Not a fan of the wheels, but easy to change (and putting on steelies and selling those might actually net a profit, though I bet the original hubcaps might be a bit pricey). I'm one of the few weirdos that actually prefers the '58s to the Tri Fives, so this is a total NP. » 4/22/14 5:07pm Yesterday 5:07pm

There was a long stretch between Henry II and Bill Jr. where Bill Sr. was the highest ranking family member in the company as a board member, so it's not like it's written in stone that the top office can only be held by a Ford. I'd say it would depend on whether WCFJ wants to step back and do something else for… » 4/22/14 5:04pm Yesterday 5:04pm

Well, an electric luxury car with practical range and good build quality is something they haven't seen to much of, so I doubt past performance is a good predictor of future results in this case. Tesla basically has a whole market segment sewn up for themselves right now. » 4/22/14 5:01pm Yesterday 5:01pm

The Renault/AMC Alliance (later Renault Alliance) is the low hanging fruit, but Motor Trend did once give their Car of the Year award to the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volare - better known as the product of Chrysler's long and tireless search for a way to make the Valiant unreliable. » 4/22/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

The plan in the early 2000s was for all cars to start with "F" - Focus (compact), Fusion (midsize) and Futura (full-size, which they had to rename Five Hundred before launch, due to a trademark dispute), and all SUVs and crossovers to start with "E" - Escape, Explorer, Expedition, Excursion. They soon realized the idea was … » 4/22/14 4:39pm Yesterday 4:39pm

I suppose part of this is to make some use of the time and expense they spent on rebuilding and reintroducing the trademark. They feel Maybach still has some sort of value and don't want to just throw it away completely. Using it as a trim level on a Mercedes is certainly far less risky than relaunching it as a brand,… » 4/21/14 5:43pm Monday 5:43pm

He got the car registered alright, but it's only legal as far as the STATE is concerned, the federal government would have a different opinion. There's still nothing stopping ICE or NHTSA or other federal agency from seizing the car and crushing it at any time, should it's presence be brought to their attention. I give … » 4/21/14 5:36pm Monday 5:36pm

Do you remember when Mercedes' engineers once insisted on calling tailfins "stabilizers" because they were offended by the idea of Mercedes-Benz being seen as following the whims of fashion? Whatever happened to that attitude at the company? » 4/20/14 1:37pm Sunday 1:37pm

I think this is related to current trends in residential architecture - fake dormers, fake stone, fake brick, fake shutters - so why not fake glass and fake hood scoops on cars. Clean, honest, design has been dead for a long time. » 4/19/14 7:14pm Saturday 7:14pm

The Navy will absolutely take women, but they just want to make sure you can complete at least 20 years of service before hitting mandatory retirement. I think 34ish is the normal age cutoff, but they can do waivers beyond that for people with special skills and certifications. However, getting into the Navy and… » 4/19/14 3:24pm Saturday 3:24pm

In the context of the times, the Mustang II wasn't bad, it just suffers in hindsight. It was a lot closer to the vision of the original 1964/65 Mustang than the bloated 71-73 models that came right before it. Lightweight, economical, affordable, based on a mainstream economy car, and even styled to look a lot like the… » 4/19/14 3:20pm Saturday 3:20pm

The ship is still falling apart, most of the historic areas have been unrecognizably gutted, and the worst areas are blocked off with plywood and labeled "crew only". I doubt it earns any money, the current operators had to scrimp and save to put down new carpeting and everyone that operated it before them has basically… » 4/18/14 4:19pm Friday 4:19pm