The Time Before Jaguar Was Cool

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from AutoWeek, Curbside Classics, Hemmings, and The Truth About Cars.

The Cars Of "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World"Curbside Classics

The Time Before Jaguar Was Cool

Jonathan Winters died earlier today, so we thought it would be a good time to look back at all the mad mad mad mad cars that made mad mad mad mad appearances.

This fun, madcap film would be great even without all the Curbside Classics onscreen. But the fanciest and rarest four-wheeled star (only 554 built), was J. Russell Finch’s (Milton Berle) light blue ’62 Crown convertible with pearl white leather interior.

Too Rich For Royalty: The 1932 Bugatti RoyaleHemmings

The Time Before Jaguar Was Cool

This is so much luxury. Too much luxury, even. Welcome to the Bugatti Royale.

The car of superlatives: Largest, most expensive, biggest engine.

When Jaguar Tried To Be Cool And FailedThe Truth About Cars

The Time Before Jaguar Was Cool

Jaguar wasn't always doing everything right. In the early 1990s, their supercars looked promising, but ultimately were failures in more ways than one.

The same thought process also led Jaguar to build two disastrously underwhelming 1990s supercars. To no one’s surprise, they didn’t sell, which should’ve been a telltale sign that Jaguar should stay out of the supercar business.

Most American Made 2013 CarsAutoWeek

The Time Before Jaguar Was Cool

A lot of American cars aren't made in America anymore. But then again, some of the most American cars are made here. AutoWeek has the breakdown of what's going on:

Domestic brands have the most American-made content in the United States according to a new index released by American University's Kogod School of Business. Professor Frank DuBois, a global supply chain management expert, led the analysis, which considered not only where each vehicle's parts were produced, but also the location of the manufacturer's headquarters and other details, all in an effort to help consumers buy American.

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