Holiday #SketchBattle 2015: Santa's SleighHoliday #SketchBattle 2015: Santa's Sleigh Ho Ho Ho! We're back with another SketchBattle! This month we felt that the topic should be in line with the holiday season, and what perfect timing, too -- Santa's sleigh is in the shop and he needs...

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HotSketch community gallery 19 August: Hot RodsHotSketch community gallery 19 August: Hot Rods Last week we announced that we'd be starting a weekly sketch battle/community sketch-off online, for fun. Our first topic was "Hot Rods." Though we *just* started this recurring feature, we're already...

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Retro-Future: Ford shows us what car design is in this classic 1960's videoRetro-Future: Ford shows us what car design is in this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kOvBp7C8kA "Styling and the Experimental Car" is the title of this great video from the 1960's detailing how Ford developed vehicles in the first half of the 20th Century,...

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Cool Cars You’ve Never Heard Of – 1932 Bucciali TAV-12

Move over, Bugatti Royale!  This long, lovely machine made an appearance at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance in 2007.  As you can tell by the ribbon, it was well received.  Seriously, pictures do not do this vehicle justice;  you must stand next to it to appreciate both its mass and its beauty.

Just how rare are Buccialis?  Well, Paul-Albert Bucciali built only six cars between 1926 and 1932.  Of those six, only this one was sold!  During its life, the car’s coach and chassis parted ways for a period of time.  But thanks to the hard work of collector Raymond Jones, it has been restored to its original state — exactly how it was shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1932.  On site, the ’32 TAV-12 is simply jaw-dropping.  The proportions suggest an owner somewhere between Cruella de Vil and Charles de Gaulle.  The contrast between the thin windscreen and the oversized wheels is beyond cartoonish, but it works.  Power is provided by a Voisin V-12 engine, while the body comes from Saoutchik, a French coach-builder.  The detailing is exquisite, employing such diverse materials as silver, bronze and gold-plated brass.  And the black/burgundy color scheme hits just the right note.  I have no clue what happened to the other five Buccialis, but at least we have this one shining example to appreciate.