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The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering , one of the car world’s most anticipated concours events, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, August 17, by assembling a wide variety of exceptional...
Las Vegas is known for its gambling, nightlife, and prestigious hotels, but on the outskirts of the city is a place where thrill seekers and speed demons can get their fix. Spring Mountain Motor...
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1932 Ford—the granddaddy of all hot rods—the Petersen Automotive Museum asked leading hot rod builders to think big by thinking small. The museum sent a...
The sky has just begun to lighten, and as dawn breaks the sound of the Pacific crashing against the shoreline is muffled by a cacophony of engine rumblings. For one day out of the year, the 18th...
Exemplifying the shape of things to come from the automaker, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ ( www.lincoln.com ) displays a smooth, flowing design that yields aesthetic and aerodynamic benefits. The sedan’s...
Few cars have generated as much buzz as the Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports sedan. But lately, most of the news has been negative. Last year the U.S. Department of Energy suspended its $529...
Other than a name and an all-aluminum engine, the new Camaro ZL1 has little in common with the original ZL1, a high-performance, very limited-production variant of the 1969 model-year muscle car...
Carroll Shelby in his 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 Carroll Shelby (1923–2012) was a maverick whose brilliance and tenacity were matched by talent, guts, and good fortune. He strung together an...
When a car’s lineage spans nearly 60 years, as the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class’s does, the launch of a new version of that vehicle is occasion for fanfare. While the sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL550...
This summer marks the beginning of the end of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, and it is departing with the roar of the Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition , billed as the fastest,...
This May saw the passing of Carroll Shelby, an iconic figure in the world of automobiles and a beacon of individualism to every enthusiast who has an ounce of motor oil in his or her veins. Watch...
History reveals that it didn’t take long for Henry Ford’s invention to blossom, and for a discerning clientele that could afford it, custom coachbuilders emerged, ready to transform a nondescript...
The four-door, six-seat TLC Icon FJ44 made the Best of the Best list last year for its refreshing take on the Toyota Land Cruiser and for its purposeful design. Now company founder Jonathan Ward has...
In an age of paddle-shift automatics, button-controlled suspension modes, shift-mapping software, and driver-tuned exhausts, the Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ( www.ford.com ) is a welcome...
The first Shelby Mustang G.T.350 (model years 1965 and 1966) expressed a purity of purpose unmatched by later models. It was nearly race-ready off the showroom floor. Today, originals are coveted...
Once again a symbol of ascent, upscale SUVs have become the high-performance fashion statement on roads from Malibu to Mongolia. Now America can claim a competitive edge with the Jeep Grand Cherokee...
Once again, Becker Automotive Design has taken a winning formula and improved it. For the Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV, the Oxnard, Calif., company transforms the capable and comfortable SUV into a...
Chrysler’s dark and serious television commercials convey the message that the brand’s 300 sedan is imported from Detroit. Drive the Chrysler 300 SRT8 ( www.chrysler.com ) and you will understand...
Equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the most powerful Camaro ever. The engine produces 580 hp, enabling the ZL1 to dash from zero to 60 mph in less than...
Touring bikes are specialized machines designed to make the miles melt away, but their narrow purpose is their drawback. Most touring rigs endure months of downtime, while more versatile steeds see...
Singular style and robust brawn typically distinguish the most compelling cruisers from lesser specimens, but those qualities often come at a premium. Bucking the high-price trend is the new Raider...
Confederate Motors has been building ambitiously designed, hand-assembled motorcycles since 1991, but for its latest creation, the Birmingham, Ala.–based manufacturer has introduced a new platform...
Electric-car maker Tesla has unveiled its first SUV. The Tesla Model X ( www.teslamotors.com ) employs an entirely electric propulsion system (a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery provides emission-free...
Cadillac has a long history of crafting unapologetically large—and unabashedly luxurious—top-line models. From the great Town Sedans of the 1930s to the finned flagships of the ‘1950s, the luxury...
Long, low, and a little rough around the edges, the Zero Engineering Type 9 soft tail is a stirring antidote to mass-produced motorcycles. Its design combines traditional bobber and chopper elements...
1957 Ford Thunderbird Marketed by Ford as a "personal car," the two-seat Thunderbird arrived at the 1954 Detroit Auto Show as a challenge to Chevrolet’s year-old sports car, the Corvette, offering a...
MUSCLE MEMORIES For its 6-speed stick shift alone, the Mustang Boss 302 deserves an award: In this year’s competition, it was the only car brandishing a genuine manual gearbox. Though as archaic as a...
SPORT, UTILITY, AND VALUE The Grand Cherokee SRT8 seems poised to intimidate the proliferation of luxury SUVs from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Range Rover. At half the price of its competitors,...
SHORT-CIRCUITED BY THE NUMBERS Yes, the Volt is an honest and well-meaning effort to preserve our global resources and save the polar ice caps. Granted, this plug-in hybrid did not melt its batteries...
Among prewar automobiles, Lincoln stands out along with a handful of marques like Packard, Duesenberg, and Cadillac as having defined the early American luxury car scene. It was an era when...

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