Category Archives: Bold School

A Fiat Badge and Ferrari Power: The Fiat Dino Coupe

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Fiat took a controlling interest of Ferrari in 1969, but relations between the two companies go back a few more years. As with pretty much everything to do with Ferrari back then, it had a little something to do with racing.  Continue Reading »

The 1966 Dodge Charger: Chrysler Shows Its Muscle

One of the key turning points in automotive history came when cars went from a one-size-fits-all product to a variety of designs aimed at appealing to different ages, tastes, and budgets.  By the 1960s, buyers had their pick of basic, sport, and luxury vehicles. However, the folks at Chrysler were latecomers to the specialized car world.  To catch up to their rivals, they chose Dodge to introduce their entry into the fast-growing muscle car market of the 1960s.  From their efforts came the Charger; one of the great vehicles to come out of that turbulent decade.

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History of the Batcycle: Two-Wheeled Justice from DC

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Throughout most of comic book history, superheroes have been blessed with unusual powers that aid them in their crime-fighting efforts. Superman, the granddaddy of them all, is bulletproof, immensely strong, and can leap great distances (yes, believe it or not, the original Superman could not fly; see Action Comics # 1).

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1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Was Pure Automotive Americana

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The 1950s were as close as the US will probably ever come to a golden age of Americana. Throughout the decade the nation enjoyed the fruits of victory that came with vanquishing both the Axis and the Great Depression during the 1940s. At the same time, the disillusionment and self-questioning of the 1960s was still years away. It was no wonder, then, that the cars of the 50s reflected such sunny optimism. One of the best examples of this attitude is the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special.

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The Vespa 400 is the Cutest Little Car You Never Knew Existed

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When we think of Vespas, we think of the iconic scooters and the well-dressed Italian guys who ride them. Few, however, are aware that Vespa (Italian for wasp) also built an automobile that was just as cute, but far less successful than its two-wheeled cousin.
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Lancia Killed Its Successful Road Racer in the Name of Rallying

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In 1972 something wonderful— nay, magical – happened. A Lancia won the International Championship for Manufacturers in rallying (this was before the WRC was formed). With that win, it rejuvenated Lancia’s racing career and produced world-renowned cars like the Delta and the Stratos.

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Is the Shelby GT500 KR King of the Muscle Cars?

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The title of ‘world’s greatest muscle car’ gets thrown around quite a bit: adorning Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, GTOs, and about a half-dozen other high-powered machines, circa the late ‘60s. But how to pinpoint the best? Continue Reading »

This Quirky Hatchback Was Subaru’s First Car

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The makers of Subaru, Fuji Heavy Industries, was incorporated in 1953. Although they had been building scooters since the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1958 that they introduced their first car, the diminutive Subaru 360. Made in response to a mandate from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for a Janapese “People’s Car”, the 360 was a big hit, and production would reach almost 400,000 by the time it was discontinued in 1971.
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1968 Dodge Polara Shows Off Its Classic Curves: Your Ride

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In 1960, before smaller cars like the Mustang and Camaro came to market, the full-size muscle market was hot. Alongside the Ford Galaxie and Chevrolet Bel Air sat Dodge’s own super sedan— the Polara.

It might not have been the most talked about car of the era, but one of our readers, Michael, saw this beautiful boat and knew he had to have one. Here’s the full story:

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450HP Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car Has A Huge Price Tag

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Describing a Mustang as “rare” seems a bit strange, but this 1964 1/2 convertible is truly one of a kind. Reportedly it was assembled during the first hour of Mustang production and then heavily modified before serving as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. It is now for sale at RK Motors in Charlotte for…wait for it…$1,099,000.

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