Tom Cruise’s Old Ride Is on the Block

The real star of the 1983 film “Risky Business,” as every car fan knows, isn’t Tom Cruise or Rebecca De Mornay. It is the shimmering Porsche 928. Next week, fans will have a chance to buy Mr. Cruise’s old ride at an auction just north of Los Angeles.

In the movies, nothing is what is seems, and that adage applies to the 928, of which there were four used in the movie. (Technically, there were six, if you count another model used for promotional purposes and one used for sound effects).

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A Rosy View of Italian Coachbuilding at the Petersen Museum

The independent Italian automotive design house, or carrozzeria, is a touchstone of automotive culture. It is not without its blemishes, however, as the financial difficulties of several prominent carrozzerie have recently illustrated. But at the exhibition opening Saturday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, the headlines will remain out of sight.

Leslie Kendall, the museum’s curator, said in a telephone interview that the impetus for “Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design” came from the return of some familiar nameplates to the United States that are closely associated with Italian coachbuilders.

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Ford Focus ST: An Already Familiar Face Turns Toward Frankfurt

The series production version of the Ford Focus ST will show its face formally — and finally — next week at the Frankfurt motor show. The hot hatch will be sold in the United States later in 2012.

In concept form, the car was first displayed at the Paris auto show a year ago wearing a hue of orange called Tangerine Scream. It made subsequent stops at the Los Angeles, Detroit and New York auto shows.
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A Limited-Edition Iacocca Mustang, and Lunch for Two

An online charity auction under way includes an extremely limited-edition Ford Mustang that once belonged to Lee Iacocca, the former Ford and Chrysler executive and a principal architect of the muscle-car movement. Bundled with the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Mustang is a feature as novel as the vehicle itself: a Los Angeles lunch with Mr. Iacocca.

In an e-mail, Mr. Iacocca said that he donated the limited-edition car to Keep Memory Alive, a foundation that supports research into disorders that affect memory, because he “wanted to support something that should never be a ‘limited edition’: brain health.” All proceeds from the Web sale, which concludes on Feb. 23, benefit the foundation.
Mr. Iacocca with the first Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang chassis ever produced, in 2009.
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Lexus and L.A. Clipper Baron Davis Do Good for Underserved Children: Basketball Legend Challenges Celebrity Friends to a Race in the Lexus CT 200h

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis is teaming up with leading luxury automaker Lexus to raise monies for his foundation, The Rising Stars of America (RSOA).  On Thursday, February 17th at 4 p.m., Davis will host The CT 200h Challenge at 1220 S. Figueroa Street in Downtown Los Angeles.  The Challenge will consist of a competitive race in Lexus CT 200h hybrid vehicles driven by Davis and his celebrity friends.

Presently, Davis is challenging fellow celebrities via his Twitter handle, @Baron_Davis, to race on a specially constructed obstacle course near the Staples Center.  Celebrities from TV, film and sports will compete in the all-new CT 200h to achieve the fastest time.  The winner will receive either a year lease of the CT 200h or have the opportunity to donate the lease of the vehicle to a charity of his or her choice.
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