All modern cars seem to be burdened with the task of keeping their occupants safe at all costs. Which is a good thing, because all modern cars are impossible to see out of. High beltlines create a claustrophobic sitting-in-a-bathtub feeling, and impossibly huge C-pillars bring visibility to near zero. To me this is a chicken and egg situation. Is it better to drive a tank with its hatch shut or actually see what you are doing? Continue reading
One of the cars that caught my eye at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance was this gleaming white coupe. It had the classic long hood and short decklid look of a European car, like a Jaguar E-type. The car also had a large diameter wooden steering wheel like a sixties-era Ferrari. However, the car I was looking at was neither British nor Italian – it was a Toyota from Japan!
The 2000GT is a very rare car, with only 337 ever built. This one is particularly rare, because it is one of just 62 left-hand drive models made for the U.S. market. This car is significant because it’s the car that made people sit up and pay attention to Toyota as an automobile manufacturer.
The 1990s were an exciting time for automotive design. Engineers were really starting to push the envelope of performance thanks to a better understandings of aerodynamics and computer-aided design. From 1984 to 1994, the title of “World’s Fastest Production Car” changed hands six different times! One of these victories was claimed by one of my favorite supercars from this era: the 1994 Jaguar XJ220.
For most of its 90-year history, Jaguar has focused on making cars that appeal to pipe-smoking gentlemen in tweed suits. It’s no secret that Jaguars have always emphasized style and comfort over performance.
Then in 2008, something unexpected happened. Ford Motor Company decided to sell off Jaguar as part of a major company restructuring. The new buyer was none other than Tata Motors of Mumbai, India.