Porsche is pushing 24-month leases for its 911 and is running a six-month lease pull-ahead incentive on all of its sports cars to offset a shortage of low-mileage used cars.Read more
Are you a fan of German engineering? Then you’ll probably go nuts when you find out that one of the 63 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo (type 930) distributed in Canada will be sold at a classic car auction organized by Collector Car Productions on April 8 throu…Read more
Collector Car Productions will host a classic car auction at the International Centre in Toronto from April 8 to 10, 2011. Among the prized items up for bid will be a rare 1966 Shelby GT350 sold in Windsor 45 years ago.Read more
Products of a rare elegance have been emerging from Hyundai’s design studio over the past few months. One of them is the Elantra, a small sedan that builds on the successfully-styled Sonata… or is it the new Accent? Hum, tough to tell.Read more
To break into the commercial van business in the United States, Nissan North America Inc. plans to do something it rarely does: attack Detroit head-on. That is because there is no way around it.Read more
I love compact SUV’s. They offer space, function, utility and a look that is less intimidating than the large utility vehicles you see on the road. This segment is full of well known vehicles like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-9, Chevy Equinox …Read more
“Porsche for sale, low mileage, never used in winter”. If you ever chance on an ad like this, go ahead and indulge yourself, because they might become extremely rare.Read more
2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 hybridThe S400 Hybrid offers exceptionally good fuel economy for a vehicle of this size.It’s hard for me to turn down the chance to drive any Mercedes-Benz S-class for a weekend. Unfortunately, it’s hard for my bosses to do so, …Read more
Hyundai Motor plans to secure rare earth metals used in electric and hybrid cars as the industry acts over a possible shortage of the minerals.Read more
La dolce roadster.
Alfa Romeo’s popular and accessible sports car, the Spider, was sold in the United States from 1966 until 1994, its long run divided into four series. The early cars, with their distinctive boattail styling, were immortalized as Dustin Hoffman’s ride in The Graduate. Generally regarded as the most beautiful iteration of Pininfarina’s design, these Spiders also are the most basic in spec, the rarest, and the most expensive. After skipping U.S. exports in 1970 (as it had in ’68), Alfa brought back the Spider for 1971, beginning the second series, with a chopped tail and fussy Spica fuel injection for its enlarged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; heavy rubber bumpers arrived for 1975. The next iteration, the ’83 to ’90 Series 3 models, got a controversial black rubber ducktail rear spoiler, better-integrated bumpers, and (in ’86) interior revisions. They enjoy more reliable Bosch fuel injection and available air-conditioning (both of which actually came on board in ’82). For the final cars, the 1991-’94 models, the styling was smoothed out, power steering and a driver’s air bag were added, and an automatic transmission (!) was optional; they’re a bit more powerful but also slightly heavier.
Obscure British two-seaters you’ll want but can’t have, plus a three-seater you can assemble in your garage.
Fret not when another British sports car maker slips under the waves. Since England is the cradle of two-seat entertainment, whenever an automaker like Triumph or TVR succumbs, some up-and-comer arrives to fill in. In the land of fish and chips, creativity isn’t so hindered by balance sheets and business plans.
What happens when you work the Chevy Volt too hard?
The Chevrolet Volt’s gas-electric powertrain is seriously complex. The mechanicals and four primary driving modes — which we covered earlier this week — are fairly straightforward, but the Volt continues to hide curiosities in the computer code and control strategies that define this game-changer’s behavior. At yesterday’s media drive in suburban Detroit, we learned the details of a rare scenario in which the Volt operates with reduced power during extended-range driving.
Bruno Senna has denied that F1’s arrival in Korea this weekend is a rare opportunity for struggling teams and drivers to race on a more level playing field.Read more
Back in the day, waaaaay back in the day, in my far-off native New Zealand, the likes of Land Rover, and the then relatively rare Holden, Ford Falcon and Chrysler Valiant ‘utes’ (Antipodean-speak for the car-derived ‘utility’ or pickup truck variant originally developed by Ford Australia in the 1930s) were challenged in 1969 by an upstart newcomer – the Mazda B1500. If you’d told the 12-year-old me then that, 41 years hence, the B’s successor potentially could soon be the world’s top-selling single model, knocking big-brother Ford’s F-series off its perch, I’d have just laughed. But it sure looks possible now.Read more
Stuttgart – Very low-slung, very sporty, and very rare: The Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, launches a small edition of a new 911 Speedster. Paying homage to the first Porsche model that bore the name Speedster – the 356 Speedster -, the production run for the new model is limited to 356 cars.Read more
Porsche revives the classic Speedster badge for an ultra-rare limited edition version of its evergreen sports car.Read more
MILFORD, Conn. / Its story is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, but one fact about the extremely rare 1964 Pontiac Banshee Firebird prototype car is undisputed: it is literally one of a kind.Read more
Car enthusiast Barry Meguiar has been released from the hospital in Monterey, Calif., after 17 days of treatment for a rare form of viral pneumonia.Read more
« Any place Is Paradise » sang Elvis in 1956. All those rare and exotic automobiles he owned and drove surely reflect that too. Among them were two Mercedes-Benz 600, one of which will be on display tomorrow for the media and prospective buyers to boast Bonhams’ traditional end of year auction of ‘Important Motor Cars and Fine Automobilia’. This event takes place on December 6, 2010, and for the first time at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, UK.Read more
The latest model in a build-it-from-scratch frenzy.
Replica cars are nothing new. Hot-rodders have been relying on new 1932 Ford body shells for years, and longtime readers may remember the Autokraft Cobra that was splashed on the cover of our second issue, in May 1986. But those are copies of exceedingly rare, expensive, and significant cars. A 1966 Ford Bronco is none of those things. And yet, starting later this year, the public will be able to assemble brand-new ones.
Photo Gallery: Get ready for the new (old) Bronco – Automobile Magazine