May
14
Klairmont Kollection

A bird’s-eye view of one section of the Klairmont Kollections Museum. Note the life-size gas-station replica at the rear of the room, and the dual-level display-case area for vintage scooters and other memorabilia built into the wall.

Nestled into an unassuming neighborhood in Chicago’s North Side is a large yet equally unassuming industrial building that once housed a printing company. Today, that building is home to the Klairmont Kollections, an incredible, 100,000-square-foot private museum that encompasses 300-plus vehicles, along with scads of bicycles and toy cars, a few airplanes hanging from the rafters, and a life-sized replica of a vintage gas station—and that’s just for starters. It’s a jaw-dropping array of automobilia and straight memorabilia that’s enough to keep even a casual enthusiast occupied for at least a full day… but you can’t just walk in off the street and check it out. The Klairmont Kollections might best be termed “semi-private,” since it is usually closed to the general public and available only for private functions such as weddings or corporate/charity events.

May
12
2017 BMW M760i

2017 BMW M760i in Frozen Dark Brown Metallic, a $5200 option

2017 BMW M760i   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 283

Fuel Used: 20.5

May
12
1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler

1971 Dodge Demon Sizzler

 

By 1971 you could feel the storm coming. What would later be known as the The Malaise–the painful period of dull, under-performing automobiles–would kick in just months after the ads shared here first ran. Look through these ads for clues that the new-car world was about to become a duller place. The Dodge Demon, for example, promises more style than power, with focus on stripes and appliqués instead of horsepower.

May
11
Explorer GMC Savannah Coversion

This Explorer conversion of a Chevrolet Express Van is painted in the company’s “Southern Comfort” livery and includes the “Antelope” ground-effects package.

Blame the minivan. Prior to the 1984 arrival of the first minivans–the ground-breaking Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager–the vehicle options for a family of six were fairly limited.

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

May
10
2017 Toyota TRD Off-Road

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road in Barcelona Red

2015 Audi Q52017 Toyota 4Runner 4×4 TRD Off-Road Premium  

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 462

Fuel Used: 26.3 gallons

May
09
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

Consumer Guide First Spin It seems you just can’t cut the crossover pie into small enough slices.

Nearly all manufacturers have multiple crossovers in their model lineup, some with multiples in the same class. And Nissan just became one of the latter, slotting the new Rogue Sport into the gap between the company’s subcompact Juke and the compact Rogue with which it shares a moniker.

May
09
1990 Infiniti Q45

1990 Infiniti Q45

Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor has another nation engaged in battle on U.S. soil, at least with the U.S.

Auto industry buffs may remember the “Asian Invasion” of the early Nineties, which was not a battle of military conquest, but one for the attention of upscale car shoppers. And the battle did not involve American interests, at least not directly.

May
08
1982 Bustlebacks

The bustleback trio: Imperial (left), Lincoln Continental (center), and Cadillac Seville.

When it comes to automotive styling trends, few movements match the thickly padded vinyl half-roof movement of the late Seventies and early-to-mid Eighties.

Confined to American-brand vehicles, the padded-roof fad become so popular that makers were selling vinyl-roof-specific models in many linups. Trim levels including Salon, Landau, and Brougham often included unique roof treatments along with a nice set of faux wire-wheel covers.

May
08
2017 Audi S3

2017 Audi S3 in Nano Grey metallic, a $575 option

2017 Audi S3   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium compact car

Miles Driven: 337

Fuel Used: 12.4 gallons

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