Rust never sleeps, but sometimes it takes a vacation: the dilapidated beauty of Desert Valley Auto Parts

Rust never sleeps, but sometimes it takes a vacation: the dilapidated beauty of Desert Valley Auto Parts

At first glance, Desert Valley Auto Parts looks something like a post-apocalyptic wasteland if the end times had occurred in conjunction with the Age of Aquarius: Cars from the Sixties and earlier scattered about a dry desert backdrop, missing parts and looking about as busted and broke as could be. But old car nuts know it instead as a paradise, one full of...

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Using Smartphones in Cars

Using Smartphones in Cars

The NHTSA is currently trying to figure out how or whether to ban handheld devices like smartphones from use in cars. And the automakers are supporting such a ban or at least some restrictions. But they are also very concerned that such a ban might force them to redesign their built-in systems. What a shame that would be. No one should be surprised that a...

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Lincoln’s Recovery – Cancelling the Farewell Address

Lincoln’s Recovery – Cancelling the Farewell Address

“How Nice – to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five Lincoln and Mercury reminded me of two aging silent screen stars living together in squalor, each in a futile attempt to care for the other. Lincoln, in a near vegetative state since 1990, survived on memories, while Mercury survived solely on the...

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Porsche Recalls New 911 Carrera S Over Fuel Line Issue

Porsche Recalls New 911 Carrera S Over Fuel Line Issue

The ownership experience of a Porsche is viewed as one of the most sensual in the global sports car market. While the Porsche line-up has expanded to include vehicles like the crossover Cayenne and four-door Panamera, the essence of the German sports car company has remained based on the rear-engined 911 model. Balanced, thrilling handling and the power of...

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The Monolith Panther Tow Vehicle?

The Monolith Panther Tow Vehicle?

Rob writes: Hello Sajeev, I’m untangling a logistical nightmare and I think a Panther can help. This particular nightmare involves relocating from Urbana, IL to Idaho Falls, ID, a 1964 Corvette convertible that’s sitting in Richmond, VA, and a Grand Marquis in New Jersey. The Corvette “ran when parked” in my father-in-law’s garage in 1982 and brought back to...

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Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power New IT Building

Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power New IT Building

What happens to the batteries that power Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars when their useful life is done? Five of them are helping keep the lights on at the new General Motors Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground. Used Chevy Volt Batteries Help Power Milford IT Building MILFORD, Mich. – What happens to the batteries that power...

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Fisker Karma Breakdown Leads to Lesson in Recalls

Fisker Karma Breakdown Leads to Lesson in Recalls

Like many auto writers, I was quick to jump on the recent story of the Fisker Karma breaking down during a Consumer Reports test. Yes, it was big news and a huge embarrassment to Fisker. Yes, the timing was terrible, and it was an incredibly hurtful public introduction to the Karma. But the breakdown might not have been Fisker’s fault. Automotive News reported...

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Along came a topless 850: 1967 Fiat 850 Spider brochure

Along came a topless 850: 1967 Fiat 850 Spider brochure

Fiat created an inexpensive and youthful masterpiece with their new-in-the-USA-for-1967 850 Spider, an open-top sibling to the equally new and pretty 850 Sport Coupe. While the Sport Coupe was styled by Felice and Gian Boano and built in-house at Fiat, the Spider came from the pens and craftsmen at Bertone. Its design was clever, combining the 850 platform’s...

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The Littlest Supercar turns 25

The Littlest Supercar turns 25

“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln If someone asked me to name the greatest sports car ever made, I am sure my answer would include names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo or Jaguar. These were marques with history, pedigree and tradition that instantly evoke a time of motorsports...

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Unintended Acceleration’s New Victim: Ford Taurus

Unintended Acceleration’s New Victim: Ford Taurus

I’ve never been in a car that accelerated on its own. Well, this one time, I was in a Dodge Viperthat leaped to 100 miles per hour faster than I could buckle my seat belt, but I was a passenger. The driver giggled in glee as I tried to hide my panic. Yes, that was an episode of unintended acceleration from my point of view, but not one that would cause any...

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Panoz Abruzzi Straddles the Line Between Ugly and Beautiful

Panoz Abruzzi Straddles the Line Between Ugly and Beautiful

Little-known carmaker Panoz has taken the wraps off its all-new supercar, the company’s first since 2008. Coinciding with Le Mans week in France, American Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz has revealed the new limited-production Abruzzi Spirit of Le Mans road car. We don’t know too much about what’ll power the Abruzzi, other than the car will make 600-plus...

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So just where did Toyota sell its first car in the United States?

So just where did Toyota sell its first car in the United States?

Inside Holt Motor Co. in Los Angeles. In 1958, a little Japanese car called the Toyopet showed up in California. It got ridiculed. It got amazing mileage. And by the end of the year, it got about 288 sales. Who exactly made the first of those sales, however, remains a mystery, one which Toyota itself can’t resolve even though several entities have laid claim to...

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Fisker Karma Belonging to Consumer Reports Breaks Down

Fisker Karma Belonging to Consumer Reports Breaks Down

List of things you don’t want to happen: Have spinach stuck in your teeth for the duration of a first date. Buy a new car and have it break down on the way home. Have the car you built and sold to Consumer Reports break down even before it’s checked in. A positive Consumer Reports review can make or break a new car. Even established cars can suffer when the...

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