Category archives: Features

Driven: Acura ILX Tech Plus

The Acura ILX is a premium but affordable sports sedan | Bob Golfen
The Acura ILX is a premium but affordable sports sedan | Bob Golfen photos

The Acura ILX is a satisfying sports sedan that doesn’t cost a boatload of money, but looks cool enough to garner admiring glances (especially from young guys in tuned Hondas) while providing practical, economical transportation.

Sadly, ILX falls victim to one of the most pernicious trends in today’s automobiles, the demise of the manual transmission. No more can you purchase the agile Acura sport compact with this most-engaging form of sports car driving, which seems to be going the way of carburetors and breaker points. Too bad, as a generation of millennials grows up not getting what it’s all about. Or caring, apparently. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: ‘Counting Cars’ 1959 Anglia Street Rod

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1959 Anglia Street Rod

Side exhaust, a wheelie bar, and a shiny engine that sticks out of the hood are just some of the visual elements that allude to the performance of this outrageous Pick of the Day, a 1959 Anglia Street Rod. The custom creation listed by a dealer on ClassicCars.com was featured in an episode of Counting Cars on the History Channel, where it earned the name “Insane Black Widow.”

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Driven: 2017 Honda Ridgeline and the long, slow goodbye

The Honda Ridgeline worked well for hauling boat supplies | William Hall photos
The Honda Ridgeline worked well for hauling boat supplies | William Hall photos

Classic Car News editor Larry Edsall and I both favor small pickup trucks as our daily drivers, though it is a segment that has nearly disappeared from current production. My 1999 Ranger is still running strong with 200,000 miles on its 2.5 Pinto-derived (I prefer to call it a “Formula Ford”) engine, its five-speed manual transmission (still with its original clutch, thankyouverymuch) and its full, seven-foot bed.

I have asked much of the old girl over the years, and she has rarely let me down. Alas, it’s Milwaukee-made Tower Automotive frame has started to succumb to terminal rust, and so we have begun the long, slow goodbye. Continue reading

The Petersen presents the ‘Art of Bugatti’ in four acts

'Art of Bugatti' exhibit features cars but also sculpture, furniture and other art by family members | Larry Crane photos
‘Art of Bugatti’ exhibit features cars but also sculpture, furniture and other art by family members | Larry Crane photos

(Editor’s note: In October, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opened a major new exhibition, “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring works by various members of the artistic family.)

At least four generations of the Bugatti family had their creative energy and Milanese work ethic carefully polished at the Accademia de Belle Arti di Brera, the city’s famous institution founded in 1776 by Maria Theresa, Austrian archduchess and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty. Its charter was to “provide instruction in fine arts to craftsmen and private artists.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang GT

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1965 Ford Mustang GT

Classic Car News asked readers which car they are most thankful for and its “game-changing” contribution to automotive culture. Capturing the hearts of millions, the Ford Mustang received 28.94 percent of votes and was in good company with other nominees including the Model T, Honda Civic, Jeeps and Minivans. Continue reading

Driven: all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen
Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen

Picture an alien spacecraft approaching above a dark highway and you get the idea of the styling of Cadillac’s latest midsize crossover SUV, the XT5. This exotic-looking SUV, which introduces a new chassis and new nomenclature for the GM luxury brand, replaces the SRX for 2017.

XT5 is a flashy rendition even by Cadillac’s usual extroverted standards, a showy look-at-me crossover patterned after the division’s other SUVs and sedans, including its biggest and most high-profile product, Escalade. The lighting up front, with the flowing LED strips running down the fenders, are certainly distinctive, and everybody will see you coming, especially at night. Continue reading

Lots to choose at 2,000 Wheels auction

Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby's photo
Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby’s photo

2,000 Wheels has the sound of a Mecum Auctions mega event. All at no reserve sounds more like Barrett-Jackson. But , which is Italian for 2,000 Wheels, is an auction scheduled for November 25-27 by RM Sotheby’s, which says this sale will be the largest of a single private collection in European history. Continue reading

Best of French and Italian car owners endure the dust and heat

Dare we call this a passel of Facel Vegas at the Best of France and Italy car show? | Larry Crane photos
Dare we call this a passel of Facel Vegas at the Best of France and Italy car show? | Larry Crane photos

‘Best of France and Italy” is not a concours d’elegance. It is a chance for Los Angeles area owners and fans of a specific, under-served, group of enthusiast cars to assemble and share stories, to find help — and rare pieces — as well as buyers and sellers. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Chevrolet Volt

Redesigned Volt mirrors technology inside with aero exterior design | Larry Edsall photos
Redesigned Volt mirrors technology inside with aero exterior design | Larry Edsall photos

When Chevrolet introduced its Volt for the 2011 model year, it launched a new kind of electric car: One you could drive without range anxiety.

Although it seemed revolutionary at the time, the idea of an electric car with an onboard, petrol-powered generator, traced to the development of the EV1, GM’s limited-range, two-seat electric car of the previous century. GM requires all its vehicles to go through a specific durability testing regime, and that required longer drives than the batteries in the EV1 prototypes could provide. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1934 Pierce-Arrow AB Jenkins Special

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1934 Pierce-Arrow AB Jenkins Special

David Abbott “Ab” Jenkins was a pioneer of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, setting dozens of speed records in the 1930s. With help from the Pierce-Arrow automobile company, Ab Jenkins modified the company’s 12-cylinder engine with the goal of running it on the Salt Flats for 24 hours and covering 2,400 miles.

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