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If the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is a little too modern for your tastes, perhaps this 1965 Mercedes 600 Pullman will do the trick.

Currently listed on eBay with a buy it now price of $285,000 (£212,907 / €239,087), this ultra-luxury behemoth is still a head turner more than five decades later.

According to the seller, the car was belonged to Chen Yi who joined the Communist Party and steadily rose up the ranks as he became mayor of Shanghai in 1949. He went on to become China’s Foreign Minister and was even featured on the cover of Time magazine for an article titled “The Enemy in Asia – Red China’s Foreign Minister Chen Yi.”

This kind of a status allowed Chen Yi to have a very special car and he reportedly had the Pullman shipped to Shanghai immediately after its arrival in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, his time with the car was short as he was “accused of disloyalty” during China’s Cultural Revolution and the car ended up in the hands of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC).

The car was put into long term storage, but was eventually discovered in the 1990s by a German engineer working for Volkswagen Shanghai. He acquired the car and had it shipped back to Germany. The Pullman has traded hands several times since then, but it only has 13,164 miles (21,186 km) on the odometer.

The model, one of two to have ever been imported in the People’s Republic, has never restored and is in “incredibly original condition.” However, it was shipped to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in California two years ago where it received a full service.

The listing is light on actual specifics, but the model should have a 6.3-liter V8 engine developing 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS). Another interesting feature is the car’s hydraulic system which was used to power everything from the windows to the seats to the trunk.

Mind you, this is not the first time this particular car has gone up for sale. It was also listed back in August by the same company, for the same price, but we gather it failed to find a buyer, hence why it’s available once again.

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The upcoming Mercedes-AMG One promises to be a very exciting car thanks to its motorsport-derived powertrain, but back in the 1990s, there were road-going race cars on the market that had an even closer connection to motorsport. The Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion is one of them.

Porsche built 25 cars in order to meet homologation requirements for the GT1 racing category. Its closest competitor was the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR that was also produced to meet GT1 homologation.

It goes without saying that the GT1 Strassenversion is a truly remarkable car and, despite its rarity and value, Tiff Needell recently had the opportunity to drive one through some stunning roads in Scotland.

Read Also: Rare Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion Sells For $5.66 Million

Powering the 911 GT1 is a 3.2-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six pumping out 536 hp at 7,200 rpm and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque at 4,250 rpm. Sure, that may not seem like all that much nowadays, but this is a legitimate racing engine and driving the car is a truly remarkable experience.

During his review, Needell comments that the car has a pair of superb bucket seats that tightly hug the driving and passenger. The clutch is heavy, as are the brakes, but the steering is light and precise. The gearbox is also quite unique and requires the driver to shift between gears in a slow and controlled manner.

 

People across America are celebrating Thanksgiving today – and while this year things are not the same due to the devastating coronavirus pandemic, we gather most will be with their immediate family to celebrate

This, in part, is what we’re planning to do too, so we can taste some turkey and take some time off, although Carscoops will be up and running at a reduced capacity today. Talking of turkeys, we decided to take a look back at the year so far and see which cars deserve this, rather unflattering, title. So, without further ado, this are our picks.

BMW M3 / M4

We have no doubt that the M Division’s latest creations will be fun to drive, go like stink and handle, well, as we’ve come to expect an M car should. However, even if we wanted to, we can’t turn a blind eye to their design – and more specifically those hideous oversized grilles.

Granted, huge grilles are a trend these days in the automotive industry and almost everyone, from Audi to Lexus and anyone in between, is following suit. What makes the Bimmers’ stand out, however, is the execution. At best, it jars with the rest of the design; at worst, it’s one of the most disappointing styling choices of the year and has, unsurprisingly, raised an uproar among car fans, journalists and designers alike.

Plus, it’s not going to be a one-time thing; the iX electric SUV is proof of that. We guess sales figures will eventually show if this was the right decision, although patronizing critics on social media doesn’t strike us as something very clever.

Aznom Palladium

Now here’s something that will make you forget BMW’s grilles. Officially, it’s “a hyper-limousine capable of traversing any terrain” – which, given its underpinnings (more on that in a minute), might be true. The thing is that the Italian coachbuilt model literally looks like the offspring between a luxury sedan with a pickup truck. Not a marriage made in heaven, that one.

The Palladium, for all its luxury gear and Rolls-Royce Phantom-like front end, is in fact based on the Ram 1500. And if you can’t tell so from the outside, the dashboard, even with its new, plush trim, is a dead giveaway. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, since Aznom offers a number of amenities such as a liquor cabinet, on-board refrigerator, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control, and a premium audio and infotainment system.

It also offers a bi-turbo 5.7-liter V8 with around 700 HP, so it’s really fast, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds. Still, we can’t get over those looks, even though the company might indeed find 10 customers (the car’s production run) who will find the Palladium to their taste.

Chrysler & Dodge Lineup

Putting the C in FCA, Chrysler (and sister brand Dodge) suffers from a very limited (and shrinking) range. With almost everyone pulling out of passenger cars and turning to SUVs, it is refreshing to see someone that doesn’t follow that route. With that being said, their model of choice, namely the 300, is nine-years-old, which is a very long time in the automotive world – and the competition has moved on. Sure, the sedan has been updated a few times, the latest being for the 2021 model year, but if it looks old it’s because… well, it is old.

Then there’s the Pacifica, an admittedly pretty competent minivan that also comes as a hybrid, and then the Voyager, which is pretty much a pre-facelift, entry-level Pacifica – and that’s it: one passenger car and two (almost identical) minivans. Doesn’t make for a big range, does it?

As for Dodge, after killing off the Grand Caravan and the Journey last summer, its lineup comprises of the Challenger, Charger and Durango that date back to 2008 (the Challenger) and 2011 (the other two). Still, despite their age, sales are good, with the Challenger outselling both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, but we can’t help but think that a performance-oriented brand, as Dodge labels itself, newer hardware would be better.

So, these are our turkey picks for 2020. Feel free to share your thoughts, as well as your choices, in the Comments section right below.