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Automotive history 2021, July

Motorway 2015. VAZ 2103 from Ryazan.

Motorway 2015. VAZ 2103 from Ryazan.

So, I will continue to reveal the topic of 4 cars of the Ryazan collector, exhibited at the Autostrada 2015 in Tula. VAZ-2103 For me, this car turned out to be the most interesting of the four, because The 03rd Lada model is the direct predecessor of my beloved "six". And with an objective ...

Rare cars in Russia and their history: BMW M5 e28

Rare cars in Russia and their history: BMW M5 e28

So, while I have enough free time, in connection with the latest events in Russia and the world, I want to update my blog on Drive2 with several articles from the series "Interesting cars in Russia ...". And, yes, once again I will disappoint the owners of Mercedes who are finally asking to write p ...

Night tours of Monaco's secret car parks. Part 2.

Night tours of Monaco's secret car parks. Part 2.

Fulfilling my own obligations, with a humanitarian mission of creating a positive mood and thanks to the Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia tannins of the 2016 harvest, I will continue my night excursions to the Riviera dungeons, which store treasures of varying degrees of value. Perhaps I'll start with an unusual tuning of a rare ...

Gazoo Racing. How marketers conquered this world.

Gazoo Racing. How marketers conquered this world.

Hello. It just so happens that I no, no, but I get along on the Japanese Internet in search of something like that - well, in the sense that through a googol-translator write something in the style of "installing 1.5JZ in a Camry 40" and watch , whether or not they did such a perversion in the land of the rising sun. That is, it's like ...

Six wheels, electricity and a lawnmower: a unique hybrid from the 80s

Six wheels, electricity and a lawnmower: a unique hybrid from the 80s

Greetings, dear readers! Once upon a time in Wisconsin there was such a company - Briggs & Stratton. It was a very confident company, founded at the beginning of the century by engineer Stephen Briggs and entrepreneur Harold Stratton. A familiar story, right? Briggs dreamed of staking out a spot for himself ...

38 years for an old Volkswagen or American Fathers and Sons

38 years for an old Volkswagen or American Fathers and Sons

Greetings, dear readers! The North Dakota Pfennings family, after their story surfaced, for some reason began to be called ardent fans of the Volkswagen brand. In fact, if you look closely, this is a touching story about warm family relations, about father and son ...

Brabus E V12 and a unique test of the Auto Review magazine

Brabus E V12 and a unique test of the Auto Review magazine

Hello everyone on my blog! A couple of years ago, I discovered the world of Russian automobile magazines from the 90s and 00s. The publications Autopilot, Klaxon, MOTOR and others, to my surprise, published excellent articles about very interesting cars in those years. Recently I got a unique test Brabus E V12 in my collection in the magazine ...

Renault Turbo Years. Part 2. Chasing the shadow

Renault Turbo Years. Part 2. Chasing the shadow

Renault's first victory opened a new era in Formula 1, but the path of the pioneers was not easy - others followed the path laid by the French to the champion's heights. Renault Turbo Years. Part 1. Time of the first For the season '80, a new Renault RE20 chassis was prepared, which differed in other lateral ...

Cars You Haven't Heard Of: Zimmer QuickSilver 1985-1988

Cars You Haven't Heard Of: Zimmer QuickSilver 1985-1988

The Zimmer QuickSilver is an American mid-engined Pontiac Fiero sports car with a radically redesigned body. Only 170 such coupes were assembled for the period from 1985 to 1988, which is explained not so much by a very specific appearance as by the price of 48,000 American dollars - ...

Alfa Romeo RLSS 1925 and the RAF Cup - what's the connection?

Alfa Romeo RLSS 1925 and the RAF Cup - what's the connection?

From March 6 to March 9, the magnificent Alfa Romeo RLSS 1925 will be the decoration of the RAF Classic Cars Committee stand at the 29th Oldtimer Gallery. What's it like on the go? I was lucky to drive this particular car 10 years ago, when I myself was an alpha. That is, to be behind the wheel of the Alpha in 1925 ...

Five interesting motorsport movies to watch

Five interesting motorsport movies to watch

Ahead is a week of forced vacation with recommendations to spend it at home, and what can better brighten up your stay within four walls than watching a good movie? Perhaps watching some great movies! There are quite a few films about motorsport, and of course, most of you already know, and if you ...

The Thunderbird Touch (132)

The Thunderbird Touch (132)

The latest iteration of the fourth generation Thunderbird is best known for its appearance in Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Thelma and Louise. As in the Coupe deVille from the previous article (by the way, also produced in 1966), Brad Pitt appears in the Thunderbird cabriolet in this film, then still small ...

New E's of 1966 Cadillac (131/2, deVille)

New E's of 1966 Cadillac (131/2, deVille)

The deVille line continued to be the brand's sales force. It dropped by about $ 80, while volumes continued to grow. The coupe grew by almost 17%, 50,580 units were shipped. The convertible remained cheaper than the sedans, and now cost $ 5555. 19,200 units were produced, just like last year. ...

