Vote: Classic face-off – Budget German metal


BMW Vs. Mercedes

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Luxury German cars don’t come cheap. Correction. Brand-new luxury German cars don’t come cheap. Ones from the ’80s with high miles and dodgy engines can be dirt cheap.

Take these two for example. Back in the day they would have been obvious status symbols. Now they’re just big hunks of stationary metal and rubber waiting for someone to step up and give them a new lease of life.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – ’80s V8 Coupes


Corvette and Porsche

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today we have a pair of mid-eighties coupes, both V8-powered, and both more comfortable on the open highways than twisty backroads. One is the same as it was when it left the factory – except for the usual wear and tear associated with a 100k+ milage car. While the other has been under the knife and is having a bit of an identity crisis. Both are cheap ways to get a RWD V8 coupe in your driveway. But which would you go for?
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – 1920s Fords


1927 model T and 1928 model A

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

Today’s competition features two very old Fords. Both are going to require you to get your hands dirty, and both will require more than a few spare bucks to get up and running. However whereas one has remained fairly stock, the other one is in the midst of a transformation to become a cool little ratrod. Although there’s still plenty of time left to de-ratrod it if that isn’t your sort of thing.
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Ferrari Figaro Concepts


Ferrari Figaro concept car

It’s not often you get a two for the price of one on concept cars. But thanks to the fertile imagination of Romanian designer Andrus Ciprian that’s what we have today. Ciprian has become a bit of a regular ’round these parts, having previously developed the BMW Joy, Ford GT-V, Ford Cobra Snakehead, Honda Pegasus, HUMMER HB, Dacia MC and Mazda RX-Z concepts.

This time around he’s had a go at creating a Ferrari concept. Twice. The original concept, the Ferrari Figaro, isn’t what you’d call new. In fact it was developed a few years back but never got much publicity. While the second concept, called the Ferrari Figaro V2 is a brand-new creation which is designed to better fit with Ferrari’s current crop of cars. Take a look at both of them and make sure to vote for your favorite.
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Hypothetical Question Time: CEOs in Econoboxes?


Chevrolet Spark

Hypothetical Question Time is a new feature we’re trying out at diseno-art. It’s pretty self-explanatory. We pose a hypothetical question related to vehicles and the industry. You let your opinions fly in the comments section. Or just pop in a quick one-click vote.

You know how as a promotional stunt, every now and then a CEO is seen driving the very best model of that company, on-track, off-track, off-road, or never mind what kind of road – as long as there’s a crowd and enough journalists? Just now, I saw this youtube video where Ralph Gilles, the President and CEO of SRT has… a rather dull time with its own white SRT Viper. And, maybe out of envy, out of boredom or out of slow thinking, a question suddenly popped to my mind: Why do we never see the bosses driving their entry level vehicles in a video?! Continue reading ‘Hypothetical Question Time: CEOs in Econoboxes?’ »

Vote: Classic or Contemporary? BMW 3 Series Edition


BMW E30 and E46

In Classic or Contemporary, a new series for diseno-art, we’ll be show you two similar priced cars of the same make and model which are on sale today. Except whereas one is relatively modern, new and shiny, the other will have been driving around for the last couple of decades slowly gathering character. It’s up to you to decide which you’d have in your driveway.

To start the series I’m going to go for one of the world’s most easily recognised cars, the trusty 3 Series. It’s been around since 1975, and gone through six generations generations. However the formula hasn’t changed since the start, and to be honest – apart from the last couple of versions – the styling has remained pretty faithful to the original too. Including the sensible profile, twin round headlights, and of course, the ‘Hoffmeister kink’.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – F-Body Showdown


camaro and firebird

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

There can be few cars so entwined with each other as the Camaro and Firebird. Through four-generations – five if you count the aftermarket Camaro-to-Firebird conversion kits – the two cars have offered pretty much exactly the same things in almost exactly the same packaging. Cheap performance. The third-generation F-body managed to take this formula to the Nth degree. Especially in Z28 and Trans Am performance trim. Today ratty examples of either go for a song, and even ones in good condition can be picked up for bargain basement prices. Sure you’ll have to live with the fact most people will think you’re either living it up on parole, reside in a trailer park, or both. But if you can get past that then it’s not too bad. I tootled around in one for a couple of summers and it wasn’t the end of the world!
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – Really Stupidly Expensive Edition


Ferrari versus Aston Martin

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

This is truly a Titan’s endeavor, as we are today pitting against each other two very rare and remarkably beautiful cars, that are well prepared to go under the auctioneer’s hammer and grab astonishing amounts of cash – if you ask us, somewhere north of the $2 million mark. So, this is not the usual vote about which one would best suit your garage, as the cars featured today are at the pinnacle of automotive style and of course, cost.
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Vote: Classic Face-Off – VW Beetle based WTFs


VW kit cars

Classic face-off is a feature where we show you a couple of similarly priced classic cars from the same era, and you vote for the one you find most appealing.

The humble and ubiquitous Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most commonly used donor vehicles for kitcar builders. In this round of Classic Face-Off you’ve got the choice of two Beetle-based vehicles. But despite their identical origins, they’ve ended up as two very different lumps of fiberglass and metal. The only thing they have in common is that almost every one who sees them says “wtf?”
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Vote: Which Geveva-debuted supercar would you go for?


Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren

This year’s Geneva Motor Show has turned out to be a Mecca for supercar fans. Not only have three of the biggest names in the business revealed all-new supercars. Numerous lesser-known manufacturers showed up with their supercar offerings – both conceptual and production ready.

But for today’s little question I’ll keep it simple. Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. To level the playing field a bit, imagine money is no object, and which ever car you choose comes with a lifetime of free servicing. If only!
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