The Most Stunning Car Designs by Legendary Coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik

Jacques Saoutchik: Humble Beginnings 

Seeking a better life, 19-year-old Iakov Savtchuk fled his homeland of Belarus in Eastern Europe for Paris, France, in 1899, where he’d get his start in furniture design. After a few years of working at a Parisian furniture company, the Belarusian-born Iakov Savtchuk mastered the craft of cabinet making. Motivated by his aspirations of becoming a coachbuilder, the young cabinet maker changed his name to Jacques Saoutchik and founded the French coachbuilding company Carrosserie de Luxe J. Saoutchik in 1906, in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Jacques Saoutchik: Marketing Strategy and Innovation

A pivotal moment in coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik’s career arrived at the Concours d’Élegance de La Grande Cascade, a premier event in Paris where high-society gathered to see the latest in automotive design, beauty products, fashion, and art. It would be the birth of the automobile concours that would provide the perfect stage upon

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Touring Los Angeles’ 1949 Architecture in a 1949 Volkswagen Beetle

LOS ANGELES—The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable shapes in the automotive world, a car instantly identifiable even to those who couldn’t care less about wheeled transportation. But when the 1949 VW Beetle landed on our shores for the first time, few Americans had seen anything like it.

Driving the 1949 Beetle from Volkswagen’s heritage collection made me curious about what else was new and notable in the world in 1949, so I enlisted the help of my friend Mark Malaby for a tour of 1949 Los Angeles architecture—something that would turn out to be a lot more difficult than I imagined. Making my way through a modern bustling city with 25 horsepower, a non-synchronized transmission, and cable-operated drum brakes made this one of the most challenging drives of my career.

I’ve decided to start with an easy cruise down flat-and-straight Riverside Dr., so I can get

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The Malaise-era GM That Ran With the Germans

It is widely considered that everything the Detroit automakers did during the Malaise Era of the 1970s and ’80s was uniformly terrible, but that isn’t really the case. True, many of the cars produced by the Big Four were pretty dire, but there were a few examples of brilliance—cars that were not merely less crappy than the norm, but actually possessed honest-to-goodness retina-burning brilliance. One of the best domestic cars of the era—indeed, one of the best cars from anywhere at the time—came from the humblest origins possible, and that was the 1983-1989 Pontiac 6000 STE.

Pontiac 6000: Rising From the Ashes of the Phoenix

The 6000 was Pontiac’s version of GM’s new-for-1982 A-body, a car that in today’s vernacular could be called a reboot of that rolling disaster known as the X-car (Chevrolet Citation, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Omega, and—of course—the Pontiac Phoenix). The A-body sedan was styled as the

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Vintage Video: Careening Corvairs and K-Cars

I love old crappy cars. I love watching drivers perform feats of derring-do. And if I can find a film that combines both, I’m in heaven. Today, I found two!

The Corvair in Action (1960)

It’s possible you’ve seen this already, as it’s probably one of the better-known classic car videos on YouTube—a demo piece from Chevrolet intended to show the world just how tough its new rear-engine Corvair was. The scene of the hapless Corvair rolling over has been widely seen out of context—truth was, the car was rigged to roll, as the film explains—but there is far more entertaining stuff in this video.

This short film starts out sedately enough, with beauty shots, tepid footage from Lime Rock and a slalom course marked with a big banner that says “HANDLING”. My favorite bit from this section is when the announcer urges you to “watch how the Corvair stays

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What We Know About the Second-Gen Sports Coupe

Subaru’s BRZ sports car skips the 2021 model year as it gears up for a redesign. Before you go out and snap up one of the remaining 2020 models left on dealer lots, take a look with us at its upcoming replacement. Marking the model’s second generation, the 2022 BRZ will build on the bones of its predecessor by welcoming significant dynamic and styling improvements. In other words, the 2022 Subaru BRZ promises to fix the foibles of its forebear while continuing to affordably deliver rear-drive sports car athleticism.

2022 Subaru BRZ: Turbo Power?

Despite sharing its basic rear-drive architecture with the prior BRZ, the new model ought to benefit from a number of dynamic alterations, including additional chassis bracing and reworked suspension pieces. Nevertheless, we expect the 2022 BRZ to remain just as playful as the first-gen model. 

In fact, it may even offer more

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Did You Even Know Canadian Cars Are a Thing?

Canada builds a lot of cars, primarily for American and Japanese manufacturers. But what about true Canadian cars—vehicles designed, engineered, and built north of the border? There aren’t many Canadian car brands, but they do exist. Let’s take a look at some home-grown Canadian automakers, past and present.

Bricklin Motorcars Ltd.

Malcolm Bricklin is the man who brought us the Subaru 360 and the Yugo GL, and he also took a crack at designing his own car, the 1974 Bricklin Safety Vehicle 1, built by a new company he established in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Powered by either an AMC or Ford V-8, the Bricklin SV-1 had a nifty (if odd-looking) gullwing design. Quality was pretty terrible: The plastic-and-fiberglass body panels would crack, warp, and delaminate, sometimes before the cars were even finished, and the gullwing doors would often crack under their

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