words and shots by Robert Turner

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notice the name...
We knew we were getting close. You would think it was the vibe, like some sort of red Ferrari mojo or the full on shriek of a V-12 drifting around the Fiorano test track. No, it was the street signs saying “Museo Ferrari 500M” ahead. The factory and museum are located in what is for the most part a large industrial area. Nothing special, just lots of warehouses and freight trucks lined up for their shipments.

 
 

el jefe

As we can see from the owner's manual, this Porsche 928 S is from the collection of Prince Rainier. It was sold new in Dusseldorf, Germany, before heading to Ticino in Switzerland where it changed hands and finally joined the Prince de Monaco Collection. It was then acquired by the museum and the odometer at that point showed just 67,000km, which is a modest mileage for such a mile-devouring grand tourer. 

 
 

words and shots by Robert Turner

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checking the rental documents
I love Italian cars. And not just Ferrari’s and Lambo’s. Anybody can like those. I love Alfa’s, some Fiat’s, and most Maserati’s. The Italians may not build a well engineered car but they do know a thing or two about design. There are a few misses along the way; take a look at the Fiat Multipla, or rather don’t. I hope you have a strong stomach because looking at one of those may make you want to hurl your lunch. I know it does for me.

 
 

words by Seth Ruden

Since I was of driving age, it was fairly common to be able to pick up an early 944 for about 3k. I've bought a few of them, including my first car purchased, at this price point, and I'm sure I can as many as I want. There are plenty of guys who get them at $500, run chump car and Le Mons and then graduate to spec. In fact, they are outright desirable at the moment and we are most certainly having a bit of a renaissance on them. Jalopnik posts derivatives all the time at this point. But what does that mean for actual valuations lately, are we seeing a nice bump in appreciation as a result? We all feel a bit richer cruising in a Porsche, but does it have legs?

 
 

words by el jefe

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944 with option M416-three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with matching leather gear shift knob/boot
writing this entry gave me a great idea for flüssig. you see some of us, including your feral author, are products of prestigious art schools that never taught one how to interpret the written word. it's a pity, really, that more focus was placed on drawing, painting, and sculpting silly manifestations of creativity rather than learning the most basic of skills that allows one to actually read the words as opposed to laughing at them for lack of understanding; illiterate is the word, I think.

rather than list every option for each of the four models, I thought it best to pair the words I'm just beginning to learn with the corresponding image. by seeing the actual "option" as opposed to visualizing it in your head, it allows one to have a better understanding of what the letter followed by three numbers actually represents. 

so let's begin with 944 opition M416 as a pilot, shall we?

 
 

words by Robert Turner

Brand loyalty. Automotive manufacturers just love the concept. It means that life-time buyers can go from the El Cheapo entry-level car all the way up to the Grand Poobah lux barge, all without leaving the comfort and safety of the driver’s seat of their favorite brand. No doubt the Grand Poobah is probably the most expensive car in the fleet and, I have a sneaking suspicion, also the least fuel efficient car in the fleet too, but that’s okay, because it’s also the most profitable car the manufacturer makes. You know—the one that no matter what the Government of XYZ country does to try to kill it, the manufacturer will keep building that sucker till the nodding donkeys stop pumping oil.