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Early 100 years ago, Charles Rolls, the cofounder and bankroller of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, became the first person to complete a nonstop, round-trip flight across the English Channel. Rolls took...
1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Shortly before the end of World War II, Standard Motor Co. acquired the Triumph brand in an attempt to compete with Jaguar, which had been purchasing engines from Standard...
Finally, a Jaguar that embraces the purity of its past and just might rekindle devotion to a brand following a decade of confusion and disappointments. What elevates the Jaguar XF ( www.jaguarusa.com...
Huge and heavy, and about as green as offshore drilling, the $341,000 Bentley Brooklands ( www.bentleymotors.com ) is nothing that any car should be these days. Yet producing three-ton vehicles...
The Brooklands, the new high-performance coupe from Bentley, is mechanical eye candy. The vehicle’s namesake is a defunct and dilapidated racing circuit just southwest of London that is decaying at...
Gently prod the start button and it glows red, then pulses, like a beating heart. Touch it again and the overture becomes a performance as the cushioned explosion of a big V-8 smoothes into a grumble...
This summer, Rolls- Royce Motor Cars will begin production of the Phantom Coupé ( www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com ), a hardtop sibling to the Drophead Coupé. The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged...
The Morgan Motor Co. will ensure the exclusivity of its new aeroMax, essentially a fixed-head version of the aero 8, by building only 100 examples. The last time the family-run, boutique british...
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 remarkable automobile, one that displays classic...
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 canvas roof folds like a card table, the topless...
The birth of Aston Martin’s expressive and explosive DBS was an interesting, maybe even high-risk, delivery. Well into the production process of the DBS, Ford Motor Co. began trying to shed those...
At various times in the previous century, Rapide —an exotic and evocative word—has denoted a fabric and plywood airliner (in the 1930s), a cycle-fendered roadster (also in the ’30s), and a European...
In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley, founder of the car company that bears his name, determined that driving enthusiasts wanted a more potent version of the standard 3-liter Bentley. Thus were born the...
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 gossamer-clad lady (commonly referred to as Nellie in Her...
With the notable exceptions of hearses and London taxicabs, everything on wheels seems to travel better as an open carriage. Even ordinary, invisible coupes become noticeable when their tops are...
It was a majestic, if meandering, beginning, an elegant yet extended passage. But now, after four years of quietly penetrating our subconscious, the idea of a BMW-built Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to...
The complete Lotus motorist is a 5-foot-tall gymnast who wears size 8 driving shoes, sleeps innocently, drinks lightly, eats all his veggies, and is built like a reed. Few if any of our Car of the...
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. However, several of our judges equated the XKR with...
As a prototype convertible made the rounds from one Bentley showroom to another last summer, Robb Report senior correspondent Paul Dean traveled to Miami to drive the latest member of the Continental...
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, advised the passengers, “We will shortly be...
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 Experimental Car (pictured) that was first seen at the...
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 most regal union since Victoria and Albert. That is...
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 third member of a trifecta, the completion of a hat...
The Spyker C8 Laviolette is not a car for those who prefer to maintain a low profile: It leaves you no choice but to make a grand entrance, regardless of whether you are arriving at or departing from...
Jaguar’s 2007 XK8, the latest in a decades-long line of ever-lithe athletes, has been under indictment since it was presented in its concept-car phase last spring. It had the same old oval grille...
Netherlands-based vehicle builders Koga-Miyata ( www.koga.com ) and Spyker Cars ( www.spykercars.com ) have paired to produce a two-wheeled treat: the Aeroblade, a titanium-frame sport bicycle...
The year 1980 was an extraordinary, historic, and humbling annus horribilis for Bentley. The company did not sell a single car in North America. There is little wonder that the marque performed so...
The Bonneville stands as a symbol of the greatness that would have been lost if Triumph Motorcycles had succumbed forever to the debacle it suffered in the 1970s. A brand-new “Bonnie” is a sleek...
Like a well-built running shoe, the Lotus Elise is snug, light, and—because it is a convertible—low-cut. Now Lotus has added one for the other foot, the Lotus Exige, which fits just as snugly but...
His tastes were sophisticated, his manners refined, his appearance elegant. To quote one admirer, “He looks very clean.” He drank the best wines and drove the finest automobiles, and he regularly...

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