Apr 16

Cars: Take A Ride In The Infiniti Q60S 6MT Convertible

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing provided the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Bob Golfen)

The Infiniti Q60S 6MT convertible features crisp shifting and close-ratio gearing that provide the sensations of a proper little sports car. (Photo: Larry Edsall)

Stickshift should be listed as an endangered species, along with African rhinos and black-footed ferrets. With modern automatic transmissions become so much more sophisticated and fuel efficient, and enhanced with such things as paddle shifters, manual transmissions are rapidly going the way of ignition points.

Call me old school, but I fundamentally prefer cars with three pedals, especially those cars with sporty ambitions. But it’s so rare that a premium car comes to me for testing with anything other than some kind of high-tech automatic.

Mar 31

Cars: 2014 Tundra honors Lone Star State with 1794 edition

The 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax celebrates its Texas connection with the 1794 Edition. (Photo: Toyota)

The 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax celebrates its Texas connection with the 1794 Edition. (Photo: Toyota)

Texas looms large in the pickup truck universe, and the domestic big-truck makers each have their own homage to Texas and its history, such as the Ford F-Series King Ranch. Chevy Silverado buyers in the Lone Star State can even get a special Texas Edition package.

Now Toyota, eager to move up in the big leagues of big trucks, has its own top-drawer Tundra model that honors a piece of Texas: the 1794 Edition. Loads of leather, a plethora of features and a mighty dose of Western flair, plus “1794” badging everywhere you look.

Jan 18

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — The Snake And The Mongoose

Anyone with even the least interest in motor sports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Anyone with any interest in motorsports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Nitro-fueled funny car drag racers roared into the consciousness of mainstream America in the early 1970s when two of the sport’s biggest competitors, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, squared off against each other in match races as the Snake vs. the Mongoose, respectively, in what’s considered the greatest rivalry in drag racing history and perhaps the most famous match-up in American motor sports.

Jan 11

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection – 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton

A look at the 1929 929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron “Sweep Panel” Dual Cowl Phaeton that will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

A look at the 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron “Sweep Panel” Dual Cowl Phaeton that will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

When famed industrialist E.L. Cord purchased the foundering Duesenberg automobile company in 1926, he made a simple demand of talented engineering brothers Fred and August Duesenberg: design and build the finest automobile in the world. Cord, who already owned premium auto manufacturers Cord and Auburn, set his sights on Duesenberg becoming the standard of luxury, style and performance.

Jan 9

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500

Lightweight, sporty and technically advanced, the 6C series was a major boost for Alfa Romeo as it established itself as Europe’s most exciting manufacturer of sports and racing cars. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Lightweight, sporty and technically advanced, the 6C series was a major boost for Alfa Romeo as it established itself as Europe’s most exciting manufacturer of sports and racing cars. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This stunning 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta is one of just 13 examples with coachwork designed and built by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the city in which Alfa Romeo was also based. Its rarity and exceptional beauty make Chassis No. 915030 one of Touring’s great stylistic masterpieces, taking the streamlining ethos that become prominent in the late 1930s and turning it into a piece of artwork.

From the steeply canted front grille and fenders to the sloping sculpture of the rear aspect, the Alfa’s dramatic style and proportions speak to the timelessness of great design. The car is presented here in Barrett-Jackson’s exclusive Salon Collection for the 2014 Scottsdale collector car auction.