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You Could Be the Next Owner of this Incredible Porsche 356 Limousine You Could Be the Next Owner of this Incredible Porsche 356 Limousine

It feels like there’s a sort of unspoken competition in the classic car auction world to see who can sell the strangest thing powered by a Porsche 356 engine. Sunday we saw the incredible Porsche 356-powered (well, originally) motorhome being offered up by Mecum Auctions, and now RM Sotheby’s has decided to meet the…

The Lightyear One 'Solar Car' Is Amazing But Isn't Quite What You Think It Is The Lightyear One 'Solar Car' Is Amazing But Isn't Quite What You Think It Is

The tagline of Lightyear One’s website reads “Lightyear One | The electric car that charges itself with sunlight,” and while, yes, this is technically true, in practice it’s really sort of bullshit. Yes, the car does have about 15 square feet of fairly efficient solar panels, but calling it a “solar” car like many …

These Old Lion-Peugeot Grand Prix Cars are a Great Example of How Rules Can Breed Madness These Old Lion-Peugeot Grand Prix Cars are a Great Example of How Rules Can Breed Madness

Racing is sort of like an evolutionary crucible for cars. The specific challenges and criteria of a given type of racing will invariably breed cars uniquely adapted to those particular circumstances. When racing officials and overseeing bodies impose rules and restrictions, it’s fascinating to see how the cars evolve…

Global Racing Team Builds Formula Race Car With a Washing Machine Motor, Finally Global Racing Team Builds Formula Race Car With a Washing Machine Motor, Finally

If you’re like most people, you wake up most mornings and immediately check your Telex machine to see if there’s been any announcements that someone has finally built an open-wheeled formula race car that is powered by the motor from a washing machine. Most mornings end in bitter disappointment, with no washer-powered…

The First Bus is Way Older Than You Think The First Bus is Way Older Than You Think

In general, the entire history of cars is much older than most people realize, partially because of Mercedes-Benz’ relentless misinformation campaign that they “invented” the car in 1886, and partially because most people just don’t really give a shit. But I do.

Boeing Has So Many Grounded 737 Max Planes Waiting to Be Fixed They're Parking Them in the Employee Parking Lot Boeing Has So Many Grounded 737 Max Planes Waiting to Be Fixed They're Parking Them in the Employee Parking Lot

You may recall that, thanks to an issue with faulty sensors in the Boeing 737 Max flight control systems, those planes have been grounded after multiple crashes were found to be related to the issue. Grounded planes are, by definition, not in the air, and as such need to be stored, on the ground, somewhere. In the…

This Amazing Porsche 356-Powered FWD Camper is Up for Auction and May be the Slowest Porsche Ever This Amazing Porsche 356-Powered FWD Camper is Up for Auction and May be the Slowest Porsche Ever

Every now and then, something really special emerges from the aether and goes up for auction, and I think this is one of those times. In August at Monterey, Mecum Auctions is going to be putting on the block a very rare (one of three) 1955 Porsche Tempo Mikafa Sport Camper. In case you, like 99.99 percent of the human…

These Are the Ten Best Car Names Nobody Is Using Yet These Are the Ten Best Car Names Nobody Is Using Yet

Normally, when I come up with car names, my goal is to try and find the worst possible names, like the Mushler Groincat, but this time, for some inexplicable reason, I decided I want to really try. I’m tired of made up names that sound like sleep-aid medications or the interminable strings of alphanumeric names. I’m…

The First Ever Concept Car Was Way Older and Weirder Than You Think The First Ever Concept Car Was Way Older and Weirder Than You Think

If you were to approach a random stranger on the street, seize them by the shirt (or bib overalls, necktie, spaghetti straps, ascot, whatever) and demand they tell you what the first ever concept car was, chances are they’ll bark out “Y-Job! The 1938 Buick Y-Job!” before quickly attempting to lean in for a kiss. What…

Welcome to your Sunday, the Friday of the weekend. I hope you’re as relaxed as this Audi Coupe S daydreaming of AMC Marlins, since they’re spiritual star-twins.

