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"Are we there yet?" A question very familiar to parents traveling with children in the car. But it also is a question anxiously being asked by drivers and their passengers during what we keep hearing is this transitional time of personalized, automotive transportation. Once we get there, we're told, our cars will be driving themselves. All we'll need to do is to tell the vehicle where we desire to be and then ride along as we are whisked along in a vehicle that emits no pollution, nor will it crash because it will be in constant communication with all the vehicles around it whether it is hurrying down the highway or simply carrying us to work or play, or school or the store. We aren't there yet, but those who produce our vehicles assure us that we are getting closer. One of the ways they make such assurances is to give us glimpses of that future in the form of concept or "dream" cars, 3-dimensional previews of where they see "there" to be. But more than shapes designed to draw our attention, these dream cars are just as much, perhaps even more so, about technological advancements. Such blending of design and engineering has accelerated in the 21st Century as automakers - those in business for decades and those quite new to the enterprise - seek to inspire customers with styling that can range from purely practical, small but roomy vehicles, to those that are sleek and sexy, but all of them showcasing technology designed to make driving safer, cleaner, and even more fun. The mission is to lower emissions, reduce congestion, even eliminate collisions while assuring the individual mobility that has made the automobile such a powerful and influential part of a modern life and lifestyle that is reaching into every geographic part of the planet Are we there yet? Not quite, but is book's aim is to offer a glimpse of what might be once we arrive.
A very hard hitting, thought provoking, yet humorous guide for getting into the collector car "industry" (it's beyond a hobby ), staying there and exiting happy. All three without getting miserable/burned/killed. Contents includes: How to Buy as an investor, as a dealer, as an enthusiast - at local, national or even international auction, on eBay, from a bricks and mortar shop, privately, domestically and abroad. How to Sell as an investor, as a dealer, as an enthusiast, etc. How to Enjoy being an owner: Commute, Show, Tour, Race. Funding: Who has money to lend? Insurance: How to save but remain secure. Maintenance: Tricks to save costs. Downsizing versus upsizing: This may surprise you Survival: How to believe in not restoring your car. Restoration: How to believe in restoring your car and only get killed a little bit Storage: Understand what it does to and for your car. Shipping and delivery tricks. How to join a club: Use it to your advantage. Freebies and discounts everywhere: How to find them. How to read appraisals, value guides and the small print. How to value your collector car. Interviews with major industry players on all aspects and thus offering a wide range of point and counterpoint.
Sports cars make up one of the most beloved automotive genres for car fans. From towering icons like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Corvette to everyman sportsters from Triumph, MG, Sunbeam, and Miata to oddballs like Crosley, Sabra, and DB, sports cars inspire passion and strong opinions as few other vehicles on the road could. This book, "365 Sports Cars You Must Drive," provides capsule overviews and fun facts about the greatest, oddest, most beautiful, and most ill-considered sports cars of all time. How many have you driven, dreamed about, or shuddered at the thought of?
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