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Fine Lines: The original Jeep
Fine Lines October 8, 2017

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Fine Lines: The original Jeep</br>Fine Lines October 8, 2017

Most people know there’s something special about the Jeep Wrangler, a vehicle with the door hinges in plain sight on the outside of the vehicle.  They likely know that the original Jeep was certainly not designed as a status vehicle for the high school or college set, nor was it geared for recreational or sporting use by millions of outdoors types or anyone else with an urge to venture off the main roads for some fun and frolic. But do they really know the whole story?

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Fine Lines: Ferrari F40
Fine Lines September 11, 2017

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Fine Lines: Ferrari F40</br>Fine Lines September 11, 2017

Few cars, if any, have ever come close to providing the sheer visceral awe of the Ferrari F40. Perhaps that’s the way Enzo would have wanted it. The F40 was personally conceived by founder Enzo Ferrari as a dual-purpose car. One that could be driven at the race track and then legally on the street, just like most of his earlier creations dating back to the late 1940s.

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Fine Lines: Maserati Birdcage
Fine Lines August 14, 2017

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Fine Lines: Maserati Birdcage</br>Fine Lines August 14, 2017

One look at its intricate construction and sensuous bodywork and it’s easy to see why the Birdcage is perhaps the best-known and most desirable of all the competition Maseratis ever built.  It could also be because only 22 were ever built. Although the company, founded by the six Maserati brothers in the early part of the 20th century was frequently in financial difficulties, it has managed to produce a number of significant low-volume, high-priced classics.

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Fine Lines: The first Batmobile
Fine Lines July 3, 2017

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Fine Lines: The first Batmobile</br>Fine Lines July 3, 2017

In January of 1966, millions of TV viewers caught their first glimpse of the Batmobile.
It was a black two-seater with red trim that whisked the Dynamic Duo (Batman and Robin) from the Bat Cave to do battle with The Riddler, The Joker, Penguin and many other of Gotham’s evil-doers.  During the mid-1960s, Batman was the hottest (and campiest) shows on TV.

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Fine Lines: Toyota Land Cruiser, 1960-’83
Fine Lines June 19, 2017

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Fine Lines: Toyota Land Cruiser, 1960-’83</br>Fine Lines June 19, 2017

From its bare-bones beginnings, the Toyota Land Cruiser has slowly but steadily evolved into a cushy, king-size off-roader.
Wanting to pay homage to its utilitarian roots, Toyota introduced the modern FJ Cruiser that carried many styling influences of the original.

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Fine Lines: Jaguar’s Super Cat, the XJ200
Fine Lines May 15, 2017

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Fine Lines: Jaguar’s Super Cat, the XJ200</br>Fine Lines May 15, 2017

Jaguar’s XJ220 was the ultimate company project car that ended up way off track.
The car was the brainchild of Jaguar’s then chief engineer Jim Randle, who, with a group of like-minded associates, began the planning process back in the mid-1980s. Working after hours and on weekends (they became known as The Saturday Club) Randle’s team took direct aim at such established marques as Ferrari and Porsche.

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Fine Lines: Dodge Challenger
Fine Lines April 10, 2017

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Fine Lines: Dodge Challenger</br>Fine Lines April 10, 2017

The Dodge Challenger’s arrival in the fall of 1969 meant that Chrysler had finally leveled the playing field with its General Motors and Ford rivals, in the showroom, on the street and on the track. The Challenger was a bright light that burned out quickly, mostly because, aside from being late to the party, it was out of a step with the market changes that were coming.

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Fine Lines: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
Fine Lines March 13, 2017

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Fine Lines: Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III</br>Fine Lines March 13, 2017

The total number of Rolls-Royce vehicles built over more than 100 years barely equals a month’s worth of production at General Motors today. But what the company, founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce, lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in opulence and pedigree. As a direct result, the Rolls-Royce marque enjoys a loyal following among the elite of society.

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Fine Lines: 1953-1968 Austin Healey
Fine Lines February 6, 2017

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Fine Lines: 1953-1968 Austin Healey</br>Fine Lines February 6, 2017

Today, cars are designed by teams of people, but that was not always the case. Often, it was the vision of one person.
There, parked behind the ropes at the 1952 London Motor show was Donald Healey’s very own Healey Hundred sports car. The sleek prototype (made even sleeker with its rakish fold-down windscreen) stunned show-goers with its sheer beauty.

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Fine Lines: Volvo P1800
Fine Lines January 9, 2017

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Fine Lines: Volvo P1800</br>Fine Lines January 9, 2017

Many builders of so-called responsible four-door family cars have also built their wild childs.
The two-seat AMX from the American Motors Corporation was one. More recently there’s the Subaru BRZ, a two-door corner carver that’s diametrically opposed to other Subies such as the safe and sane Forester family car and the Outback wagon.
But perhaps there’s no wilder wild child than the Volvo P1800.

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