Car & Automotive

Old Volvo Wagons Are a V-8 Swap From Serious Speed

From Car and Driver

From the June 1997 issue of Car and Driver.

“I’m a little worried if you mention Paul Newman,” says Ross Converse, a former aircraft mechanic whose primary business since 1988 has been selling simple kits to slot Mustang V-8s into rear­-drive Volvos.

Converse, a soft-spoken 46-year-old Mainer, is more concerned that Indy-car team owner and actor Newman will be angry with him for divulging a secret: Known fast-car lover and salad-dressing-­and-salsa salesman Newman tools around his home base in Connecticut in a V-8-powered Volvo 960 wagon built by Converse.

See, one of the advantages of having a V-8-powered Volvo, especially in the Northeast, is that Swedish cars blend into the traffic like Toyotas in Tokyo. Cops and autograph hounds normally tend not to notice ubiquitous Volvo station wagons.

The other reason is this: A Volvo wagon weighs only 100 pounds more with an

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Coronavirus is a car sales roller coaster with an uncertain end

With no handy playbook, no precedents for the toxic economic fallout from COVID-19, the only thing predictable about auto sales is now unpredictability. And with viral spikes forcing fresh public restrictions — including in California, the nation’s largest auto market — any automotive recovery seems likely to follow the same topsy-turvy course.

Analysts say the worst may be over. But they can’t be sure. The pandemic drove auto sales to a sickly, 30-year-low in April, as Americans bought just 633,000 cars — down 53% from April 2019, and worse than any sales month of the Great Recession in 2009. 

June brought a few rays of hope. But June’s annualized selling rate of 12.9 million units was still a stark reminder of the booming 17.2-million pace of the previous June. Second-quarter sales at General Motors, Ford and FiatChrysler fell 30% or more. Tesla’s mere 5% drop —and a stock

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Check Out Joe Rogan’s Insanely Epic Car Collection

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The comedian and UFC commentator’s collection ranges from a Chip Foose-designed Plymouth Barracuda to an electric Tesla Model S.

Joe Rogan is best known as a comedian and UFC commentator with a distinct voice that is instantly recognizable. A passionate car enthusiast with a net worth estimated at $100.4 million (£80million), the 52-year-old New Jersey native has one of the most amazing and enviable collections around. With mostly classic car-dominated, Rogan’s most recent purchase is a modern Tesla Model S worth about $100,000 (£80,000).

Here is a list of Rogan’s insane car collection.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

A huge Porsche fan, Rogan has owned a 911 996 Turbo and a Porsche 997 GT3 in the past. In his collection now sits this Porsche 911 GT3 RS worth over $300,000. From the factory, this fine German car tops out at 193 miles per

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1983 VW Rabbit GTI Was Worth the Wait

From the November 1982 issue of Car and Driver.

The automotive business may be topsy­-turvy these days, but there’s still no question about where the world’s best drivers’ cars come from. For sheer quantity, you can’t beat the Fatherland: Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and VW turn out more great rides than the rest of the world’s carmakers combined. Even the Japanese still think German cars are magic—and they’re working furiously to close the gap.

So without further ado, allow us to introduce the latest autobahn panzer to grace our roads, the Volkswagen Rabbit GTI, from—wait a minute—Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania? That’s right. Volkswagen of America is now producing a home-grown version of the little hatchback we’ve been waiting for, the GTI—the perennial benchmark of high­-performance European econoboxes. Better still, it works so well, you’d swear it came from Wolfsburg.

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