The Truth About Cars » Enthusiasm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Enthusiasm http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/enthusiasm-editorials/ Every Rear-wheel-drive Coupe Concept from GM is Vaporware http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/every-gm-rear-wheel-drive-coupe-concept-vaporware/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/every-gm-rear-wheel-drive-coupe-concept-vaporware/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1274497 Guess what, enthusiasts? The automakers are lying to you. See that red tire? It may as well be a giant red X written across your hopes and dreams of a small, nimble, rear-wheel drive coupe. The Opel GT Concept is just that — a concept. And it isn’t the first time GM has pulled this […]

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Guess what, enthusiasts? The automakers are lying to you. See that red tire? It may as well be a giant red X written across your hopes and dreams of a small, nimble, rear-wheel drive coupe. The Opel GT Concept is just that — a concept. And it isn’t the first time GM has pulled this […]

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Barriers to a Beauty: 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barriers-beauty-1969-lamborghini-miura-p400/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/barriers-beauty-1969-lamborghini-miura-p400/#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1273073 Before U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced Mercedes-Benz there was a market for the now famous gull-winged grand tourer, the 300SL badge was earlier applied to the company’s first postwar factory racecar, the W194 that was victorious at LeMans in 1952. Sixty years later, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz introduced […]

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Before U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced Mercedes-Benz there was a market for the now famous gull-winged grand tourer, the 300SL badge was earlier applied to the company’s first postwar factory racecar, the W194 that was victorious at LeMans in 1952. Sixty years later, at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz introduced […]

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Elio Motors Brings Latest Prototype, Stock Sale & Other News to Detroit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-brings-latest-prototype-stock-sale-news-detroit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/elio-motors-brings-latest-prototype-stock-sale-news-detroit/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1266137 The small crew of folks who make up Elio Motors brought the latest, fifth generation, developmental prototype of their reverse trike to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Paul Elio gave a press conference going over what progress the company has made moving towards actual production, including some details about their recent stock […]

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The small crew of folks who make up Elio Motors brought the latest, fifth generation, developmental prototype of their reverse trike to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Paul Elio gave a press conference going over what progress the company has made moving towards actual production, including some details about their recent stock […]

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All Signs Point to Bronco and Here’s Why http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/signs-point-bronco-heres/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/signs-point-bronco-heres/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236177 Ford is bringing back the Bronco. This is not a fantasy. It is not a request. And although our friends in Dearborn are not ready to talk about it, we do not need their official confirmation to see why a genuine Bronco will be back in showrooms in as few as 24 months. The return […]

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Ford is bringing back the Bronco. This is not a fantasy. It is not a request. And although our friends in Dearborn are not ready to talk about it, we do not need their official confirmation to see why a genuine Bronco will be back in showrooms in as few as 24 months. The return […]

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Giving Thanks: Money Isn’t Everything: What an $8,500 Porsche 996 Really Costs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/giving-thanks-money-isnt-everything-what-an-8500-porsche-996-really-costs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/giving-thanks-money-isnt-everything-what-an-8500-porsche-996-really-costs/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230025 Editor’s note: Some of you loved it. Some of you loved to hate it. Yoav’s story about his brief affair with a Porsche 996 was read far and wide by our own B&B and many in the Porsche community. It originally ran July 30th, 2015. I really should get Yoav back on TTAC. About two […]

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Editor’s note: Some of you loved it. Some of you loved to hate it. Yoav’s story about his brief affair with a Porsche 996 was read far and wide by our own B&B and many in the Porsche community. It originally ran July 30th, 2015. I really should get Yoav back on TTAC. About two […]

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TTAC Project Car: Getting Down To Business! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ttac-project-car-ford-sierra-gets-business/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/ttac-project-car-ford-sierra-gets-business/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223305 Farewell to our Ford Sierra’s reasonably adequate, high compression and emissions free 2-liter Pinto motor because it’s time to visit Lima, Ohio — not Peru — with a bonus question for the truly tech-savvy among the B&B. There’s a guy named Bo that’s earned quite the reputation in TurboFord-land. I’ve seen his handiwork kicking ass at LeMons races, but was […]

