To Coventry, nothing is more important than good breeding. As an XK150, she herself claims pride of place as a direct descendant of the noble XK120, and anyone with a keen eye for lineage can't help but notice a family resemblance between herself and the revolutionary E-Type.
Blessed with such nobility in the family, Coventry takes pride in her aristocratic comportment, a firm believer that the responsibilities of noblesse oblige certainly extend to the way one conducts themselves personally. Not one to be seen in public looking anything less than exquisite, Coventry—with her dignified curves and nimble sweep down country lanes—is certain to turn heads wherever she goes, but she has the good grace to pretend she does not notice.
Coventry isn't all refined looks, though—her 3.8S XK engine does the trick nicely on the straights, and when she really gets going, you might even catch her humming...most unladylike indeed. Good thing her Carmen Red exterior does such a good job of covering up any trace of a blush.
Faced with the warmed-over coffee and mortuary-fluorescent lighting of the modern workweek, Flynn instead takes flight—arrow-quick and straight for the forest. He delights in escaping from the confines of the city, a perfect accomplice for a getaway to the country. Designed by engineering legend Syd Enever, the MGAs sleek lines and rack-and-pinion steering were a huge hit abroad—England's most exported car, 95% of MGAs escaped Mother England's clutching embrace, roving free to explore the world's most distant corners.
Destined for the dusky wilderness, Flynn sports a forest green racing stripe and wood accents. Flynn is independent from the suspension on up, and his handleless doors are a good reminder that this charming rogue can be tough to get a hold of. Once you're in his Band of Merry Men, though, you've made a friend for life. You never know when you'll see him next, but you're always glad when you do—because with Flynn, every drive is an adventure.
Eddie comes at you with a wink and a smile, the original cool customer who's always ready to blow town when things get too hot. The Chevy bowtie and fleur de lis he sports proudly on his 'Vette logo might as well be a skull-and-crossbones, because Eddie hasn't forgotten his roots: the original corvette, a stealthy quick pirate ship used by the likes of the original Eddie
— Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.
His trademark quad headlamps make sure that he'll see you before you see him, and his bevelled two-tone exterior with chrome accents promise that once you do see him, you won't soon forget.
Like any good sharp, Eddie's always looking for a partner, someone to throw a little shade on all the marks and the rubes. But if you do get involved, remember that even though you might like Eddie, that doesn't mean you should trust him: like Eddie says himself, “keep your friends close, and keep your wallet closer.”
“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.” —On the Road
On the surface, it's easy to see why the '62 MGB is one of the most popular sports cars ever built. The radical monocoque body marked a stark break from its body-on-frame predecessors, giving the MGB a sleek, fun look that buyers clamored for at the height of Cold War tensions, and its light weight and tight handling made it a hit with serious auto enthusiasts and Sunday drivers alike.
Only, Jack doesn't care about any of that. Like the running back who writes poetry and gets kicked off the team for mouthing off to the coach, Jack is hungry for more than popularity: hungry for truth, hungry for adventure, hungry for the open road.
“I've been everywhere, man.” —Johnny Cash
It's a big damn country, and sometimes only a big damn car can do it justice. Buick understood this, which is why they came up with the Electra 225, “225” as in inches from tip to tail, or almost 19 feet of open-road-conquering splendor. The Electra launched in 1959, just in time to take advantage of President Eisenhower's new Interstate Highways, which cut coast-to-coast travel time down from two months to two weeks.
By 1962, Buick had trimmed back the wings and flash of some of the previous models, paring the 225 down to an understated luxury.
That lack of frills and pretention is just fine by Johnny. He's spent a lifetime learning what's really important, and it sure ain't tailfins. No, what's important is the journey—Johnny knows that how you get there is at least as important as where you get. The things you see, the people you meet, the roads you take, and the ones you don't...at the end of it all, that's all life is, really—the grand total of moments and vistas and conversations that you find along the way, because when it comes down to it, the trip is the destination.
Johnny knows that sometimes a man wants for company in his travels, which is why his pristine white leather interior has plenty of room for a few friends—whether lifelong or since breakfast—to come along and share the adventure, to feel the sunshine and the breeze under the big open sky, to lean back and laugh, and ask, “Where to next?”
And if you listen closely, Johnny just might tell you where to go.
Alberto is the kind of guy who is never late for a party. Not because he is particularly prompt—after all, it takes time to look this good—but because, as he'll tell you himself with a wink and a smile, the party hasn't truly started until Alberto rolls in.
Cocky? Maybe. Showy? Certainly (after all, he is Italian). But wrong? Definitely not. With the 2600's celebrated twin cam engine—the same motor used in the caribinieri's high-speed police pursuit “Pantera”—and flash red body by Touring, Alberto knows there's no such thing as too much attention, and when all the talk stops and all the heads turn in silent deference to his arrival, well, that's just a sign that all is right in the world. It's been that way since 1966, when Alberto and his fellow 2600 Spiders first graced the world with their collective presence.
