Today, thanks to an old press release from Autoblog, you are going to learn about a little FIAT from the late 2000s that you will promptly forget about after reading this article. (And that’s assuming you click the “Read More” link after this paragraph.) It is not a car that will be remembered by most people in the world. Those of you who play Gran Turismo or Forza will probably think from the above photo that it’s a standard Grande Punto. It is not. It is actually a larger car called the Bravo, meant to replace the Stilo. The Bravo was meant to compete with the VW Golf and Ford Focus while the Grande Punto was an alternative to the Polo and Fiesta. Despite it being a good-looking, fun-to-drive, and fuel-efficient Italian hatchback, much better than what Americans could get at the time, it never came to the United States. That was probably a good thing.Read More
On the onset, I should let you, the reader, know that my review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio will in no way, shape, or form influence whether or not you will consider it as your next new car. This is because the people who buy the $70,000+ Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio will fall into one of these three categories...Read More
Even at 77,000 miles, this 2012 Mazda MX-5 Sport feels solid, and its 2.0L 4 cylinder pushes it firmly up to speed through hilly Berkeley gradients. And while the 2012 MX-5’s were featured with an optional retractable hardtop, this example has the simple, honest to goodness, “clamp-off-then-slide-right-back” soft-top which retracts beautifully. A glance around the car shows a generally dent and ding-free body, a lightly worn interior with fully functional instruments and switchgear, and a soft top with some expected scars and blemishes.
All in all, I enjoyed my time with this MX-5 and definitely recommend it. With summer upon us, the MX-5 is a perfect ride for a top-down adventure down the PCH!
Post written by Bilal Qureshi.
I’m conflicted because I’ve driven a car which definitely has a spot within my all-time favorites.Read More
It’s been two weeks since the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, which I previewed in a previous post, in which I deftly managed to avoid any sudden outbursts about how expensive classic cars are becoming. After attending the auction (and ending up with a Leno sighting), I came away with more than a few thoughts regarding the sale. So I’ve written a round-up where I chose some cars sold at the auction and conducted some analysis on their sales.Read More
Most of the time, I don’t devote as much writing to classic car auctions, because it usually results in lamentation about how I should’ve picked up that Porsche 911 2.7 RS or Ferrari 250 Lusso for just $100,000 a few years ago. This year, however, Bonhams has managed to pique my interest with a Ferrari 250 GTO to be publicly auctioned off with no reserve, which doesn’t happen often at all. I also happen to be attending it because of that reason, hence the reason for this Clunkerture piece.Read More
Whenever the words “Concours d’Elegance” spring to mind, most people think of that one event in Monterey at that golf course where Tiger Woods manages to hit at least one ball into the ocean whenever he plays there. It’s a place where automakers debut their high-end production cars and where you can get up close and personal with cars worth tens of millions of dollars. Attendees will tell you about the insane traffic, how they had to park five miles away, and how they paid $275 for the privilege.Read More
Sometime last year, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire bought a bulletproof 1993 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard on Craigslist for $2,500. In one video, Matt Farah “was sitting in” the car while a buddy shot at the driver’s side front window with a 9mm handgun. Later, when shooting at the car with high-powered rifles, most of the bulletproof material failed after a few shots and it ended up being torched.Read More
Unlike many people, I watch the local evening news from time to time. This is something only old people do, which is up there with heading to Olive Garden at 5 pm, driving 25 mph in a 35 mph zone, and taking out a bunch of clipped newspaper coupons in the express check-out lane, causing you to miss most of the second half of the Germany-Ghana match. Watching the local evening news, with its coverage of about a renovated community center, a Trinidadian cultural festival that took place last weekend, and a brush fire that happens to be surprisingly close to my house at the moment, is an action which tends to be up there with practicing for the spelling bee.Read More
Today I’m introducing a new feature to Clunkerture. As you have realized after reading the title, it’s called “Adventures in Special Editions.” It entails me finding the peculiar tie-ups that automakers have engaged in, and then promptly telling you about why the marketing departments got their strategy wrong. So let’s talk about the Mercury Villager Nautica, because I couldn’t think of anything better to write about today.Read More