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Aluminum-bodied 1963 Jaguar E-Type swings into Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno’s Garage brought one very cool cat onto the show in a recent episode. A 1963 Jaguar E-Type swung into the studio, but this is no typical E-Type. It’s a different animal. Not to be confused as a kit car or a tribute to an original, this is a factory Jaguar E-Type, except Jaguar Classic has replaced the body panels with aluminum. At the end of the 3,000-hour-long restoration (1,500 of which were spent fitting the body to better-than-original specification), the car is about 400-500 pounds lighter than a…

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1994 Toyota Supra Turbo fetched an amazing $173,600 at Amelia auction

It appears the introduction of the fifth-generation Toyota Supra has inflated values of classic examples. We say that because this 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo sold for an outrageous $173,600 at auction this past weekend. Let’s break down that figure. A 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo with the targa top cost around $43,000 new. Adjusting for inflation, a new example would cost roughly $74,000 today. Not only has the car held its value, but it’s increased 42 percent over the adjusted figure. Frankly, that’s insane for a car just barely old enough…

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2020 Opel Insignia spy shots

Opel’s Insignia lineup is about to be updated, as evidenced by the sighting of partially camouflaged prototypes. The latest tester is for the Insignia’s Grand Sport fastback body style, which we get here as the Buick Regal Sportback. Opel engineers are also testing an updated Insignia Sports Tourer wagon, which we get in soft-roader form as the Buick Regal TourX. The current Insignia was only introduced in 2017 so to see engineers testing an updated version so soon is unusual. 2019 Buick Regal The reason for the quick facelift is…

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2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450

Ask me if I consider luxury crossovers to be vital to the human experience, and I’d say probably not. Ask me again on icy roads, in the middle of a blizzard, on an interstate in the middle of Colorado, while being massaged in my seat? Different answer. Luxury SUVs have a time and place and sometimes that place is called Vail. Crossovers like the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and 2019 Audi Q8 probably aren’t vital to the human experience, but they do make it better. The same could be said for…

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