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The Mazda MX-81 made its debut 40 years ago at the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show proudly showcasing its futuristic, wedge-shaped coupe design by Marc Dechamps for the Turin-based coachbuilder Bertone. It would be the first of a long line of models to feature the iconic MX badge.

Nuccio Bertone

Bertone used the running gear of the Mazda 323 to build the Mazda MX-81 Aria concept car – a futuristic wedge-shaped hatchback. At the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show, the vehicle stood out from the others with its gold paint, enormous glasshouse, and pop-up lights. 

What truly set it apart though was its radical interior. It had a recessed square steering wheel, side swinging front seats, and TV screen cockpit. 

headlights of the MX-081

interior of the MX-081

The one-off concept definitely embodied the MX model ethos to defy convention, which led to the high-mounted taillights and pop-up headlamps that would be seen in future Mazda production cars in the eighties. 

Normally, after being exhibited, many prototypes and concepts are destroyed, but in 2019, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the previous fourth-generation MX-5 program manager and rotary engine developer, discovered the MX-81 in a warehouse at Mazda’s Headquarters, based in Hiroshima.

Upon its discovery, the car was shipped to Mazda Italy, where they acquired the expertise of SuperStile in Turin to restore the vehicle precisely and painstakingly under the guidance of Flavio Gallizio. 

After the restoration was concluded, it was celebrated by recreating the original press images of the MX-81 in front of the Milan Cathedral. 

restoration of vehicle

restored MX-081

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The History of Mazda MX: From the MX-81 to the MX-30
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-history-of-mazda-mx/
Published Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 07:07:23 +0000

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1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS is one of 138 GTS cars built in this model year. The 351ci Cleveland engine remains in stock condition, except for an improved cold-air intake and exhaust system and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. An adjustable rear shock tower brace was added as well. It’s finished in Brilliant Silver with a GTS blacked-out hood and engine cover, black leather interior, radio delete and larger custom billet wheels resembling the original design. The designs and materials for performance improvements came from Pantera experts from California, the Midwest and South Florida.

The cooling system has been improved with a radiator, water tubes and flow system design. The air conditioning was moved to the front of the car. The electrical system has improved wiring and ignition. This true GTS is confirmed by the letters “GT” in the VIN. The car has been kept in a climate-controlled collection. Included are several original Pantera parts and original electrical schematic. 16,641 miles (title reads exempt). From the Prestige Collection.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1974 PANTERA GTS: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1974-pantera-gts-selling-with-no-reserve-at-the-2024-scottsdale-fall-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 18:02:01 +0000

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Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again

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Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles
Of all the motorcycles that Bimota ever made, the DB3 Mantra is perhaps the most peculiar. As you’d expect from the Italian firm, the DB3 featured a Ducati engine in an aluminum trellis frame and was known for its nimble handling. But its alien-like aesthetic was a little too far out there for most pundits.

As rare as the Bimota DB3 Mantra is, customized examples of it are even rarer. We’ve only ever featured one custom DB3 on these pages—and now, that very same bike is back for another round. It’s just gone under the knife for the second time at Analog—and now looks even better.

Custom Bimota DB3 Mantra by Analog Motorcycles

The DB3’s first makeover happened eleven years ago, when Analog’s Tony Prust modified it for his good friend and drummer of the rock band Chevelle, Sam Loeffler. The bike made waves at the inaugural Handbuilt and Mama Tried shows, and starred in an episode of Café Racer TV. More importantly, Sam rode it… a lot.

More recently, Sam brought the bike back to Tony for a couple of mild changes. He wanted a front suspension upgrade, and he wanted to add a front fender (something that was excluded the first time around).

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Wrench, Ride, Repeat: Analog reworks the Bimota DB3, again
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-bimota-db3
Published Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2024 16:22:33 +0000

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

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TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives

Rev up your engine and get ready for the ultimate road trip! These quintessential routes each have their own unique charm ‒ offering rich history, breathtaking vistas or heart-pounding excitement with thrilling twists and turns. Buckle up for what is certain to be an epic journey.

PACIFIC REGION

Top of the World Highway – Alaska
If you find yourself in Alaska with your collector car, steer towards the charming town of Jack Wade, close to the Canadian border. There, you’ll find the start of an impressive drive on the Top of the World Highway along Alaska 5. Don’t forget your passport, as this road leads you east into Canada, where Alaska 5 transforms into the rugged Yukon 9. It winds through Canada’s breathtaking Yukon Territory and culminates at a ferry terminal in West Dawson, on the scenic banks of the Yukon River. Many say it’s one of the most stunning drives on the planet.

Hana Highway, Maui – Hawaii
One of Hawaii’s most iconic drives awaits you on the island of Maui. Often referred to as the Road to Hana, the winding Hana Highway gracefully hugs Maui’s northeast coast, where lush green cliffs are adorned with cascading waterfalls that tumble down to beaches with golden, black and red sands. During the 52-mile journey you’ll traverse narrow one-lane bridges and pass by fruit stands offering fresh local produce.

WESTERN REGION

Cascade Loop Scenic Byway – Washington
Spanning 400 miles through some of Washington state’s most breathtaking landscapes, the Cascade Loop promises stunning views and fantastic stops. Along this scenic route, you’ll encounter North Cascades National Park, Whidbey Island, the picturesque Stevens Pass, the serene Lake Chelan and the quaint towns of Winthrop and Methow Valley. This drive is packed with incredible vistas, hiking trails and cozy spots to stay, making it perfect for an unforgettable getaway.

Pikes Peak Highway – Colorado
For racing enthusiasts, the $15 toll to access Pikes Peak Highway is a small price to pay to experience one of the most iconic hill-climb racetracks in the world. This thrilling 19-mile road has been the stage for the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, for over a century. Experience the majestic Rockies in a way that few ever will as you scale to the breathtaking 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

While you’re in the area, we highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, located just 50 miles from Denver on Interstate 70. Starting from Pikes Peak, head north on Route 67, and enjoy several picturesque highways before merging onto I-70. Here, you’ll encounter the world’s highest road tunnel, peaking at an impressive 11,158 feet in elevation. Opened to westbound traffic in 1973 and to eastbound traffic in 1979, this engineering marvel spans over 1.5 miles.

Pacific Coast Highway – California
The Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH, is one of the world’s most famous roads. If you’re planning to explore this legendary route, be sure to set aside plenty of time to travel the nearly 700 miles of California State Route 1, as it’s called in northern California. For uninterrupted views and easy pull-off stops to soak in the breathtaking landscapes and ocean vistas, we suggest experiencing this journey from north to south.

Mulholland Drive – California
Mulholland Drive begins in the Hollywood Hills and stretches 21 miles west to Woodland Hills. From “Ford v Ferrari” to “Fast and Furious,” this ultra-famous Southern California road has been featured in countless films and has hosted celebrities like Madonna, John Lennon, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and many more.  The 2001 film “Mulholland Drive” was inspired by this very route. As a top Hollywood tourist destination, Mulholland Drive is often bustling with tour buses, tourists and locals, representing the essence of Hollywood’s allure and excitement.

SOUTHWESTERN REGION  

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The Twisted Sisters – Texas
Northwest of San Antonio and nestled in the captivating Texas Hill Country are three enchanting roads locally dubbed “The Twisted Sisters”. Comprising Texas Farm to Market (FM) roads 335, 336 and 337, this trio offers a journey of winding curves and scenic vistas. Pass through towns such as Medina, Vanderpool, Prade Rach, Hackberry and Camp Wood before finishing the nearly 100-mile loop in Leakey, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps, © 2024 Google.

The Devil’s Highway – Arizona
About 200 miles east of Phoenix near the town of Clifton lies Route 191, now known as the

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: TAKE A ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE: Collector Car Summer Drives
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/take-a-road-trip-adventure-collector-car-summer-drives/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 15:50:12 +0000

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