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Question of the Week: Who is Your Favorite Auto Designer?

Question of the Week: Who is Your Favorite Auto Designer?

This week we want to hear who your favorite automotive designer is. To be clear, by “designer” we mean stylist, not engineer–that’s a discussion reserved for a future QotW.

To qualify for the first prize $25 BaT Store gift certificate, answers simply need to list a designer and one or two examples of their best work. As always, your chance of winning (or at least getting an honorable mention) is improved by expanding on your answer. For example, “Marcello Gandini” is unquestionably one of the all-time great designers, but not a great answer on his own–it’s better to provide some context, some detail, an anecdote.

Click through to chime in, and to see last week’s winner and runners-up.

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BaT Video Inspiration: 1967 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

BaT Video Inspiration: 1967 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring

Insightful English narration, quality color footage and very good sound are just a few reasons we enjoyed this ~20-minute period recap of the 1967 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

An eventful, exciting race unfolding over 15 laps of the original, bumpy and barrier-less Green Hell, participating drivers included Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Pedro Rodriguez, Dan Gurney, Jacky Ickx, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Brian Redman, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and more, piloting notable cars such as Ferrari’s 312, BRM’s H16-powered P115, Honda’s RA273. the Mk1 Eagle, Matra-Fords, Cooper-Maseratis and Brabham-Repcos.

We won’t spoil any of the action–maximize the screen, turn up the volume and check it out for yourself.

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The Original & Undefeated: An Ode to the Late Great Cars & Coffee Irvine

The Original & Undefeated: An Ode to the Late Great Cars & Coffee Irvine

Over the past decade or so, Cars & Coffee has come to be a catch-all term used to describe countless early-morning weekend meets all over the world. These casual, loosely-organized events are open to all types of machines, their drivers and admirers, and without exception, every one of the hundreds we’ve attended across dozens of states has been worth the trip.

For many, Cars and Coffee has become inseparable from the hobby itself, as important to the enjoyment of cool vehicles as driving, wrenching, collecting, researching or any other component of our shared obsession. A good CnC offers not only the chance to set your alarm to an ungodly hour for a sixth day, but to get out and drive, to meet likeminded people, to learn new things, and to walk around a parking lot with a croissant ogling interesting cars.

But where did it all start? At a very large Taco Bell, or as it was known previously, Ford Premier Automotive Group HQ in Irvine, Orange County, California.

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Yesterday’s comments of note

A few of the comments that stood out to us yesterday:

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BaT Auction: 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R

BaT Auction: 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R

This 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R is finished in Black Pearl Metallic over a cloth interior and was imported to the US in 2017 by the current owner. The car reportedly left the factory in August 1989 and was sold to Takao Ishihara, the proprietor of Rocky Porsche in Osaka, Japan. The twin-turbo RB26 inline-six is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. The current owner has added approximately 3k kilometers over the last two years, and more than $8k in service was performed during that period by Z Car Service and Boardwalk Nissan. Work included mounting four new tires, new brake pads and rotors, and more as outlined below. Now showing 75k kilometers (~47k miles), this R32 Skyline GT-R is offered by the current owner’s mechanic in Livermore, California with importation documents, service records, and a clear Montana title.

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BaT Auction: 1991 Acura NSX 5-Speed

BaT Auction: 1991 Acura NSX 5-Speed

This 1991 Acura NSX remained with its original owner in North Carolina until 2017 and was purchased by the seller and his father later that year. Power is from a 3.0-liter VTEC V6 paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle, and work in February 2019 included installing a new Science of Speed clutch and replacing the battery. Finished in Formula Red over black leather, this NA1 NSX shows 51k miles and is now offered with an owner’s manual, service records from the last two years, a clean Carfax report, and a clear Washington State title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1971 Ford Capri B-Sedan Race Car

BaT Auction: 1971 Ford Capri B-Sedan Race Car

This 1971 Ford Capri was converted into a race car by a previous owner and has been campaigned in events with several organizations since the 1990s. The car was purchased by the seller in 2016 and subjected to a rotisserie refurbishment in blue between 2016 and 2018. Power is from a 2.0-liter inline-four featuring dual Weber 45 DCOE carburetors and paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4.11:1 Quaife differential. Additional equipment includes a roll cage, a Cobra racing seat, fire suppression equipment, MSD and Mallory ignition components, an ATL fuel cell, and more. This Capri was last on track in March 2019 and is now offered with SCCA and VARA logbooks, spares including wheels, an engine block, and body panels, partial service records, and a California bill of sale.

