Foreign Cars

Dare to Be Different in a Datsun 240Z

Posted in Foreign Cars, Import Rides, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | October 12th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Datsun 240Z

If you’re like me then you can tell where an automobile was built just by looking at it. Be it from Germany, Italy, the U.S. or Japan, each country of origin ingrains their own personalities into the cars they build. This is Dave Scholz, and his car of choice is a modified 1970 Datsun 240z. It looks outstanding, produces some of the best noise I’ve heard in years, and must be a total riot on the back roads. This is a great episode of , so make sure to check it out after the jump.


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Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!


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Luxury Car Demand Shortens Workers Holiday Breaks

Posted in auto industry, BMW, Cars, Foreign Cars, Luxury Cars, Mercedes Benz, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | November 26th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Most of us are still struggling with the smoking remnants of a once-healthy economy, but the affluent really are different than you and I. Demand for German luxury cars from Mercedes Benz and BMW has forced the automakers to abandon a long sacred holiday tradition: assembly line workers have historically been given the week between Christmas and New Years as a paid vacation. Now, increased demand for luxury cars is forcing Daimler and BMW to stay open during this holiday week at select manufacturing facilities. Autoevolution quotes BMW’s Michael Rebstock as saying, “We are producing as much as we can and are happy for every additional shift we can get.”

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Fiat 500 Abarth by Hamman and H&R.

Posted in Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Cool Stuff, Custom, Economy Cars, Engines, Exotic Cars, Fiat, Foreign Cars by MrAngry | November 24th, 2010 | 6 Responses |

Fiat 500 Abarth Hamman

I suppose if you throw enough money and development at something you can make anything go fast and look good. Take this Fiat 500 Abarth for example. In stock form the U.S. version is said to have about 170 hp, a figure that seems pretty good in a car that’s no bigger than a roller skate. You’d figure with that much power in such a pint-sized package most people would be feeling pretty good about it. However the tuners at Hamman and H&R are not most people, so they decided to have a crack at getting a few more ponies out of Fiats little play toy.
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Belgium Builds A Supercar?

Posted in auto industry, Bizarre, Foreign Cars, Maserati, Supercars by Kurt Ernst | November 3rd, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Gillet Vertigo 5 Spirit

There are a lot of things I associate with Belgium. Good chocolate is one of them, followed by good beer, even if the fruit-enhanced lambic desert beers are an acquired taste. One thing I never associated with Belgium, until enlightened me, was the design and construction of supercars. Did you know that Gillet, a Belgian firm started by former racer Tony Gillet, has been cranking out street legal race cars since 1994? I didn’t either, since I’ve never seen one up close and personal, or even in photos.

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VW BlueSport Development On Track

Posted in Audi, Cars, Corner Carvers, Foreign Cars, New Cars, Porsche, Sports Cars, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | November 2nd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

VW BlueSport Concept

If and are both correct, there’s good news regarding the production of VW’s Miata-fighting BlueSport roadster. Development is progressing on schedule, and the production version is set to be introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2013. As it stands right now, there will be at least two motor options for the mid-engined roadster, including a turbodiesel and a 1.6 liter gasoline motor good for an estimated 220 horsepower. Even the turbodiesel is said to be good for zero to sixty times well below seven seconds, while delivering exceptional fuel economy. The gasoline motored version should be even faster, at the expense of fuel mileage, and both versions are expected to be offered with either a six speed manual gearbox or a seven speed, dual clutch DSG gearbox.

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Ford Transit SportVan Hauls

Posted in Ford, Foreign Cars, Vans by Dustin Driver | October 23rd, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

The Ford Transit van has a fervent fan base in the UK. It’s the best-selling on the isles and has been for more than 45 years. Chances are if you ever purchased goods in the Queen’s country, they’ve been in a Ford Transit. To celebrate its unsurpassed success, Ford UK is releasing a racy version of cargo hauler: The Transit SportVan. It is positively smashing. The SportVan is based on the short-wheelbase Transit and comes with a 140-horsepower turbo-diesel, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust, and racing stripes. Well I never! Only 100 examples will be made and they’re probably sold out already. Unfortunately, you won’t ever see the rude van in the states. But you just might catch a glimpse of it while you’re on vacation, tearing down cobblestone streets with reckless disregard for its cargo.

Schumacher’s 1994 World Championship F1 Car up for Sale.

Posted in Fast Cars, Featured, Foreign Cars, Formula 1 by MrAngry | October 20th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Michael Schumacher 1994 Championship Car

Are you a rabid Michael Schumacher fan and do you think that he is the two-legged version of a Formula 1 car? If you are, then boy have I got a car for you! Up for sale on is the 1994 Benetton-Ford F1 B194-8, the very same car that Schumacher won his first world championship in Adelaide, Australia. The car features a 3.5-liter Ford-Cossworth ZETEC R air valve V8, paddle shift gearbox, traction control and shift-without-lift technology. Back in 1994 at the wee-age of 25 and with this car, Schumacher began his reign as a seven-time World Champion.
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Cars and Coffee Virginia/DC

If you’re in the DC area and want to check out an exceptional collection of exotic and immaculate classic rides FOR FREE, I suggest you head over to Great Falls, VA to the Cars and Coffee event that takes place every Saturday.

SLS AMG at Cars and Coffee VA

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Toyota Losing Money On Japanese-Built Corollas

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Foreign Cars, Import, Newsworthy, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | October 15th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2011 Toyota Corolla

Welcome to the world of international business: currencies change value on a daily basis, but you can’t re-price your products according. If your native currency decreases in value, this is generally a good thing since you’ll increase profit without doing a thing. Who doesn’t like money for nothing? On the other hand, if your native currency gets stronger, you can begin to lose money in foreign markets, and that’s exactly what Toyota is up against with the Corolla.

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