When Karl Schlör hacked up a Mercedes 170H to create his egg-y streamliner in 1939, it was anyone’s guess how good it was. Watch it get put it to the test!
Browsing the "vintage" Tag
Building a new, full-size truck can generate 35 tons of carbon emissions, but Ryan is fighting that by keeping his grandfather’s 1955 Dodge on the road.
This 38 hp smallframe Vespa restomod from Germany makes more power than the new Harley-Davidson Street 500, weighs less than yo mama, gets 90 MPG, and goes like stink. It’s perfect.
With their high-tech balancing software and sensor arrays, easy-to-master learning curve, decent urban range, and almost-kinda-really too-high top speed, Segway scooters should be cool. They are, however, not cool- and I’m talking “probably not even the best thing about being a mall security guard” levels of not cool. What’s to be done? According to Spain’s […]
Kawasaki’s smallest Ninja has been “first bike” standard-bearer for over a decade, if not longer. Still, while the high-revving 250 cc twin and willing chassis can provide some great thrills while you’re on the steepest part of the learning curve, there’s something about the bike’s aggressively plastic bodywork that can leave some people- myself, included!- […]
Zeke is a 10 year-old kid who built himself a custom cafe racer out of a boneyard Honda CB200 with just than a stack of manuals and access to hand tools.
If you live in a big city and spend half your time driving dodging suicidal hipsters on rented Divvys, then you already know what I’m about to say: bicycles are taking over. That, in a great many ways and for a great many reasons, is a good thing. What’s missing, perhaps, from the American bicycling […]
“If you bought a Royal Enfield,” says the knowing voice-over in Royal Enfield’s latest product video, “it was job done. It was king of the hill.” That was the 1960s, when the scooter-riding Mods were regularly face-punching/getting stomped by the leather-clad Rockers across the UK. The Mods preferred meticulously prepared steel-bodied Vespas. The Rockers, however, […]
An incredibly talented, devoted, and patient artist named Carlos Alberto created this fully-functional Vespa out of layers of laminated plywood. In addition to being made almost entirely of renewable materials, delivering thrilling performance, and giving back more than 100 miles of smiles for every gallon of gas you put into it, it is incredibly, unspeakably […]
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the greenest car you can buy is the one that’s already built – and it looks like his Holiness, Pope Francis, agrees. The car you see here is his new Popemobile, a 1989 Renault 4. You’ve got to hand it to the man, Pope Francis seems […]
The suspension, wheels, and brakes are readily available Yamaha R6 sportbike bits that can be found at many local salvage yards. You can find the tank, light, and handlebars at salvage yards, as well. The dash and instruments are all-digital, leaving the awkwardness of the factory original far, far behind.
This is not one of our “Recycled Hawtness” series of posts on restored/updated cars, bikes, and RVs. Instead, it’s an article about a real survivor. A 50+ year old Porsche 356 that keeps on keeping on proves that the materials and energy we spend building tens of millions of new cars every year could probably be better spent elsewhere.
I may be biased, but that doesn’t make me wrong when I tell you that vintage motorcycles will always be cool. As I sit here in the middle of a zero-degree wind-chill Chicago winter’s night, I dream of my old Honda CX500, nestled away in Tym Switzer’s garage, waiting for the next string of 50-degree […]
What you’re looking at here is a steel-bodied vintage Vespa stripped down to its bare-metal frame and set down onto the same kind of lowering airbags used by lowrider aficionados (yes, I just typed that) in the hot rod and chopper communities. In a word? It’s awesome. Built by German hot rod shop Kings of […]
You don’t need to drop down $10K on a new Triumph to get the look and feel of a classic sportsbike – you just need a little help from Benjie’s Cafe Racers, who can help you craft some home-built hawtness of your own.
As a green-tech writer and avid gearhead, I’m often asked: what would you buy? The answer, apparently, is a classic Honda CX500 motorcycle that gets 60 mpg and has a top speed well in excess of 100 mph!
Looking like the steampunk love-child of a Segway and an old English penny-farthing bicycle, Ayrton and Perry’s electric car offered its owners quiet operation and a top speed of 9 (nine) mph – courtesy of its 0.5kW vertical electric motor and 7.5Ah battery. Nine miles-per-hour may not seem too impressive today, but when the Ayrton […]
This week was EICMA, the motorcycle equivalent of the Tokyo, Geneva, and Detroit Auto Shows all rolled into one – and this little beauty was the star of the show. Officially, it’s called the Vespa 46, but they could have glued chrome badges reading “La Bella Macchina” to the side of the little blue 2-wheeler […]
Mike Picard is cooler than me. He’s also cooler than that snobby Shakespearean starship captain I referenced in the title. I don’t know you, but odds are that Mike Picard is cooler than you, too. That’s Mike up there, rocking along in a fully “restored” Willys Jeep … his better than new, military-grade, go-anywhere, home-built, plug-in, electric Willys overland Jeep.
As we’ve said before (again and again), the greenest car is the one that’s already been built. Still, this build is something special: the heavily re-vamped car here took 2 existing cars (which were reasonably green already) and fused the best elements of both to create an attention-getting fun car that delivers plenty of miles […]