Apr
18
1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” Racecar

1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” Racecar

by Jack Stewart

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Don’t cross Buick. The manufacturer was eager to win some races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 1910, but its Model 30 racecars were disqualified the morning of the race. Buick management was mad and resolved to get even. In a time before “the Brickyard” had settled on a yearly 500-mile race, Buick planned to come back for the track’s next meet on July 1 with revolutionary cars to extract its revenge.

Apr
17
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited in Velvet Red Pearl

2015 Audi Q52018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Class: Minivan

Miles driven: 289

Fuel used: 15.0 gallons

Apr
16
Silverado Hi-Rail by Harsco, How Hi-Rail Pickup Trucks Work

Chevrolet Silverado Hi-Rail conversion by Harsco. (Harsco Corporation photos.)

I have a number of automotive fantasies, many of which fall into the “never gonna happen” category. Among these daydreams are commuting to work in a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, and driving with Grace Kelly to get a malt at Chicago’s Superdawg Drive-In in a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

Apr
13
2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf SL in Scarlet Ember (a $395 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Nissan Leaf SL

Class: Electric Vehicle

Miles driven: 257

Fuel used: N/A

Apr
13
Tire Size Decoder

The string of numbers found on the side of tires may seem confusing, but it’s easy enough to decode once you know what the numbers stand for. (Photo courtesy of Continental Tires.)

The easiest way to replace the tires on your vehicle is to work with a professional retailer who will help you identify the tires that best match the specifications of the car, as well as your wants and needs for ride quality, handling, and the types of roads and conditions in which you normally drive.

Apr
12
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC in Ruby Black Pearl (a $295 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT S-AWC

Class: Compact Crossover/SUV

Miles driven: 822

Fuel used: 24.5 gallons

Apr
11
2002 Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln Blackwood Review

2002 Lincoln Blackwood

In recent years, Ford’s F-150 product planners and marketing staff have found themselves with an enviable “problem:” They have apparently not yet found the ceiling for what buyers will pay for a fully decked-out full-size pickup. With each new model year, pickup manufacturers keep finding buyers for ever-more-high-end trim levels loaded with new features and gilded with luxury-level appointments.

Apr
11
2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited

2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited in Blizzard Pearl (a $395 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4X4

Class: Midsize Crossover/SUVs

Miles driven: 722

Fuel used: 40.2 gallons

Apr
10
1976 Ford Thunderbird, Most-Expensive Coupes of 1976

1976 Ford Thunderbird

There is no longer space in the American new-car marketplace for vehicles with hoods and trunklids that consume more linear space than their passenger compartments do. While I know that the passing of the giant coupe was inevitable, I also lament that automotive designers no longer have a free hand with such large and expressive canvases.

Apr
06
2018 Volkswagen GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn in Tornado Red

2015 Audi Q52018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 244

Fuel used: 8.3 gallons

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