Specialty cars

Rare Maserati gets rare drive at Laguna Seca

Maserati Tipo 151

The last Maserati Tipo 151, one of only three made, will be driven by Derek Hill in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Maserati is this year’s featured marque and will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the motorsports gathering. Derek Hill is the son of former world titlist Phil ... Read More »

Pontiac Aztek: Reviled, revered, cult classic

The Pontiac Aztek is often cited as the worst car in history. Its owners disagree.

The Pontiac Aztek is likely the most maligned car in modern history. Like the Ford Pinto, Chevrolet Vega and Yugo it has been described as the ugliest car ever built and the worst car ever made. Sometimes, the criticism cut deep. One reviewer said of the Aztek, said: “The styling of the car is its ... Read More »

3-wheel Elio interest soars, 3,000 more reserved

Overhead views of the Elio Motors concept vehicle.

It’s still a year away from its projected public debut, but interest in the Elio Motors’ three-wheel vehicle continues to flourish — at least according to the manufacturer’s website. In early February, the website announced reservations for 84 mpg, 55-horsepower machine had reached 10,000. Six weeks later, the reservation total is approaching 13,000. Deposits from ... Read More »

Kaiser-Darrin: Odd, elegant sports car in demand

The short-lived Kaiser-Darrin is unlike any other sports car.

I’ve been fascinated by the Kaiser-Darrin for the past several years. It looks unlike any other sports car. Its prototype debuted in 1952 and it was available in dealerships two years later Built from fiberglass, the Kaiser-Darrin is both odd-looking and elegant. It has odd-shaped front grille, sliding doors and its was the second carmaker ... Read More »