With four-doors’ and crossovers crazily co-opting the mantle of Coupe,Nice Price or Crack Pipe Jetta around to legitimately own that I’m ashamed to admit that amongst the dozens of cars I’ve owned in my life, not a single one has been Italian. Oh, I’ve driven plenty of Italian cars, everything from lowly Fiats and an actual Innocenti Mini all the way up to Ferraris, Maseratis, and D Advertisement That likely would have all changed if yesterday’s 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce had been within spitting distance of me. At $3,500, I could probably swing it, I do have one of those fancy new Apple Cards after all. I also didn’t think that any of the work it needed was beyond my skill level. Most of you agreed that it would have been a reasonably good idea, showering the car with praise in the comments and awarding it a solid 70 Now, I want to start out today’s discussion by first apologizing for featuring two VW’s this week. I do try to mix … [Read more...] about At $8,000, Is This R32-Swapped 1987 VW Jetta A Total Coupe De Grâce?
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Whether Fast or Square, VW's Type 3 was all about the back. One back we in the U.S. didn't officially get was the Notch, but Nice Price or Crack Pipe has one that might make you say baby got back. VW introduced the Type 3 in 1961, expanding their product line beyond the Beetle, Type 2 Bus, and Karmann Ghia. Although the new car shared many components and layout with the Type 1 Beetle, the Type 3 saw several engineering advances improving both utility and drivability. The engine in the first Type 3s remained the same 1500-cc horizontally opposed four cylinder, but instead of a vertical fan shroud, it moved the fan behind the engine, allowing for a much more compact package and earning the nicknames pancake and suitcase. Up front, the suspension replaced the beetle's transverse torsion leaves with a torsion bar set up that also incorporated an anti-roll bar at the upper trailing arm pivot. Advertisement While the Notchback and Type 34 Karmann Ghia (that's the one with the owl … [Read more...] about Put a Notch on Your Belt for $5,400
Hyundai has officially announced that the new N performance brand has whipped the current Veloster into sporting shape, and it’s ready to go toe-to-toe in a title fight with Volkswagen’s 7th generation GTI. While the 2019 Hyundai starts about $500 higher than the VW, at $26,900, the N offers an extra 30 horses—at 250 versus the GTI’s 220—in the stable. Advertisement Things get really interesting when you check the box for the N Performance Package, which nets you 275 horsepower, an electronically controlled limited slip, a performance exhaust, bigger brakes, and bigger wheels for $2100 extra. Unlike the GTI, however, the Veloster N is only available with a manual gearbox, which is great in my eyes, but will likely hamper sales in direct comparison with the German. Advertisement With the extra power, one could argue that the Veloster N is actually punching above its weight class, aiming for larger targets like the Civic Type R and VW’s Golf … [Read more...] about The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Is Coming For The GTI’s Hot Hatch Lunch Money
The Democratic debates in Detroit promise to take on problems in the auto industry, car sales might still be plummeting, and the world is still a tough place for low-emissions and autonomous vehicles. All this and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, July 30, 2019. 1st: Democrats Fight to Take Michigan Back With two Democratic debates taking place in Detroit this week, you can expect to hear a lot about potential solutions to Michigan’s problems. After losing the state to the Republican party in the 2016 election after Hillary Clinton didn’t even campaign there, Democrats are likely keen to Advertisement Reuters reports that GM has released two fact sheets about its U.S. operations and its status since the 2009 bailout. After Trump’s campaign promises to protect blue-collar workers, it’s very likely that huge job cuts from companies like GM will feature prominently at this week’s debate. The fact sheets seem designed to shield the company from … [Read more...] about GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit
Among the things you could drop between a million and $1.4 million on (besides a very, very nice house), a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 shooting brake is probably one of the best. It’s rare, it’s gorgeous and it’ll be up for sale soon. Advertisement This particular DB5 shooting brake is claimed to be one of 12 to ever come from the factory, according to the RM Sotheby’s listing. The reason the shooting brake version exists at all is allegedly because David Brown, who once owned Aston Martin, was upset that his company car wasn’t practical enough. The listing reads, An avid sportsman, Brown grew frustrated with his company car after realizing that he could not fit his polo gear in the luggage compartment. Worse still, his hunting dog was chewing the plush leather seats. As the story is told, Brown entered a board meeting at which some of his engineers were in attendance, plunked his hunting dog down on the table, and said, “Build me something for him … [Read more...] about This Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake Is Utterly Perfect