Joe Bortz’s New Toy Tempts Radwood Set

Joe Bortz is the original dream car collector. In the early 1980s, the Chicago restaurant chain entrepreneur began trading in classic pre-war Cadillacs and Duesenbergs for cars like the General Motors Motorama 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. He began to scout the legendary Detroit junkyard Warhoops to look for such cars from the 1950s and ’60s, that were supposed to be crushed or drawn-and-quartered [like his 1953 Buick Wildcat I, which was drawn-and-quartered until his restorer put its pieces together], and pioneered a new sort of automotive collecting.

More recently, Bortz joined the Radwood movement, though he is not familiar with the term. “We call them young-timers,” he says of millennial enthusiasts who have begun curating car shows full of 1980s and ’90s metal.

A Radwood-y Car

In fact, Bortz may be a bit ahead of the Radwood young-timers, having added a trio of turn-of-the-millennium Ford Motor Company concepts recently. About

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A Generation-by-Generation Dive Into Porsche 911 Targa History

1967-1969 Porsche 911 Targa “Soft Window”

Buoyed by fears that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) might ban convertibles with fully retractable soft-tops, Porsche developed the first 911 Targa out of perceived necessity, and not ingenuity. Launched for the 1967 model year, the first Targa featured the same rollover bar “hoop” immediately behind the driver’s head, but in place of the familiar fixed rear glass, a flexible clear plastic window section could be attached or removed.

In effect, this made these so-called soft-window Targas appear very much like a full-bore Cabriolet with an awkward roll bar jutting out of the center of the cabin. A novel idea, but buyers found the rear window cumbersome to install or remove, and not always completely weatherproof. Porsche offered the familiar fixed-window Targa from 1968 alongside the soft-window, until it mostly discontinued the latter after the 1969 model year.

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1950s Cadillac Escalade SUV Rendering Looks Fin-tastic!

Like ships passing in the night, Cadillac’s two most iconic nameplates barely shared dealership floor space. The two-door Eldorado—that symbol of mid-century American automotive glamour and luxury—was being put to rest just as a new E-named vehicle, the Escalade, was arriving to restore Cadillac to the forefront of automotive vogue. In only 20 short years, with no prior pedigree, the Escalade has come to dominate and define the luxury SUV space. But what if it had some existing lineage? What if Cadillac had first thought up the Escalade back in the 1950s when it dropped the Eldorado on an increasingly affluent, booming America?

Great question, and it’s been answered by designer Abilemec, who imagined what a 1959 Cadillac Escalade might have looked like if the luxury division of General Motors had thought up the luxury SUV concept 40 years sooner. Cleverly, the renderings depict what appears to

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The Ugliest Cars of the 2000s

The 2000s brought us Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, an excess of lame boy bands, and the final episode of MTV’s Total Request Live. If most of those weren’t bad enough, the decade also introduced some of the most memorable ugly cars ever seen, from roads to congested shopping mall parking lots to fast food drive-thru lines and everywhere else you turned.

For more entertainment and sheer laughter as part of Automobile’s ongoing series of ugly cars, here is an abbreviated list of the best/worst ugly cars made in the 2000s:

2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca 

Deriving its name from a happening New York City neighborhood, the Subaru Tribeca featured a grille that screamed bland personality and insecurity. Initially launched with an ad campaign that featured “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, the original Tribeca “boasted” a design met with more than a few snickers. Subaru made revisions for the

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We Answer Reader Questions About the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo

By now you may have read about the 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo in our Automobile All-Stars road test, and in last week’s story about what’s it’s like to drive the Italian supercar as an ordinary guy. We took it one step further via our social media channels and asked you, our loyal readers, what you wanted to know about the latest mid-engine Ferrari. Here are your questions, and our answers.

How many horses are in this bad boy? Engine specs?

Being a Ferrari, this was the most-asked question. The 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo boasts 710 hp from its twin-turbo V-8 engine, developed at a thrilling 8,000 rpm. The 3.9-liter powerplant also churns out 568 lb-ft of torque. These power gains, up from the 488 GTB’s 660 hp and 561 lb-ft, come from Ferrari overhauling its F154 engine to be lighter, better breathing, and more

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Mazda RX-7: History, Generations, Specifications

Mazda RX-7 Essential History

First Generation (SA/FB) Mazda RX-7

When the first-generation Mazda RX-7 was launched in 1978, the little Japanese two-seat sports car was something of a game-changer. Not only was it powered by an unconventional rotary engine, but it was also relatively lightweight, practical with its large rear glass hatch, and thoroughly modern. Moreover, it was affordable, which allowed more enthusiasts to get behind the wheel. Early 1978-1980 cars were given the internal designation “SA,” but a 1981 model-year facelift with re-styled bumpers and rear valance, a standard five-speed manual transmission replacing the previous four-speed, and a light interior refresh revised the car enough to re-code it “FB.” Brakes were disc-front, drum-rear on base ‘S’ models, while upmarket, fully-loaded GSL models had discs all-around and a limited-slip differential. Suspension was independent front with a four-link, solid-axle rear-end located by Watts linkage. The FB RX-7’s “12A” 1.2-liter rotary

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