Category Archives: Bold School

Meet the Jaguar That’s Granddad to the F-Type

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In the 1920s, two friends – both named William – started building motorcycle sidecars in Britain under the banner of the Swallow Sidecar Company. The venture would eventually evolve into a coachbuilding business, then again to become a full-blown car company (SS Cars Ltd.), and would finally adopt a name you know quite well – Jaguar. Continue Reading »

The Oldsmobile Toronado Made Front-Wheel Drive Cool: Muscle Car Monday

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In 1963, Buick struck a chord for GM buyers with its newly developed Riviera – a sleek and powerful luxury coupe born from the inspiration of Europe’s automotive elite. It drove well, it sold well, and – with its striking appearance – it embodied a winning image. Continue Reading »

Ford Puma: Europe’s Quirky Little Sports Coupe

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In 1997, Ford developed a quirky little sports coupe that we never thought we’d see from the American automaker. It was called the Puma, and it was a Europe-only, two-door built in Germany. It sold anywhere in Europe from £12,280 to £22,945, (about $19,750 to $36,900 currently) depending on the model selected. Continue Reading »

1967 Chevy Chevelle is a Pile of Perfection: Your Ride

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There are few things more satisfying than getting your hands dirty, and bringing back to life an iconic muscle car like the Chevrolet Chevelle. Just ask two of our readers, Colton and Chandler. These young guys picked up an old Chevelle they found in a barn, and rebuilt it with whatever money they had lying around.

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Shelby GT350H ‘Rent-a-Racer’ Brought Muscle to Masses

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Carroll Shelby and the Ford Motor Company had a good thing going in the mid ‘60s. Ford agreed to send Shelby American its popular new muscle car, the Mustang, and in turn Shelby would transform it into a thoroughbred racer – the vaunted GT350. Continue Reading »

Siata 208S: V8 Sports Car That Looks Like a Mini Cobra

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Founded in 1926, Societá Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori (SIATA) made a wide range of speed parts for Fiats to the unfortunate-looking Siata Spring in the late 1960s. What Siata is best remembered for, though, is the diminutive but beautifully proportioned sports cars of the 1950s. Continue Reading »

You Can Own Carroll Shelby’s Very First Race Car

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Carroll Shelby was a Formula One driver and even won overall at Le Mans with Aston Martin before building the Cobra, hot rodding Mustangs and running successful race teams. A career like that is, of course, the stuff of legend, but Shelby had to start somewhere. Like so many in the postwar sports car craze in America, that start was in a simple but effective MG TC. Continue Reading »

Is This Preston Tucker’s Lost Design?

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Preston Tucker had big dreams of automotive glory with the Tucker 48, but those dreams were never fully realized through no fault of his own. The US Securities and Exchange commission took him to court where he was put on trial for fraud. Though he was acquitted, the whole thing was enough to destroy his company. Continue Reading »

For When a V8 Wasn’t Enough: The Marmon Sixteen

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The Marmon company started at the beginning of the twentieth century, and a Marmon actually won the very first Indianapolis 500 back in 1911. But that’s not all it was famous for. Howard Marmon was a clever designer and really the driving force behind the automotive branch of the company, which mainly built milling machinery. More conventional models coming from the company eventually led him to withdraw from the automotive branch, but in private, he began designing what would be his crowning achievement. Continue Reading »

The Scarab: An American Racer with Plenty of Style

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The Scarab racer was an all-American open-wheel race car built by Tom Barnes and Dick Troutman for Reventlow Automobiles Inc. The duo’s careers for building cars for amateur road racing began back in the 1950s. The company, owned by Lance Reventflow, saw its cars garner both successes and rather grand failures during their short production run which ended in the early 1960s.

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