Too Late the Fiero.

The transformation was astonishing. The 1988 car had performance, braking, and handling to go with the good looks

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The manner in which the Pontiac Fiero was sold to the unimaginative Roger B. Smith-era GM management (now thankfully long gone)-a generation of inbred, know-nothing dullards, who nearly killed GM-speaks volumes about how obtuse they were.

One sports car, the Corvette, was enough for Smith’s beady-eyed bean counters, so the mid-engine, two-seater Read More

Good Value out of the Box (Its Own)

The 2-liter is really the car to have, as it transforms the 914 from an also-ran into a car capable of out-running a TR6

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By the late 1960s, it was apparent the 912 was no longer the answer to Porsche’s need for a lower-cost, higher-volume model. High production costs and currency issues had forced the 912 far above 356 price levels and at not enough of a discount versus the Read More

“Eldosaurus” Has Evolved into White Elephant

Cadillac had a tough task in replacing its first front-wheel-drive Eldorado, the Bill Mitchell-designed model of 1967-70. Although gigantic, this first-gen front-driver was, like its stablemate the Oldsmobile Toronado, quite beautiful. Its successor, built from 1971 to 1978, was simply large. But the second-gen did have one advantage over its predecessor- it was available as a convertible.

This series wasn’t referred to as the “Eldosaurus” for nothing. With just two-doors but nearly 19 feet long, it was an arrestor hook Read More

1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 Coupe

Most pretty British sports cars of the 1960s and ’70s have appreciated
beyond the means of entry-level collectors

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The original Lotus Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hard top was offered in 1963 and a coupe version in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now-famous steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. The Elan was technologically advanced, with a Read More

Morgan Brings a Sword to a Knife Fight

The Plus 8 offers something in the Allard J2 vein, with way too much power for its antediluvian chassis, but with a dash of British style

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If Scotchman William “Braveheart” Wallace had been alive in the late 20th century, he probably couldn’t have resisted the broadsword of sports cars, the Morgan Plus 8-even though it was built by the hated English. It’s just the thing for carving up your favorite Read More

2CV: The Legend of the “Tin Snail”

Prior to WWII, the mostly rural population of France did not have a cheap and utilitarian vehicle that would allow them to embrace the automobile the way Americans had with the Model T. The 2CV was conceived as the car that would mechanize the French peasant class.

Like the Volkswagen Beetle, the 2CV had its roots in the pre-WWII era. Pierre-Jules Boulanger, a Michelin executive assigned to Citroën, called for a car that could carry two people and 200 pounds Read More

Alfa GTV6: Best of the Bottom-Feeders

The Maratona edition was referred to as the “Marijuana” edition, in reference to what Alfa must have been smoking at the time

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For many Alfisti (our esteemed Publisher included), the saga of Alfa Romeo in the U.S. effectively ends after 1967, when emission controls began to sap their essential “Alfa-ness.” Having driven his ’65 Giulia Spider Veloce, it’s not difficult to see how he comes by this opinion. And the Read More

1961-79 MG Midget

These are truly small cars. Anyone larger than 5’9″ driving one looks like a trained circus bear in a parade

The early ’60s were the golden age of the British sports car. The British Motor Corporation (BMC) aimed to have a product for every possible driver. MG dealers were clamoring for a car smaller and cheaper than the MGA. A badge-engineered version of the Austin-Healey Sprite Mk II seemed like just the Read More

Beta Than You Think

Even rubber-bumper MG prices have left Betas in the dust, though its
DOHC engine was designed by Aurelio Lampredi of Ferrari fame

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For most collectors, the Lancia story effectively ends if not with the Fiat takeover in 1969, then certainly with the end of Fulvia production in 1976. The Beta-introduced in Europe in 1972 and in 1975 in the U.S.-simply does not show up on the radar of the Read More

Hi-Tech English Electronics? Oh, Please

The first Lagondas used red LEDs that failed with alarming regularity, but the CRTs that replaced them cost a fortune to repair

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Every so often, British industry has an epiphany and produces something truly groundbreaking. While perhaps not as significant as the introduction of radar or disc brakes, the Aston Martin Lagonda-along with the Concorde-symbolizes Britain’s struggle against becoming technologically irrelevant in the 1970s.

The Lagonda marque saw only Read More