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  • 1960 Maserati 3500 GT

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: In its early days, Maserati spent most of its time and effort with motorsports. Road cars were an afterthought. This changed in the late 1950s, with the introduction of 1960 Maserati 3500GT.

    The 3500GT was a 2+2 coupé with elegant bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring. Hand-formed aluminum panels over a steel tubular frame. The straight-six engine displaced 3485 cc and featured an aluminum block, dual overhead cams, twin-plug ignition and three twin-choke Weber carburetors. Carbureted cars developed 230 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, enough for a top speed of 130 mph.

    The fast, comfortable Gran Turismo offered exhilarating performance but also day to day usability. The blend of performance and comfort attracted wealthy buyers, and the list of celebrity 3500GT owners includes Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

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  • 1995 Ferrari 456 GT 6-Speed

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The collectible car market can be funny sometimes. Cars that are not especially important or pretty or fast sometimes catch a bid, skyrocketing in value. Others quietly depreciate for what seems like forever. And then there are the sleepers, the overlooked cars that have become (relatively) cheap, but have the potential to rise in values.

    I suspect the Ferrari 456 is one such sleeper.

    The beautiful wedge shape is understated, and even prettier in person. Designed as a 2+2 coupé grand tourer, produced from 1992 to 2003, it was the handiwork of Pietro Camardella at Pininfarina. A very ‘90s big touring car: its 436HP 5.5-liter quad-cam V12 sits up front, with a gated 6-speed shifter (automatic was not an option until 1997). The 456 name derives not from the HP but the cylinder size: each of the 12 displaces 456 cubic centimeters. ...

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  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: What better way to start the new year than by looking backwards: We all should maintain our good looks and vibrant sense of style after 50+ years.

    For my money, the Aston Martin DB5 remains one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made. It has spectacular lines, a great sense of proportions, one of the sexiest front combinations of grill, chrome and lights, plus what m,ight simply be the most perfect dashboard ever designed!

    Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera set that beautiful on a steel chassis and 98″ wheelbase. Power comes from a 4-liter, triple SU-equipped Marek I-6 engine making 282-hp that sent the 3230 lbs coupe to a top speed of 143 mph. The transmission of choice in 1963 was a 4-speed manual, but a Borg Warner 3-speed automatic was available; eventually, a 5-speed was an option. Only 148 DB5s were imported new into the US. ...

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  • 2021 Lucid Air

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: 10 Years ago CEO of Lucid Motors Peter Rawlinson was the chief engineer on the Tesla model S and VP of engineering at Tesla. He left to join Atieva, a battery technology company originally focused on building electric vehicle batteries and powertrains for other vehicle manufacturers. Today he is CEO of Lucid Motors, one of the most promising competitors to Tesla.

    In 2016, Lucid Motors unveiled the first prototype of the Lucid Air. It has proprietary patented powerhouse, a miniaturized yet powerful electric powertrain, extending the philosophy of hyper-efficiency. Lucid’s technology is on the leading edge of performance for electrified vehicles. Powered by a 113 kwh battery pack with a 900 volt architecture, its electric motor, inverter, transmission, and differential are all housed in one miniaturized electric drive unit that weighs just 163lb (74kg) and packs over 650hp. That is a huge innovation is power and efficiency. ...

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  • 2021 Mustang Mach E

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The 2021 Mustang Mach E is the first serious competitors to Tesla’s Model Y. The early reviews are very positive, noting the car is better made, the fit and finish is superior to Tesla. The car is more fun to drive, handles more like a Mustang than an SUV. Tesla has better range and the auto-pilot is well known — the Ford self-driving feature won’t be added to the Mach E for anther 6 months.

    Indeed, the tech in Ford gets a slight edge of over Tesla, with a bigger screen (!) and physical knob to control volume, a speedometer and gauge cluster directly behind the steering wheel. The Mach E comes with an app for your phone, and that acts as your key. A giant panoramic glass sunroof is overhead, and makes the interior feel roomy. Its about as fast as a 503-hp BMW X3 M Competition.

