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LAAS- Meet the Duke of Windsors

Robert Emslie November 26, 2013 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

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It’s a tradition that the aftermarket suppliers and specialty companies get their own hall, down in the basement at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s sort of like a mini-SEMA. Another tradition is that Galpin Ford, one of the Southland’s largest auto dealers, brings their A-game to the show, and that usually includes their own wildly modified iron, as well as classic Fords that’ll make you flip your lid. That tradition was alive this year as Galpin brought out the jaw dropping Mustang Mach IV dragster, a car with an astounding 1404 cubic inches of displacement.

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LAAS: The Big Dump – All the Cars in One Big Pile

Robert Emslie November 22, 2013 Featured, LA Auto Show

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The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show is kicking off today, and of course we’ve already crawled over pretty much every car and truck and manufacturer-supplied hors d’œuvre and beer we could. This year’s show was lacking in extraordinary debuts, but with a claimed 56 new models hitting the stage, there is still a lot to see. I’m presently resting my poor feets and to save you the same pain, I’ve put together a bunch of pics from the show that will highlight what I think were some of the most interesting sights.

The show must go on, and it does so right after the jump.

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LAAS 2012: C-Pillars of the Community

Media days at an Auto Show are a whirlwind, and it’s sometimes hard to remember everything that was said, all the new cars that were introduced, or which maker offered the best food and drink. Well, that last part is actually easy – thanks Jaguar/Land Rover and Kia! It doesn’t help any that a lot of cars today – the four doors at least – all seen to have this sloping backlight, tapering back door glass styling trope that while not exactly the same car to car, is still is so common as to make it difficult to figure out which one belongs to which car after seeing a hundred or so.

This C-pillar sameness appears whether the sedan in discussion is a 4 or 6 light, as the ubiquitous sloping line is almost always accompanied by a fat bit of brightwork defining the divide. Here, we’ve gone around the LA Show and have shot a number C-pillars all around the floor, with hopefully too little additional information to allow easy identification. Now after the jump, see if you can name them all from just their Cs. Some are easier than others while a few still require me to look back at the following shot of the entire car to confirm what it is. 

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LAAS 2012: The Gulf of Galpin – 1966 Ford Bronco with extra motivation under hood

Galpin Auto Sports has a sizable presence in the underbelly hall at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. We’re glad they bought out some space, because they brought along this 1966 Ford Bronco that is sporting a paint scheme you might be familiar with. The orange and blue look excellent on this pumped-up machine. When we say pumped up, we mean it because under the hood sits a 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 540 horsepower.

Oh Beau Boeckmann, how you tantalize us. This almost makes us forget about your run on Pimp My Ride.

…almost.

LAAS 2012: The saddest car at the show

Jeff Glucker November 29, 2012 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

This… is sad.

I mean, I actually feel bad for this Acura ILX. The rest of its family is warming themselves in the glow of auto show lighting. It looks cold and lonely. I want to hug it… briefly. Then walk away to go hang out with Jaguars, Aston Martins, and the rest of the cool kids.

LAAS 2012: So… this exists

Jeff Glucker November 29, 2012 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

Not only does it exist, in fact it was the most expensive thing on the table. Asking price? $120.

Wake me up, before I throw throw (it across the room). It’s still a better deal than that RTW Range Rover though.

LAAS 2012: Any Gods reading this… Meet your new chariot.

Jeff Glucker November 29, 2012 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

Dear Santa,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Glucker, and I’m the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Hooniverse.com. I’ve been a pretty good boy this year, despite what you may or may not have read on the Internet. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I’d like to ask you for one thing. It’s not a super car, it’s not an exotic car, and it’s not a luxury SUV. It’s the Morgan Three Wheeler, and I don’t just want it… I need it.

Or I’ll die.

It’s on you now Santa… do the right thing.

LAAS 2012: The coolest car at the show is an old one

Jeff Glucker November 29, 2012 Car Shows, LA Auto Show

It manages to pack so much awesome into such a little space. I’m talking about the BRE Datsun roadster sitting just outside the entrance to Kentia Halls land of misfit automobiles. This particular racing runabout was campaigned by Frank Monise, and now occupies the heart and garage of Adam Carolla.

Click past the break for a few more photos of this excellent machine.

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