Photography for RM Auctions.
$4.5 Million USD. That’s how much this burgundy 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker LaGrande went for at the Amelia Island car auctions. The body was designed by J. Herbert Newport, and was revolutionary for its time with a semi-automatic convertible top, 17-inch wheels, and centrifugal supercharged, 320 horsepower engine that can reach 140 MPH.
See more beautiful cars on the RM Auctions website.
Two of my favorite companies have come together in a new feature that has me seeing music notes. Volvo’s new Sensus Connected Touch is available in May of this year, and it now features Spotify, the music playlist behemoth,
“Volvo’s integration with Spotify is both voice-activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver’s mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they want just by just saying its name, allowing car owners the ability to remain connected when driving. Sensus Connected Touch turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen you can use even when wearing gloves – a world first in cars.
The new technology responds to demand from drivers for consumption of music on the road, combined with Volvo’s core safety value. It is easier and safer to use whilst driving, as drivers can access and operate the music system via the steering wheel and centre stack controls, without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel. As well as Spotify, the technology also includes access to thousands of radio stations from all over the world.
The system is based on Android technology, which allows it to be regularly upgraded. Other apps accessible via Sensus Connected Touch include Google maps, TuneIn, iGO navigation and an app store for new functions and updates. Internet data can also be transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and Sensus Connected Touch and the Wi-Fi network can be shared with everyone in the car when using a dongle.” Volvo, 6 March 2013.
50. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
49. Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones
48. California – Phantom Planet
47. Take It Easy – Eagles
46. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
45. Hotel California – Eagles
44. Around the World – Daft Punk
43. Running On Empty – Jackson Browne
42. The Waiting – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
41. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
For more hits, here’s a few playlists we found on Spotify:
Photos via Auto Blog.
Meet the 2013 Volkswagon Cross Up, the European version of an off-roader, complete with rugged interiors and paneling, with a 75-horsepower 3-cylinder engine. The car goes on sale late this summer in Europe, but is unlikely to be adapted for US sales. For a complete gallery and more information, visit the Auto Blog website.
Our friends over at Cars.com posted this list of reasons you should stop your car, and we have to agree.
- Medical Emergency
- Lack of Visibility
- Any Loud or Sudden Noise
- Temperature or Oil Light Comes On
- Sudden Change in Handling
- Steam Coming From Engine
- Blue Lights
You’ll find the complete article, with a lot of valuable information, by clicking here.
What are your rules for stopping the car?
Critics may be universally panning the latest Die Hard flick, but that doesn’t mean the action isn’t worth a watch. That’s because over 130 cars were destroyed during production, in what some writers are calling the “John McLane treatment.” Take that Bond! Watch some of the action below in the film’s official movie trailer.
Photography via The Telegraph.
Bonjour! Have a cool £1.3 million in your pocket? Then head on over to Paris to bid on these classic beauties. Just part of the 16 car Charles H Brown collection going for sale at Bonhams.
Ah, the Super Bowl. The food, the game, the half-time show, but most importantly the commercials. Remember last year’s Darth Vader? Here’s a few of our favorites from Hyundai, Toyota, Audi, and Cars.com.
Hyundai inspires a boy to build his dream team.
Audi makes a teen’s prom night awesome.
Hyundai Turbo allows you to bypass the ugly.
Toyota’s Genie isn’t very understanding.
Cars.com removes the drama from the car purchase process.
You can watch all of the ads on the Huffington Post website.
Dream of miles of hairpin turns set in the valley of a mountain range? Then you need to plan a visit to Romania, ASAP. The road is known as the Transfăgărăşan, set among the Transylvanian Alps. To see a video of the drive done by the BBC Top Gear hosts, head on over to the Huckberry website.
Forbes has published its annual list of Best Cars for Commuters. I’m happy to see one of our cars, the Volkswagon Golf, is on the list. As well as a few cars owned by family members. Here’s five of our favorites.
Volkswagon Golf, starts at $18,095
Toyota Prius, starts at $24,200
Nissan Leaf, starts at $27,700
Lexus IS 250C, starts at $46,890
Audi A6 sedan, starts at $42,500
To see the full list, check out the article on Forbes: Best Cars for Commuters.
The all-new 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray was unveiled last night at the Detroit Auto Show, resulting in worldwide feelings of envy and awe.
Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model’s first overhaul in nine years. It contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.
But for Corvette, this isn’t about statistics. “It’s more than just a sports car,” said GM design chief Ed Welburn. “It’s an emotion. It’s a passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life.”
For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units sold in 2012.
Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour after the reveal. Autos AOL, 13 Jan 2013.
Set aside all the fancy specs and details, and what you have is one beautiful machine. We can’t wait to see it in person.
Image via Autoblog.