Category archives: Features

Driven: 2017 Lexus ES 300h sedan

The Lexus ES 300h provided  a quality road trip while getting 36 miles per gallon | Lexus photos
The Lexus ES 300h provided a quality high-speed road trip while getting 36 miles per gallon | Lexus photos

The drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas is long and tedious, with a few interesting segments and a handful of roadside attractions from another era filled with kitschy Western mementos.

The best way to endure the four-and-a-half-hour trip is in the most comfortable and luxurious car possible, one with supportive seats, plenty of driving features and an excellent audio system. It wouldn’t hurt if the chosen vehicle was also good on gas. Continue reading

90 years ago, Mercedes unleashed its ‘White Elephants’

On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives
On the grid June 19, 1927 at the Nurburgring: new Model S (Cars 1 and 2) and a privately entered Model K (Car 3) | Mercedes-Benz archives

Give someone a “white elephant” and they may laugh at the humor of the gifting of something that not only is useless, but perhaps even lacking in tastefulness. But 90 years ago, if you were offered a “White Elephant” from Mercedes-Benz, you were able to enjoy the dominating sports car of the era.

It was June 19, 1927 when Rudolf Caracciola steered Mercedes’ new Model S — the S short for Sport — to victory in the inaugural race for sports cars at Germany’s brand-new Nurburgring. Adolf Rosenberger finished second another Model S in a race that used both the Nordschleife (North Loop) and Sudschleife (South Loop) of the original roadways. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photo
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered with reserve during the second annual Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback was recently restored ahead of the Mustang Club of America Concours where it scored 994 out of 1,000 points.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1988 Lamborghini Countach 500 Quattrovalvole

CaptureEditor’s note: This is the eighth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered with a reserve during the second annual Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction is this 1988 Lamborghini Countach 500 Quattrovalvole. The car was originally ordered by collector Joe Nastasi and comes finished in Fly Yellow and white. Additionally, it features a factory rear wing and a rearview camera.

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GM’s hometown car show spreads across Michigan

One-owner '79 MG Midget, Flint-built '62 Buick Special convertible and '95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos
One-owner ’79 MG Midget, Flint-built ’62 Buick Special convertible and ’95 Camaro convertible in downtown Clare, Michigan | Larry Edsall photos

Though not as well known nationally as the Woodward Dream Cruise, in a dozen years, Back to the Bricks has become a five-day automotive celebration and cruise-in staged on the brick-lined downtown streets of Flint, the city north of Detroit where Billy Durant started General Motors and the city where the original batch of America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvettes, were assembled.

For the eighth year, Back to the Bricks has become more than just a Flint event. This month, more than 200 cars have cruised into seven Michigan cities on the Brick’s Heritage Promo Tour. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

This rare 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T will be offered during the second annual Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction with reserve. is powered by the original Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1932 Hudson roadster

1932 Hudson Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo
1932 Hudson Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered with a reserve at the second Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction, this 1932 Hudson roadster was recently discovered and has undergone a Murphy-inspired full and complete restoration, returning it to its 1932 Paris Auto Salon-show specification.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photo
1970 Plymouth Superbird | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered without reserve at the second Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction is this 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2017: 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

CaptureEditor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold June 21-24 during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction.

Offered at the second Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction, this Cadillac DeVille convertible has undergone a full frame-off restoration and features full Eldorado trim.

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