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Farewell to our Ford Sierra’s reasonably adequate, high compression and emissions free 2-liter Pinto motor because it’s time to visit Lima, Ohio — not Peru — with a bonus question for the truly tech-savvy among the B&B. There’s a guy named Bo that’s earned quite the reputation in TurboFord-land. I’ve seen his handiwork kicking ass at LeMons races, but was […]

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Swimming Upstream: VJ Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/swimming-upstream-vj-day/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1218297 It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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It’s been another exhausting day and, after wasting precious time trying to write some sort of clever introduction, I’ve realized that there just isn’t any point in beating around the bush. The windmill I set out to topple is thoroughly defeated and the Town and Country looks smart sitting in front of the house tonight […]

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Studio 65 Revives the Bugeye Sprite, in 1:32 Scale http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/studio-65-revives-bugeye-sprite-132-scale/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/studio-65-revives-bugeye-sprite-132-scale/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1209585 Note: Yesterday, Mark Stevenson, using “news” about the revised Mercedes-Benz GLS as an object lesson, points out how wasteful car manufacturers’ and suppliers’ press releases can be. They waste pixels, paper, our time and ultimately get in the way of providing worthwhile content for you, our readers. Not all press releases are a waste of time, […]

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Note: Yesterday, Mark Stevenson, using “news” about the revised Mercedes-Benz GLS as an object lesson, points out how wasteful car manufacturers’ and suppliers’ press releases can be. They waste pixels, paper, our time and ultimately get in the way of providing worthwhile content for you, our readers. Not all press releases are a waste of time, […]

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Mark Bites Back: In Defense of Nissan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/mark-bites-back-defense-nissan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/mark-bites-back-defense-nissan/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1210777 Bark and I, either by fate or consequence, were presented with very similar automotive options lately. While his choice was made on the Emerald Aisle, mine was made over the phone before a planned trip to watch the final round of the Nissan Micra Cup in Quebec. And while he was less than impressed with the 370Z […]

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Bark and I, either by fate or consequence, were presented with very similar automotive options lately. While his choice was made on the Emerald Aisle, mine was made over the phone before a planned trip to watch the final round of the Nissan Micra Cup in Quebec. And while he was less than impressed with the 370Z […]

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Swimming Upstream: 30 Day Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-30-day-countdown/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1203185 It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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It’s Friday and once again it’s time for an update from Japan where my efforts to get my Town & Country licensed and street legal continue unabated. Last week’s baby steps have led to modest results. My visit to the local police station netted me a parking permit on Tuesday and, although I am immensely […]

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Swimming Upstream: Steps, 2, 3, 4 & 5 – Pre-Shaken http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-steps-2-3-4-5-pre-shaken/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:15:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197242 The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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The quest to complete the importation of my 2013 Town & Country continues and, if the important successes I reported on last week were great strides towards the ultimate goal, this week’s progress has been limited to a frustrating series of baby steps. Still, progress is being made. As most government offices were closed on […]

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Larry LaBute’s Wheelchair Accessible Lincoln Zephyr and Bentley Mk VI Restomods http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/larry-labutes-wheelchair-accessible-lincoln-zephyr-bentley-mk-vi-restomods/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/larry-labutes-wheelchair-accessible-lincoln-zephyr-bentley-mk-vi-restomods/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1168098 The next time you believe that an unfortunate circumstance means that you can’t achieve a dream or take part in an activity you love, take a moment to think about Larry LaBute and then go ahead and live out those dreams. I’m not sure how he became disabled — LaBute is paraplegic — but that hasn’t stopped […]

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The next time you believe that an unfortunate circumstance means that you can’t achieve a dream or take part in an activity you love, take a moment to think about Larry LaBute and then go ahead and live out those dreams. I’m not sure how he became disabled — LaBute is paraplegic — but that hasn’t stopped […]

