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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale – Why did time forget Alfa Romeo’s apex supercar?

After seven years in production, Alfa Romeo’s promising little carbon-fibre chassis sports car, the 4C, is taking a bow. In commemoration, the Italian automaker will round off production with the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo special edition. Named so, and inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. The bulk of the […]

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Toyota Sera – Why is this 30-year-old curiosity Toyota’s only “bubble-era car”?

Every car exists for a reason. Whether created for market demands, niche-making or to sprinkle magic branding pixie dust, no car pops out of a vacuum. Which makes one wonder if Toyota’s all-knowing product gurus were on holiday when approving the production of the Toyota Sera. A concept made manifest Introduced in 1990, the Toyota […]

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Mercedes-Benz CLR – The most disastrous Le Mans car in history

We are three-quarters into 2020 and it is only now that this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans gets underway. It was originally scheduled for June but postponed when the cough heard around the world started getting around. Speaking of things that didn’t go according to plan, let’s wind the clock to 1999 and examine […]

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The Infiniti FX – When the East found its groove

You don’t need sales figures to know that Infiniti has seen better days. Not only has its European operations got axed, but it also survives on a skeletal model range. It is fast becoming a company that is more well-known for its concepts than actual production models. Not to mention the management dramas that has […]

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Final Bentley Mulsanne draws Rolls-Royce connection to a close

The roll-out of final Bentley Mulsanne from Bentley’s Crewe factory recently represents more than just the end of a model. It also brings more than sixty years of Bentley’s shared history with Rolls-Royce to a close. A history that made the two names almost indistinguishable and inseparable. Badge atop engineering It isn’t just the technology […]

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When Hartge created a BMW-engined Mercedes

Did you know that famed BMW tuner Hartge is no more? Don’t worry if you didn’t, not many are aware. In fact, the only mention of its demise is a short uncited entry in its Wikipedia page, a Facebook announcement from a Chinese importer, and this, a one-off Mercedes-Benz W124 fitted with a bored-out engine […]

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Will the automotive world experience another “1989”?

It is hard to imagine what life would be without Japanese cars. We would probably be living in a glorious age of rehashed 20-year old cars heavy in the rich tradition of being literally banged together by hammers with an engine that would sputter to life when a union says so and customer service is […]

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40 years ago, the most successful Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuted

Amidst the flurry of new production-ready metal that was rolled out for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz managed to wow the crowds with the unveiling of its futuristic Vision EQS concept sedan. Many interpreted this concept as a glance into the future of what an all-electric S-Class would look like, although the EQC’s existence […]

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Remembering Ferdinand Piëch – the greatest car tsar

Ferdinand Karl Piëch, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, chief architect of Volkswagen’s rise to global domination, and mastermind behind some of the most impressive feats of automotive engineering in history has passed away in Bavaria last Sunday. He was 82-years old.  The term “industry titan” is often thrown around for any corporate captain, but Piëch’s […]

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20 years of the Porsche 911 GT3: The car that started a craze

Welcome to the year of our Lord 2019, where Jaguar can sell you a stripped out four-door sedan with two race-harness equipped front seats and a massive roll cage in place of its rear seats with the headlining boast of lapping the Nordschleife quicker than a Ferrari Enzo. Truly it is a time to be […]