The one that couldn’t get away

I grew up in a Pontiac household. For my father, if it wasn’t Pontiac, it was crap. Our family’s daily driver was a Matador Red (think blood red) 1969 GTO Ram Air IV with a white interior and Centerline wheels. My dad drag raced a gold 1963 Tempest LeMans followed by a 1981 Firebird that wore black, then red, then red and white paint schemes that got uglier each time. For his tow vehicle, he chose a 1957 GMC 2500 pickup. Why? Because it was powered by a 348-cubic-inch Pontiac V-8. That’s why.

A divorce meant my parents sold the Goat in 1982 for a measly $1,500. While I would love to own that car today, the $60,000 or $100,000 it would take to buy it would be out of my price range.

Glenn Bell’s 1961 Pontiac Catalina drag car

For as great as the GTO was, much of my

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Best Hybrid Cars: Top-Rated Hybrids for 2020

Best Hybrid Cars for 2020

If you want to burn less gas, you have to get your power from somewhere else. Hybrid cars combine battery-powered electric motors and gas-powered internal combustion engines to provide impressive fuel economy gains. Most hybrids are capable of running solely on electricity or combining both power sources to boost acceleration, depending on the situation. Plug-in hybrids have larger batteries that can be recharged by plugging in at a charging station, allowing them to run for much longer, and at much higher speeds, on electricity alone.

It all sounds pretty convoluted on paper, but hybrid systems have been refined to the point where the driving experience is similar to that of a traditional car. Sure, you’ll hear some different noises — or hardly any noise if you’re running on electricity. But unlike a fully electric car, you can treat a hybrid the same as any traditional

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A $36,000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage and This Week’s Other Bring a Trailer Big Bargain Luxury Cars

Anyone who’s ever bought a new car knows that depreciation can be a killer. Not only does your brand-new car lose money as soon as you sign the papers and twist the key (or hit the push-button start) for the first time, but during the first five to 10 years of the car’s life, its value will generally keep dropping like a rock. There are exceptions, of course. If you bought a new second-generation Ford GT, your car is likely worth almost double what you paid for it. Original owners of small-production cars like the McLaren F1, Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, and Lamborghini Veneno probably aren’t complaining, either. Run-of-the-mill luxury cars are another story, as we’re about to find out in this week’s trip through Bring a Trailer auction results. Buckle up and secure your wallet.

2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage | Sold: $36,488

Rock up to

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