The Volvo P1800 is a beloved classic, that’s undeniable. Unleash it on a Hawaiian open road and it becomes a way of life. Owner John Patterson drives his on the island of Kauai to and from work and despite its challenges, he wouldn’t trade it for the world. Check it out:
There are plenty of car concepts in the archives, but the space age era has to be the best – and we have the 1950s to thank for it. Back then there were people who believed that Star Wars would translate really well into automobile design. We’re talking battle cruiser-style open reactor power plants jutting out the back and radioactive blue glow. But hey, maybe they were on to something. Check out a few concept cars that look like they came from a world far, far away:
This is the 540K Streamliner: a technical masterpiece from Mercedes-Benz. This car was created as a one-off back in 1938 and has been lost, and found since. The mastery lies in the aluminum-bodied machine, able to cut through the wind with some help from its supercharged 5.4-liter straight-eight engine.
This car was all about speed and luxury but it never got a proper debut. The 540K wound up as a tire-company test machine before it disappeared. Fast forward to present day and this ride has been found and restored to its former glory. It’s so good in fact, Mercedes made a movie about it:
Winter may be over but for stuntman Éric Barone’s ride, snow is always necessary. Barone hits the slopes at 138 mph thanks to his revamped Sunn bike. The base for this unique speed cycle is low, long and flat – almost like a chopper motorcycle. To reduce friction, Hutchinson stock tires were pumped up to four bars of pressure lifting the rubber off the snow. With a thin front fork, wind resistance is at a minimum so Barone can fly. Check out the video below to see what makes this bike (and Barone) tick:
When you first lay eyes on the teardrop shaped Talbot-Lago, some feelings are bound to surface. Maybe it reminds you of a car you used to know or one you’d like to drive yourself. Many say the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150 CS is one of the most beautiful cars of all time and we agree. If you still need some convincing, watch below. Enjoy.