The Pagani Zonda is famous for being an absolutely unhinged AMG V12-powered track car with seemingly dozens of “Final Editions.” Pagani sought to preserve this legacy by announcing a program by the name of Pagani Rinascimento. It’s a program that seeks to restore early Zondas in painstaking detail.
Most car shows on TV revolve around some kind of “race-against-time restoration” and the internet is overstocked with amateur mechanics dispensing DIY advice. George Karellas’ “Soup” series has a little bit of both, but with visual twist I really like.
I’ve written before about the fascinating and sad tale of Josef Ganz, the Jewish engineer who designed much of what would become the Volkswagen Beetle before being erased from history by all those unpleasant Nazis. Now, the lone surviving example of a car that’s the most direct VW Beetle ancestor, the Ganz-designed…
“Yours truly, the car medic who can detect a pulse when all others see only bleached bones with arrows through an empty rib cage out on the lonely prairie.” That’s how Peter Egan describes himself in this Side Glances column, “Girding Oneself for Battle With the Restorable Car.”