Dick Van Dyke's flying car returns. A retired NYPD police sergeant (who doubles as John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band) spent five years building a replica of the movie car. Although it was an Ian Fleming kids' book, there was a real 1920s Chitty, and my daughter and I took it for a spin in 1999.
Gas is cheap... so SUVs are hot. Even Maserati has one at the New York International Auto Show. But Hyundai's ultra-green Ioniq lineup is on display, as is the new Prius Prime-- a plug-in hybrid with 22 miles of electric range.
Old race cars are holes into which you pour money, and forget the prize money, but nothing else outside the bedroom offers comparable thrills and chills.
Forget the slow "rulemaking," the feds say, lets start saving lives as soon as possible.
Remember the Fascination, the Exemplar I, the Mohs SafariKar? No? That's because these mad-genius ventures flopped. But the stories are fascinating.
An American genius named Harry Dey introduced the Armstrong Phaeton hybrid car to an indifferent world before the turn of the century. It had a self-starter, a semi-automatic transmission, and could run on gas, electric power, or both.
A Saudi prince just bought the first Speedback GT--for $795,000. It's a Jaguar XKR under the skin, but with the looks of an Aston-Martin DB5 or DB6. In the 1960s, the company was headed by David Brown, and the new company is David Brown Automotive.