The Mini Cooper Sport is a life-affirming blast from the past

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Start up a new Mini Cooper, select Sport mode and the touchscreen cheerily promises ‘Maximum go-kart feel’.

Not so in the original. Here, you’ll find no drive modes, no touchscreen, no try-hard marketing speak. The classic Cooper simply delivers maximum go-kart feel all the time. In a torrid year, no car has made me smile more.

The Mini was never supposed to be sporty, of course. To quote legendary motoring scribe LJK Setright: ‘It was an essentially humanistic concept… not a car for engineers, nor for motoring enthusiasts, but for the people, a car in which 80 per cent was theirs to occupy as they liked’. The people clearly agreed, buying nearly 5.4m Minis over its 41-year production life. It remains the best-selling British car of all time. 

Perfect packaging and clever rubber cone suspension also endowed the Mini with alert, inertia-free handling. And

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The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage

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Well isn’t this, er, special. I’ve barely taken this 2020 Aston Martin Vantage on a true test drive yet, and already I’m confounded. Not by some outrageous dose of the car’s performance, or wondering how I managed to execute some amazing driving feat or otherwise supernatural form of car control I can exaggerate by a factor of five when relaying the story to eye-rolli … I mean, wholly impressed, friends and colleagues. Nope, this is decidedly uncool, and embarrassing: Photographer Jade Nelson and I are standing in a mountain-road scenic pull-off, and we can’t figure out how to open the Vantage’s damn hood.

In fairness, we’ve never previously opened a Vantage’s hood, or at least we can’t recall doing so, and we’ve checked the glovebox for the owner’s manual. Except there is no glovebox—and no manual stashed elsewhere in the car. There’s also no apparent solution: no hood-release lever in

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Automobile’s Staff Picks Its Dream Cars

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Welcome to first installment of Automobile‘s “Million Dollar Challenge,” where each week one of our staffers creates their personal list of dream cars. The rules are simple: What would you buy if you were today handed $1 million and ordered to spend it on nothing but automobiles? We’ll each select at least five of our lifelong dream cars, rather than copping out and blowing the entire imaginary wad on a single million-dollar car, because what fun would that be? However, not every car must be a six-figure collector’s item, either. Up first is staff editor Conner Golden, who throws the latter allowance out the window:

Boy, this sure was an easy write-up. Chronic daydreaming about your ideal super dream-car garage has to be one of the most widespread commonalities between enthusiasts, so breaking down my $1,000,000 binge was as simple as writing up a shopping list for the week’s

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St. Louis Olympics was really World’s Fair with some sports

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first Summer Olympics held in the U.S. looked unlike anything that had happened previously in Europe.



This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows the athletics field at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. The St. Louis Games were the first at which gold medals were awarded to winners, and they remain the only medals made entirely of gold. (Library of Congress, Meeting of Frontiers via AP)


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This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows the athletics field at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. The St. Louis Games were the first at which gold medals were awarded to winners, and they remain the only medals made entirely of gold. (Library of Congress, Meeting of Frontiers via AP)



This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows Myer Prinstein competing at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis.  (Library of Congress, Meeting of Frontiers via AP)


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This image provided by the Library of Congress, shows Myer Prinstein competing at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. (Library of Congress, Meeting of Frontiers via AP)

Or that would happen again anywhere else.

The Games originally were awarded to Chicago for 1904, but organizers of the World’s Fair in St. Louis put up such a fuss about a second international event held simultaneously that

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This Is The Way Electric Cars Should Be

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It isn’t often that one gets to experience the fruits of a Chinese-Scandinavian partnership, but that’s exactly what the Polestar 2 is. This is, as its name would suggest, the second car from Polestar, formerly Volvo’s performance division – a bit like AMG is to Mercedes – but now a sister brand that, like Volvo, is owned by Chinese automotive giant Geely.

Geely also owns Lotus and the London Electric Vehicle Company, producers of the electric London taxi. But like those, Polestar has been given the autonomy to stand on its own two feet and forge its own identity.

