Hear Why This 1971 Aston Martin DBS Is an “Irrational Desire”. “Whenever I see this car, no matter if it’s day or night, no matter from which angle I’m looking at it, I just fall in love.”
For the latest installment in Petrolicious’ ongoing Made to Drive video series examining the unique bonds between people and their cars, the production company visits Michael von Trzebiatowski, the proud owner of a 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8. The TV show The Persuaders is what ignited Michael’s love for the DBS, identifying with the car Roger Moore drove. “Whenever I see this car, no matter if it’s day or night, no matter from which angle I’m looking at it, I just fall in love,” says Michael.
When he finally found the right one in the right condition, he purchased it, however he had to keep his brother, who was handling his finances at the time, in the dark for over a year, hiding his “irrational desire” from his family.
The 1971 Mazda RX-2 Is a Killer Bee. Petrolicious takes a look at Jason Humble’s “Capella Rotary.”
It goes without saying that few 45-year-old automobiles are in particularly good shape. But given a little TLC, a number of vintage racers are up and running thanks to gearheads like Jason Humble. A perfect example is Humble’s 1971 Mazda RX-2. Raced in Japan back in the day as the “Capella Rotary,” the vehicle was found in disrepair before Humble gave it a complete overhaul — with a monstrous ’70s howl to boot. “It’s a real genuine take on what what the car should have been in the day,” says the Australian.
Jerry Seinfeld Is Selling His Porsche Collection. “When are they gonna have the flying cars, already?”
Avid automotive fan and legendary comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, is selling off part of his impressive collection of Porsches. “I’ve never bought a car as an investment,
I don’t really even think of myself as a collector. I just love cars,” claimed the comic on upcoming auction of the 1955 550 Spyder, 1958 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster and 1974 911 RSR IROC. “I still love these cars. But it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.”
The cars will be auctioned at Gooding’s upcoming March 11 Amelia Island sale, but can be previewed at the company’s Scottsdale site starting January 29.
The 1964 Porsche 356 Cabriolet Emory Outlaw Oozes Old World Class. Worthy of being outlawed for being so covetable.
Few vintage cars inspire as much fanaticism as the Porsche 356, but the Emory Outlaw custom build of the 356 Cabriolet ups that one more notch.
Father-and-son duo Gary and Rod Emory have experienced a newfound wave of appreciation for their builds in recent years, with the Outlaw being the pinnacle of their work. Featuring a 2.4-liter flat-four engine capable of 185 hp and 172 pound-feet of torque, the Outlaw is outfitted with a four-speed transmission while the interior is bedecked with a Nardi steering wheel and luxurious red leather upholstery.
A pretty car costs a pretty penny — the silver Outlaw commands $250,000 USD, while a sleek black version costs $100,000 USD more.
The DeLorean Goes ‘Back to the Future’ as It Returns to Production. But it won’t be a time machine…
First, Nike brought back the Air MAG, now, the DeLorean is reportedly going back into production. The car made famous by the Back to the Future series was last produced around 35 years ago, but soon that will all change as the DeLorean Motor Company comes back to life. According to DeLorean’s CEO Stephen Wynne, “It’s fantastic. It is a game-changer for us. We’ve been wanting this to happen. That was a green light to go back into production. That was prohibited. It was against the law to do it.”
The new DeLoreans will be built on American soil, but the company will start off under by a low-volume manufacturing bill approved by the federal government. All new builds will follow the same 1982 model, as “There’s no reason to change the appearance of the car. As we go into the program, we’ll decide what areas need to be freshened up.” Wynne estimates that the company has enough materials to make around 300 cars, and that they hope to ramp up production from one a month to one a week.
Currently, he estimates the price to be less than $100,000 USD depending on what engine the new cars will incorporate. For reference, you can buy a refurbished DeLorean today between $45,000 USD to $55,000 USD. The company hopes to have its first car done by 2017.
There may be no better way of describing the owning of a vintage car than as an island in an ocean of technology. For Pierantonio Micciarelli of Milan, Italy, this island comes in the form of a Fiat 2300 S Coupe.
