Affordable Classics

Fourth-by-Four

It’s official: Volkswagen will stop sales of its iconic hatchback, the Golf, in the American market this year. The Golf debuted in the United States as the econobox Rabbit in 1975 and has served as the base model for the higher-performance GTI since 1982. That the GTI and its even […]

An Exotic Daily Driver

As with most breakthrough products, the original variant is often the best. Such is the case with the first-generation 2007–15 Audi R8 4.2. While the R8 is not a supercar by today’s performance standards, it is incredibly well balanced and feels “just right,” especially with the 6-speed gated manual gearbox. […]

The Safe Choice

The Honda S2000 debuted in 1999, 10 years after Mazda’s Miata reinvigorated a sedentary roadster market in America. It offered more power than its topless German competitors (BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK 320), along with a stiffer, more responsive chassis. It also undercut the competition with a $32,000 asking […]

America’s Bargain

Rip Van Winkle wasn’t a car guy, but if he had been, his longform napping would’ve put him in good stead as a collector. By most reckoning, new cars depreciate for the first decade or two of life, then after they’ve bottomed out for a while, they start to climb […]

Type Righter

The motoring press went wild when Jaguar brought out the F-type in 2013. Normally sober critics such as Car and Driver described it as “the car you want to be seen in.” Even my own spouse went a little starry-eyed over the F-type the first time I brought one home. […]

3 is a Magic Number

Sunday during a mildly cold California winter. An empty highway and a trip to San Diego. Legal issues had come up, and an attorney was going to come in handy. I arrived at the meeting in my Dodge Durango, only to be greeted by the coolest lawyer I have ever […]

More Sports Car Than Electric Car

BMW produced the last of its i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars this past summer. With a few more than 20,000 units sold, the i8 could be called successful, but it never really caught on after its initial splash in the summer of 2014. At launch, the 2015-model-year i8 carried a […]

Spend More for Your DBS

Everything proper and correct has a price of entry. Everything has fine print. There are no deals. On top of that, the world is exactly upside down — bizarro. What is affordable anymore? What defines value within the car world? Is the auction result of $55k for a 2010 Aston […]

The Pleasure and the Pain

You don’t have to dig around very much to find horror stories about the Lotus Europa. Colin Chapman’s strange mid-engine “bread van” design is known for major structural problems, dodgy fiberglass and the kind of mechanical troubles only Lotus enthusiasts can tolerate. The car’s reputation has kept prices low, but […]

Ignore Your Inner Chad

“Midgets suck. Get an MGB.” That was the considered opinion of my friend Chad when I expressed my intention to buy a rather crusty 1970 MG Midget back in the late 1980s. Luckily, I resisted peer pressure and bought the car. It turned out to be one of the best […]