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  • One-Off Ferrari Expected To Fetch $20M At Auction

    In 2011, Gooding & Company auctioned a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa for $16.4 million, a world record amount. Now the world’s leading auto auction house is expecting to beat their own record with next month’s auction of a 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. Estimates for the one-off Ferrari are over $20 million. The one of a kind car was the first 12-cylinder, mid-engine Ferrari designed as a road car. The unique vehicle features a three-seat layout with a near-center steering wheel. And somehow, despite being almost 60 years old, the 380hp supercar has hardly been driven, with less than 5,000 miles on the odometer. And I think my friend Ferris said you can shave some of those miles off by putting the car in reverse…

  • TBT: 80 Bizarre Concept Cars From The 80s

    For the most part, concept cars are never really meant to go into production. They are made to show off new technologies and radical new designs at car shows while gauging customer reaction. The concept cars of the 50s and 60s offered a quaint view of a Jetsons-like future, with big bubble domes, but as the 80s approached, manufacturers were seriously working on improvements in aerodynamics to increase fuel economy. This meant a lot of really weird looking, and mostly ugly, cars. Here are 80 concept cars that would have made great Hot Wheels when we were kids but as adults, we’re certainly glad we’re not driving around in them.

  • You Can Buy Elvis’s 1963 Rolls-Royce [6 Photos]

    How would you like to drive around in the limo that belonged to Elvis Presley in the 1960s? You’ll have the chance next month when his 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V hits the auction block. The limo, almost 20 feet long, features everything a rock star could ever need, with a Blaupunkt Koln radio, power windows, air conditioning, a microphone, a cabinet for booze, and a telephone. The car was originally midnight blue but when Elvis would visit his mother, her chickens would peck at their reflections in the finish. To hide the chips, Elvis had the car repainted in a light silver blue. Although he used the car quite often, the ever charitable superstar donated it to the SHARE charity in 1968 and it was auctioned off for $35,000. On August 14, Bonhams will auction the Rolls-Royce yet again, with an estimated $200,000-$300,000 price tag. Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising!

  • This 3-Wheeled Car May Be The Future Of Automobiles [8 Photos]

    Michigan-based auto manufacturer Elio Motors is aiming for a 2015 release date for their three-wheeled, two-passenger vehicle that could be the future of commuter travel. The $6800 car promises 84 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg around the city. Although it appears tiny, test drivers as tall as 6’8″ and as big as 365 pounds have comfortably fit inside the Elio. As far as safety, the car is equipped with three airbags, a reinforced roll-cage frame, and Anti-Lock Braking System. Elio is partnering with Pep Boys for servicing the vehicles, which means more than 800 service centers will be available nationwide. The car is currently touring the country with Elio taking reservations. So far, 22,000 people have signed up. If you’re also looking to ditch your gas-guzzler for this three-wheeled wonder, reserve one for yourself at Elio Motors.

  • Volkswagen Once Made A Multi-Colored Car. And It Was Glorious.

    The 90s Volkswagen Polo, a European model that was a little smaller than the North American Golf, was available in four colors, and to advertise that fact, Volkswagen produced a model using panels of each color to advertise the options at auto shows. The multi-colored, Frankensteined vehicle proved popular and the public demanded Volkswagen produce the quirky cars. In 1995, Volkswagen produced 1,000 of these, dubbed the Polo Harlequin. The model proved so popular, that 3,800 were eventually produced. But what about North America? Surely birthday party clowns and free-spirited young ladies with “mean people suck” bumper stickers should be offered a chance to own such a glorious car. In 1996, Volkswagen released a Golf Harlequin using the same four colors as its European counterpart. The Golf edition was limited to just 264 cars and two of the colors, Chagall Blue and Pistachio Green, were only available in North America on the Harlequin. There’s even a Harlequin Registry that aims to track down all 264 Golfs. So far, 113 are accounted for…

  • Bizarre PT Cruiser Limo, Because Russia [10 Photos]

    Remember the PT Cruiser? When it first came out in 2000, the retro-style hatchback from Chrysler was one of the ugliest cars on the market. It was also insanely popular with soccer moms! Russians, always a little late on American fads, apparently still have a soft spot for the ugly automobile. A car mod company in Novgorod came up with this Pt Cruiser limo that looks like Cinderella’s coach. Presumably, it’s used for luxurious weddings, but I could see some of Staten Island’s classiest couples hiring it for a night out to the pizza parlor.

