Archive for December, 2018

Dec
31
1966 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Ford Thunderbird

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2005 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

In the decade or so since its 1955 introduction, the Ford Thunderbird came to attract a solid following from female motorists. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the 1966 T-Bird convertible featured on these pages was intended to please a lady.

Dec
28
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato

1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato

Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2000 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Throughout his professional life, Carlo Abarth (1908-1979) won acclaim for wringing great amounts of performance from cars with tiny engines. On occasion, these were cars of his own design. More often than not, though, his shops in Turin, Italy, founded in 1949, turned out vigorous vehicles that took as their starting points other manufacturers’ products.

Dec
27

2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium AWD

2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium  in Lightning Blue Metallic

2015 Audi Q52018 Ford EcoSport Titanium AWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 532

Fuel used: 21.4 gallons

Dec
26
1953 Kaiser Dragon

1953 Kaiser Dragon

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2011 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Henry J. Kaiser was part of the consortium that completed the daunting task of building Hoover Dam more than two years ahead of schedule. No one had mass produced ships until Kaiser built World War II Liberty Ships in as little as five days. Perhaps, then, Henry could have been excused for thinking he could revolutionize car building as well. He must have soon realized that it was a bigger job than expected and that the men running Detroit were smarter than he gave them credit for being.

Dec
24
2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mazda CX-5

This preview didn’t go entirely according to plan.

Mazda flew us up to Whistler, British Columbia — site of the 2010 Winter Olympics — to demonstrate its “predictive” i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system, introduce a newly available turbocharged engine in the CX-5 line, and let us experience all three of its crossovers in slippery, snowy conditions. The first and last, of course, depended on the cooperation of Mother Nature, and she accommodated — a little too generously, as it turned out.

Dec
21
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt in Dark Highland Green

2015 Audi Q52019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 189

Fuel used: 13.1 gallons

Dec
20
2018 Lexus LS 500 in Atomic Silver

2018 Lexus LS 500 in Atomic Silver

Quick Spin

2018 Lexus LS 500 AWD

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles driven: 408

Fuel used: 23.3 gallons

Dec
20
2005 Ford Excursion

2005 Ford Excursion

There were two good reasons for the demise of the Ford Excursion, and only one really good reason for it to have been built in the first place.

Addressing the former: Gas prices rose alarmingly during the Excursion’s brief tenure in Ford’s product lineup. Also, there was probably a finite market for 7000-pound SUVs, and what demand there was for such a vehicle had been met fairly quickly in the Excursion’s 2000-05 model-year run.

Dec
19
2018 Audi Q5 2.0T

2018 Audi Q5 2.0T in Brilliant Black

Consumer Guide Automotive 2018 Audi Q5 2.0T quattro S tronic

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles driven: 293

Fuel used: 12.5 gallons

Dec
19
Oldsmobile Profile Concept

Oldsmobile Profile Concept

Forgotten Concepts This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

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