“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not, it is the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not, it is the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel
“Restoration is a skilled profession. You might even call it an art in its own right, except that it is frowned on to be original. First rule of restoration: follow the intention of the artist. Never try to improve on him.” ― J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man
The 1940’s were a time of great hardship and glory in the world. Within the automotive industry, it marked the end of an era, the spirit of patriotic duty, and the beginning of the jet age.
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M. Schultz
Love of Beauty is taste; the creation of beauty is art – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Women are like cars, we all want a Ferrari, sometimes want a pickup truck, and end up with a station wagon – Tim Allen
Supercar. That one word describes the ultimate in a motor vehicle, a car that combines the absolute epitome of style, technology, and power into one beautiful piece of rolling sculpture.
“The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy New Year from Chris on Cars
“Oh what fun it is to drive”
After years of driving your car, you have decided to get a new one, but do not want to simply throw your old one away.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. – Mother Teresa
Today we will take a look at some of the most obscure sport sedans of the past. You may recognize some, but I bet a few will be new.
“Macie recently discovered she has a new magical power, the ability to create infinite food. On car rides, Macie has turned into a vomit-making perpetual motion machine. – Allie from Hyperbole and a Half
“Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, Cerulean Sins
God and the soldier we adore, in times of danger, not before. The danger gone and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.” – Unknown
Remember those times when your only hope of finding a car was heading down to the local dealership hoping that they would have something suitable?
Disappointment is the gap that exists between expectation and reality – Unknown
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower – Steve Jobs
I have always considered the “Golden Age” of car design to be the period of the 1920’s and 30’s. Sure, the 1950’s were great, but true custom car design was at its peak during the time of the great coachbuilders, and the most flamboyant of the lot were the French.
The Cadillac Eldorado remains the ultimate example of a “personal luxury car,” and the automotive equivalent of the Newport, Rhode Island “Gilded Age” mansion.
Stylishly beautiful, subtle and understated, a car that epitomizes excellence. The Continental Mark II is Audrey Hepburn in a world of Paris Hiltons.
Here it is, the complete vehicle list from Grand Theft Auto 5
Being the envy of your peers is standard issue if you can manage to get hold of a supercar.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear UK had this to say about the Ferrari F40: “It is the greatest supercar the world has ever seen.” I agree with him 100%. When asked about the F40’s replacement, the Ferrari F50, he said: “It was a very bad car and it was ugly.” Is it possible that Ferrari could have gotten it so wrong, or is Mr. Clarkson being unreasonable? Chris Harris has brought us a video to help us decide.
Some cool photos for all the muscle car fans out there!
In the United States, the automobile is synonymous with one name, Ford. In the rest of the world, that name is Agnelli.
Chris on Cars Merchandise
Investing in classic cars has never been more appealing or popular than it is today. Investment gurus across the nation are spinning stories of amazing returns and massive gains that can be had simply by purchasing a used car. What they forget to mention, is that investing in classic cars can be a hell from which you never return.
“The times, they are a changin” was not just a song by Bob Dylan, it is a fact confirmed each day by the unrelenting advance of modern technology. As true as this statement is, it should be noted that as the times change, parts of the past disappear.
“Supercars are designed to mess with G-forces. Hypercars are designed to mess with G-strings. – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
Claus is a collector, racer and Managing Director of the Munich Café Racers. He recently went on a trip to India as a guest of his Highness Arvind Singh Mewar, Maharana of Udaipur, India.
It is our collective and individual responsibility… to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
A new era in automotive design is slipping by unnoticed. In a world where our technology changes on a daily basis, consumers and journalists alike have come to treat all advancements as ordinary.
Happy 4th of July
Classic cars represent something of an anomaly in the automotive industry, and not just because of their unique design features and fascinating history.
Car chases have become action movie must-have scenes which can make or break the success of a film. Get it wrong and it looks like a worn out cliché, but get it right and it can solidify your film in legend.
Style and luxury are usually sold at a premium. In the world of classic cars, you can still find something that will turn heads but not put you in the poor house…if you are lucky.
Tires are important. I didn’t fully understand that until I spent some time with the people of Bridgestone.
The summer night is like a perfection of thought – Wallace Stevens
This week, while perusing through the usual car sites, I came across a Wikipedia Commons page that astounded me. The page was created by a user named Buch-t, and includes hundreds of photographs of cars from museums and events in Germany.