  • Google’s New Driverless Car is Missing a Steeringwheel and Brake Peddle… On Purpose

    Google recently tested a new self-driving electric car, which is a complete passenger experience. That’s right, no steering wheel, brake peddle or anything that might hint at a manual take over. It was manufactured by an unnamed Detroit automotive company and that’s all we know about it’s builder specs. The car is about as basic as you can get sporting a couple of doors, seats and navigation. Google is setting out to produce around 100 prototypes while having engineers work out the issues along the way. Scary. The good thing is that the prototypes will have manual override fail-safe protocols. The cars can cruise up to 25 MPH now, using Google’s sensors, lasers, radars and cameras to guide it’s way, ultimately creating the perfect passenger vehicle for transportation.  

  • Lamborghini Egoista Now On Display [12 Photos]

    Last year, luxury sports car manufacturer Lamborghini produced the Egoista to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Just one fully-functional Egoista, based on the Gallardo, was produced. Modeled after a modern fighter jet, the Egoista features a canopy door and single-seat cockpit with a steering that must be removed in order to enter and exit. The exterior is made from carbon fiber, aluminum, and aeronautical-spec anti-radar material. A 5.2L V10 engine produces 600hp. It may not be the prettiest car, but it certainly is unique and interesting to see. After traveling around the world, the Egoista has returned to Italy, where it can be seen as part of the permanent collection at the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.

  • This Hovercraft is set to Hit the Market by 2017

    California-based tech company Aerofex has been working on a street ready Aero-X hovercraft that is slated for flight tests in 2 years and will be market ready by 2017. The estimated price is a steep $85,000, but by then limes and honey should cost about the same so it’s a no brainer. The Aero-X hovercraft rides like a traditional motorcycle carrying up to two riders weighing up to 310 lbs combined.  After a vertical helicopter like takeoff, the hovercraft can cruise at speeds of 45 mph and get as high at 10 ft off the ground. The rotary engine only gets 1.25 hours per tank, so be weary of your travels. While safety is an obvious concern with propellers flailing about 10 feet above civilization, all the proper precautions have been taken making sure the rotors are isolates completely, also making for a better liftoff. While this may seem like the ultimate recreational experience, there are whispers of serious practicality uses for safety officials to patrol treacherous terrain like desserts or rocky regions. Reserve yours for just $5,000 now, a small price to pay for hoverglory.

  • 5 Ways Your Car’s Paint Job Is Being Destroyed Every Time You Wash It

    Don’t ever get suckered into one of those $10 car wash locations ever again. The products are terrible and all the minimum wage employees care about is getting cars in and out as fast as possible to collect tips. Not a good look for a guy trying to keep his paint job pristine. The best way to maintain your car is by doing it yourself. There is more to maintaining a car then just giving it a quick soap scrub and a rinse. It’s an art form. If you take prode in your car and want to keep it’s resale value high this is a must watch video.

  • The Magnificent Art Of Concept Cars [17 HQ Photos]

    Beginning May 21, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will display a collection of concept cars in an exhibition titled “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas.” The concept cars, produced between 1932 and the present day, were never meant for sale to the public, but instead served as tests for design innovations that would take years to find their way into mass production, if they made it past the conceptual stage at all. The point of the exhibit is to showcase the limitless imaginations of the mechanical engineers behind these marvels, who dared to produce such radical designs. The exhibit runs from May 21-September 7. For more information, visit High Museum of Art.

  • The Mini Paceman Adventure Is The Pickup You Want But Can Never Get [9 Photos]

    Apprentices at a BMW plant in Germany worked with their instructors to create this concept Mini Paceman dubbed the Adventure. The students took a Cooper S Paceman and gave it a green metallic body while adding roof rack and pickup truck-like cargo bed. The modified chassis offers extra ground clearance while offroad tires and a snorkel allow for river crossings. It’s the perfect little truck for all your tiny adventures. As fun as it looks, though, Mini insists it’s a true one-off that will never see production. You’ll just have to look at these pics and dream a little dream of the little truck that wasn’t to be.

  • BMW’s Vision of the Future Looks Promising

    BMW recently released specs from it’s newest concept, the Vision Future Luxury, a beautiful futuristic car they’ll be taking technology and engineering from in their near future models. Using what they’re calling ‘subtractive modeling’, the German car manufacturer focused solely on a minimalistic approach to luxury, simply meaning the car is made of layers, first carbon fiber, then “user interface components,” (gauges, lights and panels, then the aluminum framing. After that the true luxury trimming is added on with handcrafted wood and leather accents. The idea was to ‘subtract’ any unnecessary luxury to the car, while keeping up with the standard of the word. Once the layers are put in, then BMW really got into the good stuff. Precise laser headlights, LED rear lights, a back seat tablet for passengers in the center console and a 3D control panel giving some serious depth to dashboard gauges.

