A few years ago, a company co-founded by Bob Lutz unveiled a supercar based on the Dodge Viper and featuring styling by Henrik Fisker. It was called the Force 1 V10, and just five were made by VLF based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Now one of those five cars can be yours as it’s listed for sale in Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction. The online auction ends today and at the time of writing the current bid on the Force 1 is $140,000. The estimate is between $275,000 and $325,000. The car, finished in dark blue and with a red and black interior, is the first of the five Force 1 V10 supercars made. The original buyer raced a Viper GT3R and was an early supporter of the Force 1 V10 project, which ensured he received build number one. He’s put just 1,370 miles on the odometer. VLF … Read More
… Read More View More 1934 Chrysler Airflow sails into Jay Leno’s Garage
Today, automakers love to brag about low drag coefficients, but that wasn’t the case when this 1934 Chrysler Airflow Imperial Eight was built. This car was one of the first designed for low aerodynamic drag, but it ultimately proved to be ahead of its time, as Jay Leno explains on this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
The Airflow is known for its streamlined bodywork, which was designed with the aid of wind-tunnel testing, a novelty at the time. Under the skin, it had some other notable design features. The engine was pushed forward over the front axle to maximize interior space, and the floor was lower than typical cars of the period. The Airflow was also one of the first mass-produced cars with an all-steel body.
This car is powered by a 299-cubic-inch flathead V-8, which makes 122 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, according to Jay. Drive is
… Read More View More Our Editors Fill Their Dream-Car Garages
If it’s Monday, it’s time for chapter three of our weekly Automobile “Million Dollar Challenge,” wherein one of our staffers each week creates their personal list of dream cars. The rules are simple: What would you buy if you were today handed $1 million and commanded to spend it on nothing but filling your dream garage with automobiles? We’ll each select at least five of our lifelong dream cars, rather than copping out and blowing the entire imaginary wad on a single million-dollar car, because what fun would that be? However, not every car must be a six-figure collector’s item, either. This week, it’s Automobile social-media guru Billy Rehbock’s turn to dream:
Ready for some #MondayMotivation? I’m somewhat notorious at our office for having way too many Hot Wheels cars parked on either side of my computer, so naturally I tried to cast a wide net here to include
… Read More View More Gordon Murray T50 aims to be the ultimate analog supercar
Gordon Murray designed a three-seat automotive icon in the 1990s, and now he’s at it again. Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) formally introduced the T50 limited-edition supercar on Tuesday, and the company is making a lot of claims about its lightweight structure, high-revving engine, and driver engagement. Murray calls it “the ultimate analog supercar.”
Only 100 buyers will benefit from Murray’s decades of experience in Formula 1 and the auto industry.
Mounted amidships is the highest-revving production engine, a normally aspirated 3.9-liter V-12 that makes 653 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque and spins the tach all the way to 12,100 rpm. That’s 166 hp per liter, and its quick revving capability gives it neck-snapping throttle response, according to GMA. The engine, developed by Cosworth, features dry sump oiling to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering, which will be very important given the car’s power and grip.
Murray also claims that
… Read More View More This Stunning 1971 Lamborghini Miura Has a Bizarre History
Jeff Meier’s latest acquisition of the all-time great Lamborghini Miura-by way of a stunning garage find-is a heck of a story, filled with fortunate good luck. But his fascination with Lamborghini’s original supercar runs much deeper.
Meier was born and raised in Cleveland, where he grew up in a large family. His father owned an automotive repair shop, so there were always different cars parked in the driveway. As early as the age of five, Meier developed a curiosity for cars that flourished into a hobby of identifying them when he’d see them driving on the road. The same kid that would shout out “Volkswagen,” “Chevy,” and “Ford” from the backseat when his father pointed at a car would one day become a full-fledged car expert and collector in his own right.
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… Read More View More Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato spy shots and video
Aston Martin is almost ready to launch the next creation from its longstanding partnership with Italian design house Zagato.
The car is a bespoke version of the DBS Superleggera, which goes by the name DBS GT Zagato. Its design was shown late last year to mark Zagato’s centennial, and since then a handful of prototype example have been spotted.
The prototype is completely devoid of camouflage gear and thus reveals numerous details, including a full-width grille, multi-element taillights, and center-lock wheels. Another key element is the single-piece, double-bubble roof. There’s no rear window so Aston Martin needed to install a digital rearview mirror.
The prototype in the video also sports the production version’s grille which consists of 108 diamond-shaped, carbon-fiber pieces that remain flush with the grille when the car is parked and open up when the engine is running to allow air to flow through. The production version
Compiling this story has shown us that there is no shortage of first-generation 1966-1977 early Broncos customized for off-roading, rock crawling, overlanding, and performance. The Ford Bronco has been a staple among off-roaders, and with the official introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, we imagine the popularity of the vintage variety will only grow.
View More 41 Early Broncos First Generation Ford Bronco 1966-1977
To help celebrate the return of the Bronco, we scoured the “pages” of sister site FourWheeler.com and came up with 41 early Broncos that cover the multitudinous ways that enthusiasts have personalized their first-generation 1966-1977 Ford Broncos over the years. Click on the links in the subheads to check out the full stories on these early Broncos from Four Wheeler.