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April 26th, 2006

I thought about it, though. I used to pass a Fiat dealer on my way to work, during the period when the 131 Mirafiori had come on the market. My Rover 2000 was a few years old, and I noted that the 131, later called “Brava,” had twin overhead cams, to my Rover’s single, and….
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April 21st, 2006

On Independence Day 1894, Elwood Haynes took his new car for a ride. Haynes, of Kokomo, Indiana, had the car, which he designed and had built over the previous winter, towed out to the country behind a team of horses, so as not to cause a commotion in town. It started easily, and took the….
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April 15th, 2006

Easter weekend brings the International Auto Show to New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This year, skies are blue regardless of the weather, as Saturn livens its image with a “Red Line” intercooled turbo version of the Sky roadster introduced at Detroit in January. Joining it are the new Aura mid-size sedan and Outlook….
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April 5th, 2006

You’re the top; you’re a Brewster body,” wrote Cole Porter in 1934, to rhyme with “You’re the top; you’re a Ritz hot toddy.” The custom coachwork business at Brewster & Co. was waning, but the American public knew that a Brewster body was indeed “the top.” The Brewsters began building carriages early in the nineteenth….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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