Archive for July, 2016

Jul
11
1987 Volkswagen Vanagon

1987 Volkswagen Vanagon

Fun minivan-history fact: The 1984 Toyota Van actually reached the U.S. market a few months before the first Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager did. That would be the only way in which the quirky mid-engine Japanese van would trump Chrysler’s family-friendly duo, as the media and public vastly preferred the latter.

Jul
08
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

Jul
08
ZEPHYR

2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Cheap Wheels by Don Sikora II

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

The first Lincoln to bear the name Zephyr arrived for 1936. It was a medium-price car with unit-body construction and a “flathead” V-12 engine. Zephyr soon accounted for 80 percent of the luxury brand’s sales, and by 1940 became the basis for the stunning Continental. Somewhat surprisingly, the Zephyr name didn’t return after World War II.

Jul
07
Ford’s all-new Focus RS makes its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show; introducing innovative technologies including Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive, delivering the ultimate fun-to-drive experience.

2016 Ford Focus RS

By Don Sikora IICollectible Automobile Magazine

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

Arguably one of the most anticipated new performance cars of 2016 is a Ford Focus. Yes, a Focus. No, we aren’t forgetting the upcoming Ford GT. But it’s not just any old Focus we’re talking about here—it’s the third-generation Focus RS. 

Jul
07
Kia Soul EV

After a full battery charge, the range estimate for the Soul EV was listed as 103 miles with the A/C off …

Kia Soul EV

… but that dropped to 95 miles after turning the A/C on. Note that the car’s EPA-estimated range is 93 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With warmer weather comes more air-conditioning use. And since the Kia Soul EV’s air conditioning is electric (as opposed to a conventional gas car, which uses an engine-driven compressor pump) and thus is powered by the same battery that the motor uses to propel the car, hitting the A/C button reduces the overall driving range.

Jul
06
2016 BMW M2 in long beach blue

2016 BMW M2

2015 Audi Q52016 BMW M2 Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 338

Fuel Used: 16.7

Jul
05
Columbo's Peugeot, Columbo's car

Columbo’s car got a fair amount of screen time. Do you know the make and model of the rumpled detective’s convertible?

by Jack Stewart

For most of Seventies, NBC broadcast a group of mysteries under the umbrella title of The NBC Mystery Movie. Starting in 1971, the original series rotated Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud in the same weekly time slot. At the peak of the series, there were NBC Mystery Movies on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The three original mysteries were the most popular (Columbo in particular), but there were 14 shows associated with the series before it ended in 1977: Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife, Banacek, Snoop Sisters, Cool Million, Hec Ramsey, Madigan, Faraday and Company, Tenafly, Amy Prentiss, McCoy, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Quincy, M.E. A few of the shows prominently featured interesting cars. Here are our favorites:

 

Jul
01
1969 Town & Country, Most-Expensive Wagons of 1969

1969 Town & Country

Right around 1970, the American birthrate took a tumble. From a late-Fifties peak of more than 3.5 children per woman, the birthrate fell to 1.7 kids by 1971. Per most charts, 1969 was the last year families were averaging more than two young’uns.