This clean, classic, vintage, air-cooled, fair trade, organic Porsche named “Frisco” is pretty much a cocktail of everything that’s Cool Right Now in high-end car culture. Behold the subtle earthtones, tasteful application of chrome and deliberately placed leather straps. The intensely artful cinematography of Petrolicious can be a little over the top, but you can’t deny that it looks damn good. So is this 1971 Porsche 911T, sprayed in a unique shade of grayish green and wearing an adorably hipster luggage bag as a hat. I mean come on, it’s perfect. It also has a pretty interesting origin story, as told by owner Andre Bezuidenhout in the video and recounted on Petrolicious. Apparently Bezuidenhout bought it in the ’90s to go racing. At some point it got wrecked, ended up back on the road (the opposite order of how race car projects usually happen), and in the possession of a new owner. Years later, Bezuidenhout went to see about a ’71 … [Read more...] about This 1971 Porsche Is the Final Form of Fancypants Automotive Aesthetic
I’ve been doing my best to stay off Craigslist, as I need to first fix my nine-automobile “problem.” But this morning I had a relapse, and in an attempt to justify making another poor decision, I wondered to myself “If it’s only $500, does that really count as a full car purchase?” There’s some OK cheap stuff on Detroit’s Craigslist, but it’s rusty. So I want to know: How much does $500 buy around the country? Check it out: a 1984 Oldsmobile Toronado with a running 5.0-liter Oldsmobile V8 engine, and only 100,000 miles on the odometer. Asking price: $400! That’s dirt! Sure, it’s rusty. And it apparently needs a carb rebuild and a power steering pump, but $400 (OBO!) looks like a deal and a half. I also found this sweet 1988 Chevy G20 camper van for sale for $200. Yes. Two Hundred Dollars. It apparently has a cracked subframe, but who knows, maybe a few hours with a cheap welder could take care of that. The welder … [Read more...] about Show Us The Coolest Car on Your Local Craigslist for $500
Every time I open the hood of a car, I end up greasy. I swear to the gods I’m like a bumbling idiot in the “before” scene of an infomercial. Last weekend I dared inspect the engine of my 1984 Nissan 300ZX while wearing my favorite sweatpants, and cue dramatic music, disaster struck. But I fixed it with the same stuff I use to detail the car. Neat. Earlier this year Jay Leno’s car detail guy showed me how to get grease stains out of automotive seat fabric. He was also selling me on his then-new product, a green cleaner spray that’s supposedly non-caustic and safe to squirt on pretty much any material. It’s pretty simple, really. Sweatpants are soft, car seats are soft, I figured why not try that same stuff along with the agitation and “key-turning technique” of un-grinding grease from fabric? And... it worked! Here’s exactly what I did, and straight up, in my experience, this works for getting almost any stain out of almost … [Read more...] about Car Cleaning Products Can Save Stained Clothing Sometimes
Truck Yeah The trucks are good! The original Jeep Gladiator only came as a two-door regular cab truck, and a number of folks think the 2020 Jeep Gladiator should follow suit. Check out these Photoshopped images of the first Jeep pickup in 26 years, and you may agree. The new Gladiator may be categorized as a mid-size truck, but look at its dimensions and it’s clear that this thing is a beast. Overall length is 218 inches, with a wheelbase of 137. That’s about a foot longer overall and half a foot wheelbase-y-er than my full-size J10, which has a giant eight-foot bed instead of a five-footer like the new truck. Clearly, the new Gladiator is a lot of truck, and its wheelbase will no doubt hinder it off-road, which is why it’s fun to dream about a two-door model, even though crew cab trucks are what’s selling these days: In an ideal world, I’d probably want to add a foot of length to the bed, and then shift the axle rearward for a better departure angle. … [Read more...] about These Photoshopped Two-Door Jeep Gladiators Have My Heart
Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars. I recently discovered that my 1984 BMW 733i has not one but two cigarette lighters: One up front, as is customary, and one for the rear passengers too. This information is of little consequence to me, however, as I’m not a smoker (unless I’m very, very drunk, in which case I wouldn’t be near a car anyway) and I don’t spend much time in the back seat. It’s random, but it makes sense. A 7 Series is as much a car to be driven in as it is to drive. The back seat is meant to be a comfortable, opulent place. So of course rear-seat passengers in the mid-1980s would need their cigarettes lit within easy reach, without having to bother the driver or the front-seat passenger. I like to imagine two suited executives back in the day, furiously smoking as the car sped away from a tense business meeting, driven by a chauffeur who was also furiously smoking. The car races to its next meeting, … [Read more...] about What’s the Most Random Feature on Your Car?