On a Manhattan Rooftop, Talking Tail Fins With the Designer of the Cadillac Ciel

After its debut at Pebble Beach last month, the Cadillac Ciel concept has been on a whistle-stop tour en route to the Frankfurt auto show, turning up in Michigan on Monday and New York on Thursday. The car was displayed on the rooftop of a gallery building here in Chelsea, against a backdrop of wooden water towers and blue September skies.

There is no shortage of emblematic American land yachts that the Ciel, which is a foot longer than a Cadillac CTS sedan, evokes. Take the Lincoln Continental of the early to mid-1960s, for example. Not only the car’s long, slab sides and sharp fender creases lend that impression, but the words of the executives who rolled the car out in California on Aug. 18.
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At Pebble Beach, Hennessey Venom GT Sets Bait for Bugatti Veyrons

Attendees at last June’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England were treated to the formal introduction of the Venom GT from Hennessey Performance, the tuning shop based outside Houston. The first unit of the $950,000 vehicles that sold to an American customer was delivered at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival here on Wednesday.

The 1,200-horsepower machine offers an interesting value proposition. It is based on a mid-five-figure Lotus Exige and is powered by a Chevrolet Corvette motor with two turbochargers added. The Venom also comes in versions offering only one turbocharger, or a mere supercharger.
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Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept Commemorates Brand’s 75th Anniversary at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

As part of the year long celebration of Jaguar’s 75 Years of Looking Forward, Jaguar Cars design team has created the XJ75 Platinum Concept, a one-of-a-kind design project on display at the Pebble Beach Concept Car Lawn this weekend.

The XJ75 Platinum Concept is the company’s first demonstration of the design customization potential of the striking new XJ luxury sedan, emphasizing the Jaguar’s dramatic interior and exterior styling themes.
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