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Classic cars are more than just transportation! They are exciting historical artifacts that have traveled through time to exist in the present and remind us of the past. Each classic car acts as an ambassador for the tastes of that time, embodying the technology, style, and aesthetics from days gone by. Simply looking at a classic car can make people feel reflective as if they have been transported to another place.

Classic cars are a very expensive habit and are owned by men of style and taste. They are an extra to life, a beautiful, wayward, frustrating extra that brings sporadic joy and much wallet-emptying palaver.

Still, despite all that, there is a lovely elemental side to classic cars. When you drive them you do a lot of the work yourself. You’re physically connected to a classic car in a way you’re not with a modern car. Classic cars feel alive! Men of class like the idea of classic cars – who wouldn’t want a motor as beautiful as a 1954 Ferrari MM Pinin Farina Spyder? Classic cars define true beauty, taste, power etc., to its owners.

When spotted on streets, it causes more heads to turn as compared to a bikini ‘washing bay’. Its appearance at the garage tells the story of its owner and makes all the statements. Why roll up to your next social event in a generic vehicle when you could be riding in style in a classic car?

A tour on some classic cars

1961 Jaguar E-Type

“The most beautiful car ever made” – Enzo Ferrari Jaguar, unarguably, is a brand that oozes style. The E-Type, released in 1961, came with some pretty heavy praise. If Enzo Ferrari referred to it as, “The most beautiful car ever made,” well, that’s good enough for us.

The Jaguar E-Type or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring.

At a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles, and mediocre performance, the E-Type sprang on the scene with 150 mph and a sub-7 second 0-60 time, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension, and unrivaled looks. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ online list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time.

1964 Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer that was made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Released in 1963, it was an evolution of the final series of DB4.

The DB series was named honoring Sir David Brown (the head of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972). Although not the first, the DB5 is famous for being the most recognized cinematic James Bond car, first appearing in Goldfinger (1964). If it’s cool enough for Bond, it’s cool enough for us.

If you had to pick one vehicle that James Bond relied on the most, you’d be hard-pressed not to go with the DB5, and the one from Goldfinger would look pretty sweet in our garage next to the cans of beer and lawn care products.

1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

The doors are only part of the reason this is one of the coolest cars to ever hit the pavement. The fact that the 300SL was the fastest production car at the time, means driving to your ad meetings wouldn’t be a bore.

1969 Toyota 2000G

If you’re noticing a small Bond theme here, you’re totally right. While Bond got a drop-top, the ’69 Toyota 2000GT was stylish enough without one being offered up from the factory. The elongated front, along with the design in general, makes it feel much more like an Italian roadster than something you would picture purchasing for its “dependable gas mileage.

Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster

In 1936, Mercedes-Benz launched the 540K special, designated 540Ks. Based on the shorter 2,980 mm (117 in) wheelbase chassis, its body was carefully crafted. Its price tag of 28,000 Reichsmarks, some RM6, 000 above the price of standard models, meant only 32 were ever built.

The Sindelfingen factory employed 1,500 people to create the 540K, and allowed a great deal of owner customization, meaning only 70 chassis were ever bodied by independent builders. Owners included Jack L. Warner of Warner Brothers film studios.

Cars that still make definite statements today

OLDS MOBILE

Despite only being months away from the complete switch to full wartime production, 1941 held promise for Oldsmobile with its two-millionth automobile produced that year. The three-series model line comprised the entry-level Series 60, the mid-range Series 70 and the longer-wheelbase, top-level Series 90.

All three were available with a choice of a six- or an eight-cylinder L-head engine, offering 100 and 110 bhp respectively. Stylistically, the entire Oldsmobile line was revised, most notably with the headlamps moved forward and revised front fenders.

The landmark Hydra-Matic automatic transmission continued for 1941 and provided Oldsmobile buyers unprecedented ease of operation for an additional $100.

A variety of solid and two-tone color combinations, plus such comprehensive options as a radio, clock, turn signals, a locking gas tank door and the Condition-Air heater/defroster system, enhanced the value-packed Oldsmobile experience.

375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta Speciale “Ingrid Bergman” (1954 Ferrari)

In 1954, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina was commissioned by director Roberto Rossellini to build a one-off version of the 375 MM with custom bodywork for his wife, actress Ingrid Bergman. The color chosen for the vehicle was not available with other Ferrari models. It was later made available for all production Ferraris under the name “Grigio Ingrid.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette is distinguished as the first year of second-generation (or “mid-year”) Corvette; only year with “split window” rear glass. It was also the first Corvette with hidden headlamps and independent rear suspension.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

A white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T famously starred in the 1971 film “Vanishing Point” (and because of that, a plot device in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”). Brauer points out other noteworthy aspects of this model: It was also the first for “E-Body,” it offered with 426 Hemi engine and it was available in “high-impact” colors like “Plum Crazy Purple.”