    Tesla is beloved by its owners, but they are not without criticisms. Ford appears to have carefully considered these, and made a series of improvements to address Tesla’s weaknesses. ...

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  • S&P 500 CAPE Ratio: 2020 vs 1929

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    S&P 500 CAPE ratio now above 1929 levels for the only time apart from 1998-2001.

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: One of the things that market analysts love to do is to compare recent market action with some prior historical era, and declare “The market today is just like ____.” Recall the 1987 parallels a few years ago or the more recent 1929 versions.

    These parallels can be based on absolute price, a chart pattern, number of consecutive up (or down) days, valuations based on P/E or P/S or P/B, the number of 1 or 2% days in a given period, or whatever. They come in both bullish or bearish guises, often rife with undeserved confidence.

    You probably have been seeing a lot of these over the past few years, even more lately. I notice a few commonalities to many of them: They tend to focus on a single variable; they oversimplify the complexities of markets or the economy; and they usually buck the dominant market trend.

    More recently, I have been seeing a variation of this phenomenon using Shiller’s CAPE. ...

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  • Hyperion XP-1 (Hydrogen Powered)

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: What happens if you were to cross the design ethos of the Bugatti Chiron with the clean power and range of hydrogen fuel cell mated to an electric powertrain? The result is the Hyperion XP-1 hydrogen-electric hypercar.

    The design of the prototype is a bit over the top: Swoopy, low-slung with lots of glass and futuristic controls. The V-doors are dramatic, befitting a super car, with lots of active aero features. The technology is similar to Toyota’s, the cells have all the benefits of a battery-electric vehicle with none of the drawbacks. ...

    XP-1 is Hyperion’s way of showing an alternative to EV battery technology driven cars. The hydrogen cells are a cutting edge space technology pioneered by NASA. Similar to what Elon Musk and Tesla have done with EV charging stations, the Orange, California based Hyperion wants to build a network of hydrogen re-fueling stations throughout the country. You can see California’s current network of fueling stations online. ...

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  • Arkonik 1990 Land Rover Defender 90 200TDi 5-Speed

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: Last week, I referenced the new BMW iX All Electric SUV. SUVs, Pickups and Crossovers are huge in America, even as more efficient hybrids and zero emissions EVs continue to grab market share. Every automaker wants a piece of the future.

    And yet . . .

    One of the more intriguing trends in SUVs has been “Resto-modding” — taking an older vehicle, and rehabbing it with a mix of new technology, engines, and interiors. For Porsche, the gold standard is Singer, whose rebuilt 911s got for multi-six figures.

    In the truck world, there are a handful of firms retro-modding older Land Rover rigs into modern, high output performance vehicles. As much as like the traditional 1950s Series II and 1990s Defenders, there is a brisk demand for fully renovated older trucks: Defender 130s, 110s, and 90s. Even newer 2000 era Defenders are fair game for these after market upgrades. Indeed, this practice is what drove Fords to clean sheet recreate the Ford Bronco for 2021 (See MiB interview with Paul Wraith, Chief Designer for Ford). ...

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  • BMW iX All Electric SUV

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: For a while, BMW had an electric and a plug in hybrid that were competitive in their space in the automaker’s i subbrand. The gorgeous but woefully underpowered BMW i8 was 357-horsepower, all-wheel-drive coupe, was the flagship; had it used the wonderful M3 3.5 liter straight six instead of that pokey 3 cylinder, it might have been a bigger albeit more polluting seller.

    The all electric BMW i3, introduced in 2013, was their first true zero emissions vehicle; it is still available as an updated 2021 model. The squat little cube was a good seller, ranking third worldwide amongst electric cars from 2014 to 2016. Global sales reached 200,000 as of October 2020. More than 42,000 units were sold in the US, although I have to admit to rarely noticing them locally.

    BMW is introducing a full line of EVs: The 2021 BMW i4 Electric Sedan is released next year (looks kinda nice). But the hottest sector of vehicles has been trucks, SUVs and crossover, and so the BMW iX SUV will be a key offering from Bavaria. The iX flagship will be similarly sized as the company’s mid-size X5 and X6 crossovers, with similar passenger and cargo space. The interior design is modern and minimalist, a large curved touchscreen instrument panel in front, a large panoramic sunroof above featuring an electrochromic shading, faux and genuine leather. ...

