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Norman Timbs Streamliner from Automodello is a 1:43 Scale beauty


In the 1940s, a man named Norman Timbs set out to make a car of his own design. In 1948, that goal came to fruition when the Timbs Streamliner roared into existence. Its sleek all-aluminum body was hand-formed by the man who stuck his own name on the car, and the resulting shape is truly a work of art.

With a curb weight of just 2,500 pounds, the 248 cubic-inch Buick straight-eight had no problem pushing the Streamliner to a top speed of 120 miles per hour. The car became a cover girl for the second ever issue of Motor Trend, before it moved on to private ownership.

As happens to nearly all old vehicles, the car disappeared before it was discovered in a yard in the California desert. It was intact, however, and soon restored to its former glory. From there it was off to Amelia Island, where the Streamliner took home some hardware and has continued to do so ever since.

Now it’s arrived on my desk… in 1:43 scale, thanks to the excellent artisans of Automodello.

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Modern Art Monday: The Autostadt Museum

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A few years ago, I trekked to Germany to sample both the Volkswagen GTD and the XL1. It was my first trip to Europe. Being an automaker’s press launch, there wasn’t a whole lot of sightseeing as, believe it or not, this is still a work trip.

Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed taking that GTD down the Autobahn at a speed just a tick higher than the engineers had listed the top speed. Additionally, piloting the XL1 through the streets of Wolfsburg was more exciting than it sounds, and a driving experience I won’t soon forget.

Still, there was a sliver of time set aside to explore the campus of all-things Volkswagen group while we were in Wolfsburg. It’s an area called the Autostadt, with sections dedicated to VW, Porsche, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Seat, etc. Of much more interest, however, is the Autostadt Museum.

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Modern Art Monday: The Rocket – Artful or Awful?

Galpin Fisker Rocket

Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker joined forces recently. The two came together to create a custom vehicle, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s called the Rocket, and it’s a re-bodied 2015 Ford Mustang. Said re-body happens by way of carbon fiber, which means the 725-horsepower V8 engine will have less heft to push around.

The power figure sounds great and all, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Instead, I’d rather pose a question to all of you. Seeing as it’s Modern Art Monday, I’m curious how you all feel about the styling of the Galpin Fisker Rocket.

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Modern Art Monday: Up close and Personal with a Lada 2103

Kamil Kaluski November 3, 2014 Modern Art Monday

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Few weeks ago I had an opportunity to spend some time with this 1982 Lada 2130, which isn’t actually a Lada but rather it’s a VAZ. You see, these cars were known as VAZes in the Soviet Union and Lada was just their export name. Head over to TTAC for the whole write up and hit the jump to see more pictures of the car.

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Modern Art Monday: HRE Wheels brings back some classics

Jeff Glucker September 15, 2014 Modern Art Monday


HRE Wheels has been banging out some of the best wheels in the business since 1978. Over the course of those three decades, it’s no secret that wheels have evolved. From the construction to the styling and available sizes, wheel makers have to respond and move with the greater automotive enthusiast industry. HRE Wheels has certainly done that, but the California company also knows when it’s time to revisit some classics.

I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Vintage Series of wheels, specifically the oh-so-gorgeous 501. Now though, the Vintage lineup is joined by the Classic Series, which is clearly aimed at some 1990’s iron. Hop the jump to see a few more samples from the latest set of high quality rollers.

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Modern Art Monday – A Last Year Suicide Door Lincoln Continental, now for sale on eBay…

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It is the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and as such, we are running a bit light on posts for your reading pleasure, so I thought I would step in with a Modern Art Monday piece… And look what I found. This is a 1969 Lincoln Continental Sedan that has just been spruced up for a new owner. The Suicide Door Continental Sedans and Convertibles have been quite tasteful in design and execution, though to be truthful, the 1969 version was starting to drift away from the purity of the original design. So, it it elegantly tasteful, or hopelessly overwrought?

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Modern Art Monday – The Porsche 918 Spyder


I was fortunate enough to make it out to my first Monterey Car Week last week… well sort of. I was only there one day. In my short time there, I still saw my fair share of some truly wonderful cars, both in the hilariously expensive traffic jams and parked on some fancy golf course. The one event I had time for was Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion, a gathering of all things Porsche at the beautiful Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Roughly 500 privately owned Porsches were in attendance and greatly represented the brand’s most iconic cars (more on those later in the week, I hope).

If there’s one car that stood out to me that day, it would have to be this one: the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche’s newest and most revolutionary super car, the 918 Spyder is brutally fast yet impressively efficient, track-focused yet civilized, and above all, breathtaking to look at. Click past the jump and I’ll tell you all about it, once I clean the drool off of my camera.

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Newport Pagnell Keeps Aston Martin’s Heritage Alive


Aston Martin has been producing vehicles for 101 years now. The automaker came to be back in 1913. This means that Aston Martin predates both Bentley and Jaguar. Bentley was founded in 1919 while Jaguar arrived in 1922. That gives Aston Martin a six-year production head start over Bentley and a nine-year advantage over Jaguar. Aston Martin, however, is a small builder of bespoke beauties, and its total production figures might surprise you.

Over the course or 101 years, Aston Martin has produced around 70,000 vehicles… total. Bentley has produced that many in the last nine years. Jaguar could knock out that many vehicles in a year. I don’t tell you this to diminish what Aston Martin has done over its 101 year history, but rather use these data points to show you just how small the automaker really is.

What they are big on, however, is building beautiful machines… and at the Aston Martin Works facility in Newport Pagnell, hand-crafted classics are coming back to life.

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Modern Art Monday: 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

You either love it or hate. It’s the (modern) Nissan GT-R, and it’s been a polarizing machine since the day it was born. The latest and technically greatest version is the 2015 GT-R NISMO, which is lighter and more aggressive than your “standard” version. I recently got to sample the car, alongside a host of other Nissan products in Nashville.

This is the one that made me swear out loud…

Hop the jump if you want to see a Nissan product that made me smile far more than this GT-R. I promise it will make you smile too.

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Modern Art Monday: 2015 Lexus NX F Sport
Prepare to be polarized


They say art is supposed to evoke different emotions and ideas in different people. Some might look upon Van Gogh’s Starry Night and long for a quiet evening under the stars in some far off land. Other’s, however, might see a confused landscape that longs for the light of day.

The 2015 Lexus NX is a piece of automotive modern art, in that it will surely evoke a wide range of responses from those who gaze upon it. I recently spent a day in a variety of NX examples, hustling along the backroads around Whistler in British Columbia. I can’t yet tell you anything about how the NX drives… but we can chat about how it looks, and how that makes you feel.

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