There aren't many cars in the world as cool as Janis Joplin's Porsche. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reports that she paid about $3500 for it in 1968. It was white when she bought it, but her friend Dave Richards made it a work of art.
Howard Kramer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Whenever she parked it, fans would leave notes under the wipers. Once while Joplin was at a gig, the car was stolen. The thief spray-painted it gray, but when it was returned, Joplin was able to find an auto shop that was able to recover the psychedelic finish. A few months after her death, the family gave the car to her former manager. Most of the engine and the body parts are original.
The car is here in North Carolina, as a part of the blockbuster exhibit Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed.
The exhibit was to close in January, but has been extended to February 2.
And this just in: Gearheads will be able to look under hoods of the cars on the weekend of January 24.
Thu Jan 23 2014 20:54:34 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1937 Bombardier B7, B12 and C18 Snowmobile. Inventor and designer Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of the Canadian aerospace and transportation company which bears his name, created his first snowmobile in 1937. The B7, as it was called, was followed by the 12-seater B12 and the 18-seater C18, which brought the hoped-for financial success in the decades to come.
Sun Oct 20 2013 19:31:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
On Thursday 10th October 2013, NBC Sports F1 reporter Will Buxton and Producer Jason Swales had some time to kill in the Japanese town of Yokkaichi, before starting work for the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix in nearby Suzuka... this is what they did.
Made as an homage to one of the most influential and awe inspiring bands of all time, and as a loving tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch.
Mon Oct 14 2013 16:11:59 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Auto Blog recently featured this model diorama of the clan from Top Gear. Creepy or what?
If having the trio of Top Gear presenters on your TV isn't enough for you, you can always buy these new action figures. While the detail of the 1:18-scale models of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is high, something may have been lost in the translation; for one, their heads arguably look a bit too large for their bodies. On second thought, maybe that's a result of artistic license...
Whatever is the case, you can order the set of three action figures for around $500(!) when Moscow-based Scale Figures releases a run of 60 on October 31. If you were lucky enough to buy the limited-edition White Stig and Black Stig figurines (each was limited to 50), this is a great chance to give the BBC show's motorsports men of mystery some company.
Sun Oct 06 2013 20:29:36 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
It's a car collector's dream. An auctioneer is putting up hundreds of classic cars for sale in a small Nebraska town. Learn how one car dealer managed to store so many autos from the 1950s.
It’s an unusual harvest in a region known for its bounty. Instead of corn, grain or soybeans a Pierce, Neb., field is filled with classic cars – hundreds of them. The inventory includes automobiles dating back to the 1950s and some have just single or double digit odometer readings.
A car collector’s dream, the multitude of models are courtesy of small town car dealer Ray Lambrecht. After 50 years in the dealership business, he’s retiring and auctioning off vehicles he kept stored for decades.
"What he used to do was after somebody bought a new vehicle, he'd take the trade-in and drive it out to the farm or put it in a building, and you couldn't buy it,” said auctioneer Yvette Van Der Brink. “You had to buy a new car. And so, he was a master at selling new Chevrolets."
The auction, which takes place Sept. 28 - 29, has 500 cars on the block and includes popular Chevy models from the 1950s and 1960s. For more information on the auction and its terms, click here or here.
Auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink shows NBC's Harry Smith the collection of vintage cars that will be auctioned off at the end of September.
Tom Jones, co-chair of the 2013 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance is overwhelmed with the beauty of a 1937 Delage D8 120 SS Aerodynamic Coupe as the car approaches the presentation stand. The rare French car, owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, was selected by judges from a field of more than 130 invited vehicles.
Mr. Jones, a highly regarded car collector, is far from bashful when it comes to his enthusiasm about cars of all types and vintages. The Lexington, Ky, car show highlights a series of car-related events that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kentucky Children's Hospital over the past ten years.
A car enthusiast has been reunited with his first car nearly 50 years after he sold it thanks to his brother, who incredibly tracked down the vehicle.
David Meakin, 67, was just 19 when his father bought his mother the 1934 Austin 10 Clifton in 1965. But she didn't like the vehicle and handed the keys to her son.
He learned to drive in the two-seater, and used it as a runabout to take trips with friends and woo his early girlfriends.
First love: David Meakin, with the 1934 Austin 10 Clifton he's managed to buy back nearly 50 years after selling it. It was his first car, which he learned to drive in and used to woo his earliest girlfriends
Proud: The rare two-seater, which has a top speed of less than 50mph, is one of only 42 such models left anywhere in the world. Mr Meakin says all it needs now is a little work on the starter motor
After enjoying a string of dates in the dark green classic car, Mr Meakin succumbed to practicalities and traded it in for robust mini van.