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  • The Halfway Point

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    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The pandemic lockdown began in March of 2020. As of today, the two leading vaccine candidates from Pfizer and Moderna are requesting FDA approval for emergency use, then a fast track approval for distribution. These should become available in Q1, then be more widely distributed in Q2 and Q3. Best estimates for any form of herd immunity is later next year. Expectations are for life to begin to return to normal — meaning, going to back to work, mask-less social interactions, commuting, public events, etc. — are for sometime around June 2021.

    From the March 2020 lockdown to a June 2021 re-opening is a 16-month span. The halfway mark? It’s today.

    Imagine someone came to you and said the following: You will be locked up at home with only a limited ability to travel locally for 6 month to a year. You can do whatever you want over that period. What would you want the results of that soft incarceration to be? ...

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  • 1976 Datsun 280Z

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The original owner of this 1976 Datsun 280Z drove the car 350 miles before partial disassembling and storing the vehicle for over 40 years. He sold it last year, and has since been “refreshed.” The new owner added five miles, displaying an essentially brand new car at ZCON 2020 festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Considered one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, it was designed by a team led by Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan’s Sports Car Styling Studio, with the bodywork styled by Albrecht Goertz, the designer of the BMW 507. ...

    The MSRP of these cars in 1976 was $6,669. Depending upon the condition, they sell from $20-40k or more. Adjusted for CPI inflation since 1976, that $6,669 in 2020 would be $30,518.94 today. Hence, after the cost of storage, this essentially brand new version below sold for $140,000 yesterday, netting a real profit of $100,000+. ...

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  • Managing Stocks & Bonds During a Low Yield Era

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: With the U.S. election (mostly) over, a divided government (likely) ahead, and an effective Covid-19 vaccine(s) on the way, the recent focus of investors has been on equities. It’s easy to see why: The S&P 500 Index has soared 9.64% this month to a new record. But investors would be wrong to overlook the fixed-income portion of their portfolios at this time. Returns from bonds are very likely to be lower over the next decade than they were over the last. Worse, there’s not a whole lot investors can do about low yields.

    So let’s talk bonds.

    Fixed-income assets have been in a secular bull market ever since then Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker raised the federal funds rate to 20% in June 1981. That move caused a recession, but crushed inflation and set up a bull market in stocks that lasted from 1982 to 2000. During the four decades since, bond yields have steadily fallen, dropping to almost nothing for benchmark government securities.

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  • 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: I previously told the story about how I almost picked up a 550 a few years ago. The car I was posting about was “Giallo Modena” (yellow), but the actual car offered to me by friend Marty was Blu LeMan, with a coach interior. The one below looks just like it, with a black interior.

    These are just lovely. The proportions are perfect, the long hood features that air intake scoop, the shark gills on the flanks stand out. The back has 4 rear round lights and 4 exhaust tips. The interior is comfortable and the cockpit features a perfect set of dials and switchgear, and is business like and appealing. The ergonomics are good, with lesser used witches much smaller and everything falling to hand nicely. If I have any complaints, the speedometer and tachometer dials in the center should be about 50% larger.

    You can easily see how this lineage traces back to the ’60s era 275 GTB. That lineage continued in 2002, with the 550 replaced by the upgraded 575M Maranello in 2002. which itself was replaced by the 599 in 2006. ...

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  • 2022 Hummer EV

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The Hummer — a gas-guzzling, military-based, oversized symbol of excess, retired by GM in 2010 — has been reborn as an electric. The poster child for environmental irresponsibility has been reborn as a new electric supertruck. Like the reborn Ford Bronco, the GMC folks have exceeded expectations on every level.

    James LeBron is the celebrity commercial spokesman for the Hummer Pickup EV. The Hummer EV will compete with the Bollinger B1, Nikola Badger, the Rivian R1T and whatever the Tesla Cybertruck ends up being.

