Dodge vans for mechanics service vehicles, and they were crappy. Minivans got better fuel economy, but were cramped hellholes.
The Sprinter with its high roof and way better fuel economy is a far better solution. Service Technicians around the world will be thanking Mercedes for designing a decent van.
Rolls-Royce Makes a Pink Ghost(Apr 22, 2013)WTF, nobody gets the reference? Go dig out your 1960's British TV DVD collection, watch Thunderbirds, and look at the license plate number on Lady Penelope's Rolls Royce.
God, the kids these days. They know nothing about popular culture!
Expensive Failures: Aston Martin Lagonda(Apr 14, 2013)I rather liked how it looked.
As to electronics, no one can produce bad electronics like the English. Remember the Lucas slogan, "Bringing Darkness to the Light!"
Top 5 Market Trendsetters(Apr 10, 2013)Sure you haven't been drinking too much Red Bull? My buddy had a 1973 model year, which he bought late 1972. Fitting four big Canadian boys, along with their hockey equipment into it (one was a goalie) was a challenge.
Defunct Euro Carmakers: Facel(Apr 09, 2013)The French call it élan. Everybody else calls it shear bloody minded stupidity.
Still, no one does stupidity with such style and panache, and no one else ever will. I live 20 kilometers from the Quebec border. We often go shopping there. There's a joy to life that you just don't see in English speaking countries. There's also a level of stubbornness that would make a mule stare in disbelief.
Unearthed: 1972 Triumph TR6(Apr 08, 2013)Guy in High School bought one new off the dealer's lot (with his parents help). Looked great. Wonder if he still has it. Damn, that was forty years ago.
Unearthed: 1960 MGA Roadster(Mar 30, 2013)There's an old, unrestored MGA sitting not a mile from where I live. It used to be under a tarp. It spent this winter exposed.
I shudder to think what shape it is in. The owner, well, let's just say I have a less than stellar opinion of his intelligence for how he's handled this classic automobile. It's shameful.
Defunct US Carmakers: Nash(Mar 28, 2013)From The Playmates - The Nash Rambler Song aka Beep Beep
Defunct US Carmakers: Studebaker(Mar 27, 2013)Not sure what's worse:
1) Conservative Penny Pinching Executives
2) Bean Counting Box Checking Executives
3) Big Thinking Big Spending Executives
Any one of the three can kill an otherwise healthy company.
Unearthed: 1967 Austin America Countryman(Mar 23, 2013)Hehe. These cars were small. Remember hearing a news report of a guy picking up a girl at a pub. They drove to a nearby quarry for sex, and in the middle of it, he threw his back out.
She was trapped underneath him for four hours. When rescue arrived, they had to cut the roof off the Mini to get the two of them out.
I suspect that was the last time she ever went anywhere with him. Talk about a bad date...
Classic Clarkson: Maserati MC12(Mar 19, 2013)No back window. "What'sa behind you, isa not important. It'll never catcha up!"
And yes, I get to do a fake Italian accent, I'm 1/2 Italian, 1/2 English, 1/2 French, 1/2 Austrian, and 1/2 Ogre.
Top 5 Spec Racing Cars(Mar 18, 2013)And it is such a gorgeous looking car. Lambos always look over-muscled. Maseratis look sexy with all those rounded curves. There's something in he water in Italy. I don't know what it is, but the cars usually aren't boring, even the cheap ones.
Pagani Huayra is the God of Wind(Mar 16, 2013)This video is currently unavailable.
But I disagree with the writer. I got married just over 26 years ago, and my wife is more beautiful today, than she was when we married. Most women do get better with age.
Only teenage boys are silly enough to think otherwise.
Bountiful Jelacy Bounces in Silverado(Mar 15, 2013)Boring. If she actually popped out, than it might be interesting. Of course Americans get over excited about tits, really they aren't a big deal. Every woman has them, and every man too.
Sometimes I think nudism should be compulsory, to teach people that a fantastic body is only the outer surface, and really not all that important.
Leno Drives Restored Datsun 510(Feb 20, 2013)I had one of these, a 73 I think. Great little car. You could toss it sideways, and drive down a gravel road at a 45 degree angle, rowing between second and third gear. Of course you had to use the driver's side window instead of the windshield to see where you were going...
Did it once with passengers. They nearly filled their pants! Never heard grown men scream that way since.
Watch This Cayman S Drift in the Snow(Feb 15, 2013)Heh. Town where I live has more snowmobiles than people. We look down on effete Germans who see the ice leave their lakes in March. Our lakes our icebound till May...
Cars Nobody Asked For: Honda Element(Feb 14, 2013)It was a thoroughly practical car. Yeah, it looked like it had been jit by an ugly stick, but it was practical. Like the Mazda 6 with three sets of seating, and the original minivan, it was also different.
I liked it. Fix the design, and it probably would still be around.
