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1971 – 1979 Renault 17 Gordini: The Little Coupe That Time Forgot


From about the time I was old enough to know an Audi from an AMC, I’d always came to see foreign cars as being mostly from Japan. Sure there were … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

1974-1982 Lotus Elite II: The Would Be Shape of Things to Come


For most people when you mention Lotus, images of the wedge shaped Esprit come to mind or more recently the tiny Elise and Evora. For even more people it’s difficult … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

1967-1973 Maserati Ghibli: Beauty in the Age of Aquarius


Some Americans look back on domestic cars from the ’70s with a bit of shame. Gremlins, Matadors and Pintos get their fair share of grief (deserved and unjustified). Even the … Continue reading

April 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Holden LX Torana A9X: Australia’s Best Overlooked Muscle Car


I love Australia. It’s culture suggests some of the better things shared with America and England. And like those places it has its share of baggage that adds tension and … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

1972-1980 Maserati Merak – Living In the Shadows


The ’70s is generally acknowledged as the beginning of the supercar era. It’s arrival coincides with my childhood impression that all real sports cars came from Europe. More specifically they … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

1970-1977 Ford Maverick: Will the Real Pony Car Please Stand Up?


Car marketing has long been an interest of mine, especially interesting was how the Big Three responded to early import competition during the 1970s. For American brands like Ford, it … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

1971 to 1974 De Tomaso Pantera – America’s First Real Supercar


Anger can be a powerful motivating force. It’s what fueled Henry Ford II’s drive to develop the GT40. As Ford’s first supercar, it went on to several victories over Ferrari … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

1976 Esprit vs 2016 Focus: A Comparison?


It’s easy to take the advancements in the world of automotive engineering for granted. In just the last few years tremendous advances have made cars faster, more efficient and safer … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

What’s Wrong With: Chrysler


This series of What’s Wrong With could have been made just for Chrysler. For much of my life Chrysler has been in some kind of financial trouble. My first awareness of … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

1969-1970 Mercury Marauder X-100: Leader of the Pack


Big cars appear to be on a comeback trail. Chalk it up to the euphoria of cheap gas, but large cars from The Big Three are selling well. The only … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment