Actually, the import ban in the US was the product of Mercedes lobbyists who wanted to preserve exchange rate-related profits and prevent buyers of new vehicles from purchasing them overseas. No politician ran for election on the platform that he or she wanted to impose a ban on importation of any vehicle newer than… » 12/12/14 1:41pm 12/12/14 1:41pm

It is certainly spectacular, and it may be one of the last major finds from that era (at least until everything gets lost again), but thanks to the influx of rampant (but non-nostalgic) collectors in emerging markets, I'm fairly sure we'll have plenty of barn finds (or perhaps desert warehouse finds...) in the future. » 12/06/14 12:20pm 12/06/14 12:20pm

Admittedly, the 4-Series Gran Coupe is intended to be practical. But exactly how practical this car is far exceeds any imaginable expectations. Having spent a lot of time around some 428i and 435i press cars with my 110+ pounds of film equipment, I can safely say that these are some of the most practical, and at the… » 11/26/14 11:47am 11/26/14 11:47am

LA's traffic isn't that bad at all, in my experience; it's at least consistent, and you can almost always use a mileage-times-four-plus-two approach to figure out how long it's going to take to go anywhere. I prefer that to the East Coast's parking-lot-for-who-knows-how-long traffic. » 11/24/14 5:09pm 11/24/14 5:09pm

Tavarish, I've been a huge fan of your work since before you were a regular Jalopnik contributor, but I do have to point out (as someone who has dabbled in flipping cars and projects) that there is a distinct difference to purchasing what I've come to define as a "real" car and purchasing a flippable "project" (in a… » 11/23/14 5:09pm 11/23/14 5:09pm

You owe it to yourself to get out more and take some ride-along laps at the nearest track event that offers that sort of thing. Your understanding of how the body responds under a situation where all you can do is hold onto your camera and brace yourself against the firewall will change immensely after that experience. » 11/16/14 5:55pm 11/16/14 5:55pm

Next time you're at a mechanic's shop, take a look at the tire mounting system, and ask how it works. Mounting tires on wheels (the wheel is only the metal unit, and does not include the tire) is a more complicated process than it would seem, and one that involves a lot of time-tested engineering of beads (part of the… » 11/15/14 7:35pm 11/15/14 7:35pm