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Chevrolet is preparing to unveil the seventh-generation Corvette , but the history of one of the most appreciated American sports cars began back in 1953 when the first generation was launched. The car’s 60th anniversary is the proof that it was and will remain the top preferences of many car buyers.

While we have no idea what the seventh generation will bring to the Corvette’s long history, we do know how much we appreciate the previous generations. As expected, Jay Leno also appreciates `Vettes of yesteryear, as his latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features a collection of vintage Corvettes.

Alongside Jay is V.P. of global design for GM, Ed Welburn, who offered a few more details on the cars, their history and features. One of our favorite models featured during this episode is that blue 1958 Corvette , which is owned by GM’s chairman Dan Akerson. This model will be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 18, 2013.

While modern-day Buick struggles to compete with the likes of Lexus and Acura , there was once a car with a Buick logo that muscle-car enthusiasts dream of driving. Funny as it sounds now, in its era this car used to give the Corvettes and other high-end sports cars a run for their money. This car is none other than the Buick Grand National.

With a turbocharged V-6 under the hood that helped gain quicker accelerations and a standard black paint job that made the design of the Grand National more intimidating, this car is definitely considered as one of the true muscle cars, during its heyday. To make matters worse, this car peaked in an era where econo-boxes reigned supreme and performance was an afterthought.

The Grand National, in today’s standards, is like the 2013 Shelby GT500 with both cars being a working man’s supercar. So, now you’ll get the big picture how the Buick Grand National was in the 1980s...

With rumors circling that GM is trying to revive the Grand National name for a high-performance Buick, we just hope that the rumor of will come true and spark excitement like it used to back in the 80s.

Click past the jump to read our historical review of the iconic Grand National

The latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features one of the most amazing Lamborghinis ever, a 350 GT , which was the first production car the company made in 1965. The model was limited to only 135 units, so the chance to actually find one in good driving conditions at this point is quite rare.

The car was brought to the garage by Andrew Romanowski of Lamborghini Club of America, whom we spoke to a few months ago , and he offers a few more details on Lamborghini’s first supercar.

The model was previewed by the 350 GTV concept and then unveiled at the 1964 Geneva motor show. It was powered by a four-cam V-12 engine that delivered a total of 350 horsepower and was combined with a four-wheel independent suspension and an aluminum body. The model was capable to hit a top speed of 158 mph. Every one of those numbers are astounding for that period.

Check the video to see what Jay Leno has to say about the 350 GT.

Between 1950 and 1954, the Carrera Panamericana — a border-to-border sports car racing event – dominated the racing scene. Ferrari took home victories in the 1951 and 1954 running and Mercedes chalked up a victory in 1952. Now that 58 years have passed since the final official running – a historical race has been run since 1988 – Gullwing America (GWA) has decided to piece together a pair of tribute cars for Ferrari and Mercedes.

The dedicatory Ferrari is dubbed the Ferrari 340M/C . The 340M/C will feature the F116C-V12, 5.5-liter V-12 engine that Ferrari, with a different fuel-injection system – likely to allow it to run on today’s fuel. Gullwing America strapped a set of headers and racing mufflers to the engine to help free up as many ponies as possible. Mating this classic V-12 to its transmission is an upgraded clutch.

Unfortunately, GWA has not privileged us with the engine’s total output, so we’ll just have to wait for that.

This Ferrari will be carried by a branded Mercedes Benz transporter in a tour around the world. It will make various F1 stops and also be seen at Goodwood and Nürburgring. Stay tuned for more details, if GWA releases any more.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

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Though it’s not a combination of a slick motorcycle and gargantuan, rocket powered beast, the original ’66 Batmobile does require you to wear the cheesy costume if you plan on driving it. Or if you simply want to showcase this great piece of cinematic history amongst your car collection, it will be up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013.

Built by legendary car customizer George Barris, legend has it that this car was put together in just 15 days, though there wasn’t any actual record of the car being put together at that short amount of time.

After being given $15,000 (which was quite a lot in ’66) and the short time frame, like any realist would do, Barris used a Lincoln Futura, which he bought for $1 about a decade earlier, and repainted it black. Sin Sin ce CGI effects were considered a thing of the future, Barris had to fit all the ridiculous crime-fighting gadgets to the car. The gadgets included: the Batphone, the Emergency Bat-turn Lever, the Batray, the Bat Beam and best of all, the Bat-tering Ram. It even comes with a working parachute from a drag racer.

Fancy gadgets and paint jobs aside, this car is a 390 cubic-inch V-8 powered Lincoln Futura. When the engine was in the Futura, it featured 330 horsepower, but the current output was not released. With a "bubble" roof and some futuristic design cues, the original 1950’s Futura concept gave the public insight on what future automobiles would look like. Looks like they got that concept totally wrong from where we’re standing today.

While most people sell their cars at half its original price, George Barris will be making a big fortune when he sells his black old Lincoln Futura at Scottsdale. Good work, Mr Barris...

We’ll update this review with the final selling price once the auction closes.

When you hear about Achim Anscheidt - Bugatti Head of Design - you would probably expect him to drive a supercar like the Bugatti Veyron , right? Nope, he isn’t that kind of guy. Instead he opted for something a little bit more classic, and a lot cooler: a 1981 Porsche 911 .

