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Rare Rides: The 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, Not Actually Named Aerocoupe

Rare Rides previously examined a rare Grand Prix. It was from a Pepsi contest and separated from the coupe you see here by only three years. Today we consider the end of an era for Grand Prix, with the very special 2+2. Pontiac’s full-size V8 Grand Prix coupe debuted for the 1962 model year as […]

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Rare Rides: A Luxurious Lancia Aurelia From 1953

Rare Rides recently featured this car’s successor — the lovely Zagato-built Flaminia coupe from 1965. Today we’ll jump a decade prior and take a look at Lancia’s flagship offering from the Fifties. Introduced for 1950, Lancia’s Aurelia was an attempt to branch into a new segment for the brand. Though Lancia offered large family cars in the past, […]

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Rare Rides: The Very Rare 1982 Mazda 626 Two-door Sedan

Today’s Rare Ride is boxy, brown, and well-equipped. It’s an unpopular variant of a less-than-mainstream midsize car of the Eighties. And at 38 years old, it’s managed to escape the rusty fate to which most all of these succumbed long ago. Let’s check out the 1982 Mazda 626. Mazda’s first 626 carried the name Capella […]

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Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO – Eighties Exotica and a Childhood Toy Story

Today’s Rare Ride is a seriously sporty evolution of Ferrari’s well-known 308 GTB. Built as a homologation special, the 288 GTO was one of the most exclusive vehicles Ferrari produced in the Eighties. It’s a car which became relevant to me this past weekend, when a rusty example was unearthed in my parents’ backyard. The […]

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Rare Rides: A 1990 Oldsmobile Troféo – Last of Personal Luxury

Today’s Rare Ride is one of those last-of moments for a historical nameplate. For nearly 40 years, Toronado was the luxurious coupe flagship of the Oldsmobile brand. But changing consumer tastes and a thinning of the herd at General Motors meant that, by 1990, the Toronado name was not long for the world. Let’s talk […]

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Rare Rides: The Practical and Luxurious 1979 Mercury Zephyr Villager

Today’s Rare Ride comes from a time when the family wagon segment was alive and well and Ford was eager to use its brand new Fox platform on as many vehicles as possible. Presenting the wood-clad Mercury Zephyr Villager wagon, from 1979. The Zephyr name originated as a line of luxurious Lincoln vehicles in the […]

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Rare Rides: The Practical and Elegant Lamborghini LM002

Today’s Rare Ride is one which defies most all expectations of vehicles in its class. It’s larger, more powerful, more exclusive, and more ridiculous than any of its contemporaries. Suitably, it has a raging bull emblem on its hood. Presenting the Lamborghini LM002 from 1990. The very first four-wheel drive production vehicle from Lamborghini was […]

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Rare Rides: The 1984 Ferrari 400 GTi – Luxurious Ruching for Four

Today’s Ferrari 400 took a more upscale approach than its contemporaries wearing the prancing horse badge. The engine was at the front instead of the middle, the seats numbered four instead of two, and the accommodations were more cocktail lounge than race car. Let’s find out more about the vintage Ferrari many fans gloss over […]

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Rare Rides: The Grandiose Cadillac Eldorado Seville, From 1960

A light dew suspends itself on finely manicured lawns as you glide past. Lucky Strike in hand, Miles Davis plays on the radio as you adjust the six-way power seat. At the office, the space in front of the door has your name on it. The year is 1960, the winner of capitalism is you, […]

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Rare Rides: The 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta – Building a Brand

Rare Rides has covered a few De Tomaso vehicles in past, but today’s Italian classic predates all those presented thus far. From 1970, it’s the second car ever offered by its parent brand, and the first model which was produced in a mass quantity of over 100 vehicles. Let’s learn about the Mangusta. The Mangusta was […]

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