Cadillac sedans and coupes were the coolest cars on Sunset Boulevard and Las Vegas strip back in the 1970s, but station wagons? Possibly even cooler, based on who drove them. Elvis and Dean Martin each had one, as did comedian Bob Newhart, who was in the prime of his career and staring in his namesake TV show. They weren’t from the factory, but were custom made in minuscule numbers by boutique car builder ASC. That makes them rare finds today.
The Porsche 917 is one of the most insane automotive creations ever dreamed up by humanity, offering a performance level that remains as impressive today as it was during the 1970s, when it dominated events like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nürburgring 1000 km.
Some iterations were tuned to deliver well over 1,000 horsepower, enabling them to rocket to 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and attain speeds of more than 240 mph. Remember, this was back in the 1970s.
Located in Sylmar, California, the Nethercutt Museum opened in 1971 when women’s cosmetics magnate J.B. Nethercutt and his wife Dorothy decided to make their extraordinary private collection available for public viewing. The Nethercutt museum and collection’s multiple floors are filled with cars, antique furniture, automobilia, and mechanical musical instruments, and there’s even a vintage locomotive complete with a private car on the grounds. The Nethercutt is also home to one of the top automotive research libraries in the world, and the automotive portion of the museum has offered free admission, parking, and guided tours since its inception.
If you've ever seen a steering wheel from a Formula 1 car before, you'll just how wildly complex they are. Covered in buttons, rotary dials, switches, paddles, lights, and often, a big screen, it's a far cry from the wheel in your Miata. Here's how all of those controls work.
The inaugural Manhattan Concours at Brookfield Place will be held May 17-18 at the waterfront plaza of the Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. This new event marks the first time New York City will host a group of collector cars along the picturesque Hudson River.