Autopolis

The cars we loved.

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

1992-1995 Rover 220 Coupe Turbo – Better Late Than Never


Rover isn’t a brand that evokes much emotion or thought in America. Few remember the Sterling (800 in Britain), a midsized luxury sedan made in partnership with Honda. Unfortunately the … Continue reading

March 10, 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

2018 Honda Accord – The Art of Practical Style and Restraint


With all the fuss about small crossovers and big SUVs, you’d think the family sedan was gone. It’s true that sales of mid-sized sedans are shrinking, so when a new … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

2003 SLP Buick Regal GSX – Wouldn’t You Rather Have this Buick?


Street Legal Performance (SLP), the Troy MI based auto tuner is best known for it’s life of Firehawk Firebirds, Camaros and G8s, but one of it’s most interesting projects just … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

2018 BMW 1 Series Sedan – The One You Can’t Have


The Chinese market has become the lifeblood of many of the world’s automakers lately. Some brands like Buick might not exist were it not for Chinese demand which far outstrips … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lexus LC 500 – Lines of passion


Back in the day, the aero bubble-like lines usually associated with Asian cars used to be in stark contrast to the angular character lined products that once came out of … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

2014 – 2016 Cadillac ELR – The Spark in Art & Science


In my ongoing lament about the disappearance of coupes from the current marketplace, it’s been disheartening to watch coupe versions of mainstream cars like Honda’s Accord fall by the wayside. … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

1991 – 1998 Mazda MX-3: A Left Field Home Run


The ’80s and ’90s were the sweet spots for coupes sales. The sheer variety of what was available in just the U.S. market alone meant that there was something for … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 1 Comment