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The 2013 Focus ST is a new model for US customers, and a replacement for a well-loved – and quite big selling – European Focus ST. The comparison is important, since Ford says that European and US spec Focus ST are to be the same; indeed, in the spirit of the original Taurus SHO, only a 6...

The Cars Shine At Alfa Romeo’s Un-Museum Apr28

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(First published on Autoshopper in Nov 2015) Above:The Alfa Carabo concept of 1968 A stroke of luck allowed a recent visit to the recently re-opened Alfa-Romeo museum, located just on the outskirts of Milan, in Arese, near the site of the now-demolished old factory. The environment is...

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Shadowing parent Hyundai, Kia has been steadily developing their brand in recent years, and offerings such as the Optima and Soul have been impressive when tested. The bottom line seems to be that Kia offers the same as Honda or Toyota, but at a better price. With prices starting at $54k, Kia...

Reading: Ferrari: Th...

On a plane some time ago I sat next to a VP of Marketing. We were returning to San Francisco, and she worked at a tech company. We discussed our work, and hence cars. I accurately guessed she drove a Lexus Hybrid SUV, which impressed her, but given the drift of her conversation –...

“Shoulda had i...

In writing about this 328, the reader has the benefit of the authors direct comparison with both a european spec F90 3-series, and longtime association with an E46 325iA. These comparisons are interesting, because it seemed to this scribe that the 328 was not one car, but four. We picked up...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 6: ’51 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Mar16

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1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan 5.3 litre / 331 CI V8, 4 speed column shift automatic (bizarrely, a GM hydramatic unit; Ford didn’t have a strong enough automatic transmission for the mighty 160hp of this, the last and largest Ford Flathead motor) 160hp Bought 2009, Monterey Park, Los...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 5 – ’91 Ford Econoline Van Feb08

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1991 Ford Econoline E150 Clubwagon 5.0 litre V8, 3 speed column shift automatic 1xxhp Bought 2009, Stanford surplus property auction Present As can be seen from the pictures here, the van, for so long a daily driver, is now off the road, and in long term storage. As I look at pics from when...

Scuderia Mugshots Part 4: ’96 Honda Civic Jan20

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1996 Honda Civic 1.6 litre inline 4, 5 speed manual 130hp Acquired 2015 In 2013 The Cyclist offered me use of his Civic while he was abroad for the summer working. I put more than 2000 miles on it, and it won me over by its astonishing minimalism. Let me clarify what I mean by minimalism...

Scuderia Mugshots, Part 3: Fox Mustang Jan05

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1987 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 litre V8, 5 speed manual 2xxhp Bought 2013 The story of the acquisition is here (link). Since then, it has become something of a red headed step child, hated by the Boss (to be expected) and the Fabricator, who couldn’t understand why I had bought such a...

Scuderia Mugshots, Part 2: ’71 Camaro Oct14

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro 5.8 litre V8, 5 speed manual 2xxhp Bought 2009 Past I think this had been an LA car all it’s life. It was built in Van Nuys, orange with a saddle interior, a 350 V8 and a 3 speed manual. It’s possible the motor in it is matching numbers, I have never checked....