Riviera as RWD Toronado variant (128/1)

Riviera as RWD Toronado variant (128/1)

Returning to the interrupted presentation of the history of American full-size, I decided to slightly change the format. The old title "What's in my name for you ..." has already worn out a little, and has lost its relevance, since there will be practically no new "names" anymore. To preserve some continuity, I ...

DeSoto 1959 - Anniversary with a noose around the neck

DeSoto 1959 - Anniversary with a noose around the neck

In 1959, DeSoto celebrated its 30th anniversary. But the results of the previous year, which was problematic for the entire American automotive industry, had an impact on DeSoto quite seriously. For the first time since 1934, cars of this brand accounted for less than one percent of all cars produced in the United States ...

To Death Impala

To Death Impala

It so happened that while I am not writing the continuation of my cycle, but I could not get past this date. GM discontinued the Chevrolet Impala on February 27, 2020. This isn't actually the first time this has happened, but GM is now confident that it has completely buried this greatest model in the past. I'm not just sort of ...

Move ahead with Mercury (129/2, Park Lane and S-55)

Move ahead with Mercury (129/2, Park Lane and S-55)

The flagship Park Lane, in contrast to the bottom two lines, has grown by almost 20%. The brand's leader in terms of number of units sold was the four-door hardtop, only 207 units ahead of the usually most popular standard sedan, the Monterey. With its 19 202 units, sales of har ...

Entertaining pensology. Automotive accessories of the USSR in detail.

Entertaining pensology. Automotive accessories of the USSR in detail.

Expanding on the topic of Soviet auto-tuning that I started earlier, I want to dwell in detail on one of the most beloved interior decoration items - the gearshift knob. The topic is interesting, but not covered enough by anyone, so let's get started! Functionally, the gearshift knob is the closest thing to the driver ...

JNA car, Yuri Ivanovich's story about his brainchild

JNA car, Yuri Ivanovich's story about his brainchild

There are very few home-made cars in Russia, which became famous throughout the country in Soviet times. One of these machines is the legendary Yuna, built by Yuri Ivanovich Algebraistov. There are several references to the car on the site, but there is no history of the car's creation. I believe that this story is not only and ...

Scarred Cadillac: Al Capone and his luxury armored car

Scarred Cadillac: Al Capone and his luxury armored car

Greetings, dear readers! If you think that the real prototype of the famous "godfather" Vito Corleone, invented by the writer Mario Puzo, was Al Capone, then you shouldn't think so. The legendary gangster had a very quick-tempered character, was inclined, as they say, to the most pro ...

GMC Typhoon and Syclone - little madmen from GM

GMC Typhoon and Syclone - little madmen from GM

Hello dear readers! After publishing the post about Tahoe HPE800, I decided to start a series of stories about fast SUVs from General Motors. The topic for our people is unknown, but very interesting. In the first part of my story, I will tell you all about the "racing" SUVs "Syclone" and "Typh ...

"No place for jokes" - rare and fast Opels, part 3

"No place for jokes" - rare and fast Opels, part 3

As many people know, the legendary Opel Lotus Omega was the fastest production sedan in the 90s. This rocket was released in a circulation of only 950 copies, and the price was considerable. If for some reason you could not buy a Lotus, then tuning studio Mantzel and its tuning kits for O ... came to the rescue.

Lada 2151 "New Classic"

Lada 2151 "New Classic"

Good day, dear friends! Many of us already know that AvtoVAZ was proud of its classic brainchild for a long time, namely the VAZ-2104, 2105, 2106 and 2107 cars, which were successfully produced and bought in the 2000s. However, attempts to minimize production costs, and so ...

Resolute Iacocca and unexpected Mustang

Resolute Iacocca and unexpected Mustang

I would like to apologize in advance to my regular readers for unexpectedly interrupting my story about America's full-size cars. This was due to the illness of children, and then of me with the flu, well, the loss of inspiration also exists to this day. I did not turn on the computer for two weeks ...

Forgotten Czechoslovak minivan Škoda 1203

Forgotten Czechoslovak minivan Škoda 1203

Once upon a time, the Czech Republic had one of the most powerful industrial potential in Europe, producing the best trucks, trams, trolleybuses and good cars. Now in the Czech Republic they are assembling Vagov's kind of cars and Dutch trucks ... In this post we will talk about the only one in the history of the Czech company Ško ...

All American V8s, Chapter 16: Small-Block Buick and Their Derivatives (1961-2009)

All American V8s, Chapter 16: Small-Block Buick and Their Derivatives (1961-2009)

By themselves, the Buick V8 small blocks used by Buick are hardly legendary engines. But this design became the basis for many completely unusual applications: the English Rover V8, the Australian Repco-Brabham for Formula 1, the first serial turbo engine Oldsmobile Jetfire, as well as ...

This Mercedes-Benz E36 AMG station wagon has seven (!) Seats

This Mercedes-Benz E36 AMG station wagon has seven (!) Seats

Nowadays, a huge number of drivers strive to give their cars aggressive features, both from a technical and aesthetic point of view, which is why there is so much tuning on the roads, including. AMG models from Mercedes-Benz. And in the old days (and even in the 90s) AMGs were not so pretentious (for some ...

