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11 Apr 2014

DeLorean time capsule dusted off, made new again

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DeLorean DMC-12 Time Capsule

Time-capsule cars are their own, interesting little sub-genre of the collector car world. Unlike barn finds, which are generally just forgotten and left to time, there’s a sense of deliberateness to time capsules that makes them even more exciting.

One of the most interesting recent time-capsule cases we’ve heard of has been well recapped by AutoWeek. Ironic as it may be, the time-capsule car in question is none other than the DeLorean DMC-12, the iconic star of the Back To The Future series. This particular example had just 308 miles on the ticker when it was brought in to Mike Vietro, a San Francisco Corvette dealer.

Vietro’s experience with the car and it’s owner makes for an interesting read. Hop over to AutoWeek and have a look.

DeLorean time capsule dusted off, made new again originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

BMW CS reinterpretation proves retro can be sexy [w/video]

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BMW CS Vintage Concept

Designer David Obendorfer doesn’t work for BMW, but perhaps the German automaker should give him a call. His CS Vintage Concept shows a singular ability to understand the brand’s classic style and reinterpret it for today. He isn’t some amateur, either. Obendorfer has an industrial design degree and has been penning the interiors and exteriors of yachts from the Officina Italiana Design for five years, which counts luxury shipbuilders like Riva and Sanlorenzo among its clients. His website shows a real passion and knack for modernizing ’60s and ’70s European cars, too.

Obendorfer prefers to reimagine classic automotive styles. “Retro cars are not copies of their predecessors or renovated specimens, rather they are carefully studied reconsiderations, strongly rooted in contemporary style,” he tells Autoblog. For the CS Vintage Concept, he worked to update the looks of the seminal BMW 2000CS and its E9 chassis while placing them on a modern platform. Obendorfer’s inspiration comes from his belief that the later CS models’ design is partially responsible for defining BMW styling, with its shark-nose front and four round headlights.

The CS Vintage Concept’s shape starts with a jutting hood and a quartet of LED headlights, but the whole design really comes together in profile. The Hofmeister Kink at the rear pillar with the BMW Roundel is a nice nod to the originals, yet the proportions still find the perfect fusion of classic and modern. The interior is minimalist, with a vast expanse of wood for the dashboard at first glance, but the latter opens to expose the car’s infotainment system.

“The design with the four round headlights has proved to be a winning style pattern that BMW has been carrying on for over 35 years,” said Obendorfer about his inspiration. Judging by his work shown in the gallery above and the video below, it would appear there’s plenty of life left in it, too.

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BMW CS reinterpretation proves retro can be sexy [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

The Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at Mullin Automotive Museum

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Art of Bugatti at the Mullin Automotive Museum

Southern California’s wonderful jewel, the Mullin Automotive Museum, opened its latest exhibit this week and it is worthy of a road trip. Titled “The Art of Bugatti,” the new show is an intimate look at more than a century’s worth of Bugatti family creativity – automotive enthusiasts associate the name with cars, but the Italian-born, French-based Bugattis were accomplished sculptors, painters, furniture makers as well as car collectors. The work on exhibit in coastal Oxnard, about an hour northwest of Los Angeles, includes more than 40 automobiles (and an aircraft) from Ettore Bugatti, nearly two dozen pieces of sculpture from Rembrandt Bugatti and more than 40 pieces of furniture from Carlo Bugatti.

Peter Mullin, the museum’s founder and chairman, owns the largest private collection of Bugattis in the world. This exhibit celebrates the achievements of the Bugatti family. “It was one of the rare artistic and artisanal families of the era. Everyone in the family just exuded huge artistic talent,” said Mullin.

At an early private peek at the collection, our eyes were glazed over by the spectacular 1932 Bugatti Type 41 “Royale” Coupe de Ville, with a massive 12.7-liter straight-eight, and the 1927 Bugatti 35C race car, one of its most successful competitive models. The famed 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is also on display, which recently sold in the range of $30-40 million. One of the most unique items is the Bugatti 100P, a full scale reproduction of a V-tail wood twin-engine aircraft designed by Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Monge, built for the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race (there are plans to fly it in the near future).