    GM is spending $2.2 billion to build electric (and autonomous) vehicles in Factory Zero — a new plant in Detroit to build its zero emission vehicles. A second vehicle is coming from Hummer — a new GMC Hummer electric SUV — is on the slate to be released next year. ...

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  • 2012 Audi R8 6-Speed

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: The Audi R8 is the German automaker’s first supercar, via their high performance division: Audi Sport GmbH. The mid-engine, 2-seat sports car uses Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, and is is based on the Audi Space Frame, also used in the Lamborghini Gallardo.

    The R8 has a choice of 2 engines: the 4.2 FSI V8 engine and the 5.2 FSI V10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo. In the 20012, the HP was 420 and 525 respectively. Forget the single-clutch automatic paddle shifters, the gated 6 speed manual is the transmission of choice for collectors and drivers alike. That horsepower in a 3,362 lb car gives it a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds with the V8, and just over 3 seconds in the V-10.

    The car is special for two reasons: First is the design by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig — its a Germanic beauty. The car is inordinately wide, with its 3/4 views showing off its businesslike lines to best effect. Note the lighter car art bottom shows off more details than the darker colors. The interior is also a lovely design, sporting just the right balance of ergonomics and complexity. ...

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  • 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: I’ve had an old SL, and a newish SLK, and have almost purchased other cabriolet’s from Mercedes Benz. The CLS was an intriguing sedan, the new S Coupe is quite lovely, and the GLE was test driven and briefly considered (we ended up with the BMW X4). And of course, the 300SL Gullwing is on my fantasy garage list.

    Recently, I have become intrigued by the various flavors of the AMG GT coupe. Its a mid-engine,* highly-tuned supercar from the folks in Stuttgart. It is reasonably priced, at least as far as supercars go, especially when compared to Ferraris, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin performance cars.

    Consider the base car — previously called the AMG GTS, the line up has been reorganized as GT, GT-C and GT-R. The base version of the GT used to be the S, which lacked some details I really like (Seats, Grill, HP etc.) 2017 saw many of those details standardized across the line, and a facelift across the entire line. ...

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  • 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: During October, I like to focus on the cars I would be happy to put in my garage and drive. I have admired the Chevy Corvette Stingray from afar, but never really thought of owning one. Plastic (fiberglass) where steel and aluminum should be, tending towards creaky, rattles and other issues.

    Except the second generation (C2) the Corvette split rear window coupe. This model was the first-ever production Corvette coupe with a fastback body. The split window C2s like the one below were only made in 1963; the rest of the C2 models running through 1967 had a single wraparound piece of glass for better rear visibility.

    To me, this is simply the most striking Vette ever made. There is something about this car that is just indescribably beautiful. The lines, curves, the profile, all still looks strikingly modern and well balanced. I could also happily live with a C2 convertible if I had to, even though the open top car loses many of the beautiful lines and curves of the coupe. ...

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  • 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: It is October, and the cars I feature this month are the one I would happily put in my garage. This week, we have the understated, elegant Dino in Blu Dino Metallizzato.

    Notice I did not call it the “Ferrari Dino.” Due to its mere 6 cylinder engine, it was originally considered a “lesser” Ferrari. Notice the lack of yellow scuderia badges, and the missing F-car lettering inside or out. It was thought the smaller engine would not reflect well on the brand, and it was not graced with the scripted badging.

    Ferrari produced a racing version of these from 1957, with the road car first coming in 1967 as a 206, the 246 replacing it in 1969. The name derives from the brand new Dino V6 engine. The 2.4L V6 engine DOHC had 2 valves per cylinder, produced 192 bhp mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The low center of gravity and a mere 2,426 pounds meant very good handling and a lot of fun to drive for anyone with a little talent behind the wheel, despite its mere 192 HP. ...

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  • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

    Barry Ritholtz wrote: Its October, and during the month of my birthday month I will be sharing some of my favorite cars. What better one to begin with then one of the most significant, beautiful cars ever made: the 300SL Gullwing.

    The design is now well over 60 years old — still is compelling. The first moment I laid eyes on one I fell in love. It is even more devastatingly beautiful in person. This was before the 300SL became a 7 figure collectible. The dashboard is handsome, the gull wing doors where striking when opened, and the lines and body proportions were just right from every angle. She is a perfect 10, simply spectacular.

