A half-century ago last week, a BMW 1600-2 rolled off a Munich assembly line, freshly bathed in an off-white paint color called Chamonix and assembled by what I can only assume were meticulously trained German craftsmen, peering down their noses through reading glasses as they expertly cinched down every nut, bolt,…
Above is a lovely MG 1100, built from 1962 through to 1973. This is a 1960s car and, unless there’s something I’ve forgotten, it’s the oldest car I’ve ever driven.
Car enthusiasts love to talk about “purity.” Stability control? For wimps. Massaging seats? Perverse! By that logic driving a 1949 Citroën Traction Avant 15, so manual that you set the engine timing while rolling, was the closest thing to real driving I’d ever done. It was stressful, painful and wonderful.
Let’s pretend the writers here at Jalopnik all lived in Oregon. Let’s also pretend the Oregon State House decided they wanted to bankrupt all of us. This recently proposed bill, HB2877, would probably be a pretty good way to get that done. Essentially, this bill proposes a tax of $1,000, payable every five years, on…
Jordan Hilsenbeck always loved cars and motion in general. In his younger days, he skateboarded, rode bicycles and motorcycles. But, it seemed that he loved his Porsche 911 most of all. And in his circle of vintage car fanatic friends, he wasn’t alone.
Usually, you just hear about the possibility of a car through word of mouth, with no promise of an actual, tangible automobile. Someone’s grandmother dies, or your college roommate’s neighbor is cleaning out their garage, and someone thinks to tell you about it because you like cars. You’re not sure what to think, and…
Old Porsches got their legend status because they’re simple, they’re durable, and they’re great driving machines. But now that everyone has figured that out, everyone wants one. And now that everyone wants one, old Porsches have gotten crazy expensive. And now that they’re crazy expensive, people preserve them more…
The hybrid hypercar trio are almost identically powerful, desirable, and fast, but there’s one line that makes me want the LaFerrari over the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Driving a vintage SAAB 96 around Austin, Texas is great. It can also be a chore. But mostly it’s great. Here’s why:
You might not have known that you need a pair of driving gloves. This ad from our friends at Autodromo will change that.
Some of you may recall Raph’s article from yesterday where we showed you the shockingly pristine valvetrain of a 500,000 mile NYC Escape Hybrid Taxi. When I saw Raph on our way to the de-lousing booths, I asked him about it. Still groggy from the de-lousing fog, he just murmured “it’s the hybrid.” And that gave me an…
Before I can talk about the ordeal that was driving a 925lbs. 25hp car across the United States, let me give some back story about myself and this car, and why in desperation I decided to take it on a long, long drive some years ago.
Instagram is a fun, especially if you love cars. It became widespread initially from the social aspect of sharing photos with friends, but I think it's maintained momentum because, along the way, it's become a legitimately creative medium. A few months back, Chris Perkins wrote a post about automotive Instagram…
Full disclosure, I'm posting this for entirely selfish reasons. Not to help me, though, to help somebody else. Gawker Media employee Kanwar Kultar Gill is getting married soon and needs a cool vintage car for his wedding. Can we help him out?
It's just you, the open road, and a classic Alfa Romeo or BMW. No traffic, no drama, nothing to separate driver from machine. Does it get any better than that?
Peerless Cars Limited was a British automaker only in business for a few years during which they built around 325 GTs using the Triumph TR3's drivetrain wrapped in a sexy fiberglass body. This is what it's like to race one today.
Go behind the scenes with French automotive artist, Stéphane DuFour as he creates a one-of-a-kind resin sculpture of the Benton Performance La Carrera Panamericana racer, a 1962 Porsche 356b, for friend and mechanic John Benton.
What's life like when you own and race two cars driven by Sir Jack Brabham?
This short film shows what rural driving was like back in the 1920s. Trust me, it's not easy, and it goes to show why nearly every car made back then was an SUV.
The headline of this February 1932 Popular Science article, "USE CAR EXHAUST TO CLEAN CUSHIONS" at first glance seems as sensible as "USE HUMAN FECES TO CLEAN TEETH," but when you really see what's going on, you'll accept it's not a terrible idea. Just a lousy one.