Tours of the museum are by advance reservation only, with both public and private viewings available. For more information, and dates, visit the the Mullin Automotive Museum online.

The Art of Bugatti exhibit opens at Mullin Automotive Museum originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Father and son team preserving BRM Formula 1 legacy for future generations

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Hall and Hall: XCAR

Generally, maintaining a piece of history is a difficult venture. It’s made more difficult when the history in question is a rare, complex piece of machinery. So you can imagine the task set before Rick and Rob Hall, a father-and-son team that’s taken it upon themselves to preserve the legacy of the legendary BRM Formula One team.

The two have sat down with XCAR to talk about how they became the stewards of the BRM legacy, as well as their involvement with other vintage Formula One cars. There’s even some talk about their entertainment experience – the two were credited in Rush, while son Rob took part in the awesome Shell and Ferrari commercial from a few years back.

Take a look below to hear all about vintage F1 from the Halls and XCAR.

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Father and son team preserving BRM Formula 1 legacy for future generations originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Autoblog Podcast #375

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Episode #375 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, Brandon Turkus, and Steven Ewing talk about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, what we expect to see when the updated Dodge Charger and Challenger are unveiled in New York, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe’s rising stock as a classic, and Ram trucks outselling the Chevrolet Silverado. We start with what’s in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

Autoblog Podcast #375:

Topics:

In the Autoblog Garage:

Hosts: Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, Chris Paukert, Brandon Turkus
Runtime: 02:07:46
Rundown:

  • Intro and Garage – 00:00
  • 2015 Cadillac Escalade – 42:59
  • Updated Dodge Charger and Challenger – 01:01:42
  • BMW 1 Series M Coupe – 01:11:50
  • Ram outsells Silverado – 01:27:30
  • Q&A – 01:55:43

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Autoblog Podcast #375 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Porsche 911 with VW turbodiesel prepares for LeMons assault

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The diesel 911

LeMons racing is a wonderful example that setting limits can actually breed creativity. The series mandates that all entries must cost $500, not counting safety equipment, and that cap forces teams to be ingenious in how they build a racecar. Take for example this diesel-powered Porsche 911, which its creators have dubbed Ferkel the Nein-11, that will be racing in the Sears Pointless race this weekend in Sonoma, California.

This Frankenstein combines a 911 chassis that was originally bought just for its European powertrain and a Volkswagen TDI diesel engine mounted in the rear. After deciding the shell could still be of some use, the team decided to go racing. “We began brainstorming what replacement drivetrain to use for maximum offense and there was really only one answer: a diesel,” said Philipp von Weitershausen, one of the team captains, to Jalopnik. They bought a 1998 Jetta TDI on the cheap and started figuring out a way to hack the engine into the bay. To pay respect to the donor, the VW’s trunk was highly modified (and drilled) and grafted onto the back of Ferkel.

This team isn’t a newcomer to LeMons. Its last car was a classic VW Beetle with a Subaru engine and dual controls, named Ferdinand the Bug, which could be driven from the left or right side. It’s quite a sight.

As Ferkel shows, LeMons offers a way for amateurs a relatively cheap way to go endurance racing. The restrictions force builders to do things far out of the norm and use what’s around them to get things done. The team has chronicled the entire build with videos on Facebook. Bravo to the turbodiesel 911.

Porsche 911 with VW turbodiesel prepares for LeMons assault originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

David Hasselhoff's own KITT replica up for auction

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David Hasselhoff's KITT Replica

Depending on when and where you grew up, the name David Hasselhoff likely conjures up images of Knight Rider, Baywatch, pop singer, or possibly a washed-up TV actor, but one thing that can never be taken away from The Hoff is his connection to one of the greatest automotive icons in pop culture. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, usually shortened to simply KITT, was the real star of Knight Rider for many fans. Based on a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the car combined snarky quips for comedy relief and stunts to provide much of the show’s actions. Now, Julien’s Auctions is selling Hasselhoff’s own replica as part of a larger sale of the actor’s personal memorabilia collection.

