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Seinfeld Gets To Drive The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made

This is a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S, often named the most beautiful car ever made. I spent two hours with it, before it went (of course) to Jerry Seinfeld.

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Now, Jerry Seinfeld doesn't own this car, and nor has he announced he'll be buying it. It's going to be a feature car in an upcoming episode of his web show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Having pored over every line on this long, low car, all I can say is: lucky bastard.

So if Jerry doesn't own the car, why is it in the Classic Car Club of Manhattan, and why is it on Ohio plates? The staff at CCC Manhattan let me know that this car came in from Ohio just to be in Seinfeld's show and would only be in town for a few nights. They were just keeping the thing out of the weather, though that didn't stop them from making a particularly cruel April Fool's joke that they'd added it to their rental fleet.

I got to have two hours alone with the car yesterday afternoon and holy crap I may have never seen a more beautiful car in my life.

Modern cars, even the most elegant sports coupes, have big wheels that are set close together for good handling and good grip. This means that when the designers clothe the car in sheetmetal, the curves become sharp, abrupt, and a little exaggerated. They look great up close and in pictures, but out in the real world they end up a little scrunched.

That does not happen with the Miura. Its curves aren't rushed in any way - they take time to develop. The front bumper line wraps around the lights and slowly rises up over the front wheels, then slowly falls back down again. The same line keeps slipping back past the doors and only barely lifts to clear the rear wheels. Then it just tapers off into the wind after that.

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You really can't see how beautiful the front fenders are in one picture; you need to see how the light plays across them. Just watch this light pool over the back of the front left fender and you'll see what I mean.

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Yes, the paint looks like liquid. Let's have another gander at light playing on the hood, shall we?

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The owner has done a very, very good job of keeping this thing up. The interior, for instance, was beyond minty. There's no way this car left the factory with so nice a cabin.

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Of course there's an open gated manual. Paddles were not on the options list.

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Just behind those headrests is a pane of glass. Just behind that pane of glass is a 3.9 liter V12 mounted sideways and producing something around 370 horsepower. What's completely bonkers is how little space the huge lump takes up in the car. The whole thing fits in this space here.

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This makes the whole car rather wide. It's not quite flounder proportions, but it's getting there.

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In that shot you can also see how far inset the wheels are from the broad bodywork. Stancenation would not approve.

I think they'd like the wheels, though.

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And look at how meaty those tires are. Actually, just behind those rear tires is one of the little quirks of the car. You'll see in the next picture that the exhaust pipes do not meet the exhaust tips.

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Another fun little detail is that the lower air intake doesn't really go anywhere.

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That Ferrari 458 was starting to look pedestrian as I circled the car over and over.

Oh, and check out the fins on the upper edge of the door. The door handle is down at the bottom of the frame.

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That reminds me of the most well-known flaw of the Miura: massive high speed lift at the front. Why? When you open the front hood you see that the only stuff up there is the gas tank and space for your legs.

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That all just reminds you that the Miura isn't really a car. It's a low-flying spaceship.

When you pore over it for a few hours, you realize it doesn't even trigger the synapses in your brain that say 'nice car.' It feels like the first time you heard about dinosaurs, or watched a building demolition. The whole thing is just unreal.

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I can't imagine driving one. I'd die of joy. Or it would spear off the edge of a cliff at 170 and burst into flame.

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Not a bad way to go.

Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

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A Ride In A Ferrari F40 Will Change Your Life

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we've got reports from Petrolicious, Autocar, The Truth About Cars, and Vice.

 

Riding Sideways In A Ferrari F40 Changed My Life — Petrolicious

 

Alan Franklin over at Petrolicious recounts a ride he took in a Ferrari F40 when he was just a boy. Shocklingly, it was amazing. Who'da thunk it?

 

Twist the key one notch and hear the fuel pumps whirr for a second or so, then turn it a bit more—a conventional sounding starter motor spins for a moment before a twin turbo, 2.9 liter V8 explodes with a deep and bassy flare of guttural, dry-throated revs far larger than its modest displacement would suggest is possible. Pull the shiny black ball rubbing your kneecap left then back until you hear the chrome stick it sits atop clink into first gear, and slowly let out the clutch—gearwhine and the sound of thousands of tiny rocks pinging against the uninsulated floor are the predominate sensations… until you drop that massive hammer.

 

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The Caterham Seven: Old vs. NewAutocar

 

Hey, the Caterham Seven turns 40 this year! It hasn't changed much since it began life as the Lotus Seven. To find out how it has, Autocar pitted a new one against a 1981 Super Seven Twin Cam.

 

What strikes you straight between the eyes the moment you see the two together is how different they look. They share a wheelbase, but very little else. The older car looks far prettier and more dainty, whereas the new Caterham majors on pugnacious presence.

Its headlights are smaller, lower and further forward and no longer appear like Mickey Mouse ears in the driver’s sightline. The nose cone of the new car is entirely different, shorter and more snub, and at the other end, where the older car carries a spare wheel and tyre, the rear of the new Seven is unrelieved save for, in this case, a pair of go-faster stripes.

 

Snow DriftingThe Truth About Cars

 

When the weather outside is frightful, it's drifting time, motherfuckers. Isn't that how the old song goes? It is when you live in Japan and a buddy is teaching you the art of getting sideways in a Nissan 200SX Turbo, writes TTAC's Thomas Kreutzer.

 

In one swift, smooth motion, Kazu whipped the wheel and with a quick heel to toe movement of his feet pitched the Nissan into the curve. The back end slipped out and the nose of the car pivoted towards the inside ditch. Kazu mashed the gas, found the groove and held the car there on the edge of control as we slipped through the corner. Upon our exit, he straightened the car and raced towards the next curve here he completed the process in the opposite direction. The curves came faster and Kazu continued to navigate them with remarkable skill, the car always on edge but never out of control in his capable hands.

 

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Here's Who's Making a Buck Off Citi BikeVice

 

New York's Citi Bike is about to bring cycling to the Manhattan masses! As someone who's been using a similar program in D.C. a lot lately, I'm excited to see if this works out for you New Yorkers like it has for us Washingtonians.

 

 

 

Ideally, more cycling means less traffic congestion, so it could be potentially awesome for car enthusiasts like us. No one likes traffic.

 

 

 

So who stands to make money off the new program? Vice's Motherboard blog has the scoop on that:

 


This corporate investment means the bike program is actually expected to turn a profit (this is New York, people!) from the fees it charges users. Non-sponsored models, like Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., are struggling to generate any revenue (thanks to expensive operating costs you don’t think about, like redistributing the bikes at the end of the day). Already 15,000 people have signed up for Citi Bike, whose pricing model targets tourists and locals alike.

Photos credit Eddy Clio, exfordy, Citi Bike

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