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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we get to see how BMW’s M Factory assembled the legendary S54B32.

Considered at the time to be one of the best engines in the world, BMW’s 343-bhp S54B32 helped establish the E46 M3 as the model for which all other sporting coupes would be judged. The engine itself won Ward’s Engine of the Year Straight Six class for three years running in 2002, 2003, and 2004. What allowed an engine to make such power and still meet the standards of composure and durability so as to be so feted? Well, it’s possibly the care that went into its creation. … Continue Reading

The 1994 Toyota Camry Coupe and the 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280CE are virtually the same thing

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled their W123 body cars 40 years ago, in late January 1976. The coupe version, carrying the model code C 123, followed suit in the spring months, and despite having a very attractive hardtop coupe roof, both the front end and the rear matched the saloon’s design. With Mercedes-Benz coupes of yesteryear, this is not unheard-of, but the 123 series makes it clear how high the manufacturer rated a familiar look throughout the body style. The succeeding W124/C124 pair at least tried to disguise the latter as a more slimline effort, but the C123 treads similar water as the Bertone-chopped Volvo 262 C.

But if you were shopping for a new car some fifteen years later, and also wanted a saloon-derived coupe with a six up front – yet one that didn’t stray too far from the saloon’s lines? The obvious choice would be the mid-1990s Toyota Camry Coupe. Obvious, I tell you.

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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re looking at how the the Continental was reborn.

At the time of its debut in 1956, the Continental Mark II was the most expensive production car built in America. Its $10,400 list price made it almost twice as expensive as that year’s Lincoln. Despite that, Ford claimed it lost money on every one it built. Let’s see why that was. … Continue Reading

Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend March 1952

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the last one, so lets break back into the archives for another Magazine Time Machine. This issue of Motor Trend featured a lot of information about “The Mexican Road Race” also known as the Carrera Panamericana. There is also some stuff on the 50s era hot rod culture and how jimboys are hopping up their jalopies. As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, this cover art is phenomenal. I’d like to see a modern car magazine use a painting for the cover instead of some overly photoshopped junk-mobile. This issue had a lot of racing coverage that I found fascinating and a really neat ad from Edelbrock (that they honestly should rehash for print ads today). Click the jump to see more.

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Retro Heaven on the A127

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Just outside Basildon, on the A127 arterial road linking London with the coast, there sits a pub and roadside eatery which, it feels, hasn’t really changed since the early Eighties. This made it the perfect venue for a weekend meeting of the South-Eastern chapter of the UK’s notorious group of aficionados of The Worthless Car. Autoshite, as it’s otherwise known.

When you spend a lot of your time exchanging views with other people digitally, it’s nice to occasionally interface with blood and flesh and put faces to the internet psuedonyms. This last Sunday I seized the opportunity to mingle and bask in the glory of the inglorious.

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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

Citroen

Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re looking at how the last of the Citroën 2CVs were built. … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’ve found some rare factory footage of the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette being cobbled together. … Continue Reading

Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. We’re starting off with the Alfa Romeo Montreal as its construction had a rather interesting and convoluted path.  … Continue Reading

Magazine Time Machine: Motor Trend October 1952

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the last one, so now that the holidays are done and over, lets get back to the good-old-days of automobiling. The early 1950s were still heady days for car makers, and many manufacturers we know today didn’t even exist back then. Don’t worry, though, as there are dozens more that existed then that don’t now, like Henry J, Mercury, Packard, and Willys. And that only covers what’s on the cover! As usual with these more-than-double-my-age vintage magazines, the cover art is awesome, there’s a couple neat road-tests, the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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Magazine Time Machine: Road & Track October 1959

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Here’s another issue from my archives that I wanted to dig into. This edition might well be my favorite of all those I’ve done so far. There’s just so much good stuff going on in this issue. I mean, for frick’s sake, there’s an original advertisement for the 1960 Wartburg in this issue! The cover art is awesome, there is some racing coverage that makes me smile big and wide (just like Dan Gurney), the advertisements are great, and oh those classifieds ads, they’re just so perfect. Click the jump to see more.

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