Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible

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1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the first 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 during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda is one of only 14 Hemi convertibles built. But it’s even more rare because of its “triple black” coloring and  racing provenance.

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From rust to restoration: Paris-Dakar Nissan returns to Sahara

Thirty years later, Nissan Patrol is restored and running again on Saharan dunes | Nissan photos
Nearly 30 years later, Nissan Patrol is restored and running again on Saharan dunes | Nissan photos

On January 1, 1987, 312 vehicles started from Paris on a nearly 12,800-mile trek through Europe, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal, the famed and grueling Paris-Dakar Rally. Two of those vehicles were diesel-powered 1987 Nissan Patrol sport utilities, bedecked in the colors of Fanta Limon, a soft drink. Continue reading

Driven (briefly): 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

Acura's MDX gets a makeover for the 2017 model year | Acura photos
Acura’s MDX gets a makeover for the 2017 model year | Acura photos

Now that it’s three years into its third-generation, Acura’s MDX sport utility vehicle has undergone a midlife makeover: New “diamond pentagon” grille up front, the AcuraWatch suite of safety and “driver-assistive” technologies, updated standard luxury and technology features, including LED lighting, real wood interior trim, surround-view camera system, and more, including six — count ‘em, six — USB charging ports in the Advance trim package. Continue reading

Product review: Aluma tilt-bed trailer

The Aluma tilt-bed trailer presents a gentle slope for loading the Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos
The Aluma tilt-bed trailer presents a gentle slope for loading the Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos

The assignment to perform a product review on a car-hauling trailer initially seemed kind of loopy. A trailer is a trailer, right? You load up your classic car, tow it to where you’re going, then unload it. So what’s to review?

A little bit of research ahead of time convinced me that Aluma’s all-aluminum tilt-bed trailer was well worth checking out because it seems like the perfect accessory for anyone’s old-car hobby. The attraction here is that the tandem-wheel 8216, 8218 and 8220 Tilt models feature a bed that pivots in its entirety, providing a gradual slope for loading without the usual steep ramp to climb or a high-center point to scrape or get stuck on. Continue reading

Product review: Magic Creeper

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Magic Creeper used to go under vehicle | Magic Creeper photos

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of holiday gift guide product reviews.]

The Magic Creeper from Cloud Cap Innovations is a wheel-less under-vehicle creeper that lays flat on the ground but slides forward and backward. It is made from a soft material which the manufacturer says is resistant to water and oil. When not in use, the creeper rolls up for easy and convenient storage.

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Dorothy and J.B. Nethercutt bought a restorable Duesenberg, then a duPont, and won at Pebble Beach — repeatedly

The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo
The Grand Salon at the Nethercutt Collection | Larry Crane photo

‘The first car I owned was in the very early days of my courtship with my wife Dorothy,” recalled the late J.B. Nethercutt, “…was a 1923 Chevrolet touring… It had a loose piston in the engine… no floorboards in the front… and the running boards were gone. But since I only paid $12 and a .22 pump rifle for it, it wasn’t too bad of a deal.”

J.B. bought a closed body — with floors — and mounted in on the Chevrolet chassis and that was their car for many years as J.B. helped his aunt, Merle Norman, build her cosmetics business. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1957 Continental MKII custom

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1957 Continental MKII

From mild to wild, custom cars are the ultimate expression of individuality that invite onlookers to escape mass-production normality to experience the car as a piece of automotive industrial art.

According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, the uniqueness of the Pick of the Day, a 1957 Continental MKII custom, earned the car a spot on the cover of Rod and Custom magazine. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG

Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos
Full tank and full charge, 2017 Accord Hybrid offers more than 600 miles of range | American Honda photos

My first impression as I pressed the “start” button and adjusted the driver’s seat position and the steering wheel reach and angle in the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid TRG (TRG is short for Touring) was very favorable: Right there on the dashboard were numbers informing me that the car had more than 600 miles of range.

That’s a round trip from Phoenix to Las Vegas and back without having to stop for fuel. I’m impressed. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s auction swells interest in Milano Autoclassica show

Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos
Ferrari 250MM Barchetta among cars on classic dealership stand | Dirk de Jager photos

Although a relatively new event in the classic car scene, now on its sixth edition, the Milano Autoclassica Show managed to attract 60.000 visitors last week. But that 18 percent increase in attendance is largely due to the presence of the Duemila Ruote Collection sale organized by RM Sotheby’s.

With more than 800 lots and all available without reserve, the auction definitely attracted more foreign visitors for the first time to the show staged in the Milano-Rho Fiera halls just on the outskirts from the capitol of the Lombardy region. Continue reading