Midweek Snippets – Jalopnik FM, Tesla Safety, Petroliciously Pebble and Politics

Here are some of my best reads from the last few days of online automotive reading (and something from the fringe). — Jalopnik good I don’t know if you’d call this list definitive, but it’s entertaining. Jalopnik compiled a list of the Ten Best Automotive Ads and there are a couple of Swedes amongst them – one each from Volvo and Saab. I’m not sure they picked the right Volvo ad (I prefer the one with the Lamborghini) but the Saab one was a favourite. — Not a real ad Spotted, photographed and caption-added by my mate Turbin a few […]

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Production, Parts and Saabs

The automotive internet’s a funny place sometimes (this site included). One site says something and everyone seems to jump on board, regurgitating the information with their own small changes/additions with few people pausing to ask “Is this really possible?” Here’s Autoblog (the latest amongst many): Saab is gearing up to start production of the 9-3 again in September, two years after the last example rolled off the assembly line at the company’s Trollhättan factory, Aftonbladet reports New Saabs? Next month!!! Sounds great! Then there’s the next sentence, which seems to completely contradict the first one, (though it didn’t stop the […]

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Ferrari Auction Record Busted

As nice as it is, this is not the most beautiful Ferrari ever bought and sold at auction. Right now, however, it IS the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction. This N.A.R.T Spider – the full official description has it as a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spider – just sold for $25 million. Add in the 10% buyer’s premium and the total forked out by the new owner is $27.5 million. If you’re into heart warming stories (and/or dismayed that someone could spend that much on a car) then you’ll be pleased to know that the whole $25 […]

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The Quail

I think I’m about to add Pebble Beach to my bucket list of automotive events. It’s a list that I still have to put together, but is being modelled partially on the trip being undertaken right now by the Aussie writer of Any Given Reason – check it out. While Pebble Beach concours features a collection of amazing older metal, the preceding Quail display features classics as well as more contemporary machinery, including some eye-dazzling showcases from manufacturers. The Quail was held over the weekend. Hopefully you’ve already seen the Spyker B6 Venator Spyder, which was unveiled there earlier. Autoblog […]

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Spyker B6 Venator Spyder – pics and presser

Spyker have just unveiled the topless version of the sensational B6 Venator that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. They promised the topless version back then. Today, at Pebble Beach, they delivered. Here are the official studio images and the press release. —— SPYKER UNVEILS B6 VENATOR SPYDER CONCEPT Spyker N.V. (“Spyker”) today revealed the Spyder version of its new exotic sports car, the Spyker B6 Venator, at a press conference in Pebble Beach, California. Just five months after unveiling the B6 Venator Coupe Concept to rave reviews at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show, Spyker – […]

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Fulvia Quest – Update

Just a quick update on my search for a good Lancia Fulvia. The red one from northern Australia has been ruled out. I did get some feedback from the seller last night (finally) and it raised more questions than it answered. There IS a good list of spare parts that come with the car so anyone looking at it who’s willing to reconcile the irregularities that I can’t figure out from a distance could well land themselves a good car. The blue car from Canberra is still available and the seller has received several offers, including a standing offer from […]

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Our Saab 9000 Aero

I’ve been asked about the Saab 9000 Aero we bought a few weeks ago. How’s it going? What’s it like? Can we see pictures? The answer is ……. well……. complicated. First, let me get the negatives out of the way. They are significant, annoying and even a little embarrassing. This is not the post I wanted to write about this car, but I’m going to write it as both a reminder and as a warning. Negative #1 – The engine. There’s no elegantly loquacious way of saying this, so I’ll just say it: Our car doesn’t have an Aero engine. […]

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Poll Results: Which Car Should I Buy?

Yesterday I asked you opinion on which car I should buy next. There were four options. Here are the poll results, from most popular to least popular. 52% of you think I should buy the hot looking Alfa Junior with the 2-litre transplant. 31% of you think I’m an idiot. 11% of you voted for the blue Fulvia, which needs a full restoration. 6% of you voted for the red Fulvia —— I’d like to say I was encouraged by the vote, but it’s pretty clear I’m almost on my own with regard to appreciation for the Fulvia. And maybe […]

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Have You Ever Bought The Same Car Twice?

The picture above shows my old Saab 900. It’s a fairly notable model in Saab’s history as it was made in late 1984 as one of the first 16-valve cars. I couldn’t confirm it, but a story told to me by someone around at the time was that it was actually one of the press cars bought into Australia at the time of the 16-valve’s introduction. Those cars were supposed to go back to Sweden but let’s just say that stock control in the mid-1980’s wasn’t what it is today. Some of the cars were sold and apparently this might […]

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Poll: Which Car To Buy Next?

We’re in election mode here in Australia so I figured a poll was in order. Click here to view the Red Fulvia and the Blue Fulvia. Click here to view the Alfa GT Junior. Just go through the archives to see how I’m a bloody idiot. Then vote! [poll id=”11″] —— —

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