We’ve seen enough classic cars with telephone number prices now to know the recipe for raking in Scrooge McDuck amounts of coin. No matter if the motor you’re flogging is rusty or worn out. It just needs to be rare, have a cool story behind it, and ideally be quite pretty. Which is why the market for the classic SsangYong Rodius hasn’t taken off just yet. Here’s something that hits the bullseye: one of the first 500 Jaguar E-Types ever produced. It’s a 3.8-litre two-seat roadster with the exposed bonnet locks, and all the numbers match. Check check and check for the tax haven fund. The slight, niggling catch is, as you might have spotted, it’s not quite in one piece. In fact, Lego kits arrive more intact than this E-Type. The 1961 Jag, which was first registered in Belgium and was then imported via Luxembourg to France back in 1975 is in need of a nut and bolt restoration. All the components are there, but the previous owner simply … [Read more...] about A Jaguar E-Type is being restored from a pile of bits
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Prices. I fight about them with advertisers, with other editors, and with readers. Advertisers have been known to freak out when our stories include discount prices from Summit Racing or Jeg’s and beg us to list “suggested retail” instead, as if that’s a relevant number to anyone. Why they think it’s to their benefit to show prices significantly higher than what you can buy things for in the real world is somewhat baffling, but it stems from complaints from other dealers who can’t offer the same deals. I figure if a manufacturer is scared of Summit pricing, then they shouldn’t sell through Summit. The same goes for swap meets, and it’s not like eBay Motors is a big secret, either. Other editors hate me for listing every nut and bolt it takes to really build things, because that makes it tougher for them to put ludicrously cheap labels on their own stories. They hate me for editorially calling them out like I’m doing right now, as if … [Read more...] about Price For Parts – Front Man
Good thing Henry Ford didn’t let a little thing like the Great Depression hinder his progress of developing and subsequently releasing his Motor Company’s all-new Model 18 passenger cars in what would turn out to be the worst year of that economic disaster, 1932. The introduction of America’s very first mass-produced and affordable V-8–equipped automobiles went over surprisingly well, especially with the buying market as soft as it could possibly be (and it seems even better than Mr. Ford may have anticipated, at least in regard to the demand of his more expensive V-8 models versus the standard four-cylinder–equipped Model B—let’s just say the salesmen had to use reverse tactics and “downsell” customers to the lesser-priced (though not by much) lesser-cylinder’d option as they were unable to meet the demand for the V-8. As the new Model 18 coupes, sedans, and roadsters rolled off the lots with their four additional cylinders … [Read more...] about David & Peggy Farmer’s Brizio-Built Brookville 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup
The idea was born, as good ideas usually are, in the pub. Jaguar design director Ian Callum and his colleague David Fairbairn got talking over a pint about how Jaguar had never truly replaced the E-Type, arguably its greatest car, and that something had to be done. “We discussed various plans but couldn’t quite find the right one,” says Callum, who famously began his love affair with Jaguar early on when his grandfather took him to see an E-Type at the local dealership. “Then David moved to our new Special Operations division and the idea for a continuation series of six Lightweight E-Types suddenly seemed an absolute natural.” Back in the early 1960s, when the Lightweight was new, Jaguar’s fortunes were changing rapidly. In the post-war decade, the company had climbed to world prominence on the extraordinary popularity of the XK120 sports car and its six-cylinder, twin-cam XK engine, which was soon used to power some beautiful new saloons and the … [Read more...] about Lightweight Jaguar E-Type driven
On the canyon roads outside of Topanga, California, in the heavily wooded space squeezed between a few state parks, senior editor David Zenlea asks if I want to drive. I shake my head. I hate being a passenger in a car, especially a car being driven by Zenlea, but I really don’t want to drive the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Not the Porsche I want I’ve been on this road before in a Porsche, a yellow Boxster. It reeked of burnt brakes after I’d had my way with it. But over the course of a week in sunny California, this $100,000 plug-in hybrid Porsche hasn’t coaxed my inner child to come out and play. Sure, it produces 416 combined horsepower and 435 combined lb-ft of torque, and it has an unflappable chassis. I don’t even have a problem with the Panamera’s styling. Our hybrid’s yachting blue paint delightfully clashes with its acid-green brake calipers. My problems with this 2014 Porsche Panamera start only after I put a foot on either of … [Read more...] about 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Around the Block
In Michelangelo Antonioni's film "Blow Up," Thomas (David Hemming) watches a rock guitarist smash his ax and toss the remnants into the audience. Caught up in the spirit of the moment, Thomas joins the scrum scrambling for a piece of the dead guitar. He grabs the lion's share and runs away. Dozens of fans give chase, attempting to wrest the prize from his grasp. Finally, Thomas is clear of the crowd. Alone with his treasure, he contemplates his booty– and then casually tosses it into a nearby trash can. Nissan GTR anyone?Sacrilege! The new Nissan GT-R blasts from zero to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, navigates the Nürburgring as fast as the Porsche 911 Turbo and (allegedly) does so with more confidence than Stuttgart's finest. All this with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $70k. Clearly, it's the performance automotive bargain of the decade.On the day the initial U.S. dealer allocations of GT-Rs were announced, the mathematics made the problem … [Read more...] about Nissan GT-R: What Price New Hotness?
