These days the Ford MK2 Escort has been making the news, what with Ken Block ripping around in one lately. That’s great! And it reminded me of another old, little rear-drive rally car that sounded incredible: the Sunbeam Lotus. And that idle brain wander had me realize that the little Lotus was weirder than I thought.
I can sum up my ownership experience of a 2004 Launch Edition Volkswagen Phaeton W12 exactly the way my friends describe their boats: my two best days were the day I bought it and the day I sold it. That said, the experience was bittersweet, mostly because I had a pretty good handle on the backstory of the car.
You have to admire Mercedes-Benz sometimes. Back in 1991, it had customers begging the company to put its technologically groundbreaking, race-car-for-the-road, V12, gullwing supercar, the C112, into series production at whatever price it wanted. And Mercedes didn’t bother, mostly because it felt it had more important…
The shrieking night in my brain grows louder as the stars shine bright above. CRESSIDA is its shrill call. CRESSIDA is that against which I have no power. CRESSIDA is what I require.
You might be able to find one of these things rotting away in your neighbor’s barn, but that doesn’t mean that the original Mazda RX-7 isn’t a true, glorious, flawed masterpiece the likes of which the car world rarely sees.
The Jaguar XJ220 is one of the greatest cars ever built. At the time of its debut, it was seen as one of the most disappointing. It all has to do with the cutaway above.
There are many cars in this world, and a significant percentage of them are not the BMW 3.0CS. This is somewhat troubling.
All of the great homologation specials — the BMW E30 M3, the Lancia Delta Integrale, the Plymouth Superbird — have all been discovered and cost more and more every year. Except for one. This is the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, and you will be amazed at its reputation just as much as its shockingly low price.
There are a few golden moments in motorsports, not the least of which being the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in the late ‘80s. It was one of the most sideways, door-banging series of all time, and we often forget one of its heroes.
Mr. Orlove forced me to become a Peugeot 205 GTi owner. Thanks Raphael. Really, thank you. I can now say from experience they're truly great cars. I bought mine in August this year, a car that provided a solid basis but which needed a lot of love. And love it received.
I haven't driven it that much just yet, but I…
Today’s Aston Martin seeks to cultivate a crisp, modern, James Bond in a very trim suit image. There was a time when things over there were more double-breasted, when they succeeded in building the most powerful (and possibly most moronic) car in the world.
The Porsche Carrera GT has always been known for its screaming wail of an exhaust note, not so different from an old F1 car. As it turns out, there’s a very good (if complicated) reason for that.
The Ferrari F50 is often remembered as a flop: it was slower than the car it replaced and for years its styling was absolutely reviled. I think the problem was that the thing was built 60 years too late, and it’s all because of that engine.
Why is it that seeing a beat-up Peugeot 205 GTI parked on a Parisian side street melted my brain into goop and nearly pulled my heart out of my chest?
There are faster ones. There are rarer ones and ones that are easier to maintain. But I'm not sure there's a better rally homologation special than the Lancia Delta Integrale.
Quite possibly the most beautiful, stunning sports racing cars in history were the Group C Le Mans cars of the 1980s and early '90s. So what if you took that kind of design, stuffed in a modern 602 horsepower V12, and lined the cockpit in leather?
This is not an ordinary Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint. It's the Alfasud Sprint 6C prototype and it might just be the greatest car of the '80s that never was.
What if I told you that Ford commissioned a two-seater Mustang rally car designed and built by a legendary Italian coachbuilder that history quickly forgot? You’d want that car, right? Here it is: the ‘79 Ghia RSX, the coolest Mustang that never was.
Every so often, a car comes along that blows your mind. Slightly less often, that car has an amazing story behind it. The last Duesenberg SJ is one of those cars, and this is one of those stories.
The first-generation BMW M Coupe is a raw, angry sort of beast, the kind of asylum-think car we cannot help but love. It's a machine devoted solely to the art of being bonkers. Let's take a look at its credentials.