With so many rules and regulations to owning a vintage car in Italy, owning a car like this isn’t just a means of transportation but a dedication to style, craftsmanship, and commitment. In a world of technology, this leaves Pierantonio, and many of us who choose the vintage car lifestyle, suspended in time.
Growing up in the 80s, If you had any kind of poster on your wall, you probably had one of these: a Lamborghini Countach. Known then, as well as now, for it’s mind blowing designs of excessive Italian passion and flair, the Lamborghini Countach was the ultimate symbol of “I’ve made it” when it was introduced in the mid 70s.
Now, the mid-engined V12 super car royalty, named after an Italian expression of shock and awe, is considered a stepping stone in the evolution of super cars to which we see on the road today. Car journalism site EVO was able to get its hands on a fairly mint condition example, specifically an LP-400 S. While its technology may be a bit outdated and its performance sub-par to what our sporty cars can even churn out these days, the Countach is still a mainstay when it comes to wild style, thrill and eye-popping excitement.
Watch the in-depth review video above and for more of the supercar’s impact on design, be sure to check out the United Nude Lo Res concept car based on the wedged body of the Countach.
Rock legend Janis Joplin’s iconic psychedelic Porsche will be on display at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet is the final version of the line’s “C” model, which sold from 1964 through 1965.
Purchased off a used car lot in 1968 for $3,500 by the singer, the vehicle remained on display at The Rock and Roll Museum’s Hall of Fame in Cleveland for nearly 20 years before it was auctioned off last December for a record $1.76 million USD.
Joplin’s friend and band Big Brother and the Holding Company roadie Dave Richards took nearly a month to paint the design of the rock star’s daily driver, which he titled “The History of the Universe.” See the car up-close at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance which will be held from March 11-13, displaying over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world.
When Ferrari wanted to race in Formula 2 with its new V6 engine named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino, the company faced a problem. They needed to build enough cars to satisfy the homologation rules, so Ferrari turned to Fiat for help. A deal was struck with Fiat to build the Dino Coupe and Spider, and with this, Ferrari got its chance to compete in Formula 2.
Danny Soukup always loved the way the Dino Spider looked, so for decades he worked his way into a position to buy the car of his dreams. There is a lot of history surrounding Fiat and Ferrari during the time period of this car, and Danny gives us a look into this as well as the design, thoughts, and inner workings of a Fiat Dino Spider. He also shares the new perspective into life that his car has given him.
By the late 1950s, open-top two-seaters were so popular that Mercedes-Benz decided to convert the 300 SL (W 198). In spring 1957 the legendary “Gullwing” was succeeded by the 300 SL Roadster, thus bringing the thrill of open-top driving to the range of high performance sports cars. Equipped with a new rear axle design, this model boasted state-of-the-art handling characteristics and in 1961 became the first Mercedes-Benz production car to be given disc brakes on all four wheels.
Concealed beneath the stylish bodywork, the spaceframe remained the roadster’s loadbearing structure, although it featured a number of modifications. Lower at the sides, the new frame design now made conventional front-hinged doors possible. This not only made getting into and out of the car easier, it was also a key design prerequisite for any opentop vehicle. Thanks to the frame’s flatter rear-end and a redesigned fuel reservoir, the spare wheel was now stowed underfloor and the area beneath the boot lid could properly be called a boot.
The soft top was easy to operate and was stowed under a purpose-built hatch behind the seats when not required. From late 1958 Mercedes-Benz also optionally supplied an elegant and easy-to-fit hardtop for use when the weather turned colder. In 1957 a slimmed-down version of the 300 SL Roadster, the 300 SLS, made a number of headlinegrabbing appearances when Paul O’Shea won Class D of the American Sports Car Championship by a convincing margin.
Highlight: Pagoda roof.
The detachable concave coupé roof was more than just avant-garde design. It was a tangible expression of the principle that “form follows function”. In spite of its lightweight construction, the design offered a very high degree of rigidity and in combination with largeformat windows gave the driver excellent visibility.