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Swimming Upstream: Importing a Car Into Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/swimming-upstream-importing-car-japan/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187810 Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Back in July, just days before my family boarded a Boeing 777 to wing our way to Japan, a truck arrived at my home to haul away my Chrysler Town & Country. In the ensuing weeks, while we struggled through lost luggage and looked for a place to live, the van was trucked to California, loaded into a container […]

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Shifting With The Future At The Hagerty Driving Experience http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/shifting-future-hagerty-driving-experience/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/shifting-future-hagerty-driving-experience/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:10:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1177002 Last Wednesday morning, I received an email about an upcoming event in Portland, Ore. held by classic car insurer Hagerty. Fifty teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 would get to drive a handful of classic and vintage cars and trucks around a marked course. All of the vehicles available would […]

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Last Wednesday morning, I received an email about an upcoming event in Portland, Ore. held by classic car insurer Hagerty. Fifty teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 would get to drive a handful of classic and vintage cars and trucks around a marked course. All of the vehicles available would […]

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Viper Pit on Woodward – It Always Has to Be Snakes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/viper-pit-woodward-always-snakes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/viper-pit-woodward-always-snakes/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1148121 I have a friend and colleague, for the purposes of this post we’ll name him Jack, that races cars and has an active social life with attractive women. It’s not likely that he’d be jealous of a decrepit grandfather like me, but indeed his envy was as green as his old Audi S5 when I […]

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I have a friend and colleague, for the purposes of this post we’ll name him Jack, that races cars and has an active social life with attractive women. It’s not likely that he’d be jealous of a decrepit grandfather like me, but indeed his envy was as green as his old Audi S5 when I […]

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TTAC Goes Karting, And So Should You! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ttac-goes-karting/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140994 One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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One of the great secrets of TTAC is how little we, the writers, know each other. I have met our fearless leader, Mark Stevenson, exactly once. I have met Sajeev exactly once — and he was wearing a judge’s robe and a headdress. I have met Murilee exactly once, and he was berating me for […]

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What’s Wrong with Buick, from a Former Buick Owner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/whats-wrong-with-buick-from-a-former-buick-owner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/whats-wrong-with-buick-from-a-former-buick-owner/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1140074 We tend to armchair quarterback what’s wrong with specific automotive brands quite a bit in the TTAC comments. Meanwhile, there are people in the real world who get caught up in what’s actually wrong with some of these brands’ products by buying them — for example: the Buick Regal GS. Jeremy writes: I owned a 2013 […]

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We tend to armchair quarterback what’s wrong with specific automotive brands quite a bit in the TTAC comments. Meanwhile, there are people in the real world who get caught up in what’s actually wrong with some of these brands’ products by buying them — for example: the Buick Regal GS. Jeremy writes: I owned a 2013 […]

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Money Isn’t Everything: What an $8,500 Porsche 996 Really Costs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/money-isnt-everything-what-an-8500-porsche-996-really-costs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/money-isnt-everything-what-an-8500-porsche-996-really-costs/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1129177 About two months ago, I purchased my fourth new-to-me car in as many years — and I still had two of the previous three. Of those three, one was purchased for adventure (a 1977 Porsche 911S that I drove cross-country and back nine days after purchasing it), one because of nostalgia (a Honda S2000, I […]

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About two months ago, I purchased my fourth new-to-me car in as many years — and I still had two of the previous three. Of those three, one was purchased for adventure (a 1977 Porsche 911S that I drove cross-country and back nine days after purchasing it), one because of nostalgia (a Honda S2000, I […]

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TTAC Project Car: Sacrifice to The Sierra Gods! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ttac-project-car-sacrifice-sierra-gods/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128273   No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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  No surprise, the auto journo that insists on everything LS-swapped is actually a big ol’ fraud. Do as he says, not as he does with TTAC’s Project Car — a 1983 Ford Sierra Ghia previously reviewed with the promise of more to come. Promises: kept. After scouring the interwebs, reading about the Sierra’s factory […]

