Icons & Innovators: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Holy Roller

Although he worked on a number of projects for BMW, Mini, MG, and Land Rover during his 15-year tenure with the BMW Group, Marek Djordjevic is best known for designing the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the 100 EX showcar, and the forthcoming 2007 Rolls-Royce convertible, the cars he most recently shaped before leaving the company last fall […]

Autos: The Amazing Race

On a March evening in 1930, Woolf Barnato, heir to a South African diamond fortune and chairman of Bentley Motors, was attending a dinner party aboard a yacht moored near Cannes, France, when he presented a preposterous wager. Conversation at the soiree had turned to a rival automotive manufacturer’s claims that its latest model was faster […]

Boating: Recasting A Classic

When yacht designer Tom Fexas reminisced about the halcyon days of Wheeler Yacht Co. for Sea magazine in the March 2004 article “Where Were You in ’52?” he provided pharmaceuticals executive Wesley Wheeler with the impetus to revive the business his family had shuttered four decades earlier. “I had thought about doing this for a […]

Wheels: The Phantom of the Auction

Denise Cobb, cofounder of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, knew that the Rolls-Royce Phantom built specifically for her annual charity auction would attract an eager pool of bidders. “The fact is that this was number one of one,” she recalls. “It’s the only car of its kind, and with a wine cellar in the trunk […]

Car of the Year 2005 Chevrolet Corvette

Commonly referred to as the C6, the sixth-generation Corvette had been the subject of much speculation over the last few years. ’Vette enthusiasts may not be as fanatical in their devotion as those who worship at the altar of Porsche, but they have strong opinions nevertheless regarding the evolution of the American sports car. Even […]

Car of the Year 2005 BMW 760i

From the outset, I was impressed with the appearance of BMW’s new-Bangled 7 Series sedan. Its unconventional lines seem to reflect the spirit of designs produced by Italy’s carrozzerias in the 1950s and 1960s—Frua’s Maserati Quattroporte in 1963, for instance—which were dramatically sculpted but not necessarily pretty. BMW’s new design vocabulary has raised the eyebrows […]

Car of the Year 2005 Land Rover LR3

Not long ago, Land Rover—with its Range Rover and Discovery—held a monopoly on the luxury SUV market. Then Lexus joined the fray in 1996, and before long the competition also included entries from Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Hummer, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volvo. In this crowded field, the elderly Discovery’s deficiencies have become increasingly apparent, […]

The Mulliner Touch

During one surreal weekend on the Monterey Peninsula, it is not unusual to see a Blower Bentley idling beside a Lamborghini Diablo at a traffic light. These and other antiques and exotics arrive here to participate in the cavalcade of automotive events—including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Concorso Italiano, and the vintage races at […]

Autos: Adding Fuel to the Crossfire

Despite valiant efforts throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Chrysler failed to capture the premium cachet of Cadillac and Lincoln. However, Chrysler did have the high-output Hemi engine, which gave its Letter Series cars a level of performance that neither Cadillac nor Lincoln attempted to duplicate. Chrysler continues this practice of dropping powerful motors into handsome […]

Best of the Best: Aftermarket

Lorinser GS03 The SL55 undergoes a stunning makeover.   When I was growing up in the late 1970s, I had a crush on singer Debby Boone, who was—and still is—attractive, vivacious, and in possession of the perfect smile. But it was not her rendition of “You Light Up My Life” that really set this young […]

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