Behind the wheel of vehicles of all types
Take a look at the current wares of Toyota, the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer — the posh Lexus line; the industrious Toyota Tundra pickups; the world-beating hybrid Prius (3.6 million sold, so far); and the work-a-day bestselling Camry. But it wasn’t always this way. Today’s offering, via Rusty but Trusty, is a 1959 Toyopet Crown […] [Read More]
Malcolm Pray, the late Greenwich, Conn. auto magnate, was devoted to his classic cars but he was also passionate about his non-profit Pray Achievement Center. So much so that when he died in 2013, it was announced that the sale of several cars from his collection would benefit the organization. This past weekend at auction […] [Read More]
The Ford Focus, a wildly successful car, with 12 million sold since it was introduced in 1998, nestles quite comfortably in that torrid niche of “hot hatchbacks.” These are the squirrelly little cars that seem to combine several salesworthy attributes – nimble, inexpensive, stylish and useful – into something that is at once sporty and […] [Read More]
Snakes to the ultimate snakepit — the first Dodge Vipers are skedded to be crushed and, no, you can’t have them.
At face value, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Let’s take 93 of the first Dodge Vipers (later called the SRT Viper), let’s admire their racy flanks, their 8-liter, 400-horsepower V10 engines, let’s even compare these 180-mph speedsters (sorry, Porsche) to their inspiration, the fabulous Shelby Cobra. Then….. let’s crush them. This, according […] [Read More]
It won’t be your usual auction, when the military vehicle collection of the late Jacques Littlefield comes up for auction this summer. Littlefield, who died in 2009 at the age of 59, had an assortment of some 200 wheeled and tracked weapons of war at his ranch in Portola Valley, Calif. Among the vehicles are […] [Read More]
Electric-powered car goes 375 miles at 55 miles per hour on a single charge, German battery maker says.
We’re used to seeing electric cars with a range of, say, 80 to 100 miles on a charge, but DBM Energy, a company in Germany, says it has designed a battery that powers a car’s electric motor far more efficiently than anything we’ve seen so far. DBM Energy says the newly designed battery powered an […] [Read More]
If you buy a four-door sedan in this country, it’s almost a guarantee that you won’t attract the attention that you would in, say, a Corvette or a Bentley convertible. Sedans are sedate. Not much in the Department of Flash. But they are the bread-and-butter of the auto industry, the quintessential everyday car. There is, […] [Read More]
It’s not exactly a street car, but the 1968 Porsche known as the 907 Longtail is coming up for sale at the Gooding & Co. auction at Amelia Island, Ga., in about a week and it is indeed an historic car. Gooding says it was raced at Le Mans (it won its class in 1971) […] [Read More]