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Link Love From The Car Connection: Vintage BMW Concepts, Chrysler's Hot Secrets, And You People Aren't Kinky Enough

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BMW R7 concept from 1934

BMW R7 concept from 1934

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It's Wednesday, so relax: you're halfway there.

  • A new Bug -- After Romanian designer Iulian Bumbu polished off the Transportation Design Master Course at Alfa Romeo, he began re-envisioning the Lamborghini Gallardo. Bumbu's entomological Insecta concept draws inspiration from "the armored casings which protect beetles". We're pretty sure the folks at VW had similar thoughts in mind when they designed the VW Bug. Funny how inspiration works, no? [Diseno-Art, via AutoMotto]
  • 70-year-olds are hot -- A few years ago, folks in Germany cracked open a crate sealed before World War II and found a very pleasant surprise: a mothballed BMW R7 motorcycle prototype. Those in charge back in 1934 opted not to produce the stylish 800cc model, which only goes to prove: the Third Reich was always wrong. [NextAutos]
  • Leather: it's not just for upholstery anymore -- We thought TCC readers were kinky, but you're clearly no match for the peeps at Jalopnik, who snap pics of hot cars on their way to (vaguely NSFW) leather street fairs. You've all been very bad and will be punished! [Jalopnik]
  • Reading between the lines -- The docs submitted to congress by Chrysler and GM provide fascinating glimpses into those companies' pasts, presents, and futures. On page 135 of Chrysler's restructuring plan, for example, the company charts its rollouts for the next six years, including a new lifestyle truck and a fullsize pickup. There's also tantalizing info about Fiat vehicles, but so far no map to Iacocca's buried pot of gold.  [Chrysler's 177 page PDF via PickupTrucks]
  • Bureaucratic paradise -- No one likes visiting the DMV, but in Japan, the experience seems slightly more pleasant than here in the states. If you know where to find a functioning cafeteria and a clean restroom (with neatly stacked magazines!) at an American DMV, please let us know. [DannyChoo via BoingBoing]
  • Taking one for Team Mazda -- In case you're one of the two people on Planet Earth who hasn't seen Michael Phelps apologize to the people of China to save his endorsement contract with Mazda, have a go at it below. We don't condone Phelps' behavior, but we have to agree with Seth Meyers: if you're at a party, and you see Michael Phelps sucking on a bong, and your first thought isn't "Dude, I'm partying with Phelps!" but rather "I'm snapping that shiznit and selling it to the Enquirer!", you're pretty much a douchebag:
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