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

The first exotic car—Brauer says. This was due to the Lamborghini Miura SV’s mid-engine V12, making it one of the fastest production cars available in 1971.

1973 Porsche Carrera RS

The 1973 Carrera RS has the large rear tires, wider rear fenders, a spoiler, as well as larger brakes and fuel injection, resulting in a lighter, more powerful Porsche.

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4 stunning electric suv concepts for auto fanatics

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It’s been a long time coming but electric cars are finally set to make a breakthrough, with 2019 expected to be the year when they become a realistic option for most new car buyers.

By the end of this year, at least 25 different electric cars will be on sale, from small city models to tall and rugged Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

In this edition of Vaultz wheels, we shall be focusing on 4 stunning electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) concepts that will strike the auto market in the near future.

 

BYTON M-BYTE

The world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle. Designed with expressive proportions and iconic digital elements, the BYTON M-BYTE reminds you that future mobility is fueled by intelligence. You might say this car looks like an SUV, but smarter. And that’s exactly what it is: the first Smart Intuitive Vehicle!

With its masculine proportions and a length of 191 inches (4.85 meters), the BYTON M-BYTE shows its new design aesthetics in every aspect, including the closed front-end fascia, disappearing door handles, hidden antennas and a sleek, sloping roofline.

Conventional automotive styling features are giving way to innovative design icons. Side-view cameras replace side mirrors, iconic face recognition cameras provide user identification and BYTON Smart Surfaces show a situation-based interacting light design. These are just some of the intelligent signature elements that reinforce the visible digital power of the vehicle.

Your BYTON understands you like a trusted friend. It recognizes you through face recognition, talks to you and adapts to your needs. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can intuitively operate the touch displays. And as communication is never a one-way street, BYTON Air Touch also responds to your hand gestures. All in all, it gives you five dimensions of control.

 

 

GAC ENVERGE

The ENVERGE is very catchy with outstanding features and its inexplicable design is its selling point. It is electric and very futuristic especially with its gull-wing doors, digital dash screen and unconventional head and tail lights. Reportedly, it will have a range of 370 miles on a single (full) charge.

A very ridiculous feature of the car is the fact that the headlights would slide out and detach to serve a flood lights, a feature GAC nicknamed “G-Light”. It’s an SUV coupe (only two doors) with wireless battery recharging and stipulated time for a 240-mile range in just 10 minutes.

 

 

GFG STYLE’S KANGAROO HYPER-SUV

Automotive Hall-of-Fame Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, are behind the Italian company GFG Style “hyper-SUV” concept.

It’s called the Kangaroo and it resembles some of the other supercar concept designs seen. But, this one is different from the rest. A special adjustable hydraulic suspension system helps convert the concept from a sports car to an off-roader. Ride heights are able to vary from 5.5 inches in “Racing” mode to some 10.2 inches in “Off-Road” mode. The car’s front splitter can also retract while in “Off-Road” mode to improve approach angles on challenging terrain. Talk about a transition!

GFG Style says the Kangaroo can be used on any surface, from pavement, to sand, to mud. It comes with two electric motors, each rated at 241 horsepower. The combined output is listed at 482hp and 501 lb.-ft. of torque. A 90 kWh battery pack is said to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Inside the vehicle, there’s three screens that dominate the space. One is an ultra-wide screen atop the dash that serves as the rear view mirror by displaying the output from a rear-facing camera. Another noticeable aspect of the interior is the color of the leather. The bright orange of the exterior is reflected inside.

While it’s certainly not holding its breath for this vehicle to make its way to production, GFG Style says it does plan on showing off a version of the Kangaroo concept wearing snow tracks. The design company wants people to see how the Kangaroo could be used for fun, while conquering some snow-covered terrains.

 

 

LAGONDA ALL-TERRAIN SUV

Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concept from Aston Martin is mesmerizingly long and perhaps the most striking. With softly rounded edges and an elongated shooting-brake body that stretches way out over the rear wheels, this cocoon-shaped car is not quite what the teaser images had us imagining.

The British manufacturers are hoping to breathe new life into the Lagonda badge with this fully electric four-seater SUV. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is regarded as the stylistic forerunner of the Lagonda brand, which is set to resume production in 2021.

The car’s lengthy appearance is supported by a spoiler on the wide front, as well as the headlight slits that are pulled far into the side. A thin strip of light illuminated with LEDs emphasizes an already lengthy rear end.

Despite the futuristic design, the Lagonda All-Terrain concept still gives the driver a steering wheel to hold onto. But when autonomous mode is turned on, you can turn the front seats backwards to create a sort of self-driving sitting room.

The Lagonda SUV will use potentially game-changing solid state batteries which offer many advantages over the regular lithium-ion ones used in most electric cars. Solid-state batteries do not use liquid electrolytes to move energy around. The cells are made of solid, dry conductive material which mean they are less prone to fire and can supply energy and accept a charge more readily.

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