It’s been less than five years since Volkswagen produced its limited run of just 250 XL1 plug-in diesel hybrid coupes, of which only 200 were sold to retail buyers. The Volkswagen XL1 has all the makings of an instant collectible, with its combination of low production volume, advanced materials, futuristic design, exotic-car gullwing doors, and a clean-slate engineering approach aimed at making what was, in essence, a poster car for its efficiency, not for its acceleration or lap times. The XL1 wasn’t U.S.-legal and thus wasn’t even offered in the U.S. But if you have the...
Will Tesla Model S be a "collector car"? Tuckers are, but Kaisers aren't: why?
Startup carmaker Tesla is just coming up on the 10th anniversary of its first delivery, the first of the 2,500 Roadster two-seat electric sports cars that launched it into world awareness. The company recently delivered its 300,000th car, putting it well ahead of all but one other startup carmaker...John Voelcker
World's sexiest car, Jaguar E-Type, reappears as all-electric concept
Electric cars are now accepted as future volume models for most automakers, but Jaguar Land Rover has taken a very different approach to showcase its future electric powertrains. In fact, it's not a concept for a car of the future at all, but a half-century-old Jaguar E-Type fitted with the most...Sean Szymkowski
110-year-old electric cars sold at auction as collectors start to appreciate them
Two early electric cars recently sold at auction in the U.K.Stephen Edelstein
GM Performance Parts' E-ROD: A Hot Rod Leans Towards Green
The 1955 Chevy Bel Air built by GM Performance Parts isn't exactly green, but it is a step in the right direction.Kurt Ernst
Reward For Old Fiat Owners, Finally: New 2011 Fiat 500 Special Edition
It hasn't been easy being a Fiat fan in the U.S. these last, oh, 20 or 30 years. Sneers of "Fix It Again, Tony!" due to rusty and unreliable cars were followed by Fiat fleeing the U.S. market in 1983 with its tail tucked between its legs. But now, with the imminent debut of the 2011 Fiat 500 late...John Voelcker