Category Archives: Bold School

The 1981 Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000 Concept Was an Early Gas Miser

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Fuel efficiency has been a hot topic for years with hybrids becoming commonplace, but Mercedes-Benz was already looking in that direction way back in 1981. They debuted the Auto 2000 at the Frankfurt Motor Show as a car that used aerodynamics and mechanical advancements to be as fuel efficient as possible. Continue Reading »

1969 Changed the Ford Mustang Forever

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Ever notice how things once considered rebellious eventually become respectable? It’s amazing how often this transformation occurs in our society. Take for example rock ‘n roll. In the 50s, it was considered the devil’s music. Pundits blamed it for everything from teen smoking to human sacrifice. Fast-forward a few decades, however, and those same songs are now the music of choice at county fairs, ice cream shops, and family-friendly places in general. Continue Reading »

Pablo Escobar: Ruthless Criminal, Drug Lord…Car Aficionado?

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Netflix’s new show “Narcos has already been receiving critical praise-after only just debuting, and it had us wondering what one does with all that money. Cars would be likely be among the purchases, following a fortified villa and a private army. So, with the positive reception this show has already drawn, we thought we’d look into one of the shows real-life characters. Pablo “El Patron” Escobar.

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The Chrysler Conquest TSi is a Forgotten 1980s Gem

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Automotive history is a bit like a glossy coffee table art book. The greats are given full-page spreads and dazzling historical accounts, while everything else gets a footnote mention, or perhaps none at all. And frankly that’s too bad.  Continue Reading »

Death of a Car Salesman? Sorry, Not Anytime Soon

Most people like the idea of purchasing a shiny new car, but they hate the process. It takes forever even if you know exactly what you want to buy, largely due to all the haggling. The sticker price isn’t the price anyone expects to pay, and getting that number down takes time. When will we say goodbye to the car dealership sales experience?

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Death Tolls: With Greater Safety Systems, Why Are Our Highways Becoming More Unsafe?

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An alarming statistic crashed itself across the internet recently. While traffic deaths in America have been on a steady decline for decades due to improvements in safety, a drop in drunk driving, and a steady hike in seat belt usage among other things, fresh findings in a report by The National Safety Council claims we’ve turned that hard-fought trend upside down in the first six months of 2015. Reaching just under 19,000 deaths by the end of May, odds are the second half of this year will look even more grim because July and August–the heaviest driving months–are yet to be tallied. We have not seen 40,000 traffic deaths in one year since 2007 but we very well may see it in 2015. Continue Reading »

The Fiat Dino Paved the Way For Ferrari in Formula 2

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The Fiat Dino was produced from 1966 to 1973 as a front-engined, rear-drive sports car. It was a key step in allowing Ferrai to homologate Alfredo Ferrari’s V6 engine for Formula 2 racing when the rules of the race were changed.

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What Exactly Does a Timing Belt Do?

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You check your tires, you check your oil, and you check your washer fluid, but you probably don’t check your timing belt. It’s one of those things you don’t think about until either a mechanic tells you it needs replacing or it fails. What the heck is a timing belt and why is it so important?

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The Luxurious Lancia Flaminia and Its Star-Studded Past

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The Lancia Flaminia was built from 1957 to 1970 as the brand’s luxury flagship model. It replaced the Aurelia and was available as either a sedan, coupe, or convertible. The coupe and convertible were crafted by Italian coachbuilders, making them pricier than the sedan variant. Despite the extra price, the coupes outsold the four-door sedans. There were a total of 12,633 Lancia Flaminias produced during its 13-year run.

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The Story of Two GM Defectors That Created One of the World’s Best Mustangs

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If you know your GM history, the names Larry Shinoda and Semon “Bunkie” Knudson might have some significance to you. Shinoda was an LA-born designer that worked hand-in-hand with Zora Arkus-Duntov, transforming the Chevrolet Corvette from concept to classic. Continue Reading »