December 2023

1950 Dodge in the wild

In 1949, Dodge came out with its first all-new car since the pre-war 1942 model. They were produced from 1949 through 1954 with only some grille changes through those years. For instance, the 1950 model front-end lasted for just a year before another rendition showed up 1951. The post-war cars could be purchased with Fluid Drive, a semi-automatic transmission that reduced (but did not eliminate) the need to shift gears. This 1950 example was found abandoned in New Mexico.
(Photo by Jim Prueter)

2024 Honda Ridgeline arrives at dealers with base price of $41,125

(December 29,2023) The refreshed 2024 Honda Ridgeline lineup that started arriving at dealerships in mid-December, carries a starting price of $41,125 including a $1,375 destination charge. The Ridgeline is available in four all-wheel drive trim levels — Sport, RTL, the new TrailSport and the top-of-the-range Black Edition.

'My Favorite McLaren' celebrates 60th anniversary of the brand

(December 29, 2023) McLaren, the Americas has produced a social media film, “My Favorite McLaren,” in celebration of the brand’s 60th anniversary. The social piece features legendary figures from McLaren past and present highlighting their favorite McLaren road and race cars. From the M6GT to the Speedtail to the 750S, you will learn what McLarens have captured the hearts of these racing industry icons.

New Ford F-150 Raptor R cranks out 720 horsepower

(December 28, 2023) The new 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the most powerful and capable high performance off-road full-size truck to ever run in the sand and beyond, thanks to an updated 5.2-liter supercharged V8 cranking out 720 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. The 20 horsepower increase is achieved with reduced air inlet losses coupled with an optimized calibration that also results in a wider torque curve.

White Collection Porsches bring $30.5 million at auction

Auction saw nearly 1,000 bidders
from 35 countries around globe

(December 28, 2023) BLENHEIM, Ontario, — The Porsche market maintained its robust momentum in December with RM Sotheby's sale of The White Collection, a hotly anticipated auction of the renowned collection of rare Porsche models mostly adorned in stunning shades of white. Bidders hailed from around the globe, with the final sales total numbering over $30 million.

Gilmore gas stations were prevalent in western U.S. into the 1940s

(December 27, 2023) This picture (below) of a Gilmore Blu-Green gas station in California was taken around 1920. The Gilmore Oil Company was an independent oil company in California founded by Arthur Fremont Gilmore after he struck oil on his dairy farm in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles around 1903.

Chevrolet issues software-related stop-sale on Blazer EV

(December 27, 2023) Chevrolet has issued a stop-sale on the 2024 Blazer EV to fix a software quality problem, according to Automotive News. The issue is not safety-related and affects "a limited number" of the electric midsize crossovers, Chevy said, without giving a specific quantity. The stop-sale covers vehicles in transit and on dealership lots.

Mercedes receives approvals for special automated driving marker lights

California, Nevada approve
turquoise marker lights

(December 26, 2023) Mercedes-Benz is the world's first automobile manufacturer to receive permits for special exterior marker lights for automated driving in the states of California and Nevada. The exemption permit for California is for testing vehicles and initially limited to two years. The Nevada permit applies to Mercedes-Benz Model Year 2026 production vehicles and will remain valid until a statutory modification is achieved with the state legislature.