Howard Walker

Feature: Earning Its Props

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 your destination. Squeeze gently on the car’s key fob button, and the forward-hinged driver-side door will scissor […]

Icons & Innovators: Mercedes-Benz

No car before or since has cleaved the air as effectively as did the 1954 Mercedes 300SL, the Gullwing. Today, more than 50 years later, automakers still are striving to achieve its coefficient of drag. Its door handles alone were works of aerodynamic art—slivers of featherweight aluminum that lay flush to the body and flicked […]

Icons & Innovators: Mercedes-Benz: A Stirling Effort

Sir Stirling Moss buckles the strap on his trademark white open-face helmet, adjusts his goggles, and settles into the tartan cloth seat of his classic Silver Arrow Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racer. Head back and arms outstretched, the 75-year-old legend eases the shift lever into first, guns the 310 hp straight-8 engine, and powers away to […]

Car of the Year 2002: 7th Place Lexus SC 430

The SC 430 signals that Lexus is daring to build more than mere replicas. Five years ago, if Lexus had wanted to design a luxury two-seater, it would have emerged as a copycat Benz SL or XK8 Jag. The SC 430, on the other hand, is completely original. This is nothing less than the flag […]