E39 M5 – The Ultimate Daily Machine

Every automaker brand has that one car that stands out most in their used car second daily lineup.  Then there’s BMW, who has about six I could name without giving it much thought.  And no, we’re not Car & Driver here where BMW can do no wrong, and we don’t scoff at what Audi’s S-line, Mercedes’ AMG […]

The cat’s meow – a Jaguar XJ-S V12

If you read our earlier piece on the Fiat 124/2000, you’ll remember we strongly advised that if you’re considering one, best to jump into the market now while they’re still affordable. It’s only been a few weeks so we’re not here to test that statement.  But we are here to add to it.  There’s another […]

What has 10,000 lakes and a lot of vintage cars?

If you live near the 45th parallel north latitude that cuts through Minnesota, you might be happy to know this weekend marks the 5th annual 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance.  The Lake Minnetonka area is the site for this years’ charity car event, which is held rain or shine, and features more than 180 historic concours level automobiles, […]

The Wisdom of Crowds and the Difficulties of Auction Reserve Prices

At a county fair in 1906, about 800 people took part in a contest to see who could most accurately guess the weight of a field dressed ox.  In the crowd were 4th generation farmers, expert butchers, and men, women and children of all ages.  Also in the crowd was British mathematician Francis Galton. After […]

Jeep Wagoneer – The World’s First SUV

A few weeks ago we reported how the IH Scout in 1961 was born, in part, due to the success Jeep was realizing in the growing 4×4 market.  Ironically, the legendary Jeep Wagoneer two years later would be in response to the success of the Scout.  In some ways, Scouts were new and improved Willys […]

Volvo 850 T-5R – The Swedes know their speed

There was a time when Volvo was known for their safety across the entire family accommodating line-up. Hollow steel A, B and C pillars mounted with steel reinforcements, along with tubular steel bars built into the doors for side crash protection, large front and rear crumple zones…and that was over 30 years ago. Then there was […]

Nissan Skyline GT-R: Godzilla vs the EPA

Last week we covered the Land Rover Defender and the sordid affair with U.S. EPA Customs regulations. To the untrained eye all Defenders look the same, making them relatively easy to patch together VIN numbers and parts from old and new. This allowed importers to essentially bring in newer models under old VIN plates. Today […]

The 2017 Malta Classic Grand Prix – Open for Business

If you happen to find yourself in or around the Malta area this October 5-8 and you have a vintage car worthy of a Grand Prix race or Concours showing, stop by and see the Malta Classic.  In fact, the Call for Driver Applications is now up!  If you’re not sure where Malta is, here’s […]

Defender NAS vs ROW – We always want that which we don’t have

“What makes the Defender so special?  We can’t have them, that’s what…and we always want that which we don’t have.” We Americans pride ourselves on all the luxuries we are afforded like low unemployment and mortgage rates, a record setting GDP, McDondald’s and Starbucks on every corner, 64oz fountain drinks, and cars with 12 cup-holders […]

Porsche Porsche Porsche (Said in a Jan Brady voice)

To be a member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), you first have to own a Porsche.  That’s a lot easier to do than you may think.  Yesterday, the PCA released their top 5 market sleepers in the Porsche line-up.  Some of these won’t be a surprise if you’ve even peripherally paid attention to […]