When a soldier travels to a place like Iraq and Afghanistan, he or she leaves behind all of the same things you and I take for granted. Families, friends, jobs, hobbies, pets…everything that makes our life good is left behind waiting for their return. Tragically, many will never come home, and some that do will never be the same.
Beauty is fleeting, Ugly is forever – Anonymous
“If you had a million dollars, what cars would you buy for the perfect Dream Car Garage?”
Every gear head has a favorite era in automotive history. For me it has always been the 1960’s, not just because I grew up in that era, but because it was a time when every major car maker created an icon. From 1960 to 1969, creating the automotive equivalent of the “Mona Lisa” was ordinary.
Supercars are that, in whatever way, are exaggerated and surpass by far the requirements necessary for a car to be useful in its respective category. – Iceman from Brazil
In the end, the terrorists will fail because Bostonians did not turn from their fellow men — they turned toward them. And that is the real music of mankind. – Howard Fineman
I have always hated Toyotas. When I see them on the road, there is an instant feeling of disgust that wells up inside of me, which is inevitably combined with feelings of pity and anger at the people behind the wheel.
This week, I found something more incredible than anything I have ever seen. It is called PreWarCar, and it is a classified listing of some of the rarest, most astonishing cars ever made.
It was Henry Ford who said that “Auto Racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built,” and since the very late 1800’s we have been in awe of the brave and somewhat crazy men who risk their lives for competition.
Driving in Massachusetts is a dance with death, where cars careen across the highway at top speed, and where drivers are flailing out of windows, screaming obscenities.
An estate car is what your grandmother drove to the store, and a shooting brake is a sporty car, used to carry sporty guns, and driven by sporty people.
Look at this truck and tell me what you see? Wrong. It’s the new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Obituaries seem to be the latest fad in the auto industry. With the loss of Saturn and Hummer, the nation wept over the thought of never again buying a battle-ready SUV or being freaked out by a Stepford Wives car salesman with the free cookies.
Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to own a Rolls-Royce. There was always something about the grill and mascot that made me nuts, and one day soon, I plan to make good on my promise and finally become a Rolls-Royce owner.
The Jensen Interceptor is a classic GT automobile, one that reeked of style, performance and luxury. It has always been one of my favorite cars, and I consider it an icon. In Britain, It is to the 1970’s as Twiggy is to the 1960’s.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear once said of driving the Pagoda, “I look at everybody else going around in their air conditioned Euro boxes, and I just feel…better off.”
This is the continuation of the post “Presidents on Wheels” that I thought would be perfect for the July 4th holiday. This final section will start with John F. Kennedy and the beginning of the “modern age” of presidential limousines, and go right up through Barack Obama.
In the spirit of July 4th, I decided to take a look at the most famous of all government cars, the presidential limousine. Most people have seen a presidential motorcade on television, and recognized it as a powerful symbol of the presidency
Forza Horizon is one of the best racing simulation games available, and the design studio allows you to create custom paint schemes and graphics. Heaven for anyone secretly wanting to be Chip Foose.
Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from Chris on Cars.com
When all think alike, then no one is thinking – Walter Lippman
“The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.” – Sir William Lyons
‘Every impatient, rich man wanted one’ – Giampaolo Dallara
“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines” “I don’t sell cars; I sell engines. The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” – Enzo Ferrari
The most beautiful car ever made – Enzo Ferrari
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it. – Voltaire
“There is no better designer than nature” – Alexander McQueen. It seems that the designers at Nissan have heard this quote before, because nature has played a very large part in the new Nissan Cube.
Car Design: The best way to start on this subject is to have some fun and start at the bottom. One thing I learned early on about cars is that the worse the car is, the more famous it will become. Take the Yugo (Please)
I dislike BMW’s. They are cars driven mostly by yuppies and people without the burden of a soul.
Make a list of the best car designs in automotive history and I bet it will include the VW Beetle, the Land Rover and the Jaguar E-Type. One car that would be missing is the subject of today’s discussion.
According to the bible, it took God just seven days to create the world as we know it. Unfortunately, God doesn’t design cars, because the average time to develop a new car can be as long as four years.
Alternative Biofuels are the latest rage, but here are some “Miracle Cars” that you may have missed!