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12 Jul 2014

Dodge CEO and Gas Monkey Garage dissect the 10-second Challenger Hellcat

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drag Race

So far, whenever we’ve seen the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with its 707-horsepower, supercharged Hellcat V8, the muscle car has been smoking its tires. Dodge is finally proving that the SRT can do more than ruin perfectly good sets of rubber, though. In it’s latest video, company CEO Tim Kuniskis hands the Hellcat off to the guys from Gas Monkey Garage to show how quickly the automaker’s most powerful model can make it down the drag strip.

Of course, the only fitting contender to race against Dodge’s latest top muscle car is its grandpa – a Hemi-powered 1971 Challenger, in this case. ​Before getting to the main event, the hosts also show off some of the SRT’s unique features like the blanks in the grille that feed the intercoolers. We’ll go ahead and spoil that the Hellcat makes its pass in the 10-second range, and the video admits the tires on the production version would take just a touch longer to cover the quarter-mile. However, you have to watch film to see just how quick it actually goes. Scroll down to see a classic example of American muscle drag racing against its modern legacy.

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11 Jul 2014

How a Chrysler New Yorker rally car turned father and son into best friends

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1951 Chrysler New Yorker Rally Car

Cars have a weird way of bringing fathers and sons together. You might not want to talk to your dad (or son) about politics, but if you can get him into a conversation about 1950s automotive design, then you can chat for hours. The latest video from Petrolicious looks at how Jonathan Auerbach and his dad bonded through racing in long-distance rallies in an absolutely brutish 1951 Chrysler New Yorker.

The Auerbachs have over 10,000 miles in competition on this behemoth of a Chrysler. It packs a 354-cubic-inch (5.8-liter) hemi V8 with Weber carbs under the hood, and driving it looks more akin to piloting a ship than any kind of on-road vehicle. The New Yorker can take a pounding and just keep going, too. Jonathan says that they hit two deer during one event, and the only damage to the car was some missing trim up front.

The next goal is to prep the car for the arduous Peking to Paris Rally. The big Chrysler should be quite the sight when it rolls across the finish line in France. Scroll down to hear this poignant story about a father and son becoming best friends while racing an American classic. You might want to have a tissue handy, if you’re close to your dad, though.

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How a Chrysler New Yorker rally car turned father and son into best friends originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Jul 2014

eBay Find Of The Day: 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype II hides a secret Riviera

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1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype Replica

The Tucker Torpedo is one of the great what-if stories of automotive history. Preston Tucker hoped to revolutionize the industry with a car unlike any other on the road at the time. However, due to a variety of problems, he only managed build 51 vehicles before closing shop. Over time, they have become highly sought-after; ​In 2012, one sold for $2.65 million at auction.

That brings us to this Tucker “replica” that you see above because it might be one of the ugliest monstrosities ever put together. However, we might extend some leniency to the creator, as the vehicle isn’t actually trying to replicate the classic look of the 1948 Tucker 48 (a.k.a. ‘Torpedo’). Instead, it is attempting to reproduce an earlier prototype from 1946 that actually features that weird, trident nose. According to the seller, his uncle built the car as a labor of love and supposedly used actual plans from Tucker as inspiration.

Underneath all of the crazy changes is a 1971 Buick Riviera powered by a 455-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) Buick V8. Some of the replica’s odder modifications include the front fenders that turn with the wheels and the fin running down the back. All three headlights work, but the one in the middle is only for the high beams. Oddly, the small hinged sections on the roof are meant to open to avoid hitting your head when getting in or out. Maybe the seller’s uncle was a very tall guy?

According to the eBay auction, the car does run but definitely needs some restoration, as well. It appears to be reasonably popular, though. As of this writing, it has 18 bids with a price of $7,300 with the reserve not yet met. Bidding ends on July 15.

eBay Find Of The Day: 1946 Tucker Torpedo Prototype II hides a secret Riviera originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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10 Jul 2014

Check out these cool jazz tracks inspired by great cars of the '70s

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There’s nothing like taking a drive with the perfect song playing that matches the mood and moment. When the rhythms sync up with the undulating road, the whole experience gets just a little bit better. Danish jazz-fusion band Elektrojazz understands the connection between music and driving, and it has a new album called Cars with each track inspired by a specific vehicle of the 1970s. The era might be known for some real clunkers, but you don’t have to look too hard to find classics from the groovy decade, as well.