This is no normal old 1981 Porsche 911 either, oh no. This one is completely gutted and all of the removable panels – trunk, bonnet, doors, front fenders, etc. – are all made from Kevlar. Yeah, you read that right: Kevlar! He also cleaned up the engine bay a little bit and replaced the windows with plastic, which brings the 911’s weight down to a svelte 820 kg (1,807 pounds).

Unfortunately, Anscheidt didn’t let us in on the 911’s performance numbers, but we’ll just assume it’s pretty dang fast.

After watching the video let us know in the comments section below what do you think about his choice: would you drive the 1981 911 or rather take the Veyron?

A few months ago, we let you know that General Motors Chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson, announced he would auction his personal 1958 Chevrolet Corvette . At that time, the official details were not revealed, but now GM is letting us in on everything now.

Akerson’s Corvette is one of the only 510 units painted in "Regal Turquoise". It is powered by a V-8 engine with an output of 254 horsepower, and was the first Corvette model to feature dual headlamps and twin chrome trunk spears. Additionally, it is a hardtop convertible, and features new instrument panels and new upholstery.

That’s certainly makes this a lot more than your run-of-the-mill `58 Vette. Then again, is there really any such things as a "run-of-the-mill" `58 Vette?

"I hope the new owner will feel like their money is going to a good place," Akerson said. "It will help families become more rooted in our community. At the same time, they’re going to have new memories and new fun of their own. It’s not often you can get all of it packaged into a great car, great fun, great memories and that you’re doing something good at the same time."

We’re hopping this particular Corvette will raise more than $1 million - Akerson’s personal donation made in last February for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. The sale will take place on January 18, 2013 at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Morgan has made a habit of releasing tribute models to its cars of yesteryear. Recently, it unveiled its latest tribute, the Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI.

This model pays homage to the Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports, which was first introduced back in 1961. The Baby Doll VI certainly lives up to its name, featuring a lightweight aluminum body, a material that was used on the original.

The Baby Doll VI comes in two color schemes: Kingfisher Blue with matching white stripes and Westminister Green with yellow stripes. The car rides on a set of 15-inch Roadster alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama A048 tires.

Inside the Baby Doll VI, there’s Tillett carbon race seats with Aero Racing logos on the headrests. It also boasts a removable steering wheel, new dash, dials and switches, two aero screens, fire extinguisher, roll bar, battery cut-off switch, and a Baby Doll badge on the back panel.

Under its hood, the Baby Doll VI features an Omex engine that produces 260 horsepower and mates to a Mazda transmission. Morgan installed a slew of other components on this tribute model, including an oil cooler, sports exhaust system with a repackable silencer, gas adjustable dampers, a 4.10-to-1-ratio limited-slip axle, front and rear disc brakes, brake re-action bars, and a Panhard rod.

Morgan is also offering extra options for the Baby Doll VI. For an added cost, you get a high roll cage, a heater, spot lamps, full race-spec brake calipers, and a set of Silver Minilite 7j wheels with 3-eared spinners.

The Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Baby Doll VI comes in at £55,000 (around $87,000 based on current exchange rates), including VAT with no warranty available on the engine, due to race tuning.

Old or new, Jay Leno has always reviewed some of the most amazing cars offered on the market, and the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage show is no exception. He may not have been reviewing a Ferrari or a Lamborghini supercar, this episode is about one of the most unique creations ever produced Stateside.

We are talking about the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, a model limited to only 55 units — 46 of which were destroyed after the project was decommissioned. The car was powered by a JP-4 jet fuel engine that delivered a total of 130 horsepower and was able to get the car to 60 mph in 12 seconds.

Apparently, this is the amazing car Jay Lenos has lusted after since he was 14 years old, so you can imagine that this episode is packed with all kinds of amazing footage: a book review, a road test, and Chrysler’s original promotional video.

Back in 1978, Dodge rolled out a special edition package for its D150 pickup trucks, which were not yet named “Ram.” This new package was known internally as Package Code YH6 and featured a high-output 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carb pumping in fuel. The engine boasted high-flow cylinder heads and an aggressive cam shave and it all hooked up to a 3.55-to-1 rear end. This package, which we all know as the L’il Red Express, only lasted two years – 1978 and 1979 – and saw only 2,188 units in 1978 and 5,118 units in 1979. This makes it one of the most sought after Dodge pickups ever built.

Well, Ram is rolling out a remake of this classic short-body pickup truck in the form of its SEMA -stationed L’il Red Express Truck. Though it is more modern than the original rendition, it certainly pays it homage rather well. It features the bright-red paint of the original, a side-stack exhaust system, and a wood-trimmed bed.

In addition, this remake of the cult classic pickup features 22-inch Mopar rims with gold inserts, a 5.7-liter HEMI engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, gold accent stripes, “Hyperblack” painted grille inserts, and a custom Katzkin (no, not “cat skin”) interior. Sure, it lacks the flare-side styling and the wood-outlined bed of the original, but it is bad-ass nonetheless.

There is no mention of this special edition ever coming to the Ram lineup, but don’t be too surprised to see it roll out in 2013 and 2014, as Chrysler loves running special-edition Rams – there have been plenty of them. One thing is for sure, it would definitely carry a higher premium than the $1,131 price for the original L’il Red Express package.

Stay tuned to find our of Chrysler plans to launch this model or not.


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