This recreation is based on a 1986 Firebird and comes with all of the tech on the inside that now seems hilariously outdated, like the yoke steering wheel and plethora of buttons. The interior also thoughtfully includes a voice box with over 4,000 sound clips from the show. With a 5.0-liter V8 and an automatic transmission, performance is likely adequate and period correct. According to the listing, this car was created by fans and given to the Hoff. Sadly, the replica doesn’t convert to Super Pursuit Mode like KITT could in later seasons, and we most associate KITT with conventional front-hinged doors to go with the power t-tops and ejector seats.

Bidding currently sits $27,500 with eight bids, since starting at $15,000. Julien’s predicts it will sell for between $30,000 and $50,000. If there is some nostalgia for KITT in your heart, there is still plenty of time to bid.

David Hasselhoff’s own KITT replica up for auction originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

1949 Gmünd Porsche shows the birth of an icon

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Gmund Porsche 356

The Austrian village of Gmünd is more than just difficult to pronounce; it’s also the birthplace of the Porsche brand. Before the company ever started building sports cars at its current home base near Stuttgart, the fledgling business completed several vehicles in the tiny town in Southern Austria. In this video, former Pikes Peak International Hill Climb champion Jeff Zwart takes a look at a 1949 Gmünd coupe to see how the company has evolved since its earliest days.

The thing to note about the Gmünd-built Porsches is their absolute design simplicity. The phrase “form follows function” gets bandied around a lot, but it really means something when you look at these early cars. However, the minimalism was partially out of necessity. The vehicles were meant to be sporty but certainly weren’t rockets. Power came courtesy of a modified Volkswagen Beetle engine, and anything extraneous would have slowed the models down. Scroll down to watch Zwart go back in time to Porsche’s beginnings.

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1949 Gmünd Porsche shows the birth of an icon originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

What if all famous movie cars had to be cheap?

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Unconventional Heroes by Gerald Bear

Hero cars in films need to be sexy. It’s why Doc Brown and Marty went back in time in a DeLorean, and why Bo and Luke Duke tore about Hazzard County in a Dodge Charger. The stars of the show need to get about in something cool.

Artist Gerald Bear seems to disagree with this notion, as his latest series of illustrations, Unconventional Heroes, shows. He’s taken the look of famous cars from both the big and small screen and applied their appearance to far, ahem, more humble offerings.

Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino is transformed into a Fiat Panda, while Speed Racer’s Mach 5 takes the form of a BMW Isetta bubble car. Niki Lauda’s Ferrari Formula One car, though, is subjected to the funniest transformation, although Optimus Prime’s latest form is pretty humorous, as well.

Take a look below at the gallery of images, and be sure to let us know which is your favorite.

What if all famous movie cars had to be cheap? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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11 Apr 2014

Petrolicious keeps our love of the Saab Sonett aflame

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Saab Sonett

German auto designs lean toward function and purpose. Italian designers deliver passion and beauty. The Brits, majesty. American cars, brashness and authority. If you want a funky design, though, you go to Sweden. The land of cheap, do-it-yourself furniture and delicious meatballs knows a thing or six about style and design, and while that character is only now reemerging thanks to a certain string of Volvo concepts, it use to be that Saab was the authority on penning some of the industry’s more unique designs.

Take the beautiful Sonett for example – a small coupe whose appearance is a funky mishmash of a Porsche 911 and a Bugeyed Sprite with just a hint of a Citroën DS (it’s that convex rear window). It’s a positively striking car, made more unique by its two-stroke, three-cylinder powertrain and four-on-the-tree manual transmission. With just 70 horsepower hauling about 1,500 pounds of Swedish style, the Sonett strikes us as an ideal alternative to some of the English sports cars of its day, particularly for those that are looking for something beyond your average MG or Triumph.

For Glenn Roberts, the Sonett was a part of his childhood. His family owned example was originally a special-order item by his parents in 1967. He bought the car from them 13 years later and has never looked back, completing a restoration in 2004. With a story like that, it’s not surprising that Roberts and his silver Sonett are the most recent pairing to get some attention from Petrolicious.

We have the full video available below. Scroll down and have a look.

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Petrolicious keeps our love of the Saab Sonett aflame originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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