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Last month we told you the story of Scott Fisher and his continuing journey around the United States in his beautiful 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster. At that time, he had just left Nissan’s headquarters in Nashville and was striking out again along some dusty road less traveled. Well, one month, some 7,000 miles, and one nasty encounter with a deer later, the automotive and photography wizards at Petrolicious caught up with Fisher and his Fairlady. The video above is a masterfully shot peek at what the journey has held.

Fisher’s Fairlady is mostly stock with only minor modifications. A five-speed transmission was swapped in from a later year Datsun, a ticker-core radiator for better cooling, and an electronic ignition module and distributor remain his only upgrades. The 1.6-liter inline four with pushrod valves has proved its worth, having never left him stranded.

Unfortunately, Fisher’s Fairlady encountered a deer with its right front fender, hood, and headlight one late afternoon as the sun set in the distance. “I definitely want to fix the damage that my friend the deer helped me out with,” he says. “I would like to eventually do a full frame-off restoration on it.” Fisher says his next dream includes shipping the car overseas after its restoration and continuing his road trip around the islands of Japan.

Fisher has gained a sizable following on his blog at RoadsterRoadTrip.com where he documents his experiences in words, photos, and videos. Be sure to check that out, along with our previous coverage of his journey.

The video above is chock-full with history, life, humor, old cars, and towards the end, the restoration of the oldest Porsche car in existence. The short exposé follows the story of Luciano Rupolo, the grandson of an Italian immigrant who grew up enjoying perhaps the most legendary racing period, only to eventually come across an abandoned rusted hulk that resembled an early Porsche. Turns out, it was something very special.

As Luciano elaborates approximately 10 minutes into the video, he discovered the car wasting away in a repair shop. Years of pestering the shop’s owner, 250,000 Liras (roughly $180) and a scheme about grand theft auto later, the car was his.

Even more years go by before he discovered what he’d actually purchased. After an eye-opening trip to the Porsche Museum, he began researching the car. Turns out, the car wore the chassis number of 004. Since car number 003 has been registered in 1949 – one year after Luciano’s – and cars 001 and 002 are no longer in existence, that made his Porsche the oldest in existence.

He spent years attempting to restore the car back to its original condition. During that time, Wolfgang Porsche himself caught wind of Luciano’s car and offered to buy it. He refused as he felt Mr. Porsche was lowballing his offer. “You keep your money,” Luciano told him. “I keep your car.”

Fast forward to 2012 and Luciano had fallen into a difficult financial time and ended up selling the car. Even more unfortunate is the lack of knowledge of the buyer. Rumors suggest a Swiss collector now owns it – the same collector who owns car number 003.


The Barrett-Jackson Auctions are always exciting to watch. The level of perfection in the restoration jobs, or perhaps the pristine level of OEM correctness in the majority of the vehicles rolling across the auction block can be stunning. The prices these cars sell at can be quite stunning as well with some climbing into the multiple millions range. With all the money and metal trading hands every year in Scottsdale, Arizona, it’s interesting to take a deeper look at what makes cars valuable.

Sure, it can be the rarity of a particular vehicle, like say a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa, but it can also be a culmination of options that make a particular vehicle more valuable than another, despite being similar in quality.

That’s where this infographic steps in. By looking at all 1,397 vehicles sold at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction and crunching a bunch of numbers related to their generic options make-up like exterior and interior color, transmission style, and year of production, the folks at H&H Classic Parts came up with some answers.

Going strictly off the numbers of what options sold for the most, the highest average price would belong to a 1950s era Plymouth with a manual transmission, black exterior paint, and a dark interior. Conversely, a 1980s or newer Pontiac with an automatic transmission, white paint, and a light-colored interior would theoretically have brought the lowest average price.

The reality of the auction is much less ambiguous, however. The highest-priced, crazy outlier that fetched the most dough was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Sting Ray with a red on red color scheme. The lucky winning bidder paid $3.85 million with an additional 10 percent in fees going to Barrett-Jackson. Whew!

Click past the jump for the full infographic

We cover a lot of automotive-related material here at TopSpeed. From the latest and greatest vehicles with promises of fast quarter-mile times, insane 0-to-60 sprints , and the occasional gravel-shredding off-roader , it’s all about the newest and fastest.

But sometimes, you just have to slow down and enjoy the drive — to bask in every last mile of a pure driving experience in a pure sports car . That’s exactly what one man set out to do.

Scott Fisher and his beloved 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster are on a meandering mission to travel the United States in a clockwise fashion, while soaking in the experience on the timeless journey. No schedules needed.

Fisher started his epic journey last spring from his home in Las Vegas after selling his manufacturing business that he ran for 16 long years. It has since taken him over 30,000 miles through the American heartland, rolling over local highways and byways, while avoiding major routes and interstates “like the plague.” And it was all done in his beautiful ’67 Fairlady.

“I knew I needed to kinda’ get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back,” the 45-year-old man says. His journey has taken him north through the Pacific Northwest and over through the flyover states. Fisher’s goal was to stay up north during the summer months to avoid the extreme heat and sun exposure. “[It’s] allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time.”

