Category Archives: Bold School

19 Years of the Jaguar XK: A History in Horsepower

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The Jaguar XK turns 19 next year, and after nearly two decades of service, the brand has granted the aging grand tourer a retirement it deserves. But what’s so special about a long-in-the-tooth GT car from the English West Midlands? More than you might think.

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Missing but not Lost: The Strange Story of Ed Roth’s Orbitron

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One guy who understood weirdness well was Ed Roth. A god amongst California hot rodders, he gained fame in the 50s and 60s for his drawings of grotesque creatures driving customized vehicles. His outlook on life was not unlike that of Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family, which started out as a series of illustrations before it was made into a TV show.

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The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro: GM Rises to the Mustang’s Challenge

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Question: how is a 1965 Mustang like an iPhone? Answer: whether you like it or not, there’s no denying that it raised the bar and scared the crap out of its competition.  GM execs were well aware of this in early 1965, when they saw the public’s response to Ford’s new pony car.  They set about crafting an answer to the challenge, and would play a giant role in automotive history.

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The 1965 Ford Mustang: Cool, Defined

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The challenge set before the design team seemed impossible. The goal, was to create a motor vehicle that would set Ford apart from its rivals as the leader in the emerging sportscar class.  It had to look a little European– but not too much.  It had to be equally appealing to men and women.  It needed to seat four people, weigh less than 2,500 pounds, and be less than 180 inches long.  Oh, and it had to sell for less than $2,500. The time to complete the project: 18 months.

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Your Ride: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Prototype

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You may remember back in November of 2013 that we featured one of our reader Jose’s very rare, and very beautiful 1932 Alvis Speed 20 SA. It was a classic in pristine condition.

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Richard Rawlings Discovered Pontiac’s “Holy Grail”

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If you’re a fan of Discovery Channel’s hit TV show “Fast N’ Loud”, you’ll want to tune in over the next two weeks. An upcoming two-part episode, which airs on April 21 and 28, showcases what Richard Rawlings believes to be the “Holy Grail of muscle cars” – the first two Pontiac Firebirds ever built.

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Renault Clio Williams: Formula One’s Greatest Hatchback

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Some cars deserve to be put on a pedestal and admired for the rest of time. Others warrant a quiet life of weekend visits to a concours d’elegance. But some beckon to be driven and thrashed to within an inch of their life. This particular car is from the latter group – the Renault Clio Williams.

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Oldies But Goodies: 220 Pre-war Cars Up For Auction

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Each gearhead has their own reasons for getting excited about an ancient collection of cars. For some it’s the mystique of it all. For others, it represents the chance to finish their own hotrod project. We’ll let you decide what it is about dusty barn-finds that turn your crank.

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Stainless Steel Ford Tudor Sedan is Old School Bling

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In the modern world of customizing supercars, it’s not uncommon to see a Lamborghini bathed in chrome or gold. These custom jobs are rare and eye-catching, but are also generally pretty gaudy. If you are going to go the chrome route, you might as well do it with some class– like this blinged up 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan.

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1964 GM Runabout: The Dream of a Three-Wheeled Car Remains Elusive

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“The three-wheeled runabout will appeal especially to women because it was designed especially for shopping and other daily errands. Men will also find the Runabout a handy vehicle – well-suited for commuting, but also containing adequate load space for golf clubs and other recreational equipment.” – GM press release from 1964

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