    Direct fuel-injection 3-litre overhead camshaft straight-6 engine made 175 horsepower. SL stands for “Super Light,” combined with the very aerodynamic design, made for a fine racer. With a top speed of 163 mph, this was the fastest production car of its time. ...

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  • 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster

    Barry Ritholtz: I have always been a fan of the Cords and Auburns from this era. Both the Auburn 851 Speedster below, and the Cord Model 810/812 (see this, this, this and this) were styled by Duesenberg design chief Gordon Buehrig. (See this yellow 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster as another example).

    The Boattail Speedster was Buehrig’s masterpiece. Art deco influenced and streamlined, this is an exceptionally beautiful design.

    Although the Speedster is special today for its design and styling, in its day, it was known for its astonishing performance. The Lycoming straight-8 engine made 150hp — a staggering amount of power for its day. It was mated to a 3-speed manual transmission, and the dual ratio rear axle added a whole new dimension to its speed and drivability (I am curious if this was a high speed overdrive gear, or if it turned the 3 speed into a 6 speed). ...

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  • 1970 Jaguar XKE Series II Roadster.

    Barry Ritholtz: Has there ever been a sexier, more beautiful convertible?

    This car presents in a lovely combination of Regency Red, black convertible top over a gray leather interior. Powered by a numbers-matching 4.2-liter DOHC inline-six (with twin Stromberg carburetors), it was factory-rated at 246 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The four-speed manual transmission was the proper choice for this weekend cruiser.

    The straight 6 was lighter and easier to maintain than the 12 cylinder versions. Of course, the 12s are the most valuable examples today. ...

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  • 1963 Aston Martin DB5

    Barry Ritholtz: We should all look so good after 50+ years.

    For my money, the Martin DB5 is one of the most beautiful sports cars ever made. The lines, proportions, that front grill & lights, and that perfect dashboard!

    It was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera set on a steel chassis and 98″ wheelbase. Only 123 convertible versions were built from 1963-1965. Power comes from a 4-liter, triple SU-equipped Marek I-6 engine making 282-hp that sent the 3230 lbs coupe to a top speed of 143 mph. The transmission of choice in 1963 was a 4-speed manual, but a Borg Warner 3-speed automatic was available; eventually, a 5-speed was an option. Only 148 DB5s were imported new into the US. ...

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  • What’s Changed?

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    Barry Ritholtz: I was having a conversation over Facetime with one of my colleagues yesterday about what has — and has not — changed since the pandemic WFH experience has begun.

    The mere fact that we were Facetiming is one indicia of change. Pre-lockdown, Facetime was an intrusive annoyance best left to grandparents saying hello to their grandkids. That no longer seems to be the case.

    Recall back in June I pushed back against the “This changes everything” meme by pointing out that much of the changes we have seen were merely accelerations of prior trends rather than brand new innovations. E.G., video chatting, remote work, screen shares (And brick & mortar retail apocalypse) all have been around since the 2000s or longer.

    The biggest surprise to many firms is how productive remote workers have been. ...

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  • Big Picture: 10 Morning Reads.

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    A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression.

    Barry Ritholtz: My mid-week morning train WFH reads:

    • How To Make Investment Bets On November Elections: “Positioning for this or any presidential election is a fool’s errand”
    • Shopify, Suddenly Worth $117 Billion, Is One of the Biggest Pandemic Winners: The coronavirus pandemic has forced many small businesses to finally open online stores—and turned e-commerce software provider Shopify into one of the biggest winners of the retail shakeout.
    • C U, SUV The hulking car has become the world’s most dominant form of transportation—and one of its biggest climate threats. ...

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  • 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast.

    Barry Ritholtz: I was never one of those car guys who was Ferrari-crazy. They seemed so insanely expensive and out of reach during my formative car loving years, that they were never a car I ever thought about owning. I mean who doesn’t loves a Dino or a 275 GTB or 250GT Pinin Farina or a 250 GT Berlinetta, but these are not realistic vehicles for mere mortals.

