1967 Toyota 2000GT Oct20

1967 Toyota 2000GT

My very first car was a Super White 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo. Before I was even sixteen years old I was looking at photos of SW20s online, researching everything there was to know about them, posting on MR2 specific forums and saving every penny I had while browsing classified ads. Once I finally found and bought my car (the only MKII Turbo within hundreds of miles) I grew even more fond of MR2s (later purchasing a 1987 MR2 as well) and Toyotas in general. With that, not surprisingly, the Toyota 2000GT very quickly became one of my favorite cars. However, up until the evening I shot this particular car, I’d never had the pleasure of laying my eyes on one in the flesh. After seeing the flawless curves of...

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1973 Dino 246 GTS Oct14

1973 Dino 246 GTS

1973 Dino (Ferrari) 246 GTS s/n 04468, a nicely restored USA 246 GTS with only 28,128 incredibly well-documented original miles and ownership history known back to the day it was built. Stripped to bare metal and re-painted in 2006. Mechanically gone through and then driven on the 800-mile...

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Cars and Coffee, October 2013 Oct05

Cars and Coffee, October 2013

As the weather cools down and the sun comes up later, Cars and Coffee gets even better. I tend to skip most of the hottest months due to the heat, but when I finally returned this month (last time I was out there was June) it did not disappoint. Everything I saw from the months I skipped impressed me with the quantity and quality of cars despite the intense heat, but once we get to this time of year the event takes it to another level. I arrived very early at 6:30am (either 30 or 90 minutes before start time, depending on who you asked) and there were already a half dozen or so cars in the lot with new cars arriving constantly. I got there so early so that I could hop up on one of the ~16ft walls that run...

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1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Oct02

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

* Chassis no. 10MC * Engine no. EB75 * 7,688cc ohv six-cylinder * Four-speed transmission * A very early Phantom * Australian delivery example Successor to the legendary Silver Ghost that had made Rolls-Royce one of the world’s preeminent automakers, the New Phantom arrived in 1925. Its entirely new 40/50hp overhead-valve six-cylinder engine had a 7,688cc displacement and was considerably more powerful than its Edwardian predecessor. As with the smaller Rolls-Royce 20hp that had preceded it in 1922, the New Phantom chassis utilized a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters. The chassis, though, remained essentially the same as that of the later four-wheel-braked ‘Ghost’. After...

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1965 Shelby Cobra Street 427 Prototype Sep26

1965 Shelby Cobra Street 427 Prototype

This 427 Cobra was the fourth of just 260 original 427 Street Cobra produced by Shelby. Let us be clear; this is not a reproduction or continuation car, it is an original Cobra built at Shelby American in 1965. CSX 3127 served as Shelby’s test vehicle and to gauge customer response to the 427 Street cars. Factory records obtained from AC Cars Limited show that chassis number 3127, as listed on their invoice: “Prototype Mk.II Road Car, Unpainted, Black Leather”, was completed and shipped to Shelby American in Los Angeles by air on April 30th, 1965. While most Cobras were shipped by boat to the States, the importance of 3127 is demonstrated by the fact that not only was it shipped by air, but...

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1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Sep01

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

135 hp, 4,230 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with low range and part-time AWD, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live axle, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 90 in. • Rust-free Arizona example; recent frame-off restoration • Finished in original Freeborn Red with Cygnus White hardtop • Surely one of the best FJ40s in existence Much like the vintage Land Rover, the Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has a devoted following all its own. Both vehicles were developed in the early-1950s and were based on the Willys M38 Jeep, which earned worldwide respect in WWII. When Toyota and Land Rover went head-to-head in the 1960s, Toyota won nearly every...

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Random Sightings, August 2013 Sep01

Random Sightings, Au...

One thing I used to do with some regularity is post random sightings from around the valley that I see in my daily commute. Living where I do there’s no shortage of exotics, classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, oddities… you name it, really, and I’m trying to get back in the...

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ELEMENTAL – Ultima GTR

Despite considerable renown in certain automotive circles, the Ultima GTR is relatively unknown to most. Taking the GTR to car shows or out for a Sunday cruise results in many puzzled looks and baffling guesses as to exactly what it is. But that unknown factor doesn’t stop people from gawking and, in fact, adds to it. Even just taking it out to the grocery store for milk, people reacting with waves, thumbs-ups and cameras out of car windows is the norm. Be it Ferrari, Lamborghini or otherwise next to the Ultima, the Ultima is getting most of the attention. Out on the street juxtaposed to a sea of mundane, gray sedans and SUVs, the GTR looks more like a spaceship than a car. Like it doesn’t belong and...

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