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Best of the Best 2008: Convertibles
When Sean Connery tore up a few European switchbacks in a DB5 in 1964’s Goldfinger , the Aston Martin brand became synonymous with style. This is as...
Robb Design Portfolio: Elite Eight
1952 Siata 208S Spyder The 208S represented a reversal of roles for two Turin, Italy, automakers: Siata (an acronym for Societa Italiana Applicazione...
Robb Design Portfolio: Seeing the Light
The 8C 2900B has been described as the cultured son of a champion athlete. It descended directly from the 8C 2900A, with which Alfa Romeo claimed the...
Wheels: Superhero Worship
Children shout as I pass through their villages; "Suuuuuu-per-maaaaan!" they scream at me. In Italy, where Ascari, Fangio, Moss, Nuvolari, and other...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 7 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
Break from the Routine. Judging from the way that the Drophead Coupé’s teak tonneau cover flips up, its trunk lid does a backward somersault, and the...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 5 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
Soft and Dry. A car of far less power, heft, and acceleration than even its own factory mates, Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster is nonetheless a...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 10 Mercedes-Benz SLR McClaren Roadster
Great Expectations. It is built by Mercedes, one of the world’s oldest and finest carmakers. Its performance is burnished by McLaren, a name that has...
Robb Report Car of the Year 2008: No. 12 BMW M6 Convertible
Downshifted. To anyone who has driven BMW’s M6 Convertible, it may come as a surprise that the car is available with a manual transmission. However,...
Autos: Sky Driving
It has been more than 10 years since the first time I jumped out of an airplane, but I still recall every detail of the 60-second free fall that...
Wheels: Drophead Gorgeous
Nearly a decade has passed since BMW paid £40 million (about $65 million) for the rights to the Rolls-Royce name, a silver hood ornament of a...
Autos: Less Is More
With the notable exceptions of hearses and London taxicabs, everything on wheels seems to travel better as an open carriage. Even ordinary, invisible...
Best of the Best 2007: GTs, Coupes & Convertibles
The Audi R8 ( www.audi.com ) may lack a long history, but it already has experienced plenty of racing success: The prototype that dominated sports...
Car of the Year: No. 7 (Tie): Jaguar XKR Convertible
Some see Jaguar’s latest as a lovely luxury grand tourer that is to the British manner born, with all of its breeding and provenance firmly intact...
Car of the Year: No. 9: Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB
It was a majestic, if meandering, beginning, an elegant yet extended passage. But now, after four years of quietly penetrating our subconscious, the...
Icons & Innovators: Pininfarina: Caught in Its Web
For years after its introduction, the 1600 Spider represented the defining design of Alfa Romeo. Its boat-tail form was as alluring as that of any...
FrontRunners: Top Honor
In the early 1950s, General Motors designer Harley Earl, fresh from watching world speed records being set at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, conceived...
Wheels: Blue Skies Ahead
Among the millions of tales concerning the Emerald Isle is the one about the Aer Lingus captain, who, upon his airliner’s approach to Shannon Airport...
Wheels: Mercedes Muscle
In the very beginning, in the 1880s, while working independently and in separate workshops near Stuttgart, Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented...
Private Preview 2007: Rolls-Royce Corniche
The second Rolls-Royce model line to be built at the new Goodwood, England, factory will be a slightly modified version of the 100EX Centenary...
Private Preview 2007: Jaguar XKR
This latest two-car clique, this high-powered upgrading of a recently refreshed coupe and a gently elegant roadster, may be recorded as England’s...
Z Is For Zest
BMW was first, in 1996, with its made-in-America Z3 roadster, which, powered by a 4-cylinder engine dribbling out 138 hp, required nearly 10 seconds...
Bavarian Birds Of Passage
No sound of wheels or hoof-beat breaks The silence of the summer day, As by the loveliest of all lakes I while the idle hours away. –from Henry...
Three-quarters of a century after Ford installed a V-8 engine in its 1932 Roadster, a car that the So-Cal Speed Shop has re-created, the quest to...
Wheels: To Air Is Divine
Bentley’s Continental GT Convertible is much more than the third of the company’s triplets. The car represents the third ace in a full house, the...
Best Of The Best 2006: Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Its exhaust note turns heads even before the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder comes into view—quickly—as a razor-sharp, sculpted wedge in aluminum and...
21 Ultimate Gifts: A Spyder That Flies
Exclusivity in the world of sports and luxury automobiles is relative. Porsches and Mercedes seem positively commonplace when compared to Ferraris...
An Indelible Marque
No business school professor would tout the Morgan Motor Co. as a model for modern entrepreneurs to follow. The British firm’s story, simply put, is...
Autos: Rising Sunset
At one time, a luxury automobile was distinguished more by the rarity of its appearance than its price. In the early part of the last century, owners...
Wheels: All-Wheel, All Right
Driving the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is not an experience that will make you hold on to your hat, at least not literally. Surging...
FrontRunners: Reborn Roadster
The 2006 Mazda MX-5 ( www.mazdausa.com ) features a redesigned body and a more commodious cockpit than its predecessor’s, but the final form leaves...
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