  • Amphicruiser

    Finally the car/boat of your dreams is a reality. The Amphicruiser is a Dutch off-roader brought to you by Amfibious Transport, a company that specializes in creating the prefect vehicle for the land-sea transition. The cruiser is built from around a Toyota Land Cruiser body and engine with an onboard water jet with capabilities of cruising at 8MPH. Amphicruiser $180,000-250,000  

  • Audi TT Offroad Concept Gets 124 MPG [7 Photos]

    At the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi showed off its newest concept vehicle just to toy with us. The TT Offroad is a compact SUV with a hybrid drivetrain. Its 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery has an all-electric range of 31 miles, but its inductive charging system allows it to be charged by parking on an inductive mat—no wire necessary. The TT Offroad can reach 60 miles an hour in 5.2 seconds and in the all-electric EV mode, can reach about 80 mph. The two motors mean that in Hybrid mode, the front motor is often used to charge the battery, much like the Chevy Volt. Best of all, the concept features a 1:8 scale radio controlled version stashed in the trunk. Unfortunately, the TT Offroad is just a concept car and Audi estimates at least 2 years until a similar production car exists. That is, if they even decide to go in that direction.

  • 20 Beautiful Grills of the 2014 New York Auto Show

    There’s something about seeing an aggressive front-end in your rear-view mirror that just gets your pulse going. Cool Material walked the floor at this year’s New York International Auto Show to snap some of the grills that caught our attention. Here are a few of our favorites and you can see the rest by checking out their story “Grills of the 2014 New York Auto Show.” See all 20 photos over at Cool Material >>

  • 50 Years Of The Ford Mustang [51 Photos]

    50 years ago today, Ford introduced the Mustang at the 1964 New York’s World Fair. It’s unique shape, a sporty coupe with a long hood and short rear deck, was the first of the “pony car” class, including such other iconic cars as the Camaro and Firebird. The Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years and is showing no signs of stopping. The 2015 Mustang, the sixth generation of the model, recently appeared atop the Empire State Building to celebrate the car’s 50th birthday in the city where it all began at the New York Auto Show. We’ve chosen a a Mustang for every year of the last half-century to include in the gallery below. Which is your favorite?

  • Mustangs In The Movies [Infographic]

    On April 17, 1964, Ford unveiled the first Mustang, dubbed the “1964,” at the New York World’s Fair. The car was an immediate success and its innovative, sporty design made it perfect for action-packed movies.  The Mustang first appeared in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” in September of 1964. The historic car chase in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt” in 1968 solidified the car’s reputation as a legitimate action star. This infographic highlights some of the Mustang’s most memorable roles, up through Will Smith’s 2007 Shelby GT500 in “I Am Legend.”

  • The Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and Batman Love-Child Hot-Rod

    Tim “The Tool-man” Taylor was known for his love of hot-rods and this one takes the cake. Batman is known for his futuristic gadgets and toys, the most recognizable being the Batmobile. So when you mix the two together you get this; A conceptual rendering from a couple of blokes from London, one being a sketcher and one a 3-d renderer. A dangerous combination for this type of Hobby.

  • Land Rover Transparent Hood Concept [Video]

    Next week at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Land Rover will be presenting its Discovery Vision Concept, setting the tone for its new SUVs. Included in the presentation will be this “Transparent Bonnet Concept” system that uses cameras placed in the grille to capture the terrain below while it appears on the vehicle’s Head-Up Display, rendering the hood invisible. For those who use their Land Rovers for the off-road driving they’re intended for, the system will make navigating narrow tracks and climbing and descending hills and rocks much easier and safer. For more info, check out the press release form Land Rover.

