Offhand comment watching something on the Discovery Channel about the F-16 back in the mid-'90s: "That is such a beautiful little plane. Too bad we have to build these things to kill people." Still too true. See also the North American Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire. » 11/22/14 9:31pm Saturday 9:31pm

The Dodge Viper did that twenty years ago. Saw one parked in Birmingham, Michigan not long after release and while I was standing there studying it I noticed that every single person that drove or walked by stared at it like it was some kind of alien lander. In that it was closer to the Countach's ideal of maximum… » 11/11/14 9:32pm 11/11/14 9:32pm

So much the antithesis of what made Ferrari a success early on - they favored slightly heavy construction, good-sized flexible motors, handling that tipped towards stability over absolute nimbleness - and yet perhaps the single most successful machine they ever built. » 11/11/14 8:42pm 11/11/14 8:42pm

Two-wheel drive off of a Kohler 208cc single through an automatic transmission. Hollow wheels that will hold two and a half gallons of liquid apiece. Top speed of 35 miles per hour, but it'll do that for nine hours over any solid terrain on Earth. 218 pounds of barely marketable American ingenuity. » 11/11/14 11:38am 11/11/14 11:38am

I wonder how much the prominence of sports cars in America (such as it was) was a young-and-active Baby Boomer thing, and how much the changing lifestyles of that aging demographic colossus have influenced manufacturer efforts. such that crossovers and all of their comfort-and-safety features are now the hottest… » 11/11/14 10:11am 11/11/14 10:11am