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Video: NY neighbors turn out to mark passing of 30-year-old Honda Civic

08/07/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Aftermarket, Economy, Etc., Videos, Hatchbacks, Honda, AB-Post

30-year-old Honda Civic named 'Bluey' gets a funeral procession

Few cars get the eulogy they deserve after a life of serving us.

But one 1982 Honda Civic was put to rest last week in Inwood, NY, and got a junkyard sendoff worthy of a lifelong friend.

Riddled with rust, the battered and buckled Honda made its way in a New Orleans-style funeral under its own power along Seaman Avenue near 207th Street, where the car had called home for 30 years. Known as "Bluey" for its once sky blue exterior, the car's owner, Harry Ettling, said he was scrapping Bluey out of fear his feet would push through the floor. Of course, from the looks of it, you could push a finger through any of its quarter panels as well.

Through the years, Bluey survived a three-car accident in the '80s and then was flipped by rioters in Washington Heights in 1992. But Ettling always got his Civic up and running again and kept on driving her. In the end, the hatchback had 170,000 miles on its odometer - which may not impress some, but 170,000 New York City miles is like 500,000 country miles.

As the Civic was towed off, Ettling must have thought about all of the good times Bluey had delivered. When asked about getting a new car, Ettling thought it over. "I'm not getting a new car," Ettling told the New York Daily News. "I need time to heal."

Scroll down to check out the funeral procession (complete with band!) and see a second video interview with Bluey's owner.

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Auctions: Plymouth XNR concept parks on the auction block [w/video]

07/29/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Convertibles, Videos, Chrysler, Special/Limited Editions, AB-Post

Plymouth XNR

The 1960 Plymouth XNR will cross the block next month at the RM Auction in Monterey, Calif.

The one-of-a-kind sports car was penned by Chrysler design guru Virgil Exner, who always hoped Chrysler would include a roadster in its lineup. The XNR featured a powerful six-cylinder engine that pumped out 250 horses and gave the XNR a top of speed of 150 mph.

Ultimately, the project never got the green light, and the XNR was shipped back to Carrozzeria Ghia in Italy, where it was built.

From there, the car's story gets more interesting. A series of owners bought it in the '60s, and it wound up in the Shah of Iran's garage. It was sold again before it disappeared. In the early 1980s, car collector Karim Edde discovered the XNR in Beirut, Lebanon, hidden away in an underground garage. He bought the car and shuffled it around safe houses as the civil war erupted around him.

Twenty years later, Edde had the XNR fully restored. Since it's a concept, there were no spare parts and whatever could not be repaired was fabricated. RM Auctions has not suggested a price the XNR will go for, but we hope its next owner continues the car's legacy.

You can watch Chrysler engineers test the XNR at the company's proving grounds in the video below.

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Report: 10 cities where homes cost less than a car

07/27/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: AB-Post

Things are not getting better everywhere. That's one of the themes in the 247WS.com story that points to 10 American cities where homes are cheaper than many new cars.

The list spans across the nation from Florida, to New Jersey to Ohio. But Michigan catches the brunt of the poorly priced real estate market, with Detroit taking the best of the worst honor by having the median listing price is $21,000 for a house, according to Trulia.com. That kind of change might get you a Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra.

A new midsize sedan in the driveway should not cost more than the house it's parked next to.

In reverse order, here's the list and the city's median price for a home. Sadly, it's easy to pick a vehicle that costs more than any of these prices.

10. Port Richey, Florida: $59,900

9. Holiday, Florida: $59,900

8. Youngstown, Ohio: $57,550

7. Dearborn Heights, Michigan: $55,000

6. Whiting, New Jersey: $52,450

5. Warren, Michigan: $49,900

4. Redford, Michigan: $40,000

3. Gary, Indiana: $39,900

2. Flint, Michigan: $31,950

1. Detroit, Michigan: $21,000

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Video: MotoMan gives Targa Newfoundland the documentary treatment

04/15/2012   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Motorsports, Convertibles, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Videos, Dodge, Mazda, Canada, Racing, AB-Post

MotoMan Targa Newfoundland video

It's been seven months since I crammed into a supercharged Mazda Miata with the Flyin' Miata crew and fought tooth and nail for a fifth-place finish in the Grand Touring class of the 2011 Targa Newfoundland. That amount of time has done nothing to dull my desire to head right back into the fray as soon as possible. While I was there, the FM team spent a good deal of time hanging out with our friends over at MotoMan, and the crew just finished putting the final touches on its race documentary.

The first episode shows off the sweet SRT-tweaked Dodge Challenger the MotoMan guys got to play with. With plenty of suspension adjustments, a full cage and a bare-bones interior, the big white beast was as far from the NC Miata we campaigned as you could get. Watch the clip after the jump for an introduction to a few of the other competitors, including SRT CEO Ralph Gilles, as well as an interview with driver Brandon Fitch and myself. Keep an eye out for more episodes, too.

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