Vintage Corner – Ferrari 365 GTC, Best Test Drive of All Time

Yesterday, while test-driving an XK 120, the gearbox magically decided that second gear was NOT an option.  What is it about test drives that makes cars do things they have never done before?  I’ve driven 500 miles in that XK 120 and they’ve all been free of the tension and worry that I associate with Jaguars of any year.  I’ve…

A Day at the Museum – The Nethercutt Collection

For many automobile lovers, classic cars are synonymous with southern California, so it is appropriate that the Nethercutt Collection of historically important automobiles should be housed just outside Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The automobiles are not just museum pieces; each is maintained to be “as drivable as when the vehicle originally rolled off the showroom floor…”

Model Perspective – The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Combines Style and Performance

Image Source: 2014 Maserati Quattroporte V8 (maserati.com)

The reviews are in and the fully redesigned 2014 Maserati Quattroporte appears to be a winner. Motor Trend calls the sixth-generation Quattroporte “a stunning piece of auto architecture.” The Quattroporte, considered Maserati’s flagship, has an exotic-sounding name with a practical meaning—translated into English, quattro porte means four doors. The combination of glamor and practicality extends to…

Vintage Corner: Jaguar XK 120

1948 Jaguar XK120

As the collector car market continues to do well, I am repeatedly asked what I believe will be the next car to fall into favor and achieve a large increase in value.  Of course I have ideas from time to time and of course I act on them.  I’m pleased that I chose to purchase a Shelby 289 Cobra last…

A Day at the Museum – A Restorer’s Treasure

George & Sally's Blue Moon Diner at The Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum features nine main exhibit galleries, The Model A Ford Museum, the Franklin Collection, and some 150 wonderful vintage vehicles to enjoy. The site also includes eight historic barns, a re-created 1930s service station, a small town train station, nearly three miles of paved roads, and almost 75 vintage pedal cars on exhibit, not to mention one of North America’s largest displays of automotive…