Archive for the ‘Vintage’ category

A Caddy fit for a gangster

July 16, 2012

Al Capone. You must have heard the name before. American gangster. Prohibitionist. An Italian mobster who’s illegal activities rewarded him with endless streams of money. And that’s why he was able to afford this ride back in the day.

Capone was such a powerful figure that his 1928 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan came painted in green with black fenders, similar to Chicago police cars at the time. It was also (more…)

The ‘Lost Mercedes’

June 25, 2012

How do you lose track of something like this? Think it’s normal? Think again because this Mercedes-Benz is expected to fetch more than £1.5 million when it hits the auction block at Bonhams Goodwood Revival in September.

This 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 ‘S’ Type Sports Tourer has apparently been in a single family’s ownership from the day it was purchased new, evidenced by its 1928 logbook. That eventually led to the car’s mysterious disappearance from (more…)

UAE classic cars to get unique number plates

June 4, 2012

A licensing service for classic cars older than 30 years has launched in the UAE. The Licensing Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai, in collaboration with the UAE Automobile and Touring Club, will hold its first auction on the 14th of June, giving classic car owners the opportunity to bid on unique license plate numbers. There will also be plates available via direct sale.

As per the regulations, the cars must 30 years or older, all the parts must be original and the vehicles must pass a technical inspection. There will be six categories: Class A cars will be free to (more…)

An Arab custom Mercedes from the 80s… say hello to Benny-S El Riyadh!

September 4, 2011

Not the prettiest car to look at, but then again it’s from the 80s. This Mercedes started off as a 500SEL model, but was then tuned by Benny-S, a German company. Named “El Riyadh”, this tuned Benzo was destined for a Saudi owner.

The exterior was graced with small touches like badging, different front and rear bumpers, side skirts, Centra Type 31 rims, and red pin-striping. But the real work went into the (more…)

Video: How good was Lewis Hamilton before F1?

August 3, 2011

The year was 2006. A certain Monsieur Hamilton who currently drives for McLaren F1 – with a World Championship title to his name – was moving up through the ranks and racing in the GP2 Series.

During that year’s Istanbul Grand Prix, Lewis put in one of his best ever performances. Lap 2: Lewis spins and drops to 14th position. Watch the highlight video after the jump to watch Hamilton climb his way back up to 2nd place. (more…)

Video: The Monaco Grand Prix nobody wanted to win?

May 30, 2011

It was 1982, a season which contained the likes of Nelson Piquet, Mario Andretti, Keke Rosberg, Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost. Not short of superstar drivers, the season wasn’t short of tragedies either. The season witnessed two fatalities: drivers Gilles Villeneuve and Riccardo Paletti were both killed during racing incidents; while there had been a career-ending accident as well: Didier Pironi suffered massive injuries to his legs in a qualifying accident taking him out of F1 permanently.

The season was full of ups and downs, but the racing quality was nothing short of brilliant. The 1982 Monaco Grand Prix was decided on the final lap. Watch the video after the jump… lovely stuff, I promise. (more…)

Sell a few Ralph Lauren “Polo Shirts” and you could own a garage like this! (w/video)

May 18, 2011

Yeah right, in your dreams! From the man that put the twist on the “Polo Shirt”, comes an exquisite car collection that will blow your mind.

Mr. Lauren really has superior taste. Many of the cars which he purchased over the years have been tastefully restored with every wheel, nut, bearing, etc. brought up to museum-like spec.

And what better way to pay tribute to these lovely rides than by laying them all out at his 2-floor D.A.D. Garage facility, complete with black carpeting and white walls. Hit the jump for pics and highlights on some of the cars at D.A.D. (more…)