AMC Gremlin 1970-1978 - First American compact car

AMC Gremlin 1970-1978 - First American compact car

In English folklore, there is the mythical character Gremlin, invented by British pilots and aircraft mechanics during World War II. Gremlins are known as tech haters, so they are responsible for plane crashes and car crashes! So what to call the car Gremlin ...

Cadillac 1961 - striding widely from baroque to empire

Cadillac 1961 - striding widely from baroque to empire

The 1961 Cadillac is the first truly post-Aircraft generation of Cadillacs. Bill Mitchell not only carried out another restyling, but rethought the premium. If a year earlier it was difficult to imagine that a new generation luxury car could be less powerful, become less ...

Rocket complex "Thor" at auction or how much to sell the homeland?

Rocket complex "Thor" at auction or how much to sell the homeland?

I don’t know from which glass of Luce della Vite, harvest 2012, the urban legend about the first show to Comrade Stalin of a new development of the Gorky Automobile Plant - GAZ M20, later called "Victory", came to mind. I am sure that an attentive reader knows this story by heart, but I cannot be stopped! In those days ...

Swimming in red water: the history of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG

Swimming in red water: the history of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG

In the annals of Mercedes-Benz and AMG, there are few plots ready to compete with the heroic drama of the racing Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG. Everyone knows him by the nickname "Red Pig", which, by the way, is not entirely true in itself, but more on that later. The main thing was that this car made the very young company Hans-V ...

What's in my name to you 126 ... Join the Dodge Rebellion

What's in my name to you 126 ... Join the Dodge Rebellion

The success of Chrysler's new design of full-size cars was most visible at Dodge. Unlike most competitors, the brand not only did not sag in sales, but grew by almost 30%, and climbed to the fifth line of the overall rating, ahead of Buick and Oldsmobile by only one year. However,…

What's in my name 127, part three ... '66 Rocket Action Oldsmobile / Again three 88-series

What's in my name 127, part three ... '66 Rocket Action Oldsmobile / Again three 88-series

Series 88 now again consisted clearly of three lines, the eldest became, having dropped the mention of Dynamic, Delta 88. She received a convertible that was absent last year (from $ 3588), but its sales fell by a third - to 58 626 units. The average Dynamic 88 was doing better, she rubbed ...

What's in my name 124, part three ... Wide-Track Pontiac'66 / Grand Prix, 2 + 2 & Star Chief Executive

What's in my name 124, part three ... Wide-Track Pontiac'66 / Grand Prix, 2 + 2 & Star Chief Executive

On the final day of the story about Pontiac'66, we will take a look at the brand's more niche models, and above all the Grand Prix. Despite the 66's beautiful design, sales fell another third to 36,757 units, with a base price starting at $ 3492. This was half of the record volume of 1963. ...

What's in my name 127, part two ... '66 Rocket Action Oldsmobile / 98 series and the last Starfire

What's in my name 127, part two ... '66 Rocket Action Oldsmobile / 98 series and the last Starfire

All other Oldsmobile lines have received a slight restyling that improves the exterior. The flagship 98-series remained in five bodies. As I already mentioned in the article about Toronado, the power of its 425 version, Super Rocket, was lower by 20 forces - only 365. Prices for the models changed in different directions. ...

What's in my name for you 125 ... Let yourself Go Plymouth'66

What's in my name for you 125 ... Let yourself Go Plymouth'66

The success of last year's premiere of the new Fury lines was consolidated in 66 with the appearance of a luxury performance called VIP - Very Important Plymouth. The name itself appeared on the concept of 1965, which, according to the tradition going back to Exner, was called idea car. It had little in common with the main line ...

Legends: Unreleased - Audi

Legends: Unreleased - Audi

We return again to the topic of unreleased cars that could become legends. Last time I told you about the BMW brand and its unreleased legends, today we will plunge into the world of four rings! 1) Audi A8 (S8) Coupe Everyone here knows about the first generation Audi A8, which was ...

Main cars from the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Main cars from the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Hello! In general, initially I decided to talk about movie characters in a video - oddly enough, this format is more convenient for stories about films. I made the video as planned, and you can see it below. But I noticed that many people like to read here - I also took care of you and made a text version based on mot ...

What's in my name for you 124, part one ... Wide-Track Pontiac'66 / Bonneville

What's in my name for you 124, part one ... Wide-Track Pontiac'66 / Bonneville

Pontiac, which came out on the third place in the ranking back in 1962, continued to feel very at ease on it, and unlike most competitors, set another record - 831 331 cars produced. Perhaps this was the result of the last restyling of the outstanding design of the past ...

AD-1, MID4 and MID4-II - How Nissan tried to create a mid-engined sports car

AD-1, MID4 and MID4-II - How Nissan tried to create a mid-engined sports car

Originally, the mid-engined layout, with the engine in front of the rear axle, was used exclusively in racing cars - ideal weight distribution improves handling and stability! Over time, like many other sports solutions, the mid-engine layout migrated ...