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The Isetta was an important car for BMW, which reached out to Italian company Iso to build a version

The Isetta was an important car for BMW, which reached out to Italian company Iso to build a version of its weird little bubble car under license starting in 1955. BMW’s was powered by its own single-cylinder motorcycle engine, which made about 13 horsepower. That wasn’t much, but it was enough to make the car BMW’s…Read […]

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The second-generation AMC Javelin was called the “Humster” for its enormously arched front fenders.

The second-generation AMC Javelin was called the “Humster” for its enormously arched front fenders. According to Hemmings, in 1971—after designing the two-seater AMX and the first-gen Javelin in the ’60s on the Rambler American platform (in an effort to “catch up to” Ford’s Mustang)—AMC nixed the AMX model and…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Dacia 1300 was Romania’s People’s Car.

The Dacia 1300 was Romania’s People’s Car. According to Renault’s website, it was the country’s leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, who in the mid-1960s called to have a vehicle manufactured under license, since Romania wasn’t quite ready to engineer a car from scratch. Renault won the bidding, and the then-prototype Renault…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Back in the 1960s, Marcos Engineering didn’t have enough money to display their Mini-based sports co

Back in the 1960s, Marcos Engineering didn’t have enough money to display their Mini-based sports coupe at the Earls Court Motor Show like all the other manufacturers. So, they took a picture of the car outside the show, printed up a bunch of them, and handed them out to as many show goers as possible […]

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To all of our French readers, please enjoy this anniversary of the Storming of Bastille, which was a

To all of our French readers, please enjoy this anniversary of the Storming of Bastille, which was a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789, in case you were unaware. Take the time to drive your family of four down to the lake shore for a picnic, fly fishing, and leisure reading in your […]

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Corvette drivers Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Mike Rockenfeller took their bright yellow Ameri

Corvette drivers Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Mike Rockenfeller took their bright yellow America-on-wheels Chevrolet to fifth in the GTE Pro class, classified 21st overall. They didn’t win, but just surviving Le Mans is enough to warrant a big ‘ole smoke show. Nothing could make me prouder to have been born…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The 2018 Le Mans 24 field has been assembled for the first time today during pre-race testing.

The 2018 Le Mans 24 field has been assembled for the first time today during pre-race testing. The Astons are eye-searing Green, and Porsche has a couple throwback livery 911 RSRs. It’s Toyota’s race to lose in LMP1, but LMP2 and the GTE classes are really anyone’s game. Who are you picking to win each […]

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There’s a new Porsche 911 GT3 R coming soon, but that doesn’t mean the current car is a slouch.

There’s a new Porsche 911 GT3 R coming soon, but that doesn’t mean the current car is a slouch. Three of those claimed the first, second and third starting positions at the Nürburgring 24 Hours today. Laurens Vanthoor claimed pole position for tomorrow’s day-long race with a lap time of 8:09.105 in the No. 911 […]

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Porsche’s 1963 world sports car championship entry, the strange and unique Italo-German mashup 356 C

Porsche’s 1963 world sports car championship entry, the strange and unique Italo-German mashup 356 Carrera GTL Abarth, may be the most wild-looking racer ever. This car was delivered with a roofline too short for many drivers to even get in, but with Porsche’s four-cam flat-four aircooled engine it actually proved…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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You can buy a brand new Lada Niva (well, technically it’s called the “Lada 4×4") today that’s r

You can buy a brand new Lada Niva (well, technically it’s called the “Lada 4×4") today that’s really not much different than the Niva that launched in the late 1970s. Just look at that awesome, lifted little 4×4 hatchback. It is what off-road dreams are made of.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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