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BaT Auction: 2009 Ariel Atom 3

BaT Auction: 2009 Ariel Atom 3

This 2009 Ariel Atom 3 is powered by a supercharged 2.0-liter K20A inline-four mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle. The exposed tubular steel chassis is finished in silver, and equipment includes black and clear exterior panels, Kirkey seats, and a custom aluminum floor. The seller acquired it a year ago, and maintenance in his care included new fluids, tires, and a battery. This Atom 3 shows 2,500 miles and is now offered in Canton, Georgia with a bill of sale.

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BaT Auction: 2002 BMW M3 Convertible 6-Speed

BaT Auction: 2002 BMW M3 Convertible 6-Speed

This 2002 BMW M3 convertible is finished in Steel Gray Metallic over a black leather interior and powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The car features heated front seats, a leather M steering wheel, fog lights, and automatic climate control. Modifications include a Gruppe M intake, an aftermarket exhaust system, ISC Suspension coilovers, a CSL-style front lip, LED halo lights, and more. The seller acquired the car from its third owner in summer 2018 and has since added 1,800 of its 67k indicated miles. This E46 M3 convertible is offered with a factory hardtop, a Carfax report, and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1962 Plymouth Fury Hardtop

BaT Auction: 1962 Plymouth Fury Hardtop

This 1962 Plymouth Fury 2-door hardtop was manufactured in Los Angeles, California and was sold new at Lester G. Lawrence Chrysler-Plymouth in Walnut Creek, California. Said to have been sourced from Arizona, the car underwent a cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment shortly following the seller’s acquisition in 2014, with work including a repaint, interior refresh, powertrain rebuild, and more. Power comes from a rebuilt V8 bored to 426ci and backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. This Fury is now offered with records, photos taken during the refurbishment process, an FCA production record, factory books, and a clean Michigan title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 1984 Porsche 944

BaT Auction: 1984 Porsche 944

This 1984 Porsche 944 is finished in Platinum Metallic over a brown interior and powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four paired with a 5-speed manual transaxle. Features include color-matched Fuchs wheels, Porsche script seats, cruise control, and more. The car was registered in Minnesota from new until being acquired by the selling dealer in 2018, and a service the following October is said to have included an inspection, oil change, and coolant flush as well as installation of a new fuel filter and spark plugs. This 944 is offered by the selling dealer with manuals, a jack and tools, a Carfax report, and a clean Minnesota title. 

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BaT Auction: 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III

BaT Auction: 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mk III

This Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III was built between February and May 1964 and is #850 of 1,390 “Phase 1” examples produced according to the seller. The car reportedly remained with its original owner until 1989, when it was placed in warehouse storage by its second owner until acquired by the seller in July 1998. Finished in green and ivory over a tan interior, it is powered by a 2,960cc inline-six mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Modifications include a spin-on oil filter and an aftermarket valve cover. An oil change and tune-up were performed in July 2018. This BJ8 is offered with owner’s and shop manuals, period literature, service records from 1998 on, a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate, car show awards, and a clean Washington State title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 27k-Mile 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL

BaT Auction: 27k-Mile 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL

This 1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL shows just 27k miles and is finished in Lapis Blue Metallic over gray leather. Power comes from a 5.0-liter M117 V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, and modifications include Penta-style wheels, lowering springs, and an aftermarket steering wheel. The selling dealer acquired the car two years ago, reportedly from the original owner. An inspection was performed in preparation for sale, and new brake and suspension components were also installed along with new tires. This long-wheelbase W126 is now offered with a stock steering wheel, a clean Carfax, and a clean California title.