And Alberto is nothing if not generous. His 2+2 interior is perfect for picking up new friends along the way. He likes to keep everybody comfortable but cozy, so when Alberto takes that tight turn and your new travel companion nuzzles into your shoulder, you'll be pretty sure the contact was anything but incidental.
That's just the way Alberto is, a born sharer, a guy determined to keep the party going. Not that he ever overstays his welcome, far from it. Alberto just knows the true secret to making the good times last: when it's time to leave the party, just take the best part of it with you.
And roll on down the road, smiling all the way.
A bright-eyed, pale-skinned bombshell who doesn't think twice about going topless, Birgit is a country girl through and through. Though the Porsche would go on to be synonymous with urbane style and city sophistication, Birgit's never forgotten her roots in the Austrian countryside, making her a perfect partner for a sun-soaked picnic under the open sky.
Designed by the legendary Erwin Komenda and Ferry Porsche himself, the 356 was to become one of the most recognizable cars in the world, a classic by any standard. Not that any of this matters to Birgit, of course, who wants nothing more than to feel the sun and the wind on her skin, the thrill of tight turns on two-lane roads. Birgit belongs in the country; shouldn't you belong there with her?
As English as tea and toast, Emma gives nothing away until she's ready to give it all. And her “all” can be quite a lot: this is the car that none other than Enzo Ferrari called—with what we can only imagine was a mixture of jealousy, grudging respect, and an awed love for the sublime—“the most beautiful car ever made.” The New York City Museum of Modern Art agreed, and in 1996 made the E-Type one of only six automobiles in its permanent design collection.
Much of the credit for Emma's beauty goes to Jaguar's unsung engineering genius Malcolm Sayer, who painstakingly designed the E-Type's stunning aerodynamic curves years before computer-aided design became the norm.
Strong and independent, Emma is happy to make her own way in the world, but if you can keep up, she may well have you along for the ride. Wouldn't you be crazy not to try?
Enzo knows that being a family man means a lot of responsibility, but like the best fathers, he also knows that being responsible doesn't mean you have to stop having fun.
His Pininfarina-designed 2+2 Berlinetta body seats four comfortably, but Enzo is no station wagon or kiddie-transport shuttle; his inimitable Ferrari styling and cooler-than-cool red-in-black color scheme make sure that looking after little ones never looked so good.
When Enzo's namesake founded Scuderia Ferrari in 1929, family was first and foremost in his mind. He had lost his father and brother to a flu outbreak years before, and vowed to create a company worthy of the family name.
Clearly, he succeeded and then some—the little boy from Modena made “Ferrari” synonymous with high-performance race car cool.
So cool, in fact, that when the 330 GT rolled off the line in 1965, it caught the eye of another foursome: a little music group from England bought it for their leader to celebrate his new driver's license. The name on that license: John Winston Lennon.
Today Enzo is proud to host your own Fab Four as you tour the beautiful countryside of Napa and Sonoma, making sure that—though some things may have changed since your care-free single days—you'll always have one hell of a ticket to ride.
Equal parts companion and concierge, Hans is happiest when he knows that you are; good thing that making you happy is what Hans does best. The “SL” stands for Sport Leicht (German for “light” or “lightweight”), and with his high suspension and modest footprint, Hans appreciates the value of discretion, of fitting seamlessly into his surroundings.
As a Mercedes 280 SL, Hans also appreciates another central truth: that the best way for him to make you look good is to make sure he's always looking his best. And Hans' best is very good indeed—from his stylish grille centered on his trademark tri-point star to his unique hardtop that earned the 280 SL the nickname “Pagoda”—Hans cuts quite the handsome figure as he moves across the landscape.
This Hanseatic helpmeet is the perfect partner for a day in the Wine Country; with his crisp white exterior and rich burgundy red interior, Hans has you covered no matter what you prefer.
It doesn't seem fair, as sleek and slender as she is, for Jane to sport the curves she does in front and back—curves to match any the road can throw at her, which she always handles so well. Of course, thanks to power steering, superior brakes, and her V12 Engine, there isn't much this lady can't handle.
Sportier than her older sister Emma (and never tiring of reminding her big sister that she is very much the younger), Jane is up for anything as long as you can keep things interesting. A confirmed free spirit, this English rose has little use for rules and thinks stodgy old “etiquette” is something that happens to other people. Doesn't she believe in anything? Ask her, and she won't blink before nodding and offering you her cherry red smile and her one guiding principle:
“The only harm in having a little fun, is only having a little.”