Instead of picking the cars themselves, the members of Elektrojazz put up a poll on the band’s website allowing people to vote for their favorites. The most popular vehicle in each category made it onto the album. The final list definitely skews towards European sports cars of the era, with choices like the Lotus Esprit and Lamborghini Countach, but there are some definite outliers like the AMC Pacer and Saab 99 Turbo.

“Some of my favorites didn’t make it,” said Elektrojazz member Anders Larson to Autoblog via email. He would have liked the Porsche 928 and Jaguar XJS to make the cut, among several others. Although, he hinted that another car-inspired album could be on the way.

Each ride gets its own style of jazz to go along with it, too. The song about the 1970 Dodge Challenger sounds like you could drop it into Bullitt and no one would notice. However, the one about the Pacer uses some Latin-tinged blues. Scroll down to watch a video that previews all of the groovy tracks on the album. It’s available for sale on the band’s website and on iTunes.

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10 Jul 2014

Porsche revisits its remarkable SC East African Safari rally car

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1978 Porsche 911 East African Safari Rally Car

Porsche and motorsports just seem to go hand-in-hand. The brand has defined itself by its ability to compete on the track with the concept that racing bred better road cars. While we are used to seeing 911s speeding along circuits around the world, the rear-engine icon’s success in rallying is somewhat less well known. The Porsche Museum aims to fix that by highlighting a 911 SC that competed in the 1978 East African Safari Rally.

The 911 rally car definitely projects a ’70s vibe. You wouldn’t see too many racecars with a pink brush bar sliding through the stages these days, but it looks amazing. Its bank of spotlights and two, giant, hood-mounted horns definitely give away the car’s purpose. Best of all, that fantastic Martini livery defines the looks of Porsche racers from this era.

The 911 SC performed well in the East African Safari Rally, but some suspension damage meant that this particular one never raced again. It’s been a part of the Porsche Museum ever since. Scroll down to learn a little more about one part of the brand’s off-road legacy.

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Porsche revisits its remarkable SC East African Safari rally car originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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09 Jul 2014

Leno meets the nicest people on his bored-out Honda CB750

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Honda CB750 Titan

Jay Leno’s Garage is back to its tried-and-true formula this week with Jay taking a close look at a seriously cool vehicle with a guest. This time he invites in Adam Gaspic from Gasser Custom to take a look at a highly customized 1975 Honda CB750.

The bike is really an amalgam of styles from different eras and various Honda parts. Its looks are inspired by ’50s hot rods with its white-wall tires and satin, metallic fuel tank, but there is a little British café racer in there, as well. A digital instrument panel and LED turn signals lend an air of modernity to it, too. Mechanically, the bike rides on a modified ’75 frame with the front and rear suspension from an ’80s Honda. However, the pièce de résistance is its engine, bored out to 836cc with additional head work and a custom exhaust.

Once on the road, the bike really sings. It sounds just the way a classic Japanese motorcycle should with a mix of whine at high-revs with rumble down low. A cycle that mixes this many styles should probably be a mess, but this fuses it all together perfectly. Scroll down to take a look at this motorcycle mixing classic and modern in Jay Leno’s Garage.

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Leno meets the nicest people on his bored-out Honda CB750 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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08 Jul 2014

Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it

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John Pogson Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 has become one of the iconic cars of the last 50 years. It presaged the supercars of the future with its extensive use of carbon fiber and turbocharged engine, but it was also old school with no traction control, stability control or even anti-lock supervision to save the driver if they got in over their head. In its latest video, XCar Films takes a look at the F40 through the lens of a man in the UK who specializes in keeping them on the road and occasionally races these quintessential sports cars.

