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THE TOP 15 POSTS OF 2015: #13- 1985 Mercedes Benz 500 SEC AMG Restoration

December 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Drivetrain Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Restoration / Shared Feature Story

1 1If this Mercedes Benz 500 SEC AMG wide body were on the market for sale today, then it’s current owner/restorer would be exactly the kind of guy we would want to buy it from, and this would be the car. As a “pre-merger” AMG enthusiast and expert (the period of time before Daimler Chrysler purchased AMG in 1999 and moved them in-house to Mercedes Benz), Henric shares his 115 page-and-counting build story with us that was originally featured on The project begins with just a skeleton plucked out of an Arizona junk yard and ends with it fully complete back to the custom condition that it was in when first delivered…

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June 1971 Car and Driver- Patrick Bedard and Zora Arkus-Duntov Compare the Full Range of Corvettes

July 22, 2015 in American / General Discussion / Shared Feature Story

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From June, 1971 Issue of Car and Driver, by Patrick Bedard:

Steering gets plenty quick at 140 mph. And the suspension, which felt like flint on Sunset Strip, is supple, almost loose. In this high-velocity never-neverland all your senses need reorientation: A road that looks mirror flat pitches you violently up and down; the air makes tortured noises you hear right through the glass as it scrapes over the top of the windshield; an unseen force slowly twists and tortures the outside mirror until it surrenders and ends up pointing skyward.

Keeping the car, and yourself, on the straight and narrow is so much a hairtrigger operation that it takes your logical conscience about three miles to break through your concentration — you haven’t got time to carry on a mental debate about the morality of what you are doing. But when that logical, practical conscience does break through, it is not amused. Bad enough to spend a day driving to Nevada, but to tempt the worst kind of destruction by running a 454 Corvette right up to the redline in top gear and hold it there is damn near unAmerican. There is no defense. No rational excuse for driving along at double the posted speed limits in any other state.

Rationale be damned; plead “temporary enthusiasm” and get it over with. And get back to the beauty of it. Because that’s what happens. It happens to anybody who spends a few days with Zora Arkus-Duntov testing Corvettes of every engine description that Chevrolet makes in 1971: running them on the drag strip, around the skid pad and through a makeshift road course. And all the time talking to Duntov about it, about what he did to the suspension and the tires and the aerodynamics so that the Corvette is the only car built in America that can run 140 mph no sweat and the driver doesn’t have to worry about becoming history.
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From A Q&A Interview with Giorgetto Giugiaro on his Lifetime of Design

July 14, 2015 in Design / Italian / Shared Feature Story

Q&A with Giorgetto Giugiaro on his lifetime of design

03 July 2015 | by Guy Bird

Ask any aficionado who the greatest car designer of all time is and Giorgetto Giugiaro will be the name on most lips. Responsible for more than 200 vehicles, equating to some 60-million production cars on the road as well as dozens of concepts for the world’s finest car brands – not to mention cameras for Nikon, electronic organs for Bontempi and even a type of pasta – he is without equal.

Born on 7 August 1938 in Garessio, Northern Italy, he started his career with Fiat in the mid-50s, aged 17. Joining Bertone in 1959, his first signature cars included the 1963 Alfa Giulia Sprint GT and 1964 Alfa Canguro. After a brief stint at Ghia from 1965, he co-founded Italdesign in 1968. This firm’s list of hits is so long you need to take a deep breath, but try these production vehicles for starters, by turns practical and glamorous: the 1969 Suzuki Carry, 1971 Maserati Bora, 1971 Alfa Sud, 1974 VW Scirocco, 1974 VW Golf, 1978 Audi 80, 1978 BMW M1, 1979 Lancia Delta, 1980 Fiat Panda, 1993 Lexus GS300 and 2005 Fiat Grande Punto. Add a few beautifully quirky ones too like the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 that starred in Back to the Future and the unusually-windowed 1991 Subaru SVX and the diversity of brand and package is incredible…

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Vipers During Production- A Video and Pictorial Tell-All

May 19, 2015 in American / Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / Shared Feature Story


Want to see some action shots of Dodge Vipers while being manufactured and birthed at the factory? Well, you’ve come to the right place. It’s all going down from an inside perspective in a recent article originally seen on by BrownDogWelding. The detailed piece includes an exorbitant amount of photos and videos, which we all admittedly love so much as a guilty pleasure so go on ahead, dive right in head first and enjoy, wontjyah?

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Hauling Parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla, repost from Autoweek

May 17, 2015 in General Discussion / Italian / Shared Feature Story

This article, titled “Hauling parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla” by Murilee Martin originally appeared in the January 15th, 2014 issue of AutoWeek. Thought I’d share it, as everything about it has me now itching for an identical one to it. So much character in such a small package, hopefully it will never get a restoration or even paint job. Don’t touch it!

Hauling parts in a 1958 Fiat Multipla(Out for lunch in the Multipla.PHOTO BY MURILEE MARTIN)
While I was in Northern California last week to shoot some photos for an upcoming shop feature about Conrad Stevenson Restorations in Berkeley (the legendary Alfa Romeo establishment that brought this beautiful 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SSback to life and created the class-winning “El Platillo Volador” 1966 Alfa Romeo SS for the 2013 Carrera Panamericana), a couple of my accomplices from the nearby 24 Hours of LeMons HQ dropped by and we decided to go get some lunch with Conrad. But what vehicle to take?…

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A Brock Yates Account of the Final Cannonball Run Race in 1979, from Car and Driver

April 30, 2015 in Featured / Rally / Shared Feature Story


The following shared colorful story about the final Cannonball Run in 1979 was originally posted in the November 2002 issue of Car and Driver magazine, written by Fred M.H. Gregory. It tells of Brock Yate’s account of the not-quite-so-legal cross country race officially called the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, which inspired the 1981 Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcet comedy aptly titled “Cannonball Run”. Sounds like a good time, especially if behind the wheel of the ’79 Pontiac “Fire Am” built by Herb Adams

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Classic Brock Yates Lamborghini LM002 Review From ’87 Car and Driver

April 6, 2015 in Italian / Shared Feature Story

The following is an excerpt from a classic Brock Yates review of a Lamborghini LM002. It originally appeared in the October 1987 issue of Car and Driver. Somehow the story telling in today’s magazines just can’t seem to match what these guys were able to put out. Could it be because the product isn’t as stimulating? Then again, what’s as stimulating as a Rambo Lambo…
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