Author Archive: Bradley Berman
The 1966 George Barris Batmobile is probably the one you know. But it’s neither the first Batmobile, or in my mind, the purest expression of automotive Batmania. That distinction goes to Forrest Robinson’s original ground-up 1959-1963 design, an extraordinary vehicle coming to auction on eBay on July 4.
Hundreds of journalists traveled last week to Milan, the birth place of Alfa Romeo, to see Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne unveil a new sedan. The event is part of a marketing blitz to bring back Alfa Romeo—and its design and performance heritage—to the United States.
You might know the Chrysler Town & Country as the seven-passenger minivan introduced 25 years ago. But the advent of the minivan can be traced much further back: another half-century to the classic 1941 Town & Country barrel-back wood station wagon now listed on eBay.
Earlier this month, Volkswagen’s European-based commercial division announced the sixth-generation of its California camper van. What? The storied tradition of the VW camper bus—established with the famous Type 2 bus in 1950 and which ran through 1991 in the form of the Vanagon—continues unabated in Europe?
Cars in movies are more than props. They commonly serve more like wardrobe, shedding light on a character—or they act as plot devices to build drama or get a laugh. In the case of this tricked-out 2003 Hyundai Tiburon used in HBO’s Entourage series, it’s a non-stop rolling punch line about Lloyd’s desire to be noticed and appreciated.
Ferrari has a wonderful tradition of building limited-series sports cars that are blindingly fast and exquisitely designed—but that can be driven by mere mortals on everyday streets. Think: 288 GTO, the F40, the F50, and the Enzo. The latest model, introduced in 2013, is the ultimate in accessible high-performance extravagance, at least according to its name. It’s simply called LaFerrari.
A general search for a McLaren vehicle on eBay reveals a couple dozen MP4-12C supercars. The MP4 (or simply 12C) is the follow-up to the legendary McLaren F1. It’s hard to know precisely how many 12C cars were produced between 2011 and 2014, but probably a few thousand. However, we know that the production for the outrageously cool subsequent McLaren P1 plug-in hybrid supercar is set for 375 copies. So seeing a P1 up for sale on eBay is extraordinary.