The Polestar 1 was something of an experiment for the new company. A limited-run, high-performance hybrid super-saloon with a six-figure price tag and the most handsome of appearances. I’ll hopefully have more to share on that

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The most innovative thing about the Mazda MX-5 is how it never changes

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  • In quarantine, every day feels the same and every month feels more mundane than the last. We’re stuck inside waiting it out, wanting something, anything, to change.
  • But not all constants are bad. Just look at the Mazda MX-5, known by many as the “Miata.”
  • When Mazda brought the Miata to the market in 1989, it was the perfect formula for a little sports car that didn’t pretend to be anything fancy. And because of that, car enthusiasts loved it. 
  • Thirty years and four generations of the car later, the Miata remains the same as it was back then. In a world that’s constantly evolving, stepping into the Miata isn’t like stepping into a time capsule — it’s like stepping into a time that never truly changed.
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In quarantine, everything feels the same — mostly because it is. Weekends feel like weeks, rainy

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Thoroughly modern Morgan: the Plus Four gets a revamp

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When jovial business guru the late John Harvey-Jones visited the Morgan Motor Company in 1990 for the BBC’s Troubleshooter show, he declared the firm “almost automatically doomed” due to its outmoded manufacturing and inability to edge production beyond a quaint nine-and-a-half vehicles per week. The waiting list, often 10 years long, that sometimes resulted in would-be owners being laid to rest long before their cars emerged from the factory really would have to be addressed…

The Plus Four’s minimal cockpit
The Plus Four’s minimal cockpit

Thirty years later, production has soared to a heady 15-plus cars per week (for contrast, Toyota builds more than 13,000 per day on average) and Harvey-Jones’s recommendation to modernise has finally manifested in the most radical leap forward: a redesign of the resolutely retro Plus Four. It’s a key model in the marque’s offering that has remained largely untouched since its introduction in, er, 1950.

Arriving at the ramshackle brick

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Coolest Cars For Sale On Motorious That Will Fan The Summer Sun

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We check out some of the most interesting cars up for grabs right now!

The classic and collector car market is a fantastically diverse tapestry of vehicles from every breed and era. Delving into the classifieds reveals some real gems waiting to find a new home with both enthusiasts and serious collectors alike. Every week we’ll be highlighting the top cars in need of a new home that caught our eye.

2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast Makes For A Great Entrance

When most people think of a Ferrari, they picture something red and likely with the engine mid-ship. If you’re the type of person who likes to smash expectations and break out of the box, but still desire a modern machine from Maranello, this 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast could be your ticket. With a shocking yellow exterior and a big, thumping V12 under that

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Dana White Has Quite The Car Collection

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The UFC man collects more than just fight venues.

Being president of UFC comes with plenty of responsibilities as well as controversy, two things Dana White is very much familiar with. However, you might not be aware the man is also a big time car nut. His collection of vehicles is impressive.

Considering White is reportedly worth half a billion dollars, the man certainly has the means to get his hands on cars the rest of us only dream about driving, let alone owning.

Datsun B210

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Proving White has a slice of humility in him, the man has kept his first car, a budget-friendly Datsun B210. While it’s not super sexy or among the rarest rides in the world, the B210 is certainly worth something, although we’re willing to be for White the value is all sentimental.

1971 Plymouth

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Car Insurance – Find Cheap Car Insurance Quotes Near You

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Why do you need car insurance?

Car insurance is a must if you own or operate a car. Most states require you to carry car insurance, and without it, you face financial disaster if you cause a serious accident and get sued.

Beyond the mandated liability car insurance, it can also pay to repair your vehicle if it gets damaged in a crash or natural disaster, like hail or wildfire, or is vandalized or stolen – if you have chosen the right coverages to be on your policy.

Car insurance coverages

One policy can include several types of coverage.

Some car insurance coverages are required by your state’s law, like liability, and others are optional and provide added protection. Optional means by law you don’t have to buy the coverage, however, if you have a lease or loan on your vehicle your financing company can mandate you carry certain coverages,

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