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In 1979, Aston Martin Built A Twin-Turbo Wedge That Could Reach 191MPH

No carmaker was immune to the Seventies. Everyone was looking toward the future, to pop-up headlights and skyscraper-swinging doors and long, low front ends that could shear off an ankle or two. Spaceships of our brave new world! The Italians led the way, with Bertone, Pininfarina, and Italdesign—but Mercedes-Benz presented the C111, Mazda the RX500, and GM the Aerovette. And despite all the tradition, despite all the upper-crust British stuffiness and the prep-school toffs with Holland & Holland side-by-side shotguns who gravitate toward the brand, not even Aston Martin was…

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The Bugatti that lay at the bottom of a lake for 73 years – the playboy owner didn’t want to pay the tax bill

He didn’t want to pay the customs bill so he drove it over the Italian border to nearby Lake Maggiore — the customs officers pushed into the deep waters of the lake. The value of the car was less than the money owed and the customs officer was compelled to destroy it. writes: For the locals around Lake Maggiore on the Italian-Swiss border, the mythology surrounding the Bugatti in the Lake was well known. This particular 1925 Bugatti Type 22 Brescia Roadster used to belong to Golden Age of Grand…

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This Guy Built His Dream Jaguar By Hand

If you could make your own car, what would you build? Perhaps more important, actually, is who you’ll ask to build it. Choosing to have a ’50s-inspired sports racing car built to your specifications is special, but even more so is who did the work on this stunning, one-of-a-kind CMC Jaguar that is now being offered for sale. As we’ve shown on Petrolicious many times, our modern world is still filled with the sort of craftspeople who could have worked alongside the masters at Italian carrozzeria. Many are in restoration,…

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The story behind the barn-find, 50-year-old Ferrari that just sold at auction for $16.2 million

A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder  found in a rural French barn just hit the action block — and netted an impressive $16.2 million. That number surpasses the $14.74 million pricetag the auctioneers at Artcurial expected the car to fetch. The 250 GT is considered one of the most expensive classic cars, and occupies 13 spots on the list of most expensive cars ever sold, The Guardian notes. This example of the Califorian Spyder is one of only 37 ever produced. Here’s what it might look like once fully restored: Reuters…

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