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August 18, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Furniture store owner Ron Behrens of Spencer, Iowa, figures that he can make a quick $10,000 profit by selling his new Mazda Miata sports convertible--in Los Angeles. "I figure the market for the car might be better out there with all the people and the sunny climate," Behrens, 41, said Thursday in a telephone interview. "By October, it's time to put the car away for the winter out here." He is asking $25,000 for his 2-week-old Miata roadster in a Times classified ad.
September 20, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, STAFF WRITER
A Villa Park teen-ager who lost control of his vehicle while apparently drag-racing died Friday while paramedics and firefighters worked more than three hours to free him from his mangled sports car, police said Saturday. The Orange County coroner's office identified the dead man as Edward Wu, 18. Officers said he died inside his Toyota MR-2 at 8 p.m. The accident occurred at 6:45 p.m.
The canonization of Zora Arkus-Duntov is almost complete. His 1953 memo suggesting that American youth was ready for an American high-performance car has been donated to General Motors. It is being framed and enshrined. As others with a sense of immortality have done with presidential papers. At a recent Florida gathering of classic car cognoscenti, the crowd surrounded and held Duntov captive beneath a palm tree. He autographed calendars, show programs, car pictures and posters for three hours.
Three youths were killed and two others injured Saturday when a speeding late-model sports car flipped over and crashed, authorities said. Two of the dead were ejected from the blue four-door Jaguar sedan at the accident scene in the hills about five miles east of Interstate 5. The third, a juvenile, was found inside the car, San Clemente police said.
December 22, 2004 | Annette Haddad, Times Staff Writer
So what kind of sports car do you get for $140,000? One with a 550-horsepower engine, classic styling -- and the potential to careen out of control because of a busted part. Ford Motor Co. confirmed Tuesday that it was recalling all 448 of its much-ballyhooed 2005 GTs, updates of the legendary Le Mans-winning race car, to fix a component in the suspension system.
September 29, 2004 | DAN NEIL
Ezra POUND was many things: poet, aesthete, anti-Semite, battier than Carlsbad Caverns. Among the founding fathers of Modernism in the 20th century, Pound was also the one most full of self-regarding fertilizer. If overwriting is a crime, Pound is literature's Al Capone. But Pound had it right when he observed that works of art often center on a single defining metaphor, a still point of meaning around which the larger work spins like a gyre -- thus Pound's critical term "vorticism."
December 21, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The cherry-red 1989 Corvette convertible that Corky Rice has is in cherry condition. It ought to be. It still has its original new car invoice sticker on its windshield and a mere 67 miles on its odometer. The shiny two-seater was stolen in 1989 from the new car sales lot at what was then called C & M Chevrolet in San Diego and driven straight to a nearby self-storage facility, where it was locked in a garage-size unit and left there - for 23 years. The rent on the unit started at $50 a month.
July 8, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
A customer at Kramer Mazda in Santa Monica offered the $25,000 in the briefcase he was carrying to buy a new Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car. It was too much--$11,200 more than the price of a stripped-down version of the two-seater convertible and about $7,000 more than a fully loaded version. "I told him we have set a price, we had a list of names and we'd be happy to put him on the list for when the cars come in," said John Lyon, sales manager at Kramer Mazda.
April 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the first 911 sports car and went on to found a consumer products design firm that also carried the Porsche name, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76. Born Dec. 11, 1935, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the eldest son of Dorothea and Ferry Porsche, who along with Ferry's father Ferdinand Porsche founded the business that grew into the sports car maker. Porsche grew up in the auto business during a turbulent time. His grandfather designed the original Volkswagen Beetle for the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930s as well as tanks that were used by the Germans in World War II. As a child, "Butzi" - as he was known to his family and business associates - enjoyed designing and building his own toys.
October 25, 2007 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
There's something about the Nissan GT-R that brings out the hype in people. "It's been like anticipating an asteroid hitting the Earth," said Chad Glass, a 37-year-old North Hollywood storyboard artist who moderates a forum at, a website dedicated to the high-performance sports car. Glass was talking about the debut of the new GT-R, a vehicle most Americans have never heard of and most likely won't be able to afford when it shows up in the U.S.
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