Tag: coupes

Rare Rides: The Ultimate 8 Series BMW Is the Alpina B12 of 1992

<img data-attachment-id="1667850" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488.jpg" data-orig-size="1920,1440" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1992 BMW Alpina B12" data-image-description=" https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/es19/essen/lots/r0025-1992-bmw-alpina-b12-50-coup%C3%A9/733419?fbclid=IwAR273u3yv6tt9-SRmbdc4yl22HTp5WbkPHG6cFeICtHVqrl9fr_zUSdfBs4 ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667850 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/f0c7bb257312ed7bd804292dbbc3b1f66225d488-120×90.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Rare Rides featured an Alpina once before: the in-house performance tuner’s take on the late-Eighties 6 Series — the […]

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QOTD: Your Least Favorite Front-drive Nineties Ride?

Last week, Steph penned a QOTD where he let commenters loose on front-drive American cars made between 1980 and 2010. The ask was to pick a favorite from the wide selection; one you’d buy today as new. This week we’re going to take the opposite tack and talk about the front-drive car you like the […]

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Rare Rides: A 1977 Datsun F-10 – It’s Sporty Beige Wagon Time

<img data-attachment-id="1667780" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,683" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1977 Datsun F-10" data-image-description=" https://www.ebay.com/itm/233176860188?ul_noapp=true&autorefresh=true ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667780 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-1-1.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>The Rare Rides series has featured just two magnificent Datsuns in prior entries. The first was a 720 […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Tiny Toyota 800 Sports Coupe From 1968

<img data-attachment-id="1666398" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,1200" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1968 Toyota 800" data-image-description=" https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303072128648?fbclid=IwAR2X-PGy2gIjPSTdFUiYh94w88M-fsQpDEFylK9zwIrEkbiqdmkbzQY7SLE ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1666398 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600-120×90.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/s-l1600.jpg 1600w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>What coupe is 140 inches long, bright red, and was never sold in North America? It’s this Toyota […]

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QOTD: Most Overpriced Non-luxury Vehicle of the 1990s?

<img data-attachment-id="1577905" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="1992 Camry Wagon" data-image-description=" source: http://consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/92812081991001.jpg ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1577905 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg” alt=”1992 Camry Wagon” width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/92812081991001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>For the past couple of weeks, Wednesday’s QOTD posts have asked a simple question: What […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Old Man Garage Queens From the Early 2000s

<img data-attachment-id="1665930" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"Wieck","camera":"","caption":"2005 Chevy SSR. X05CT_SR004","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"2005 Chevy SSR","orientation":"1"}" data-image-title="2005 Chevy SSR" data-image-description=" GM ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1665930 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001-120×80.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/05124481990001.jpg 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Once upon a time in the early 2000s, a special convergence of factors […]

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Rare Rides: A 2003 Mazda Roadster Coupe That’s Not for Americans

Mazda has always been fond of making special edition trims of the MX-5 Miata. In 2003, the engineers in Hiroshima decided to put together something a bit more unique than the usual colored trim/new wheel design combo. Presenting the 2003 Roadster Coupe. Mazda’s original Miata (NA) debuted to critical and customer acclaim for the 1990 […]

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Where Your Author Eliminates a Couple of Coupes

In an introductory post last week, I detailed a couple of cars I was considering as a replacement to my decade-old Infiniti M. The comments (some filled with unusual anger) prodded me to add another car to the list. A week later, I can tell you that two of those former options are absolutely out […]

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Rare Rides: A Mustang-y Aston Martin V8 Volante From 1988

The Rare Rides series is fond of Aston Martin, and has previously featured a Lagonda, Virage, and a bespoke V8 shooting brake. Today we have a look at the closest the brand ever got to making a British Mustang. It’s a V8 Volante from 1988.Aston Martin’s V8 was one of the longest-lived offerings for the […]

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Where Your Author Steps Away From Infiniti

Some heavy thoughts are weighing on my mind lately; some might even call them urges. And those urges are telling me to sell a blue Datsun sedan and get something else. Should I give in? The M35x pictured above has occupied the lone space in the garage since early November of 2013. I bought it […]

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Rare Rides: A Georgia-made Coupe From 2001 – the Panoz Esperante

What luxury sports car combines a multitude of components from other manufacturers with a custom-fabricated body all its own? It’s the Panoz Esperante, naturally.Your author has always put the Esperante in a class with the Qvale Mangusta, which was featured on a previous edition of Rare Rides. In the early 2000s, start-up manufacturers made custom, […]

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Rare Rides: The Mercedes-Benz SEC AMG of 1986

What happens when a tuning company takes an already luxurious coupe and adds more of everything? The answer is this Mercedes-Benz SEC AMG from 1986. The now-legendary W126 sedan debuted in late 1979, a successor to the company’s flagship W116 platform. A year later, the S-Class range expanded to include a hardtop coupe. Unlike its sedan […]

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Rare Rides: A 1965 Brasinca Uirapuru – Say What?

Today’s Rare Ride is a very limited production coupe from Brazil that appears to be very derivative in its styling. But what if that’s not the case at all? Brasinca was a Brazilian truck manufacturer in the 1960s, building heavy duty trucks for the hauling of lumber or delivery of gasoline. It also made parts […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies. Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Classic Luxury Coupes From 1963

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn brings three big and brawny American luxury coupes from 1963. You’ll have to burn one — no exceptions. Ford ThunderbirdBy 1963 Ford’s successful Thunderbird was in the final year of its third generation, which was the last of the model’s smooth, bullet-like styling. Available in coupe and convertible variants, the third generation Thunderbird […]

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Rare Rides: Ooh Barracuda – the Fastback Plymouth From 1965

Today’s Rare Ride is a Plymouth Barracuda, but not the one which generally springs to mind whenever someone mentions the legendary nameplate. Rather, it’s the first of the line. Let’s check out this special fastback.In the early 1960s, a race was on at the Big Three automakers. Ford caused a bit of a ruckus when […]

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2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition: Driving Machines for a Dwindling Market

Toyota’s Lexus Division made 2018 all about the sedan, hoping to remind the buying public that forgoing cargo space is still possible in this day and age. This year, or at least at this Detroit show, Lexus is all about the two-doors, with a drop-top LC “concept” available for perusal, as well as a brace […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Japanese Coupe Action in 1986

Sporty styling, flip-up headlamps, and promises of performance. These three had it all in the mid-80s, but which one goes home with the Buy? Let’s find out. Today’s trio came about from a discussion on the Isuzu Impluse Rare Rides post the other day. Commenter MRF 95 T-Bird is way into Eighties Japanese coupes, not […]

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Rare Rides: Take Note of a 1960 Opel Rekord

Long before Opel became a donor for the badge-engineered Cadillac Catera and Buick Regal, the then GM-owned company shifted its own cars on North American soil. Today’s Rare Ride is a very early example of such a North American offering: It’s a two-door Rekord sedan from 1960. The first Opels arrived on North American shores […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Big Ticket Convertible Time In 2009

Last time on Buy/Drive/Burn, we perused three rear-drive, metal folding roof convertibles from 2010. But some of you seemed less than pleased with the convertible trio. Sad! Keeping this in mind, today’s Buy/Drive/Burn ups the ante with three more convertibles, each costing over $90,000. Today’s convertibles sport luxury makes, rear-drive, and large engines to match […]

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