Click past the jump to keep reading about Scott’s amazing travels

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Another day, another Ferrari 250 sets a sales record. This latest record-setting Ferrari is a 250 Testa Rossa, and it changed hands for what the Daily Mail is reporting as £24,000,000 — that equates to about $39 million.

At that price, it exceeds the previous record of £22.5 million set in 2012 by a 250 GTO, and it triples the price paid for a 1957 Testa Rossa in 2009 . That 2009 sale was also a record.

What separates this Testa Rossa from its brethren to demand such a price? Pedigree, fame and its immaculate condition all came together to make this a very valuable car.

The car itself is Chassis 0704, and it is actually a prototype that was created before the limited run of “normal” 250 Testa Rossas. F1 World Champion Phil Hill helped to pilot this exact car to race wins in the in the 1,000 km (683.5-mile) Buenos Aires and 12 Hour Sebring races. It has contested many other races, including two entrances into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That gives this particular car one of the best racing heritages of any Ferrari still in existence in the private market.

Even with such a long racing heritage, the car is completely original and unmolested. It has all the battle scars of wheel-to-wheel action, but it has very little actual damage to any of the body panels, and the interior looks incredible for a 57-year-old car.

The new owner of the car has not been released, but if you want more info and images of this incredible machine head over to the Daily Mail for the original story.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa.

Source: Dailymail
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How do you think a 100-plus-year-old car behaves on the road? Its pretty hard to imagine something like this is even possible, right? Well, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Jay took a look at a 1910 Buick Bug. The car was delivered by Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum and the test drive is pretty interesting.

The 1910 Buick Bug was built as a race car and drew its power from an overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 57 horsepower. Though that power is low by today’s standards, it was actually pretty good back in its day, and it helped get the 2,600-pound racer to a top speed of about 105 mph.

During the video, make sure that you pay close attention to the its four exhaust pipes, as the spit fire like today’s supercars when the Bug is idling.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the 1910 Buick Bug.

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Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and 2013 marked the company’s 100th anniversary. Even though 2013 is already passed it looks like Aston Martin is continuing its celebration with the unveiling of a new video specially developed for the centenary. This video sums up an unrivaled 12 months of activity and reminds us once again that the British sports car maker is one of the world’s most admired, and desired, brands.

2013 brought Aston Martin’s cars from Henniker Mews to Dubai, Nürburgring to Kensington, Goodwood to Pebble Beach, so pretty much everyone around the globe had the chance to see the Aston Martin sports cars in action, but also to admire then at numerous exhibitions and shows.

This video brings together sports cars from classic roadsters to track winners, cars driven by James Bond and up to the latest Rapide S luxury sedan.

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In 1962, Alfa Romeo launched the Giulia sports sedan along the coupe and Spider versions, which were rebadged and updated versions of earlier Giulietta models (series 101). These models had their old 1.3-liter engines replaced by new, more powerful 1.6-liter engines, hence the "1600" in the name.

The Spider version also had a more powerful version called "Veloce" (Italian for "fast"), and this is exactly the car owned by Mr. Casey Annis and the one reviewed in this video.

Casey Annis is a publisher and editor at Vintage Racecar, so no doubt he knows one think or two about classic cars . No wonder why he speaks so great about this classic Giulia Spider Veloce 1600!

The review was shot right next to the California’s coast,p which if you ask us, is the perfect place for such a great car. If you are a fan of classic Alfa Romeo models, then this is definitively a video you will not want to miss!

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If in the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage he had the chance to review the new generation Ford Mustang GT. In this new episode, Jay Leno went back into the history about 55 years and took a look at a 1957 Porsche 356A Outlaw .

This car is owned by Chuck Olenyk and is no ordinary Porsche 356A Outlaw, but one transformed from a coupe into a classic speedster. Making this conversion required more than 2,000 hours of work, and according to Olenyk, all the work was made in his home garage using all factory parts. The car also features the early 911 Fuchs alloy wheels, which makes the Old Porsche look cool and funky.

Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks of this classic Porsche 356A and if he finds it better than the models Porsche is offering today.

For all of the attention being paid to Gran Turismo 6 , Forza 5 must be feeling pretty left out. So, in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight back, game developer Turn 10 Studios has released a new downloadable content for the Xbox game, called the IGN Car Pack.

Made up of 10 very diverse models, the IGN Car Pack features a wide variety of rides ranging from old supercars like the 1957 Ferrari 250 California , the 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello and the Lamborghini Reventon , to present-day makes like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 , and the 2014 Mercedes A45 AMG ), and old-school classics like the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 , and the 1984 Peugeot 205 T16.

There’s a lot to like about the list, although we would’ve liked to seen a bigger list than the one the IGN Car Pack has. If anything, Turn 10 Studios needs to get its game up to another level because its nemesis, Gran Turismo 6, is doing it these days in spades.

Click past the jump to read about, in our opinion, the best car of the pack, the Lamborghini Reventon


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