Category archives: Features

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1962 Porsche 356 Super 90 Cab

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1962 Porsche 356 Super 90 Cab | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 27th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

There’s no better example of automotive evolution in action than that of Porsche’s rear-engined sports cars. Decade after decade, the progression from the pure simplicity of the 356, through the strength and sophistication of the 911, to the adrenaline rush of the 930 Turbo has earned generations of fans for the nimble cars from Stuttgart. Continue reading

Driven: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2016 Mazda MX-5 (Miata) is 150 pounds lighter than the previous generation car | Larry Edsall photos
2016 Mazda MX-5 (Miata) is 150 pounds lighter than the previous generation car | Larry Edsall photos

There’s a secret that some automakers — and a lot of buff-book automotive writers — don’t want you to know: Horsepower is overrated.

Oh, it’s not that the automakers are cheating when they report on the output of their engines, it’s just that you don’t need 500 horsepower, or even 400 or even 300, for your car to be fun to drive. In fact, a mere 155 horsepower is plenty sufficient if your car is small and light and nimble. For example, if your car is the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 (aka Miata). Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV

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1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

In 1963, Pontiac Motor Division general manager Pete Estes and chief engineer John DeLorean sat down with the division’s sales manager, Frank Bridge, to discuss their new 1964 GTO muscle car. Confident the GTO would be a hit, Estes and DeLorean had to negotiate with Bridge, whose job it was to keep the hundreds of Pontiac dealers happy.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1957 Chevrolet ‘QuikSilver’ custom truck

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1957 Chevrolet Custom Truck “Quicksilver” | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

Dubed “QuikSilver,” this 1957 Chevrolet pickup has often been called the world’s ultimate custom truck.

Owned by Alan Beers, this Chevy has racked up prestigious awards, trouncing car-based creations that typically dominate the hot rod hobby. But instead of asking about the engine or slick paint, the first question that  Beers typically gets is why he chose to build a custom truck when hot rod cars are far more popular. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1932 Ford Hi-Boy ‘McGee Tribute’

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1932 Ford Hi-Boy “McGee Tribute” | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts, a division of the Learning Center at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, was established by hot rod business owners and car enthusiasts offering a two-year program to prep students for a career in the automotive industry.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1953 Delahaye 235

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1953 Delahaye 235 | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The car is a 1953 Delahaye 235 coupe that has unique and stunning bodywork by Saoutchik and has been featured on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach ‒- and not once, but twice.

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Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1938 Coddington V12 Hemi ‘The French Connection’

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1938 Coddington V12 HEMI “The French Connection” | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

You might just say “The French Connection” is a feast for all the senses. You’ll hear it when the throaty rumble of the extraordinary, Italian-made V12 Hemi engine fires up, sounding somewhat like a World War II fighter jet. If you dared to touch the sleek body, you’d feel the flawless, smooth metalwork and the bumps of the exquisite leather upholstery, made from 15 ostrich skins and two cow hides. The real feast, however, is for your eyes, as you gaze upon its voluptuous bodywork, painstakingly hammered into perfection over thousands of hours by the talented Marcel Delay and his sons.

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Driven: 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X off-road version of the new diesel pickup | Bob Golfen
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X off-road version of the new diesel pickup | Bob Golfen

The market-share graph shown by the Nissan folk during an introduction to the newly redesigned 2016 Titan pickup told the sorry tale of the truck brand’s struggle for success in the U.S. marketplace.

In bright colors, the graph of full-size trucks sold in recent years showed the dominance of Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the United States, followed by Chevrolet Silverado, Ram, GMC Sierra and Toyota Tundra. Down at the very bottom of the illustration was a slim line that represented Titan’s paltry share, something on the order of 5 percentage points. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1963 Pontiac Catalina ‘Swiss Cheese’

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1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the 21st in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

The Collingwood Motors “Tonto VI” 1963 “Swiss Cheese” Catalina may share the same external envelope as every other Catalina of similar vintage, but its four tires bear down on Earth with only 3,300 pounds of weight. That’s nearly 900 pounds less than its regular production equivalent.

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