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SEMA Seen: 2005 Nissan 350Z

2005 350Z built by Brian McCann | Hans Marquez Photos

‘I honestly just wanted a new car when I bought this Z,” said Brian McCann, owner of a 2005 Nissan 350Z that has become a truly spectacular one-of-a-kind build. “I had never had anything new, and the Z seemed a natural impulse buy. I didn’t even test drive one. I just bought it and drove it home. Pretty ridiculous in hindsight.”

According to McCann, the original goal of the build was to not to do a build. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1973 Nissan 240Z

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1973 Nissan 240Z | Photo by Hans Marquez

Classic Nissan Zs have been on the rise and more and more are turning up at SEMA Show, the annual trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry. This year, Sung Kang, most commonly known for his role as Han in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, has been at work completing his 1973 Nissan 240Z. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1967 Chevrolet Nova concept

This 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS carries the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2016 Camaro | Larry Edsall photos
This 1967 Chevrolet Nova carries the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2016 Camaro | Larry Edsall photos

How far has automotive technology come in the last 50 years?

Well, consider that if you bought a Chevrolet Nova SS in 1967, it was equipped with a 275-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 engine. Today that same Nova SS can be powered by a much more fuel-efficient and turbocharged engine with half as many cylinders that produces 272 horsepower and a stunning 295 pound-feet of torque. Continue reading

Driven: 2015 AEV Jeep Brute

American Expedition Vehicles uplifts Wrangler into Brute pickup | Larry Edsall photos
American Expedition Vehicles uplifts Wrangler into Brute pickup | Larry Edsall photos

It’s called the Brute, but we found nothing brutal about it, at least not in the unpleasant, cruel, savage, pitiless, coarse, harsh or barbaric sense of the term.

On the other hand, this four-door Jeep pickup truck does more than fit the fierce and physical sense of being a brute.

OK, so what is this vehicle? Well, it comes off the Fiat Chrysler assembly line in Toledo as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model. But instead of being shipped to a Jeep dealership, the vehicle goes to American Expedition Vehicles northwest of Detroit. Continue reading

Larry’s likes from Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale

Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America's Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos
Some of the cars awaiting the start of bidding at Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale | Larry Edsall photos

Bidding begins Saturday at 1 p.m. for Auction America’s inaugural Hilton Head Island sale, a 100-car boutique event being held in conjunction with the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance at the Weston hotel and spa on the South Carolina coastal island. Continue reading

Four things I learned on the ultimate road trip

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“Marilyn”

Recently, I participated in the Turtle Wax #FreeTheSoul challenge. To participate, you were encouraged to snap a photo of an automotive moment and submit it on Twitter or Instagram to the contest with the hashtag, #FreeTheSoul. The mission behind the campaign was to encourage enthusiasts to get out and drive their car while exploring the world around them, presumably after they protected the car with Turtle Wax products.

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Driven: Fiat 500X Easy

The Fiat 500X puts the signature styling of the subcompact 500 coupe onto a bigger, more-capable crossover | Bob Golfen photos
The Fiat 500X puts the signature styling of the subcompact 500 coupe onto a bigger, more-capable crossover | Bob Golfen photos

The Fiat 500 coupe is a quirky little city car that’s fun to drive and fun to be seen in. But for real-world driving, Fiat now offers the 500X, a bigger, four-door mini-SUV that stays true to the brand’s styling cues on a more-substantial crossover. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Dodge Demon

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1972 Dodge Demon listed on ClassicCars.com

If a jack-o-lantern swallowed a race car, the byproduct would be this 1972 Dodge Demon. Essentially a standard Dart sedan with a sporty two-door resemblance to the Plymouth Duster, the Dodge Demon had some bite to it. Back in the day, these cars weren’t necessarily fast muscle machines, or on the same playing field as Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers, but they were regarded as economy performance cars.

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