Worst Veyron Replica Ever?(Feb 13, 2013)Reminds me of the good old days, when custom Bugs were all the rage. Of course you could do some real neat mods to VW engines. I'm not sure that would work on this.
Cars Nobody Asked For: King Midget(Feb 12, 2013)Actually in some ways this ugly little thing does make sense. As an auxiliary car on a farm, it would be useful.
But the price looks too high for the time.
Horrible Small Cars: Geo Metro(Feb 06, 2013)Pontiac sold the same thing under the name "Firefly", and it was a damned good car. The 1.0 L engine was revvy, and I'll never forget the day my wife came home glowing because she'd beaten a Corvette at a stop light. Yeah, the Vette probably wasn't really trying, but small, super light cars, with decent suspension are a lot of fun to drive.
The Jaguar XKE Arrives in Leno's Garage(Jan 19, 2013)The only car with factory pink paint that I've ever seen that looked good was an E-Type V12. Think I was about 14 at the time. Stood there drooling over the car, totally ignoring the booth babes. Would have been about 70-71.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Still Possible(Jan 19, 2013)Jeep pickups used to be really useful in the farm, far more versatile than a full size pickup, and far more robust than the small size pickups everyone was building.
Leno's 1937 Cord is a Thing of Beauty(Jan 12, 2013)Oh Lord that thing is gorgeous.
I hope Jay has made provision for his collection in his will. It would be a pity to loose so this bunch wonderful historical machines.
Lotus Announces Exige CupR(Jan 12, 2013)Drool. One of the hottest cars on the planet. Way better than any of the Italian or German exotics.
Chapman was a genius.
Dodge Reveals 2013 Blacktop Series(Jan 12, 2013)Screw the "Blacktop" package, I want an SRT Grand Caravan built sleeper style, so I can scare the shit of of Vette, Viper, Challenger, Mustang and Camaro owners.
Cars that Defied the Norm: Honda FCX Clarity(Jan 11, 2013)Because you can't store it. Hydrogen has this nasty tendency to leak past just about anything. BMW had a 12 cylinder conventional hydrogen engine, and no matter what they did it leaked. And the leaks burned.
Hydrogen burns clear. You can't see it until your skin turns crispy.
SeriousHP Turbocharges 360 Modena to 791HP(Jan 10, 2013)OK, so it is faster. It would help if the original stats were also listed.
Me, well my personal favorite new Ferrari is the California. But I like this.
As an aside, we've got a company locally building motorcycles with 5.7 Liter engines. Seriously. I wouldn't even want to think of the insurance costs! I'll stick with my Honda 500.
Unique of the Week: 1970 Datsun Bluebird SSS Coupe(Dec 29, 2012)I had a 1872 Datsun 510. Fantastic handling car, I was able to scare the wits out of people by driving it sideways (yes, sideways) down the road.
The only fault with the car was that like most cars of the era it rusted out.
Famous for Catching Fire: Chevrolet Vega(Dec 25, 2012)Talking about Fireballs on the road, how about the Oldsmobile Tornado? My buddy was driving his 1973 to work one morning, when he noticed that the road was lit up under the car (he was stopped at the time).
Scared the living day lights out of him, and he was a licensed Class A Auto mechanic, who took superb care of his vehicles (he is still driving the 1976 Chev pickup he bought to replace his Tornado).
Carbon Motors Designs TX7 Multi Mission Vehicle(Dec 17, 2012)Do we really need to let the police have vehicles like this? Maybe the Americans need it - the country seems to be full of criminals, with nearly one percent of the population currently incarcerated. They wouldn't be putting those people in jail if they weren't criminals, would they?
Sorry for the sarcasm. American criminal law is in bad need of reform.
Cars That Changed The World: Volkswagen Beetle(Oct 29, 2012)Gotta love these cars. We turned a bunch of them into bush buggies for hunting. You needed to find a reduction tranny for a VW van to get the best performance, but it wasn't all that hard. At least it wasn't then. There aren't many Bugs left now. Sigh.
They had a beautiful rebuilt early Bug in the movie Iron Sky.
Grand Touring Icons: Jaguar XJS(Oct 11, 2012)Lucas: They brought Darkness to the Light.
Comment made to me by a Brit I was working with when we found out that the new model Clark Forklift we were selling had a Lucas distributor.
Nissan to Relaunch Datsun with 2 Budget Models(Oct 05, 2012)I had a 510. Great little car, you could drive it down the road sideways, looking through the driver's side window to see the road.
Scared the hell out of some friends of mine by doing that while they were in the car!
Luxury Automotive Baby Buggies(Feb 26, 2012)When Prince Andrew was little, just after Goldfinger hit the big screen, someone gave him an Aston Martin DB5 kiddy car with machine guns etc. That was 1964 or 1965, don't remember the exact year. I saw him driving it in a film clip on the 6:00 PM news.