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BaT Auction: 1976 Honda CB750 K6 at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1976 Honda CB750 K6 at No Reserve

This 1976 Honda CB750 K6 reportedly remained with its original owner until 2016 and was recently acquired by the selling dealer from the second owner. Powered by a 736cc OHC inline-four paired with a 5-speed transmission, the bike features a 4-into-1 exhaust system, aftermarket air filters, and sport handlebars with gel grips. It had been in longterm storage when acquired by the previous owner, who rebuilt the carburetors and adjusted the valves, cam chain, and ignition timing. The seller recently installed new tires, an AGM battery, and a new flasher unit. This CB750 is now offered at no reserve with the owner’s manual, factory tool kit, removed parts, and a clear Wisconsin title.

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BaT Auction: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

BaT Auction: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro

This 1970 Chevrolet Camaro has been refinished in Hugger Orange over a refurbished black vinyl interior and is powered by a replacement 396ci V8 paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Features include a cowl-induction hood, a black vinyl roof, rally stripes, bucket seats, and a 12-bolt Positraction rear axle. This Camaro was acquired by the selling dealer in early 2019 and is now offered with a clean Florida title.

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BaT Auction: 1976 Volvo 244DL at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 1976 Volvo 244DL at No Reserve

This 1976 Volvo 244DL is finished in green over a brown interior and features a 2.1L inline-four backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. This early DeLuxe trim model features single-round headlights, 14″ Volvo turbine alloys, a Volvo Microprocessor AM/FM digital radio, chrome door mirrors, and more. The car was reportedly kept in New Jersey before moving to North Carolina in 2008, and was acquired by the seller earlier this year. Work under current ownership included new tie rods, motor mounts, and a servicing of the air conditioning system. This 244 is being offered at no reserve with service records, a spare set of wheels, and a clean North Carolina title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 23k-Mile 2001 Qvale Mangusta

BaT Auction: 23k-Mile 2001 Qvale Mangusta

This 2001 Qvale Mangusta was purchased new from British Motor Car Distributors in San Francisco, California, and reportedly remained with the original owner until the seller’s acquisition three years ago. Production of the Mangusta totaled 284 units, and this example is one of 55 which paired an automatic transmission to the Ford 4.6L V8.  The car is finished in Midnight Black over a Tobacco Connolly leather interior and is equipped with a 3-mode Roto-Top roof, double wishbone suspension front and rear, and Brembo brakes. This Mangusta is offered with factory literature, service records, a clean Carfax report, and a Georgia title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 22k-Mile 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor

BaT Auction: 22k-Mile 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor

This 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor was first sold in December 1998 by Ertley MotorWorld of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and remained with its original owner until October 2018. The car shows 22k miles and is finished in Bordeaux Red over a Parchment leather interior. Power comes from a supercharged and intercooled 2.3-liter inline-four paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission, and features include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, a factory stereo, and a glass sunroof. An inspection and oil change were reportedly performed in November 2018. This W202 is offered by the selling dealer with a window sticker, manuals, a car cover, a clean Carfax report, and a New Jersey title.

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BaT Auction: 2006 Mini Cooper S 6-Speed at No Reserve

BaT Auction: 2006 Mini Cooper S 6-Speed at No Reserve

This 2006 Mini Cooper S is equipped with the John Cooper Works kit and was purchased by the seller on BaT in October 2017. The car wears a repaint in Pepper White and is powered by a supercharged 1.6L inline-four mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle with a limited-slip differential. A new factory engine was installed approximately 20k miles ago, and servicing during the seller’s ownership reportedly included fluid changes, a power steering hose, drive belt tensioner, and new brake pads and discs. This R53 is now offered at no reserve with a North Carolina title in the seller’s name.

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BaT Auction: 30-Years-Owned 1968 Pontiac Firebird

BaT Auction: 30-Years-Owned 1968 Pontiac Firebird

This 1968 Pontiac Firebird coupe has reportedly been owned by the seller’s father for 30 years and is finished in metallic blue over a matching vinyl interior. The car is powered by a replacement 400ci V8 paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission, and modifications include a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, Firebird 400 trim, a 1967 front valance, and more. This Firebird is offered by the seller on behalf of his father with transferable New York registration.

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