The Perfect Summer Cruiser

The Perfect Summer Cruiser

The summer night is like a perfection of thought – Wallace Stevens Now that summer has officially started, I decided to take a look at eBay and see what they had to offer in the way of summertime cruisers. When I was younger, I had a perfect 1976 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Hardtop, and I loved to gather up the family and head off to the local ice cream shop on a hot...

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What Should I Buy For My First Whip?

What Should I Buy For My First Whip?

Ask Bark? is picking up steam like a train on the island of Sodor, man! Thanks for all of your questions after last week’s installment, as well as the great advice you gave our friend, Josh. However, be warned — Bark will not be punked like the author of “Ask Amy” was this week. Don’t write in with any questions about buying a Saab convertible, okay? I’m not...

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Ford Focus Electric Receives EPA Rating of 105 MPGe Average

Ford Focus Electric Receives EPA Rating of 105 MPGe Average

Set to arrive as the first publicly offered Ford-branded fully electric car, the Ford Focus Electric’s will journey out into selected markets through the second half of this year. Still awaiting the all-important price tag for the electric vehicle set to break 109 years of Ford Motor Company tradition, the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)...

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Sorry, Too Late, the Lexus LFA Is Sold Out *UPDATED

Sorry, Too Late, the Lexus LFA Is Sold Out *UPDATED

We know how frustrating it can be to miss out on a real bargain. And you had the spot ready for the Lexus LFA in your six-car garage, with reservations made on the private road course to exercise its 202-mph top speed. Well, you missed it, Jack, because all 500 copies of the $375,000 supercar are now not only spoken for (Lexus demanded buyers put down $125,715...

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Bill Ford Says Car Networks Are Coming

Bill Ford Says Car Networks Are Coming

At a speech before the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Ford Motor Co.’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford (Henry’s great-grandson) made some notable remarks about how the future will need to accommodate 4 billion cars on the road by mid-century. (We already have about a billion.) While people around the world keep buying cars at a rapid pace, traffic jams are...

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Personal Luxury Cars: The Cadillac Eldorado

Personal Luxury Cars: The Cadillac Eldorado

For almost 50 years, the Cadillac Eldorado was the epitome of the personal luxury car. Originally built as a show car to mark the anniversary of Cadillac, the Eldorado morphed first into the ultimate Cadillac model, then into a caricature of the 1970’s, and finally into a soulless car that reminded us more of what we lost, than it did of personal luxury. In...

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GM’s Cobblepot: The Chevy Vega

GM’s Cobblepot: The Chevy Vega

In the popular TV series, Gotham (it’s a prequel to the Batman story) there’s an episode called “Everyone Has His Cobblepot” — a reference to something embarrassing in one’s past. The Chevy Vega is GM’s Cobblepot. Like most failures, it wasn’t intentional. But it was — in retrospect predictable. Chiefly because then-GM President Ed Cole rushed the car’s...

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Here Are the ‘Winners’ of the ‘TEXAS EDITION’ Badges

Here Are the ‘Winners’ of the ‘TEXAS EDITION’ Badges

Last week I offered you, the man or woman in the street, a chance to own a “TEXAS EDITION” badge at my expense. I asked you to tell me what you’d do with such a badge. After an exhaustive selection process consisting of me having a couple shots of Ketel One Citroen and picking shit at random, I’ve come up with the “winners.” I’ll be contacting each one of you...

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What Should Be Done About Teen Driver Deaths?

What Should Be Done About Teen Driver Deaths?

“Lane ends. Merge right.” The sign gave plenty of notice that the two-lane arterial merged into a single lane ahead. The speed limit was 35 miles per hour. I travelled in the right lane, doing about 40. My girlfriend sat in the passenger seat. To my left, I could tell the driver of a car behind me wanted to pass before his lane ended. “No way.” I stepped on the...

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Zytek and Morgan Concoct Shiftable Electric Car for Geneva Show

Zytek and Morgan Concoct Shiftable Electric Car for Geneva Show

While major auto brands such as Lamborghini, Audi and Hyundai drew the initial enthusiasm expected for the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the acclaim of this Swiss exhibition also attracts the likes of smaller European firms. It is from these smaller companies some of the most imaginative expressions of design and technological creativity radiates through the...

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Cosworth Subaru Impreza STi CS400 Blows Away the Supercars

Cosworth Subaru Impreza STi CS400 Blows Away the Supercars

Never having been an enormous fan of Subaru cars, I must admit they seem to have hit a home run with the new WRX STi from Cosworth. With a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds, this beast can actually take on the Lambos and up-powered Porsches—or at least play in the same ballpark. Cosworth, one of the world’s great tuners and engine-tweakers, managed to get 395 hp...

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Homeland Security to return seized Land Rover Defenders to U.S. buyers

Homeland Security to return seized Land Rover Defenders to U.S. buyers

1995 Land Rover Defender 90. Last July, agents from the Department of Homeland Security, working with local law enforcement, seized more than two-dozen Land Rover Defenders from owners across the United States. All had two things in common: none was originally sold in the United States, and all were imported by Aaron Richardet, a North Carolina man with a...

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Personal Luxury Cars: The Continental Mark

Personal Luxury Cars: The Continental Mark

Stylishly beautiful, subtle and understated, a car that epitomizes excellence. The Continental Mark II is Audrey Hepburn in a world of Paris Hiltons. The Lincoln Mark series started with the development of the Continental line, a division created specifically to market one car, the Continental Mark II. Sharing none of the excesses of its competition, the Mark...

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