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1961 Lingenfelter Corvette

1961 Chevrolet Corvette

Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile

By John Biel

The names “Corvette” and “Lingenfelter” have been closely related for a long time. It’s completely natural, then, that they’re paired up on the next few pages of this magazine.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica
2017 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 200

Fuel Used:7.7 gallons

1927 Velie Model 50 Roadster

1927 Velie Model 50 Roadster

Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

Photos by Doug Mitchel

The name Velie (pronounced vee-lee) might be written off as just another one of the more than 2000 American automobile makes that faded away in the early part of the twentieth century. However, there is more to the Velie story than one would expect. Velie was connected with John Deere farm implements and built cars, trucks, tractors, fire engines—even airplanes.

2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada

Consumer Guide Automotive2016 Buick Cascada Premium

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 485

Fuel Used: 19.4 gallons

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible

2016 Mini Cooper S Convertible in extra-cost Melting Silver Metallic

2015 Audi Q52016 Mini Cooper S Convertible 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 265

Fuel Used: 11.8 gallons

1969 Corvette Convertible

1969 Chevrolet Corvette

About ten years ago, the United States FDA raised its recommended daily adult dosage of vitamin D to 1000 International Units (IU). Seems that Americans are just a little too good about avoiding the sun—nature’s best source of vitamin D. Apparently we’ve taken to heart the warnings about the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun—so now we take our vitamin D orally.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat revives the “124 Spider” moniker from its past for a 2-seat, rear-drive sports car due on sale this summer at a starting price of just under $26,000.

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Ever since Fiat introduced the prototype 124 Spider at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, critics have derided it as little more than a “badge-engineered” Mazda Miata. But although the 124 is indeed based on the Miata’s platform – and built at the same Japanese factory – that’s a vast oversimplification of the truth.

Mini Copper Convertible

2016 Mini Cooper Convertible

For most American motorists, convertibles are vehicles that other people own. Maybe that lawyer down the street has a convertible as a third car, or your mom’s crazy unmarried brother drives one. But for most of us, convertible ownership has never been a reality.

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2016 new York Auto ShowMazda rolled out a “retractable-fastback” version of its popular two-seat sports car in conjunction with the 2016 New York Auto Show. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF (for Retractable Fastback) has a retractable hardtop roof with a targa-top configuration, meaning the rear roof pillars stay upright when the center roof panel is retracted. This diminishes the open-air feel somewhat, but allows for a bit more security and styling flair.

2016 Buick Cascada

 Buick returns to the ragtop market after a 25-year absence with the 2016 Cascada, a compact-sized four-seater with a power-folding soft top. It’s due on sale next month at a starting price of about $34,000.

Scion iM

When it goes on sale in February, the Cascada will be the first convertible to grace Buick showrooms in nearly a quarter of a century. So why would the company return to a market it had long since abandoned? There are a couple of reasons.

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