  • 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

    A guy can dream (of Summer) can’t he? The 2015 BMW M4 epitomizes everything that’s right with the warm weather seasons. The three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six engine is nice and all, but who really cares about all that when your drop-top folds up in under 20 seconds. Available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, depending on if your swerving around pot-holes on the north east coast or cruising down the PCH on the west coast will surely affect your decision. 2015 BMW M4 Convertible

  • David Hasselhoff Is Auctioning Off His KITT Car And Other Cool Junk [10 Photos]

    David Hasselhoff has either hit hard times, perhaps spending his fortune on one too many cheeseburgers, or has taken up an ascetic lifestyle in a search for inner peace. Whatever is going on with him, it’s to the advantage of the rest of us, because the Hoff is auctioning off all of his cool junk. Included in the auction is his 1982 Trans Am KITT replica car from Knight Rider; assorted shirts and jackets from his 1990 and 1994 world tours; a really sweet denim jacket with Disney characters on the back; a light-up sign from his Comedy Central roast; autographed footballs from Jim Brown, Mark Brunell, and Dan Marino; assorted German awards for Best Male Singer from Germany (not to self: Germans love David Hasselhoff; and, most bizarre of all, a giant David Hasselhoff in bathing suit prop from the SpongeBob movie. There’s plenty of other amazing clothes and items not pictured here, so be sure to smash open your piggy bank and check out the complete list at Julien’s Auctions. Personally, I’m going to wait for the jeans from the cheeseburger video to go up for auction.

  • The Awesome Vehicles of James Bond [13 Photos]

    Beginning today, the London Film Museum will be exhibiting “Bond in Motion,” the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles. And it’s not just the classic cars from the films, all sorts of wacky flying vehicles and submarines are on display, too. For info on tickets, check out the London Film Museum. The exhibit will be running all year long, but if you’re not going to make it, here are some pictures to show you just what you’re missing out on. Is it weird that the Mercury Cougar is probably my favorite of these?

  • That Time We Took The New Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Offroading In Key West [60 HQ Photos]

    Last month we took the new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid on an epic Florida Keys adventure. In the story RSVLTS Goes On A Florida Keys Excursion With The New Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid [HQ Photos] we gave you a detailed account on our trip and the blueprint for a great Key West trip with your bros or a significant other. RSVLTS was the first group to push the XV Crosstrek Hybrid’s all-terrain capabilities to the limits in order to see parts of the Keys no one else could. With dozens of Keys within a short drive on Key West you can easily go on an offroading adventure which is what we did for an entire day with the brand new  XV Crosstrek Hybrid. Putting it’s capabilities to the test, like ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which is higher than some dedicated SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, we were able to see things that people driving other Hybrids like a Prius, and SUVs for that matter, simply could not. The all-terrain capabilities of the XV Crosstrek Hybrid were quite remarkable. We were climbing hills and going over bumps that were really intimidating but the all-wheel drive hybrid handled it all without batting an more »

  • Oakley Built Bubba Watson A Bulletproof Ford Raptor

    Meet Bubba Watson’s badass bulletproof 2013 Ford Raptor. Promoting the Oakley brand (thanks to the massive logo stamped on the front grille) while also providing Bubba with a nearly indestructible vehicle to protect his family, Oakley once again hit a homerun with this marketing endeavor. The Raptor has been decked out in a digital camouflage paint job paired with stealthy black wheels, and an interior that’s draped in Bubba’s favorite color – lime green. The truck has been equipped with bulletproof glass and kevlar inserts, and took the sunglasses maker nearly 6 months to complete.

  • Chrysler Orders Original Dodge Vipers To Be Destroyed [2 Videos]

    93 first-generation Vipers have been ordered to be destroyed by Chrysler. The preproduction cars were donated to schools to be used for auto shop classes, but somehow two of the not street-legal cars, lacking emission controls or speed-limiters, made it onto public roads and were involved in accidents. Since Chrysler still owns the cars, they were held liable for the accidents. Now Chrysler’s lawyers are demanding the other cars, worth upwards of $250,000, destroyed all because of the actions of a couple of morons. Good work, guys! That’s why you can’t have nice things.

  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From The Geneva Motor Show [32 HQ Photos]

    Each year in March, the International Geneva Motor Show is held at the Geneva Palexpo convention center. Since the first show in 1905, Geneva has been the show for automobile manufacturers to unveil their most ambitious concepts. Although exotic supercars usually get the most attention, the latest technological breakthroughs are also met with great fanfare. More so than other shows, automobile manufacturers worldwide consider the Geneva Motor Show a level playing field because the hosting nation, Switzerland, has no auto industry of its own. We’ve shared some of our favorites form the show below, whether it’s because we want to drive them or because they look so insanely ridiculous. The Volkswagen Giugiaro Clipper Concept is our current favorite. Which one do you want to take for a spin?