But he was disappointed when the functional new vehicle failed to live up to the Austin's seductive draw and he bought a restored Austin 12 taxi to try and recapture the vintage charm.
Returning to the classic British marque seemed to do the trick and in 1974 Mr Meakin drove the car to his own wedding ceremony.
Now he has incredibly been reunited with his first love - the very same Austin Clifton 10 he learned to drive in - after his brother tracked it down as a surprise.
'Passion wagon': Mr Meakin and the car it as a runabout to take trips with friends and woo his early girlfriends, one of whom is pictured alongside the vehicle in this photo taken sometime in 1961
Mr Meakin, from Somersham, Cambridgeshire, now plans to woo his wife Glenda, 66, anew in the motor, which he says first helped him learn to be a romantic.
'It was the vehicle I owned when I was about 19 or 20 and now I have the car back in my possession after 50 years,' he said. 'It used to be my passion wagon.
'I remember driving it to Scotland with a friend. It was a fabulous trip and we were looking to pull birds and we found a couple.
'It was just a piece of kit that you started up and went somewhere in. You didn't think about doing it in those days, you just did it and it was perfectly fine for the job.'
He added: 'I was looking for something to do and my brother Chris found the old car up in Stockport.
'I bought it as a non-runner, but it is in very good shape indeed and I have taken it up and down the road, although it needs some work on the starter motor, so there is hope for it yet.'
The two-seater Clifton owned by Mr Meakin is believed to be one of only 42 known models left in the world.
He used to park the car outside the Unicom telecommunications building where he worked but was told to move it by the managing director, who found it ugly.
Despite not even being able to reach 50mph on the open road the car still holds happy memories for the grandfather-of-two.
The original sales brochure for Mr Meakin's Austin 10 Clifton Tourer: Mr Meakin, from Somersham, Cambridgeshire, now plans to woo his wife Glenda anew in the car, which first helped him learn to be a romantic.
Other cars in the range: Launched in 1932 it was Austin's best-selling car in the Thirties and continued in production, with upgrades, until 1947
History: The logbook which shows that it's the very same vehicle that Mr Meakin owned nearly 50 years ago
His wife of nearly 30 years, Glenda, said that she has played second fiddle to her husband's love of cars throughout their marriage.
'We met after he got the car and he did mention his Austin to me quite a bit,' she said. 'He is a big car enthusiast and the last car he had was another vintage Austin that he had for nearly 40 years.
'That is the one that he had for the longest and he had that when we first got together.
'He is always talking about his cars and he is particularly fond of this one because it his first car.'
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Sat Jul 06 2013 14:49:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This 300SL Gullwing is the culmination of a thirty year dream. This car doesn't represent one piece in a collection, it is the entire collection. This is a dream that has come to fruition after 30 years of hard work and getting oneself into a position to own the car that has been yearned for for thirty years. For myself, the idea of dreaming for one car and working hard for years and years is truly inspirational. It helps me keep the dream alive for the cars that I desire to own in the years to come.
When I first came across this story I was in disbelief that there was someone who drives a car of this magnitude often and all across the country in various states of weather. Knowing there was someone who was doing so brought a smile to my face and made me happy that this car was being enjoyed in a way it was meant to be. Other Gullwings in museums and private collections have their place in preserving their place in history but there is just something about knowing that you can come across one of these on the open road or on your favorite drive is mind blowing.
We have set out on our journey across the USA. Join us over at the site and Facebook to find out where we currently are! If you have any car stories along our path please contact me.
Sat Mar 16 2013 13:52:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
I love these early 1950s Caddy's and the 60 Special was their top of the line formal sedan. From an Arizona seller on eBay currently at $15,200.
1952 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood 4dr sedan - Rare - Beautiful Car!! Same Owner For The Past 30 Years - Only 102K Original Miles. Here is a beautiful, 1952 Cadillac Series Sixty Special Fleetwood 4dr sedan in excellent condition inside and out. This beautiful Cadillac is as nice as they come. This is an original Washington car that the previous owner owned for the past 30 years and is totally rust free. There is only 102K original miles on the car. Absolutely everything lines up excellent. It has been painted once in its original color and the interior looks amazing. This is a very rare and very hard to find classic, especially in this amazing condition. The care taken of this beauty is evident throughout. Buyers looking for a '52 Cadillac in excellent, very original condition will find this example a pleasure to drive and perfect for fun at the local car show or weekend cruiser!!
The list of options as it is currently equipped as follows:
331ci 190hp V8 engine
Wire Wheel Hubcaps
Wide White Wall Tires
This 1952 is a fine specimen with outstanding cosmetics and all correct finishes and materials throughout. The great presentation begins with its beautiful Black finish and continues with beautiful chrome and trim all around. The car looks to have only been painted once in its original color many years ago. It still looks amazing for its age. It would stand tall at any car show and makes a great driver. All the chrome and trim are in excellent original condition. The body is straight as an arrow and totally rust free. It has its original wheels along with the original wire wheel hubcaps and new wide-whitewall tires which look excellent.
