Hagerty Classic Cars magazine: Winter 2013
Flight Of The Gullwings
In the annals of automotive history, the gullwing door remains something of an enigma and, until recently, was confined to just three production cars. Ezra Dyer spent time with each.
Second Coming Of Muscle
America emerged from the Malaise Era with a new breed of homegrown muscle, with turbochargers, electronic fuel injection, and oldfashioned V-8s all playing a part. Mike Mueller has the story.
Thrill Of The Hunt
For some car guys, it’s not so much about the destination but the journey. Jonathan A. Stein profiles four collectors whose passion for hunting cars often trumps the cars themselves.
In The Vault
Not all the best cars in the Petersen Automotive Museum are on display. The museum recently opened its vault and Hagerty Classic Cars' Jonathan A. Stein took the tour.
Few places offer up endless icy roads and vintage Porsche 911s in which to drive them. Lucky for us, Hagerty’s Marcus Atkinson found just such a pairing on a business trip to Sweden.
Stories To Keep Us Warm: Here in Northern Michigan, it’s tough not to get a bit down over the notion that it will be at least four long months before we get the chance to drive our old cars again. So we try to pack the Winter issue with stories that are a bit more experiential, even if they can’t fully compensate for actually being able to drive a favorite car.
This issue, we’re happy to have the brilliant Ezra Dyer back, with his take on not just the most iconic, but all of the production gullwing cars — the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Bricklin SV-1 and DeLorean DMC-12. And just for fun, we brought along a Mercedes SLS AMG, the very latest gullwing.
Last issue, Publisher Sass wrote about the dawn of the Malaise Era. This issue, Mike Mueller bookends that piece with the happy ending — the return of American performance in the mid-1980s. It ushered in a new age of automotive athleticism, which we’re still enjoying today. His story shines a bright light on these landmark cars from the decade of big hair and new wave music.
Executive Editor and resident automotive scholar Jonathan Stein continues his “Psychology of Collecting” series with an examination of the thrill of the hunt. For most of us, searching, negotiating and sealing the deal are drudgery. For these folks, it’s everything.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Winter issue without something freezing cold. We’ve already done snowmobiles, so why not ice driving school? Hagerty’s UK Marketing Director Marcus Atkinson journeyed to a former hunting lodge near Sweden’s Arctic Circle, then hopped into one of the most tail-happy cars of all-time, the Porsche 911. The instructor’s initial advice to Marcus? Forget everything you know about driving. Anyone who’s ever done a donut in a deserted snow-covered parking lot needs to read this one.
– McKeel Hagerty