  • iOS On Your Dashboard With Apple CarPlay

    This morning at the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple announced its rebranded its iOS in the Car as CarPlay. Along with the new name, Apple revealed that the first cars to feature CarPlay will debut at the show from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. So what exactly will CarPlay allow you to do? With the help of Apple’s voice-activated Siri, drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the road while making calls, sending messages, selecting music, and getting navigation help. Don’t worry if you’re not an iTunes user. Apple will allow connectivity to third-party music apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio for your cruising soundtrack. The system will also be predictive, using information from your texts, emails, and searches to figure out where you plan on going without telling it anything. In addition to the aforementioned automakers, Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, and General Motors will all feature CarPlay in future vehicles. Even Ford, who has been using Microsoft’s Sync voice-command system for years, is said to be a future partner. Soon the CarPlay steering wheel button may be as ubiquitous as seat warmers in autos. Wait, you don’t have seat warmers? Yikes.

  • The Not So Distant Future of Cars Will Be More about Luxury and Turtlenecks than Driving

    Swiss automotive innovation company Rinspeed is about to release final specs and showings for it’s Tesla based “XchangE” a fully autonomous car that is well within reason to be mass produced in a decade’s time. The XchangE has developed, with the help a prostetic engineering firm, a joint that enables the seats to swivel and recline their way into 20 different positions without compromising safety integrity. Another interesting feature is the steering wheel, a ultra cool microsuede wheel, with gear shifters to toggle right on the wheel. The computer detects when you are and aren’t using the wheel so it can move to the center console, freeing up your legroom, because luxury. Also turtlenecks are required everywhere in the future.

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

    The newest in the wide range of limited edition cars Aston Martin is releasing as of late. Maybe a little too flashy for 007, but the elegant warning yellow accents really compliment this supercar. The 4.7L V8 pumps out 430 hp and tops out at 190 with a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds. Go big or go home; Other options include a carbon fiber and Kevlar seats, ten-spoke alloy wheels, your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift gearboxes, a throaty exhaust, an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system.

  • 1950s Concept Cars Were Amazing [20 Photos]

    The 1950s America was an exciting time. With the rest of the world in ruins after World War II, the US economy experienced unprecedented growth. As the population gained more wealth, people needed to blow money on something to drive on the new interstate highway system being built. Car companies enticed folks with these awesome concept cars loaded with bubble domes and front ends reminiscent of those torpedo bras that were so popular back then. Which one would you want to drive?

  • VW Beetle Travels The World 3 Times And Is Still On The Road [Video]

    “Once More. The Story Of VIN 903847,” may be a half hour commercial for Volkswagen, but it’s also a powerful documentary featuring the iconic Beetle. The video, from VW Canada, chronicles the history of a 1955 Beetle whose original owner drove it around the world three times. The car, now on its third owner, is still on the road and used for adventurous voyages. Volkswagen has also set up an interactive version of the movie at Once More.

  • 8 Wheeled Cadillac Eldorado With Hot Tub and Barbecue Up For Auction

    Have you always wanted a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado but the vehicle’s lack of hot tub and barbecue kept you from every taking the plunge? Well you’re not going to believe this, but I’ve found the Caddy for you. Originally built for promotional purposes, this stretched 77 Eldorado features front and rear tandem axles with 4 wheel steering. But who cares about that mechanical stuff, right? There’s also a hot tub, barbecue, strobe lighting, TV, CCTV camera, reverse sensors and much more. Put in your bid today at Shannon’s then come give us a ride for tipping you off.

  • First Porsche Car Goes On Display [6 Photos]

    Ferdinand Porsche’s historic brand released its first car, the Porsche 356, in 1948, but the first car he designed was the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle C.2 Phaeton model, or the P1, in 1898. The historic car was recently uncovered in an Austrian garage where it has sat untouched since 1902. To mark the fifth anniversary of the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, the car will go on display next month. The P1 could reach speeds of up to 21mph and had a range of up to 49 miles on a single charge. The battery weighed 1,103 pounds and the charge lasted 3-5 hours. We’ve come a long way, baby. Only 4 were built, so if you can’t make it to the Porsche Museum anytime soon, these pictures will have to suffice.

  • Ken Block’s New Winter Ride is Better Than Your Winter Ride

    Professional rally driver, Ken Block has unveiled this new ride for his winter… Well for ‘winter’ I guess. Block took an (already bad-ass) standard Ford F150 SVT Raptor and partnered up with Hoonigan Racing Division to created a mammoth truck that replaced it’s wheels with Mattracks to create the Ford F150 RaptorTrax. The truck also comes with a Whipple supercharger, a full roll cage in case the beast takes a wrong turn in the snow, a snowboard rack in the trucks bed, a roof-mounted basket, and a rear-mounted winch. The RaptorTrax will make it’s debut at the Winter X Games in Aspen this year.