Poor dead Edsel Ford was to suffer one more humiliation—his good name plastered on a stupid car.If my informants are correct, Mercury has never made a dime for the Ford Motor Company. Twice the market has hoodwinked Ford into building a new line of cars for an apparently burgeoning mid-size, mid-price, mid-market family sedan—once with Mercury and once with Edsel—and both times Ford was left holding the bag.Keep Reading: David E. Davis, Jr.: Mercury, Born to Lose (With Apologies to Ray Charles, et al.) – Column … [Read more...] about David E. Davis, Jr.: Mercury, Born to Lose (With Apologies to Ray Charles, et al.) – Column
In the last time we heard from Better Place – a little less than two months ago – we’ve witnessed the unfolding of the company’s first functional battery swap station. And yet we were left with one big question mark hovering over the entire project: the price for the end customer.This question is particularly crucial for the Israeli market, where the vast majority of people owns a car and uses it for their daily commutes and where gas prices are amongst the highest in the world – about $8.3 per gallon. And while the company has already unveiled its prices for the Danish market, it hasn’t revealed the price of the car and monthly subscription for the Israeli market – until now.As expected, Better Place is pricing their only automotive offering as of now – the Renault Fluence Z.E. – quite similarly to the similar, gasoline-powered competition: $35,326 at current conversion rates [full English pricing release in .doc format here]. The … [Read more...] about Better Place Prices “Range Anxiety”-Free EVs In Israel. But What About Resale Anxiety?
A nice lady named Frances Lewine called from Washington a while back to say that the secretary of transportation, Mr. Brock Adams, wanted to see me. "Oh nice," I brooded, "he finally got fed up with all the rude things this magazine has said about him, and he's going to have me spirited away in the back of an Interagency Motor Pool panel truck and I'll never be seen or heard from again." There could be no other explanation. The Kafkaesque forces of darkness at DOT were being mobilized against me. They don't like rabble-rousers down there—unless they're named Nader—and now I was going to pay with my life. I showed up at New York's crummy old Biltmore Hotel on the appointed day, ten minutes early, and was ushered into the most depressing hotel room I've seen since World War II. Small, roughly the size of an Eldorado's trunk, it contained two chairs, a bed, a chest of drawers, a lamp, and a beardless youth in a three-piece suit of sincere cut and material. "Brock'll be … [Read more...] about David E. Davis Jr.: Driver’s Seat, July 1979
Investors say Volkswagen should have told the world they were cheating earlier because then they could have bought more Apple stock.That, Mercedes-Benz prices new E-Class in Europe, BMW’s bigger i3 battery and Jeep soars in Europe … after the break! Investors lining up to sue Volkswagen in GermanyLarge shareholders of Volkswagen are considering a lawsuit against the automaker for failing to disclose earlier its notorious “defeat device” and losing billions for investors in the following months, Reuters reported.The lawsuit was largely a foregone conclusion once Volkswagen’s stock tumbled by nearly a third; many analysts predicted that investors would sue the automaker since it admitted in September that it fooled emissions tests worldwide.According to the report, the lawsuit may be filed in Germany, where there is no legal class-action status, but a similar measure that would award damages to similar defendants in separate cases.The lawsuit, which … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Investors Latest Headache for Volkswagen, New E-Class From $50K, and Dealers Surprised That You’re Surprised