    The only F car I momentarily imagined owning in recent memory was the “entry level” (lol) 2017 California T 70th Anniversary. They have fallen in price from about $200k new to about half, and still depreciating. The Cali has been looked down upon by automotive snobs, but sorry (not sorry) this Azzuro Metallic paintwork with the cream Connolly leather interior is utterly spectacular.

    Depreciation is a cruel mistress and I keep seeing beautiful drivers fall in price from the insane to the merely absurd. See for example this 2011 Aston Martin Rapide, 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo AWD, 2016 Bentley Continental GT V8-S, and yes, even this 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider.

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  • How Technology Moves From Disruption to Invisibility

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    Source: Our World In Data.

    Barry Ritholtz: I love this Our World In Data chart spotted by Invictus. It tells quite an amazing story.

    It took nearly a century for the flush toilet to approach 80% household penetration. Electricity took 30 years to get to 80%; Refrigerators 20 years; cell phones 15 years; Social media 12 years.

    The pace of adoption has only accelerated over time. Each new innovative technology that achieves a mass market appeal simply fades into the background of our lives. ...

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  • 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi.

    Barry Ritholtz: Delahaye was a automotive manufacturing company founded in 1894, in Tours, France, by Émile Delahaye. The firm’s post-war cars were notable for their beautiful, deco-inspired designs: Flowing graceful lines, artful use of chrome, and overall beauty.

    Power is provided by a Type 183 engine, a 4.5-litre overhead-valve inline-six fed by triple Solex carburetors and paired with a four-speed Cotal pre-selector gearbox.

    The Type 175 below has quite a provenance: its first owner, the Maharaja of Mysore in India. The car was originally built as a coupe by coachmaker Figoni et Falaschi. It eventually found its way to Sir Elton John, who owned it until 1983. In the late 1980s, it was sent to the UK, and converted into a cabriolet. Returning to the US, it joined the Petersen Automotive Museum collection in 2001. ...

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  • 1994 Land Rover Defender 130

    Barry Ritholtz: There can be no doubt that trucks rule America: SUVs, pickups, Off roaders. Whether its the new 2021 Ford Bronco or any of a run of new electric vehicles like the Nissan Ariya, Nikola Badger Pickup, Bollinger B1 Truck, Rivian R1T Pickup Truck, Rivian R1S SUV.

    Lately, I have been intrigued by some of the older trucks getting full renovations: 1958 Land Rover 109 Series II. An updated version of that 109 is the 1994 Land Rover Defender 130 you see below. It is a relatively rare vehicle, made in Europe, and exported around the world. Many of the 90s Defenders did not meet US regulations, and while some went to Canada, they were not originally built for the US market.

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  • 2016 Bentley Continental GT V8-S.

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    Barry Ritholtz: There is no doubt that the brand new Bentley Continental GT for 2020 and 2019 in Europe ... is a gorgeous car. But with an MSRP that starts over $200k and can quickly reach near $300k, it is out of reach for ordinary enthusiasts.

    Enter the used exotic car market, where through the magic of depreciation, super cars at super prices quickly become almost reasonable. ...

    Regardless, the Bentley Continental GT remains one of the most beautiful car designs ever. This lovely white on white example is simply a spectacular example of the genre.

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  • 1960 Plymouth Fury 2-Door Hardtop

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    Barry Ritholtz: America in the 1950s was in full post war glory. The build out of suburbia, the interstate highway system, the rise of the middle class post war — all led to endless options for consumers. A lot of pent up demand had built up during the war, and a decade later, it still was not fully satisfied.

    Automobiles reflected the ambitions and economic strength of the nation. The Big 3 were in hot competition for the middle class’s dollars. Their cars became bigger, faster, ever more flamboyant. Today’s example was a 2 door 1960 Plymouth Fury that pretty much marked the peak of the fin era.

    The Plymouth Fury began in 1956 as a muscle car, and eventually morphed into a family sedan. The early versions set speed records at Daytona as a “Factory Experimental” (as opposed to production car), hitting 149.124 mph over the sand. ...

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