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Fine Lines: Subaru 360
Fine Lines October 22, 2018

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Fine Lines: Subaru 360</br>Fine Lines October 22, 2018

Most imported small cars manage to find a following with buyers looking for economical and affordable transportation. The Subaru 360 just wasn’t one of them, and for obvious reasons.  In hindsight, the Japan-built two-door sedan was not well-suited to North American travel and if it hadn’t been for a budding entrepreneur, it never would have been sold here.

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Fine Lines: Ford Mark IV
Fine Lines September 24, 2018

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Fine Lines: Ford Mark IV</br>Fine Lines September 24, 2018

In the early 1960s, Ford Motor Company set out to show the world that it was better than Ferrari at racing. The rallying cry was to win at any cost, and the company meant it.  Just as the GT40 competition cars had done in 1966 by winning the French 24 Hours of Le Mans — considered the race of all endurance races — the 1967 Ford Mark IV was created to further the effort and carry the company’s colors to the winner’s circle for a second straight season.

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Fine Lines: Jaguar XK
Fine Lines September 17, 2018

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Fine Lines: Jaguar XK</br>Fine Lines September 17, 2018

More than 12,000 XK 120s were produced from 1948 to 1954, with 85 percent being shipped to continental Europe and North America. At a price of less than $4,000, this low-slung, high-performance machine was considered to be an absolute bargain.  The XK120 was replaced by the XK140 in 1954.

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Fine Lines: Volkswagen Van
Fine Lines September 3, 2018

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Fine Lines: Volkswagen Van</br>Fine Lines September 3, 2018

With a minimum of horsepower, but a maximum of fun, reliability and adventure on a shoestring budget, Volkswagen’s boxy vans carted people to and from school, transported families on cross-country vacations and became the focal point for a generation of disaffected 1960s-era youth who shunned mainstream automobiles in favor of these rolling political and cultural icons.

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Fine Lines: Corvette Grand Sport
Fine Lines August 20, 2018

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Fine Lines: Corvette Grand Sport</br>Fine Lines August 20, 2018

In mid-1962, the first of what would become five special Corvettes, labeled the Grand Sport, began to take shape. Loosely based on the new-for-1963 Sting Ray coupe, each featured a tubular aluminum chassis, extra-thin fiberglass body panels and clear-plastic windows. The Grand Sport’s engine bay contained an aluminum-block fuel-injected V-8 that had been increased to 377 cubic inches from the original 327.

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Fine Lines: The Original Beetle
Fine Lines August 6, 2018

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Fine Lines: The Original Beetle</br>Fine Lines August 6, 2018

Most people are familiar with the rags-to-riches story of what became a mainstay on North American roads, and introduced millions of drivers to the joys of cheap, efficient automobile ownership. If you or your family never owned a Beetle, you certainly had plenty of friends, family or co-workers who did.

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Fine Lines: Bugatti Veyron
Fine Lines July 16, 2018

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Fine Lines: Bugatti Veyron</br>Fine Lines July 16, 2018

Bugatti’s factory in France turned out about 8,000 vehicles in total, including some of the most successful racing machinery of the 1920s and ’30s as well as small runs of luxury cars from 1910-’57, 10 years after his death at age 66. All were known for their power and extraordinary beauty and the surviving cars represent iron-clad investments for their owners.

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Fine Lines: Roads?
Fine Lines June 25, 2018

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Fine Lines: Roads?</br>Fine Lines June 25, 2018

As odd as it was, the Lunar Rover was one of the most celebrated modes of personal transportation ever to be built.
Talk about a niche vehicle.  As the star of the last three missions to the moon, the Rover provided the means for six intrepid adventurers — two per mission — to traverse the lunar landscape, collect rocks and soil samples and beam their experiences directly into our homes.

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Fine Lines: Ferrari 308
Fine Lines April 2, 2018

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Fine Lines: Ferrari 308</br>Fine Lines April 2, 2018

The 308’s stunning silhouette along with a weekly dose of exposure on Magnum created an unprecedented level of publicity and turned millions of viewers into savvy Ferrari spotters.  Ferrari diligently toiled on solving the 308’s anemic powerplant problems and by 1981 had introduced a more responsive fuel-injection setup that replaced the original Weber carburetors. Zero-to-60-mph times dropped below the eight-second mark while a top velocity of 145 mph was in sight.

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Fine Lines: 1970 Chevelle
Fine Lines March 26, 2018

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Fine Lines: 1970 Chevelle</br>Fine Lines March 26, 2018

Ask anyone to name the best muscle car of all time and the answers will largely be rooted in brand loyalty. For Chevrolet fans, it’s the Chevelle, a car that might actually be the best muscle car of all time, bar done. The vast majority of the Chevelles sold were affordable four-door family sedans or wagons, since the car was roomy and economical. Two-door models were rarer, but the rarest of the rare — the “big-block” Chevelles with their 396- and 454-cubic-inch engines — are what everyone remembers.

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