It’s an usually warm spring day in Tokyo. After a few days of winter refusing to relinquish the cold weather, we suddenly experienced temperatures in the high teens, or the mid-60s if Fahrenheit is your jam. Either way, I’m standing at an intersection in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo, famous for having the world’s largest fish market. But I’m not here to bid on tuna—I’m here to meet a man called Junya Matsushita and his Subaru. Not just any Subaru, either. After a few minutes waiting I hear a rumble, and then spot a bright speck of blue heading my way. It’s Junya and his 1998 Subaru Impreza S5 WRC STI. Neither of us are familiar with the Tsukiji area, but I’ve seen a nice spot to take photos of his car next to some old houses, so we try our luck. there It doesn’t take long for us to realize it wasn’t the best idea as large trucks were constantly driving by, presumably with some fishy cargo. We decide to abandon this plan and … [Read more...] about This Guy Converted A Subaru Race Car Into His Street-Legal Daily Driver And It’s A Riot
Right on the heels of the record breaking 1967 L88 Stingray which sold for $3.2M at Mecum’s Dallas Auction September 7, Dana Mecum is out to break his own record for the price paid for a Corvette. The “Dealmaker” knew he’d have to do something spectacular for an encore at his upcoming Chicagoland Auction, October 10-12, and as if pulling a rabbit out of a hat he is magically offering the special modified 1963 Corvette given to Harley Earl by GM honoring his contribution to the corporation and Corvette, Harley Earl’s personal Corvette. The car became Earl’s daily driver while he lived in Palm Beach, Florida, during the first years of his retirement. It is a Nassau Blue, 300 HP, convertible with several one-of-a-kind features: custom through-the-body side exit exhaust, special gauges which included an altimeter, accelerometer, inside/outside temperature, and vacuum pressure. In addition the car has stainless steel door and foot well inserts and … [Read more...] about Harley Earl’s Personal Corvette – Another World’s Record in the Making?
Old Camaros look best the wider and lower they get, which is good news for Miro and his 1970 Z28. They don’t get lower than this, and I’m sure they don’t come much wider. Cyrious Garageworks is responsible for this particular monster, and I have to say they perfected the ‘stance’ game with ‘World War Z’. The body remains intact, with just the addition of some nice bolt-on fender flares. However, underneath those fender flares rests a set of massive 19×12.5 and 19×13.5 wheels wrapped in equally massive Nitto tires. Combine that with the Ridetech Shockwave stage 2 suspension and you have an excessively aggressive looking second Gen Camaro. While I typically appreciate a little more ground clearance, I have to admit I really like this Z28. Even though it’s low enough to scrape the headers it can still handle with the best of them, thanks to that snazzy Ridetech suspension. Although it looks like a time attack monster, the … [Read more...] about Miro’s 1970 ‘World War Z’ Camaro Z28
As somebody whose first car cost a mere £450, it seems amazing to fathom that new drivers today fork out an average of £4,627 on their entry into the world of automobile ownership. That, however, is the figure uncovered in our latest research, which sought to find out how the amount drivers spend on their first cars has varied over the past 70 years. The results, when adjusted for inflation, show that the average sum spent by new drivers today is actually £1,375 less than drivers were paying back in the 1950s and ‘60s. It is more, however, than the average spend in the 1990s, which stood at a mere £3,264 – dragged down no doubt by my F-reg Renault 5. Our research also reveals that the most popular first car in five of the seven decades was a Ford, with drivers obviously aware of what great value for money cars such as the Anglia, Escort and Fiesta represent. In the case of first-time car shoppers today the Ford of choice is the Ka. Originally launched in … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. First Wheels: Ford Ka Buying GuidePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories
It goes without saying that a car costing £1000 is not going to be as good as one worth ten times that price. Whether or not it is 10 times worse, however, is another matter. So it is that we say welcome to the world of £1000 wonders, where our job is to search the CarGurus classified listings in order to prove that it is perfectly possible to find bargain basement used cars that have plenty left to offer. First though, a few tips. THE BASICSTempting as it might be to track down an old Jaguar saloon or Mercedes-Benz S-Class that’s fallen into sub-£1000 territory, in reality such a car is likely to have running costs that are disproportionate to its value. At this end of the market it’s more sensible to stick with cars that were affordable to buy in the first place, free from fancy equipment (less to go wrong) and equipped with parts that are cheap to buy and easy to find. Locating a car with a full service history is desirable but a little unrealistic. … [Read more...] about Daily coverage of the world of cars. £1000 Wonders: Why Cheap Doesn’t Mean TerriblePost navigationFollow UsRecent PostsRecent CommentsCategories