The interior shows magnificently. It was redone several years ago using all the original material. The dash is in beautiful condition and has an excellent steering wheel. Inside the trunk is all original with its correct spare and jack.
Mechanically, this car is excellent. Under the hood is very clean and original. The original 331ci V8 engine runs like a top with an automatic transmission. The car runs and drives beautifully. This is a very fun cruiser!!
This is a highly desirable collector car that is only going up in value as time goes on. All in all, this is a beautiful Cadillac that needs nothing to drive and enjoy. It is one of the finest examples of a 1952 Cadillac "Series 60 Special" Fleetwood sedans around. It is one of only 16,110 ever built and who knows how many are left. I welcome all international bidders. If you have any additional questions please call Jimmy at 608-215-8300 or Bobby at 480-226-4018. The car is located in Sunny Scottsdale, AZ!
Tue Mar 12 2013 18:59:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Ford Pinto – The mother of all bad cars. This car is an abomination, with an exploding gas tank that killed thousands of people, and maimed even more. Ford actually had a radio spot that claimed, “Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling,” can you believe it? A better “saddle” tank was used in the Capri, but the bean counters decided a human life (worth $200,725 dollars) and the lawsuits were cheaper than spending $5.08 per car to fix the problem. When the Pinto was hit, the doors would crumble, trapping owners inside the burning car. Even though Ford tested the Pinto 40 times in secret, with it exploding every time, they still refused to fix it. The Ford Pinto is the most reprehensible decision in the history of American engineering.
Mon Jan 28 2013 02:50:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Targa California is our favorite way to experience the beauty and back roads of Central California in a vintage car. An homage to the original Targa Florio race in Sicily, the Targa California is a non-competitive 3-day vintage rally open to all cars 1973 or older. Driving in the middle of a pack of Porsche 356's, Alfa Romeos, BMW 2002's and other beauties in windy mountain roads is something we believe should be part of any college curriculum.
Mon Jan 28 2013 02:30:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
At the 1934 Worlds Fair, three Ford V-8 cars were hung by one wheel to show the strength in Ford's electrically welded steel wire wheels! The weight was only one quarter of what a Ford wheel could withstand.
Fri Jan 18 2013 01:04:55 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This is what caravanners of the future might be using for their weekend get-aways, and unlike most traditional motorhomes, it looks pretty exciting. It’s called the Colim concept and is the creation of Austrian designer Christian Susana, who describes it as “an intelligent mobility concept which stretches the bridge between Luxury Blog
Tue Jan 01 2013 23:47:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Ford GT-40, inside the design studio. Retired Ford deigned looks back at his days in the industry and shares with us photos of the 2002 GT-40 “clays” that became the production Ford GT
three years later.Pete Gruich grew up and still lives in the Detroit area. He remembers as a child visiting his grandparents and hearing about an industry guy who made it big and would visit his parents who lived a few houses down in a chauffeured car. That guy was John Delorean. Pete’s neighbor drove for Delorean’s brother, George, when he ran Leader Automotive and built
and campaigned drag cars. When Royal Pontiac closed its doors, Leader ran some of
its legendary GTOs.
Pete worked as a designer for about 40 years and in addition to working for Ford, had the pleasure of working for Bill Collins on the Vixen Motor Home project. Collins was one of the key engineers on high-performance GTO and Firebird projects when he was at Pontiac. He also worked with Hulki Aldikacti at Pontiac Advanced Vehicle Engineering on the ill-fated Fiero.
In 2002 Pete Gruich worked on the GT-40 clays in the "S" Studio at Ford’s Product Development Center (PDC). That’s where both designers and senior level executives would view cars in natural light in the building’s protected courtyard.
“Dan Gurney used to stop in while we worked the GT-40 and I wound up talking to him
quite a bit. He sent me a signed poster of him shaking up a bottle of champagne after
winning Le Mans,” said Pete. “Also enjoyed many conversations with Camilo Pardo,
the GT-40/GT chief designer.”
Pete Gruich enjoyed his career as an automotive designer and is still enjoying cars. He spent his vacation last summer in China, touring in a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.
“We had a ball in the Benz, driving between 160 and 180 mph on some of the freeways!” Once a car guy, always a car guy! Ford GT owners and enthusiasts should visit
Wed Dec 05 2012 00:51:38 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Crush testing a SnapOn tool box. There's scientific testing and then there is not so scientific testing. While the latter may be fun, Snap-on tool storage engineers use more scientific procedures when designing and testing our tool storage solutions.