Rather than make this a straightforward review of the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, which sounds dreadfully boring, I'm simply going to list all the things that make it completely, utterly ridiculous — in a good way. Advertisement (Full disclosure: Bentley needed auto writers to drive the new Mulsanne Speed so badly they flew them down to Austin, paid for their hotels, food and booze, and let them hang out at the Pirelli World Challenge race at Circuit of the Americas. We weren't invited. But they let me borrow a car for a couple hours on Monday instead, which was kind of them.) Even if Jalopnik readers aren't really a bunch of basement-dwelling, semi-employed lepers scouring Craigslist for discounted Cavalier timing chains with stolen wifi in the Starbucks parking lot like the TTAC writers think they are, a crazily expensive ultra-sedan like this Bentley is hardly up our alley. At least that's what I thought going in. Advertisement But after driving one for a few hours … [Read more...] about Champagne, iPads And Torque: The Bonkers Toys On This $406,527 Bentley
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The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe E30 says it has a “salvage history” but secondarily lists it as having a clean title. That seems pretty fishy, but could their pricing acumen potentially make up for the sleight? If you have ever watched any of those big auto auction shows you likely know that their stock in trade is the rarest of the rare. They love cars that are only one of three in a particular color with a specific engine/trans combination. Those unique editions of otherwise mass-produced cars can bring serious bank. Advertisement Yesterday we looked at a 1990 Chevy Beretta Indy Pace Car Commemorative Edition, which represented just 1.5% of that year’s total Beretta production. In the Indy Pacer Car’s case, however, that exclusivity seemingly did not equate to desirability and at an $8,500 asking, the tidy-’90 fell in a massive 88 percent Crack Pipe loss. Hey, here’s another question: have you ever dated someone who has … [Read more...] about At $5,995, Will This Survivor 1991 BMW 318i Convertible Survive Our Scrutiny?
Yes, yes, yes — we all know the 507 is the ultimate in post-war BMW hotness. And we'll get there. Before that time comes, we'd like to direct your eyes and brains to another Bimmer designed by the same dude, Count Albrecht von Goertz. All you really need to know about von Goertz is that the good Count had a significant hand in the Nissan Silvia 1600 Sports Coupe, the Toyota 2000GT, the Datsun 240Z and something called the Porsche 911. Oh, and he also fought against the Axis powers as a member of the US Army and was so into hot rodding that he had a shop in LA where he chopped Ford As and Bs. Sadly, one of the Count's greatest designs is his most overlooked, the BMW 503. More sexy precision after the jump. Advertisement The 503 not only debuted simultaneously with 507 at the 1955 Geneva Auto Show, but underneath they were basically the same car. For obvious reasons, the svelter 507 stole said show, but not for the 503's lack of trying. Like all of von Goertz's work, both the … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 503 Coupe and Convertible
Still in his nascence as a semi-adult movie star, Zac Efron has displayed an affinity for thinly sketched male camaraderie—dim bros who allegedly love each other’s company, but have very little to say to each other or anyone else. Neighbors made that desire for unchallenging friendship sort of touching, but movies like That Awkward Moment and We Are Your Friends place him in a dead zone that is full of bro signifiers and empty of actual friendship, leaning on his tendency to stare blankly instead of emoting. Advertisement To be fair, We Are Your Friends is only partially a bro-bonding dramedy. The DJ aspirations of Cole Carter (Efron)—and the more vaguely defined dreams of his trio of variously scheming, hustling, and drug-dealing friends living in the San Fernando Valley—position the movie as an update of ’90s youth-culture pictures like Trainspotting or, especially, Doug Liman’s Swingers and Go. Friends doesn’t need to live up to those … [Read more...] about We Are Your Friends
Here we go with Nice Price Or Crack Pipe again, offering a chance to chime in with your opinion on reasonable-versus-unreasonable vehicle asking prices. Last time, garbooned poll hamsters made it impossible to say with scientific certainty whether or not the $14,900 Ford Fairmontchero would have been an overwhelming Crack Pipe winner, but the tone of the comments certainly gave that impression. Today we need to look at the recent run-up in Geo Metro prices and decide whether we think six-plus grand is still beyond reason for a low-miles Metro convertible.Craigslist Denver; go here if listing disappears] Advertisement 6200 bucks for a 1992 Geo Metro? ( polls) … [Read more...] about Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: The $6,200 Geo Metro?