At Long Last… Lamborghini Miura

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We’ve been doing the cars in 3D thing for five years now and I’ve shot tens of thousands of photo pairs of automobiles and truck. Until now, though, I haven’t come across Marcello Gandini’s masterpiece, the Lamborghini Miura, considered by not just a few to be the most beautiful car ever made. It was also quite influential, being one of the first production midengine cars. Lamborghini Club America president Andrew Romanowski brought his 1969 Miura P400 to the 2016 North American International Auto Show on behalf of the Robb Report, and he graciously removed the barriers so we could get these photos.

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Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Pickup Truck – 3D Photos

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed, at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit, that Jeep will be making a Wrangler based pickup truck shortly after the next generation Wrangler launches in late 2017. Here’s a look at the last CJ based pickup truck, the CJ-8 Scrambler. This is what Wikipedia says about the CJ-8 Scrambler:

The Jeep CJ-8 was a long wheel-base version of the CJ-7, introduced in 1981 and manufactured through 1986. It featured a 103 in (2,616 mm) wheelbase and a removable half-cab, creating a small pick-up style box instead of utilizing a separate pickup bed. CJ-8s used the traditional transfer case with manual front-locking hubs to engage the four-wheel drive. Most had either a four or five speed manual transmission, but a three speed automatic transmission was an option.

The term “Scrambler” comes from an appearance package that many CJ-8’s were equipped with, which included tape graphics and special wheels. Former President Ronald Reagan owned a CJ-8 and used it on his California Ranch.

A full length steel hardtop CJ-8 was made for the Alaskan Postal Service, using right hand drive and automatic transmissions. Instead of the rear tailgate, the steel hardtop utilized a hinged barn door opening to the back. There were only 230 produced and sold in the U.S. It was also widely sold in Venezuela and Australia as the CJ8 Overlander, with small differences including full length rear windows on the Overlander.Steel hardtops used on these postal Scramblers and Overlanders were known as “World Cab” tops.

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Ferrari LaFerrari – 3D Photos

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Normally, we typically post just front and rear 3/4 shots of cars on the front page, making you click to see the full galleries. The Ferrari LaFerrari, though, has so many interesting shapes, slats, scoops, and ducts that it has to be seen either in person or in stereo to appreciate it. Actually, at the 2015 Concours of America at St. John’s I got a chance to see two of them. Ken Lingenfelter brought his and there was another one on display in one of the vendor tents. That was fortuitous as I was able to get shots of the interior and engine compartment (well, you can always see the engine, as exposed powerplants is a de rigueur styling cliche motif for mid-engine supercars).

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Yes, you can see right through the nose of the car.

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When the doors flip open, you can tell that the LaFerrari is based around a relatively narrow carbon fiber tub.

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1988 Lamborghini LM002 – 3D Photos

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There aren’t that many vehicles as imposing at the Lamborghini LM002. A four by four with a 440 horsepower V12 Countach engine, it was intended to compete with the HumVee for military contracts but ended up being a toy of Middle Eastern potentates. My post on the history of the LM002 can see seen over at TTAC.

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Potential Collectible: 2002 Lincoln Blackwood – 3D Photos

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The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was about as big a failure as one will find in the auto industry. Intended to sell 10,000 units a year, it ended up selling less than 3,500 in the one year it was on sale. The Cadillac Escalade EXT showed that one could sell a luxury pickup but instead of a functional bed, Ford gave the Blackwood a carpeted, brushed aluminum lined trunk with a hydraulically actuated tonneau cover that wasn’t practical for carrying much more than the fixings for a tailgate party at a football game. They also didn’t offer it with four wheel drive. Essentially they made a pickup that wasn’t a very practical pickup.

Ford killing it after only a single model year was like a network canceling a tv sitcom after the first episode. It also means that you’ll be seeing Lincoln Blackwoods at car shows for the foreseeable future. I’ve been saying that since the Blackwood was cancelled. Production was low, most of the original buyers were  affluent ($52,000 in 2002 dollars) and it was likely that they were second or third vehicles in those families. That means there will be nicely maintained, low mileage examples of an unusual and rare vehicle.

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Ab Jenkins’ Mormon Meteor at Speed in the Duesenberg Thunderrun – 3D Video


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Getting to see irreplaceable, million dollar Duesenbergs drag race is a rare opportunity, which is why I drove way past BFE to get to the Goshen, Indiana airport, which hosted the Duesenberg Thunderrun, part of the annual Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Festival’s festivities. A special treat this year was a demonstration run by Ab Jenkins’ Mormon Meteor / Duesenberg Special speed record and endurance car.


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Because of an artifact in the conversion software, the 3D version of the third segment starts a bit later than the mono version. Below is the complete segment.

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Ab Jenkin’s Mormon Meteor – 3D Photos

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You can read my two-part series on Ab Jenkins and his Mormon Meteor Duesenberg that set numerous land speed and endurance records, over at The Truth About Cars. Part One is here, and Part Two will be here when it goes live.

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1952 Cummins Diesel Special – Indy Pole Winner -3D Photos

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Clessie Cummins was part of Ray Harroun’s pit crew in 1911 when Harroun’s Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 race. Cummins would go on to make the first practical and reliable diesel truck engines, but he never lost his love of racing at Indianapolis. He entered diesel powered cars in three races, setting a record in his first attempt by finishing the race without stopping, the diesel’s fuel economy was so good. His most impressive attempt, though, ended up being a DNF, because in 1952, with Freddie Agabashian at the wheel, the Cummins Diesel Special set both one lap and four lap records for the Speedway, starting the race on the pole.

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Larry LaBute’s Wheelchair Converted Restomods – 3D Photos & Video

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About 20 years ago, paraplegic Larry LaBute converted a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr so he could drive it without having to leave his wheelchair. Not only did he add hand controls, but he had to lower the floor and widen the driver’s area to accommodate his chair. A lift had to be installed to to pick up the wheelchair and rotate it into place.

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To make room for all of that meant taking out the tunnel for the drive shaft (and significant modifications to the Zephyy’s unibody), resulting in a need to also convert the car to front wheel drive. That was accomplished with a small block Chevy engine, running through an Old Toronado transmission ultimately driving the front end of a Chevy Blazer 4X4.

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One such car would be a major accomplishment. Recently LaBute finished his second wheelchair accessible classic, a 1950 Bentley Mk IV lightweight saloon. The Zephyr had suicide doors, creating a large opening. To make enough room for the lift to operate in the Bentley, which has conventionally hinged doors, LaBute had a frame constructed to which the two doors were permanently fixed. The assembly opens sideways, like a slideout expansion on an RV, creating a huge amount of space for the lift to work. When the doors are closed, however, they look completely stock, as does the rest of the car.

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Buick Cascada Convertible to Start @ $35K – 3D Photos

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Buick announced this week that the new Cascada convertible, another rebadged Opel, will cost $34,915, including destination fees, when it hits dealer showrooms in the U.S. early next year. The Premium edition of the Cascada, which starts at $37,915, gives you front and rear park assist and other safety gizmos.

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