Volkswagen Wins Copyright Battle Against Daughter of the Designer of the Original Beetle in Confusing Decision Volkswagen Wins Copyright Battle Against Daughter of the Designer of the Original Beetle in Confusing Decision

A decision by the 9th Civil Division of the Landgericht Braunschweig (a German court) on June 19th has decreed that the daughter of Erwin Komenda, the designer of the original Volkswagen Beetle, is not entitled to any compensation from the alleged use of her father’s design in the 2012 (and up) version of the…

Try Carquations: The Most Fun You Can Have With Wacky Automotive Pseudo-Math Try Carquations: The Most Fun You Can Have With Wacky Automotive Pseudo-Math

It’s Friday afternoon, pals! Your week of laborious, sweaty toil is over! It’s time to grab a sock soaked in grain alcohol and a tube of pizza and relax! And what’s the best way to relax? With math! Lots and lots of math!

You've Got to Admire How Hard This 1980 Chevette Brochure Is Trying You've Got to Admire How Hard This 1980 Chevette Brochure Is Trying

I don’t think we’re shocking anyone when we say that the Chevrolet Chevette was not really a great car. That’s not just because it was designed to be a cheap, everyperson’s car—there’s many of those I really admire—but the Chevette always seemed to be a bit of a half-assed effort.

Wildly Improbable Nissan-on-Nissan-on-Nissan Wreck Reveals Universe to Be a Simulation Wildly Improbable Nissan-on-Nissan-on-Nissan Wreck Reveals Universe to Be a Simulation

There’s all kinds of theories floating around now that reality, the place where you sleep and pee and buy lunch, may in fact be a simulation of some sort, run on some vast, unknowable computer. Even Elon Musk thinks we’re likely living in a simulation. I normally am pretty dismissive of this idea, at least until I saw …

The (Mostly) Non-Beetle Cars of the Streets of Puebla, the VW Beetle's Final Home The (Mostly) Non-Beetle Cars of the Streets of Puebla, the VW Beetle's Final Home

I was just down in Puebla, Mexico, visiting the Volkswagen factory there (I’ll explain that more soon), and while there I found some time to explore and be your eyes, ears, and, if no one is looking, tongue, to experience the cars on the streets of Puebla. Last time, I mostly focused on the many Vochos (Beetles), but…

Fisker's Bold New Turn Indicator Innovation Is Really a Resurrection of an Old Idea Fisker's Bold New Turn Indicator Innovation Is Really a Resurrection of an Old Idea

You might recall that noted designer of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Henrik Fisker, is designing a new, all-electric SUV. So far, those of us in the turn-indicator appreciation and admiration communities haven’t had much to capture our attention. Until now.

This Wonderfully Bonkers Dutchman Built a Car You Drive From a Hammock

I wasn’t previously familiar with the works of Master Milo, the Netherland’s premier organization for turning rusted-out shitboxes into genuinely bonkers vehicular wonders, but I’m glad I’m aware now. He (or the group? I’m not entirely clear if “Master Milo” refers to one person or an organization) has (or have?) just…

Almost Everyone Has Quit Pretending to Like the Next Big Thing in Trucking Almost Everyone Has Quit Pretending to Like the Next Big Thing in Trucking

Remember the truck platooning? It was supposed to be the Next Big Thing in trucking—basically, one lead truck could control a string of trucks behind it, which could form a sort of electronically-connected road train—but now it seems that the real-world benefits aren’t materializing, and many of the big players are…

This Is What Trump Wants the Next Air Force One to Look Like This Is What Trump Wants the Next Air Force One to Look Like

Any airplane the President happens to be in, whether the President is doing wing-walking on an old Sopwith Camel or lounging drunk in the back of a Gulfstream jet, is known as Air Force One. But there’s really only one Air Force One known to most people, the specially modified Boeing 747 normally used to fly the…

This Is a Hilariously Short Trail of Possible Hit-and-Run Evidence This Is a Hilariously Short Trail of Possible Hit-and-Run Evidence

If you hit a car and then just try to drive away like nothing happened, you suck. Don’t do that. If you have accepted the fact that you do, in fact, suck, and decide to be shitty and drive away, though, you may want to be somewhat less dumb than the person who apparently drove their Mercury Mountaineer into an…

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