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1959 BMW 600: “The Limousine”

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So awhiles back this olelongrooffan was up in the City of Palms and spotted something previously heard of and only seen in pictures. Yeah, my fellow Hoons this was the first time I had spotted a BMW 600, “The Limousine” if you will. And it dates from 1959, the same age as the Daytona International Speedway and this olelongrooffan. Click on through to see some more of it.

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2015 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

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It is a pleasant coincidence that the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance occurs each year at exactly the same time I spend a week in warm southern Florida with my family – it’s like they plan it around me, which they should.

The one day concours is relatively small in size but it features something for everyone and not just the rare and the overpriced/over-hyped. Like last year there were plenty of fast and funky Europeans, American muscle, British luxury, with some micro and one-offs thrown into the mix.

Over a hundred pics and results after the jump.

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Flagship Dealerships of the Champs-Elysees: Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota

Jim Yu February 24, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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After spending two days at Retromobile, I yearned for more! Five fancy dealerships– Peugeot, Mercedes, Toyota, Renault, and Citroen– were within a few blocks of each other along the Champs-Elysees. I braved sub-freezing weather to visit them, and I was not disappointed.

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Retromobile 2015: Potpourri Edition

Jim Yu February 20, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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We end Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile 2015 with random oddities. From old prototypes to coach-built one-offs, we’ve got everything. I approached this white car from the rear and assumed it was some obscure Japanese car, perhaps a Mazda. Wrong. It’s a 1963 Lancia Flaminia by Pininfarina. I really dig the taillight treatment.

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Retromobile 2015: The Merchandise

Jim Yu February 19, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage now focuses on the mom-and-pop businesses with booths at the classic car show. The sheer volume of Hoontastic toys and baubles available is mind blowing. What I have captured here is just a tiny fraction of the products on offer. The lede photo is a hand built, 1/43 scale, ultra-detailed 1938 Alfa Romeo Le Mans racer for a mere 2,900 Euros. Make the jump to see what else you can pick up with your hard earned cash.

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Eurotripper European Car Show: The Water Cooled Edition

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So it was a couple weekends ago this olelongrooffan was up at JetBlue Park in the City of Palms checking out the Eurotripper European Car Show. As I mentioned previously, there was large contingency of VDubs, both air and water cooled, but they were not the only Eurocars to show up that day. One of them was this seriously cool Land Rover as well as many more. However, to see them my fellow Hoons will have to make the jump.

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Big in Berlin – Lucille is a 1972 Ford Country Sedan turned German

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For every thought you entertain about importing a small European city car to the United States and let it loose on the endless prairie roads that will shrink it even further, there’s a counterpart trying to happen. Take an enormous American car, a station wagon as long and wide as you get, and bring it over to Central Europe where the streets are narrow and crowded, “Fun-Sized!”. On Berlin streets where a Volkswagen up! is king, you would be hard pressed to find a car less at odds with its surroundings than a 1972 Ford Galaxie Country Sedan, in wagon form.

A friend of mine, Philipp, did exactly that. A long-time fan of classic Americana, he wanted something quintessentially large and in charge, so he could ship it to his neighbourhood of Kreuzberg, Berlin. Luckily, since a fellow petrolhead will happily try to make dreams come true for another from the other side of the planet, a friend of his sourced him exactly what he wanted, gave it a once-over to see everything was in correct order, and sent it on its way across the Atlantic.

Fast forward to a couple months later, and I was in Berlin. After seeing the sights you have to, I happily took the chance to check out Lucille. Yes, that’s her name. Suits her, doesn’t it?

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Eurotripper European Car Show: The Air Cooled Edition

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So recently, at the encouragement of a Bahamas cruise ship bound friend TheKenMan, this olelongrooffan ventured north to check out some action at the Eurotripper European Car Show at Jet Blue Park there in the town that is home to the Henry Ford Estate. There were some pretty cool vehicles to be seen, the bulk of them of the VDub variation. There were several exceptions but this offering pretty much covers the Volkswagen based air cooled rides that showed up that day. Now, as always, this olelongrooffan will not attempt to identify every vehicle in this show, especially anything of the Porsche variety. After all, we have an esteemed Porsche guru to take care of things like that. But if my fellow Hoons are interested, please feel free to make the jump to see some of the air cooled action seen there in the fields surrounding the spring time home of the Boston Red Sox.

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Retromobile 2015: What the Manufacturers Brought

Jim Yu February 17, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s Retromobile coverage continues with what the manufacturers brought to the Parisian car show. A handful of carmakers brought cars for their displays. For the most part, the cars were rare classics from the companies’ heritage collections. Mercedes had a substantial presence, and this beautiful C111 blew me away. Make the jump to see what else Mercedes (and other European manufacturers) brought.

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Retromobile 2015: The Artcurial Collection

Jim Yu February 16, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To...

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Hooniverse’s coverage of Retromobile continues. The auction house Artcurial was not only responsible for displaying and selling the Baillon Collection at the car show. Oh, no. Artcurial was also responsible for a separate mega-display in the main exhibit hall showcasing a gaggle of other classic cars up for auction. This Quattroporte III (sold for 22,648 euros) was relegated to the nosebleed section of the showroom floor. Can you imagine what Artcurial would have on display in the better real estate? Make the jump to find out.

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