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Driven: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos
The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos

The four-door Jeep Wrangler is such a brilliant product, combining the freedom and joy of the venerable CJ with the practicality of a crossover SUV. There are compromises in ride and convenience, but for many people, those are outweighed by the go-anywhere capability and rugged image of the Jeep.

With four doors, more-refined interiors and reasonably accommodating back seats, such Jeeps can pass as viable family transporters. The familiar two-door Wrangler would be fine for singles or couples, not so much for a foursome where the rear seat is more of an afterthought. Continue reading

Kids will meet classics at NextGen Autofest

Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo
Former GM design head Ed Wilburn leads Hagerty Test Garage session at Hershey | Hagerty photo

‘There is a popular belief that young people don’t like cars anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of his family-owned collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company.

“We see a different story,” he continued. “While attitudes and preferences do change with each generation, we see a very large and growing population of young people who are interested and want to get involved with automotive activities. Because of this, we are excited to partner with the Arizona Concours’ NextGen Autofest to foster the magic connection between people and cars.“ Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback

The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif
The Plymouth Barracuda was restored to its original red-on-red motif

Plymouth Barracudas have the distinction of being produced for exactly one decade to the day (April 1, 1964 to April 1, 1974), with the third and last generation of ‘Cudas becoming best-known among muscle car collectors.

The Pick of the Day is from the final year of the second generation, a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda fastback, all dressed in red, from its body to its interior to its red-line tires. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, private seller describes it in the ClassicCars.com ad as a true H-code car powered by a high-performance 383 V8 as well as a Formula S car with improved handing. Continue reading

1935 Aston Martin Ulster is star car for Bonhams at Paris auction

Aston Martin Ulster finished 10th at Le Mans in 1935 | Bonhams photos
Aston Martin Ulster finished 10th at Le Mans in 1935 | Bonhams photos

While the docket ranges from a 1900 Benz Ideal 4.5 HP to several modern Bentleys, the “star car” for Bonhams’ Grande Marques du Monde collector car auction February 9 during the Retromobile celebration in Paris is a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster. Continue reading

Movie-star cars featured at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

The Woodill Wildfire is pushed out of the garage in 'Johnny Dark' | Geoff Hacker
The Woodill Wildfire is pushed out of the garage in ‘Johnny Dark’ | Geoff Hacker

Loads of cars have appeared in Hollywood films, but only a select number of them are considered stars in their own right. These are the cars that play leading roles, the ones we remember long after we’ve left the movie theater or drive-in.

Ten famous movie cars will be featured at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 12, 2017, among the special classes on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton, where 250 vintage cars expected. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet

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1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered with a reserve at the 46th annual Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet, Chassis #34738, was bodied by Henri Chapron, a renowned French coachbuilder known for his understated style and exceptional build quality, and is the only Chapron-bodied D8 Cabriolet known to exist.

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Shell develops new premium fuel for the engines of old cars

Shell says its V-Power Nitro+ fuel helps protect vintage car engines | Bill Hall photos
Shell says its V-Power Nitro+ fuel helps protect vintage car engines | William Hall photos

Modern gasolines have become a recurring headache for classic car owners. Low octane and unleaded fuel have presented challenges for years, but federally-mandated 10 percent ethanol content has caused new problems with compatibility in vintage fuel-system components.

Recently, Shell Oil Company invited me down to STCH (Shell Technology Center Houston) in Texas to demonstrate what they’re doing to address the needs of the classic car owner with their Shell V-Power Nitro+ premium gasoline. Continue reading

Toyota hides its treasures in plain sight

Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski
Some of the wonderful preserved cars on display in the Toyota museum | Nick Kurczewski

You could drive by Toyota’s automotive treasure chest a million times and never know it was there. Snug in an industrial estate in Torrance, California, surrounded by innocuous boxy buildings with huge “Self-storage” signs on the front, the Toyota USA Automobile Museum could double as a secret headquarters for a James Bond villain. Continue reading

Beaulieu greeting cards let you see and hear classic cars

350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos
350-horsepower Sunbeam photographed on Pendine Sands | Beaulieu museum photos

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, or maybe you’re just anticipating the car person in your life’s next birthday. Regardless, you probably need to know about the new “sound cards” produced by Beaulieu, Britain’s National Motor Museum, the Hampshire Cultural Trust and a company called Really Wild Cards.

Twenty-one vehicles from the Beaulieu museum’s collection were chosen for the greeting cards. The cover of the car shows a photograph of the car. The surprise comes when you open the card and hear the actual sound of the car’s engine. Continue reading