Posts from ‘Porsche’

Nov
08
Jim Rockford Firebird, Rockford Files

Though they were nowhere near as flashy as the typical “star car,” the no-nonsense Pontiac Firebirds that James Garner drove on The Rockford Files are among the best-loved TV/movie vehicles of all time.

Jim Rockford is the only TV detective with a driving move named for him. The late James Garner, who played Jim Rockford, didn’t invent the reverse 180-degree “J-turn,” but he used it so often in The Rockford Files television series that the maneuver is forever associated with the character. To execute a “Rockford,” Jim Rockford would drive about 35 mph in reverse, then let off the gas, turn the steering wheel sharply, and pull on the emergency brake. The car’s front end would swing around 180 degrees, and Rockford would be off—now driving forward.

Sep
28
1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

1979 Oldsmobile Starfire

By 1979, there was light visible at the end of the tunnel for performance-car enthusiasts. Though horsepower was still wanting in most cases, cars were growing leaner, and arguably better built.

Sep
20

1978 Pontiac Bonneville

If you’re looking for a common thread to sew this collection of ads together, it may be luxury–or, more correctly, the perception of luxury.

Jul
05
1970 Chrysler Imperial Review

1970 Chrysler LeBaron Imperial

For 2017, Consumer Guide awarded 43 Best Buys across 20 different vehicle categories. You can check out all of our 2017 Best Buys here.

May
11
Millionth 911

This milestone Irish Green Porsche is the millionth 911 built.

Presented here is an unedited press release received by Consumer Guide today.

Porsche milestone: One-millionth 911 rolls off the production line

Apr
12
Porsche 911 GTS and 911 GT3

2018 Porsche 911 GTS Targa (left), Cabriolet (center), and Coupe

New York Auto ShowWhile sports cars no longer make up the bulk of Porsche’s lineup – or sales – they’re certainly what built the make’s reputation. And the best known of them is undoubtedly the iconic 911, new versions of which were displayed at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

New York Auto ShowBuilding on the concept – and performance – of the previous Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid displayed at the New York Auto Show.

Apr
12
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

New York Auto ShowPorsche — which has had great success with its SUVs – “expands” the capabilities of its Panamera to add some of the utility normally reserved for its crossovers.

Dec
13

 

1973 Volvo

1973 Volvo

There’s nothing like a bit of historical data to put 2016 new-car prices in context. For a healthy dose of perspective, scroll down to the 1973-model-year Mercedes-Benz prices below and just sort of let them sink in.

Dec
15
1983 Plymouth Tourismo

1983 Plymouth Turismo

Depending on who defines it, the automotive “malaise era”—the period of time during which vehicle performance declined steeply, mostly as a result of emissions issues—ended in the early Eighties. That said, what was considered quick by 1983 standards seems pretty quaint today.

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