John Pogson has spent his entire life surrounded by engines. His father was a transport manager for a trucking company and he used to accompany him out on repairs. When he was old enough, John started repairing vehicles at a Lancia dealer, and from there, he started working for Ferrari. Eventually, he saved up enough money to open his own, independent Italian car garage. His new business proved successful, and Pogson’s customers started asking him to race their Ferraris, including the F40 – something he did with great success. How could you say no to that opportunity?

While Italian cars are his specialty, Pogson also has a soft spot for all performance cars. The video shows him driving his AC Cobra with a claimed 600 horsepower and doing some smoky donuts in it. Scroll down to learn more about the F40 from one of the people that knows it best.

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08 Jul 2014

Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine with Joel McHale and Tony Hale

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Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine

We have to hand it to Jerry Seinfeld for making a go of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The king of observational humor manages to get some of the biggest names in comedy into some seriously cool cars (and some rather curious ones). But what if they weren’t getting coffee? What if they were getting an even more potent pick-me-up?

While we wouldn’t condone drug abuse – certainly not while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle – that’s the basis behind this comedic spoof. Starring Talk Soup‘s Joel McHale (who you might also recognize from NBC’s Community) and Tony Hale (of Arrested Development and Veep fame), the three-and-a-half-minute clip takes place behind the wheel of a 1959 Ford Skyliner – easily as cool as anything Seinfeld has driven, but hardly the kind of low-key getaway car you’d want to take on a drug run. Watch them get the blow in the video below.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine with Joel McHale and Tony Hale originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 Jul 2014

Ferrari 250 GTO heading to The Quail with no reserve

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Ferrari 250 GTO #3851

It’s not every day that a Ferrari 250 GTO changes hands. It is, after all, one of the most highly coveted cars ever made, and there were only 39 of them built in the first place. So when one goes up for sale, it tends to fetch millions. Tens of millions, actually, and the prices keep escalating.

Throughout most of the 1980s they were trading hands for six figures. In 1989 one sold for $10 million. A few months later, $13 million. Prices fluctuated in the 90s, but by 2012, one sold for a whopping $35 million, eclipsed the following year at $52 million. Nobody knows what the next one will sell for, but we’re about to find out.

That’s because Bonhams has got one consigned for its upcoming auction at the Quail Lodge during Monterey weekend next month. And it’s offering it without reserve, meaning that it could sell for the opening bid (however unlikely), it could break the previous record or it could land anywhere in between or beyond.

The example in question is chassis No. 3851 GT, the 19th example, completed on September 11, 1962. The Ferrari was delivered new to French racer Jo Schlesser (who would be killed in an experimental Honda F1 car six years later at the French Grand Prix). It subsequently crashed at the Montlhéry Autodrome, was fully repaired at the factory and returned to competition the following year, trading hands once more before a young Fabrizio Violati saved it from the crusher in 1965. He owned it and kept it as part of his celebrated Maranello Rosso Collection right up until his passing in 2010, and four years later, his family is putting it up for auction – making this the longest single-owner GTO in existence, which ought only to contribute to its value.

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Ferrari 250 GTO heading to The Quail with no reserve originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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04 Jul 2014

Muscle cars, donuts, burnouts and fireworks; these guys really love America

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Fourth of July Burnout

It’s early July and that means that it’s time to celebrate our nation’s independence. Of course, we all observe the holiday in our own way. For some it’s just nice to sit outside with a cool beverage and enjoy the outdoors. Of course, if you’re like the guys from Bullet Motorsports, the best way to honor the country is to get into a big American muscle car, shoot off some fireworks and do a big smoky burnout to the straining voice of Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen. Sounds perfect to us.

If you ever listen to the verses of Born in the USA, it’s not really the patriotic anthem that its chorus might suggest. However, these guys get a pass just for the awesome burnout and donuts in a ’66 Chevrolet Impala in front of some of its compatriots. Plus, stay until the end to get a brief tribute to that American classic – The Dukes of Hazzard. Scroll down for a smoky dose of automotive patriotism.

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Muscle cars, donuts, burnouts and fireworks; these guys really love America originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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