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Got Them Old NCRS Packard Blues http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/got-old-ncrs-packard-blues/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/got-old-ncrs-packard-blues/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1125585 There are a lot of things that I like about the car hobby and, at the same time, there are annoyances. As someone who writes about automotive history, I can well appreciate the need for authenticity when it comes to restorations. I also understand that humans are competitive and that car shows are often actual […]

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There are a lot of things that I like about the car hobby and, at the same time, there are annoyances. As someone who writes about automotive history, I can well appreciate the need for authenticity when it comes to restorations. I also understand that humans are competitive and that car shows are often actual […]

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What A Short, Strange Truck It Was – Air-Cooled VW Pickups http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/short-strange-truck-air-cooled-vw-pickups/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/short-strange-truck-air-cooled-vw-pickups/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114441 It’s funny how it sometimes takes a while to recognize something familiar. In the mid-1980s, when my daily driver was a slightly hi-po’d 1972 VW Type 2, I was driving a work vehicle from the Detroit area to Toledo to pick up a part. As I drove down I-75 and got closer to Ohio, I noticed one […]

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It’s funny how it sometimes takes a while to recognize something familiar. In the mid-1980s, when my daily driver was a slightly hi-po’d 1972 VW Type 2, I was driving a work vehicle from the Detroit area to Toledo to pick up a part. As I drove down I-75 and got closer to Ohio, I noticed one […]

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Volvo Could Be Buying Polestar To Exit Motorsport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volvo-buying-polestar-exit-motorsport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volvo-buying-polestar-exit-motorsport/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115153 The fraternity of automotive journalism was atwitter when blue Polestar Volvos arrived at the Chicago auto show last year. While the cars delivered increased performance and looks to match, Polestar also gave the high-performance Swedish offerings credibility with racing programs in Scandinavia (STCC) and Australia (V8 Supercars). It’s no secret, though, that Volvo’s marketing head, Alain Visser, sees […]

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The fraternity of automotive journalism was atwitter when blue Polestar Volvos arrived at the Chicago auto show last year. While the cars delivered increased performance and looks to match, Polestar also gave the high-performance Swedish offerings credibility with racing programs in Scandinavia (STCC) and Australia (V8 Supercars). It’s no secret, though, that Volvo’s marketing head, Alain Visser, sees […]

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You Can Buy the Largest Corvair Ever Made http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/can-buy-largest-corvair-ever-made/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108969 With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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With the number of people collecting “mid-century” artifacts, the stuff of middle class American life in the 1950s and early 1960s, it shouldn’t come as a surprise there are folks who collect vintage travel trailers. Actually, if you’ve gone to enough car shows, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all as owners of cars of […]

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With Nürburgring Records Dead, Automakers Begin Pikes Peak Chest-Thumping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/with-nurburgring-records-dead-automakers-begin-pikes-peak-chest-thumping/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104737 At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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At the conclusion of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mercedes-Benz issued a release claiming a new record: the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC was the fastest production diesel to ever make it from base camp to summit. Driven by Uwe Nittel, the compression-ignition, tri-star sedan navigated the mountain’s 156 corners in 11 minutes 22 seconds. Since the manufacturer-favorite Nürburgring […]

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Hey, Hey, It’s the Fonz Dream Rod Monkeemobile http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hey-hey-fonz-dream-rod-monkeemobile/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/hey-hey-fonz-dream-rod-monkeemobile/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093961 A reader, commenting on my post about the Batmobile – arguably the most famous television car there is – mentioned the Monkeemobile, another ’60s pop culture automotive favorite. As it happens, I was already planning some posts on television cars, including one of the authentic Monkeemobiles. Both of those vehicles have connections to the auto industry, one sort […]

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A reader, commenting on my post about the Batmobile – arguably the most famous television car there is – mentioned the Monkeemobile, another ’60s pop culture automotive favorite. As it happens, I was already planning some posts on television cars, including one of the authentic Monkeemobiles. Both of those vehicles have connections to the auto industry, one sort […]

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