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Lamborghini Miura Untamed

Petrolicious catches up with Dennis Varni, owner of a 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S since 1979.

Varni tells the story of falling in love with the Miura at first sight back in the late ’60s:

These things were $19,000 new in those days, and I’d just bought a house with my wife for $11,000 in 1966, and I said, ‘I’ll never be able to own one of these’.

Though buy one he did. Rather seems to enjoy driving it too.


And Now for Something Completely Different: The 1968 Howmet TX

Petrolicious profile the first turbine-powered car to win a race, the Howmet TX.

The first Howmet car was so interesting that it was different and you had to rethink everything you were doing to built it, so that was a challenge. It’s the only turbine car to have won a race. It ran in the endurance races at that time, racing against the GT40 Fords and the Porsche factory and Ferrari teams. For an experimental car with a turbine engine in it, we were pretty proud of that.

The sound this thing makes…


Discovering the outback in a Citroen 2CV

A short story of four friends driving 5,500 km into the heart of the Australian outback in two unlikely Citroën 2CVs.


He Built This Alfa Romeo Giulia, It Built His Career

The good folk at Petrolicious profile Dorian Valenzuela and his super-clean 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Ti.

I actually used it as a resume piece for getting the job at Singer (Vehicle Design). I’m pretty sure it’s what got me the job…



Solitary supercar. The BMW M1.

Petrolicious profile BMW’s one and only supercar, the straight-six M88/1-powered M1.


1988 Ferrari Factory Visit Proves Kids Can Own Dreams

Over on Petrolicious, Markus Haub recounts his childhood visit to the Ferrari factory:

In the fall, shortly after Enzo’s passing, of 1988 I was on a vacation with my parents in Austria, and one rainy day I convinced them to drive to Italy. Not just any part of Italy… Maranello! It was my wish to see where all the cars from my dreams were created.


Salt Fever

Bob Sirna has taken his 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL to the salt-flats of Bonneville every year for the past 12 years.

A profile by Petrolicious.


The 911's Appeal Is a German Thing


Everybody has their “thing”. For John Willhoit, it’s certainly a German thing. For the past 37 years, he and his custom 1971 Porsche 911T have been Stuttgart’s outpost in Los Angeles County. Whether in his shop restoring classic 356s and 911s or on the road thrashing his own rear-engined machine, Wilholt’s German thing is a good thing indeed.