’69 SHELBY GT500: PROTOTYPE CONVERTIBLE!

’69 SHELBY GT500: PROTOTYPE CONVERTIBLE!
Rare Shelby pre-production engineering and marketing GT500, the only one (1969-1970) painted Raven Black, is 428 Cobra Jet powered. And it’s been found, documented and restored. As in any endeavor, one’s network of people is invaluable. This story of the finding, vetting, researching and revitalizing of a historic car proves that case once again – and that VIN 9F03Q1022336 is a Shelby Automotive pre-production (prototype) engineering and marketing development car. It is one of just four Shelbys...
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2019 CADILLAC XTS V-SPORT: GOING FAST!

2019 CADILLAC XTS V-SPORT: GOING FAST!
Grab it while you can; Cadillac's 410-horsepower luxury sports sedan might not be long for this world, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Don't get me wrong, I love SUVs. Love the high-up, nosebleed command driving position, love the versatility of all that load-carrying space, love the thought of being able to four-wheel-drive up Mount Kinabalu if I felt the urge. But once in a while, I'll slide behind the wheel of some sleek, high-luxe sedan with a ton of power, and remember how I miss the...
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ATHENS ADVENTURE: HELLENIC MOTOR MUSEUM!

Our intrepid reporter/carguy Dan Scanlan travels to the ‘cradle of civilization’ to uncover a treasure trove of antiques, classics and modern sports cars…hiding in plain sight. Surrounded by relics of Greece’s s ancient civilization, the curved tower Hellenic Motor Museum is one of Athen’s modern attractions. Founded by real estate developer Theodore N. Charagionis, the three-story museum is accessed by a spiral ramp that begins with the history of wheels, from ancient wooden chariots and carts...
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ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH!

ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH!
The all-new, ultra-luxe Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV will take you off the beaten path in real style, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Eleanor is leading the way. Head forward, gossamer wings outstretched, that iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament providing the perfect sight-line as we claw our way up Snow King Mountain. Considering her surroundings, maybe Ms. Eleanor should have traded the flowing gossamer for a Patagonia puffy jacket and a pair of Merrell hiking boots! This is surreal. ...
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BRABHAM BT62: THE ROAD TO LE MANS!

BRABHAM BT62: THE ROAD TO LE MANS!
Brabham Automotive has confirmed that they will return to international sports car racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Adelaide-based automotive manufacturer, which last year launched the record-breaking BT62 track car, is announcing its return to Le Mans. It has committed to a factory racing team and a multi-year motorsport program with development work already under way. The team’s target is the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Endurance Championship season in 2021/22, where it intends to en...
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MARK II – CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!

MARK II - CHEVY’S MYSTERIOUS 427!
The real 427 Mystery Motor, unlike the Z11, was not available in a car or to the public. You had to have serious NASCAR cred to get one of the 20 built. In the 1960s, Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen always seemed to be one step ahead of GM Chairman Fred Donner’s missives disallowing factory involvement in racing. While running Pontiac, Knudsen had supported the Super-Duty Group that, after he left, managed to get 421 Catalina Lightweights to drag racers before the axe fell. In 1961 he moved on to Chevro...
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DUECE COUPE: OLD SCHOOL; NEW SCHOOL!

DUECE COUPE: OLD SCHOOL; NEW SCHOOL!
Ronnie Staples’ flamed classic ’32 Ford has gone through a number of engine-transmission combos over the years, but it’s all sorted out now and ready for serious cruising thanks to a modern five-speed. Ronnie Staples is a serious carguy with a very large garage filled with Pro Touring customs and hot rods that he drives as well as shows. His collecting mantra is simple: NO TRAILER QUEENS! Some are designed and engineered to “bring back the good old days”, while others feature state-of-the-art b...
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‘19 VW Golf R: R IS FOR RAPID!

‘19 VW Golf R: R IS FOR RAPID!
‘Reserved in appearance, practical in shape, and so much fun to drive – for a price’, blogs Dan Scanlan. The term “hot hatch” was born when Volkswagen put a hotter engine and more aggressive rubber and suspension in its front-wheel-drive Rabbit econobox hatchback back in 1974. Since then, many have done hot hatches – three- or five-door compacts with turbocharged Fours, a few wings and things and stickier rubber. And in a few cases, even more powerful versions have been done. Which brings us to...
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RM SOTHEBY’S & THE PETERSEN: KUSTOM KULTURE & PRECIOUS METAL!

RM SOTHEBY’S & THE PETERSEN: KUSTOM KULTURE & PRECIOUS METAL!
A trip to one of the most eclectic auctions this year – RM Sotheby’s at the Petersen Museum – and coming face-to-face with the iconic ‘Rat Fink’, relieves Jim Palam’s decades-old car guy guilt. Here’s his photo-report. It was weighing me down, this Car Guy guilt I’ve been lugging around since I moved to California in 1976. How was it that in all these years I had never visited the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles? I really didn’t have an excuse, so when I received an invitation from RM...
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‘18 MCLAREN 570S SPIDER: FAST & FURIOUS!

‘18 MCLAREN 570S SPIDER: FAST & FURIOUS!
McLaren's magical open-top 570S Spider simply redefines the term 'sportscar', blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker We're cruising for caffeine. Carmel, south of San Fran, down Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur. God's driving road. Thirty-odd miles of serpentine twists and turns. Frothy Pacific to the right, towering rock faces to the left. We'll be ready for that cappuccino on the deck at Nepenthe. This should be a tourist sightseeing meander. Speedo stuck at 30, ready to dive into every scen...
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