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2017 MAZDA CX-5 AWD LONG-TERM ARRIVAL

Sales usually taper off toward the end of a car’s life cycle. Vehicles tend to be outdone by newer and more updated competitors, or buyers will wait a few months for the inevitable successor. Not the CX-5.  It has been Mazda’s best-selling vehicle two years in a row (2015 and 2016), and December 2016 was its best-ever sales month. This could be attributed to the growing demand for SUVs and crossovers, but it could also be because the CX-5 is just a great car. Period. The last-gen model won our last Big…

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Vintage Car 

‘Ghost’ E-type reappears and heads to auction

Thought to have disappeared more than 30 years ago, the first left-hand drive 1971 Jaguar E-type 2+2 is on the docket for H&H Classics auction Not only has H&H Classics secured the “ghost” Jaguar E-type as a no-reserve offering for its auction November 15 at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK, but thinks it finally has solved the mystery of the car’s history. The auction house notes that in the past, the car has been “wrongly referred to on various websites as chassis number 1S70001 or 1W700001. In fact,…

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Vintage Car 

Rare American classics to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale

RM Sotheby’s readies its 11th annual collector car auction during AACA fall gathering in Hershey, Pennsylvania, featuring American pres-war classics and early brass-era cars. Grand American pre-war classics, brass-era cars dating back to 1900 and a hot rod that is among the most-significant of all time are highlights of RM Sotheby’s 11th annual Hershey collector car auction, held October 5-6 at the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania. The sale takes place during one of the foremost antique-car gatherings of the year, the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Regional Fall Meet,…

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Vintage Car 

Totally turbo: 1987 Porsche 959 up for sale at $1.3M

Two words can add multiple zeroes: low volume. Porsche built just 337 examples of the 959 in the late 1980s, making it a collector’s car from the moment it rolled off the assembly lines. It didn’t help that the car was an engineering marvel and way ahead of it’s time. Now one is up for sale. Despite the many virtues of the 959, its rarity still definitely helps its selling price. This one is being offered by an automotive broker for $1,300,000. That price seems to be inline with what…

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Vintage Car 

Porsche Turbo that sparked a rock album to be auctioned at Silverstone

A 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo owned by Judas Priest lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, and which inspired the band’s ‘Turbo’ album, is coming up for auction A Porsche Turbo that inspired a platinum-selling record album will be offered by Silverstone Auctions during its annual Porsche Sale on October 21 at the famed Silverstone Circuit race track in the UK. The 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo SE is owned by Judas Priest lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, who wrote the 1986 heavy-metal album Turbo, with the best-selling single Turbo Lover, in homage to the…

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Vintage Car 

VW celebrates 50 years of Baja desert racing

A Volkswagen Beetle was made to get down and dirty. Why else would the lovable little craft be used continuously for the last 50 years to blast across the Mexican desert. Well, blast might be a strong word but these tough machines have been competing in the Baja 1000 for decades, and there’s no sign that this will change anytime soon. November will mark the 50th running of the Baja 1000, at least as a sanctioned event. There will be plenty of VWs down at the start line ready to…

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Vintage Car 

Woodies, Corvettes and the Blackhawks reign at Mecum’s Chicago auction

Mecum Auctions arrives in Chicago with an expected 1,000 collector cars for a three-day auction Collector cars from a host of private collections will be among the offerings starting today when Mecum Auctions rolls into the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Chicago for a three-day sale. An expected 1,000 vehicles are expected to cross the block, headlined by American muscle cars, customs and classics. A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe from the Mercurio collection The Chicago-based Klairmont Kollection features a strong array of post-war woodies, including two Chrysler Town &…

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Sports Cars 

Mystery mid-engine Honda turns out to be a Vision Gran Turismo concept

The identity of the mysterious mid-engine Honda sports car that’s been surfacing in patent drawings over the past two years has finally been determined. Sadly, the car isn’t a concept previewing a potential S2000 successor, as many had hoped. Rather, it’s Honda’s entry for the Vision Gran Turismo program which challenges automotive design houses to come up with the ultimate grand tourer for the virtual world. Members of the forum VWvortex (via Motor1) spotted the car, whose name is Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo, in a demo for the new “Gran Turismo Sport” video game…

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Sports Cars 

Germany’s Wiesmann back in business

A niche German sports car marque known for retro roadsters powered by modern BMW engines is making a comeback. Wiesmann, currently led by Mercedes-Benz veteran Mario Spitzner, is working on a new sports car and on Tuesday signed a deal to source V-8 engines from BMW M—most likely the BMW tuner’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. “Our co-operation with BMW AG is an important foundation for successfully developing and positioning Wiesmann Sports Cars,“ Spitzner said in a statement. “The exact date when the new Wiesmann model will go on sale will be…

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Sports Cars 

Nissan built a GT-R operated by a video game controller

The latest installment in the iconic “Gran Turismo” video game series, “Gran Turismo Sport,” goes on sale next week, but Nissan threw a celebration of its own ahead of the launch. The video game itself may have coined the “Real Driving Simulator” tagline years ago, but Nissan took it to a new level with a GT-R you can operate with a video game controller. That’s right. Just like a video game, you can operate the special GT-R, dubbed the GT-R /C, entirely with buttons and joysticks on the Playstation Dualshock…

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