Nor Cal Spotlight

Toyota Tundra fans got to check out the next year’s model at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show which will be at the dealers in September. The full sized Tundra comes in 5 grades (SR, SR5, Limited and the two premium grades Platinum and 1794 Edition) each offering its own distinct advantages and options.

2014 Tundra Double Cab

2014 Tundra Double Cab

Even the base line SR is loaded with features including a display audio with a backup camera and Bluetooth built in. Our test team was impressed by the visibility offered by the backup camera. Guide lines help to establish the distance of object on the screen and the camera automatically switched on based on user programmed preferences. We had the camera set for backing up and right turn. At first the camera switching on was a little distracting, especially when preparing for right hand turns, but we (more…)

The Ford Focus electric is Ford’s first ever all electric passenger car. The 2012 Ford Focus was designed with specific competitive features in mind including a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles. Using a 240 charging station the Focus can be charged in 3-4 hours, half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf. The design will be familiar, as it’s based on Fords global C-car platform which is used for both the gasoline and diesel powered Ford Focus vehicles which where debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Detroit Auto Show) and were launched at the Paris Motor Show in September.

2012 Ford Focus Electric

2012 Ford Focus Electric

“Focus Electric is the flagship of our new family of electrified vehicles, showcasing our commitment to offer consumers choice when it comes to fuel-efficient or fuel-free vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “Its advanced powertrain will deliver significant energy efficiency advantages and zero CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment. And its suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs.” (more…)

California continues to lead the world in the use and development of electric vehicles (EV). One of the newer automotive manufacturers is Coda (based in Benicia California) with its all electric sedan. The company focus for Coda is “Green Technology” with its first effort being the 4 door, five-passenger all electric Coda Sedan.

2012 Coda Electric Vehicle

2012 Coda EV

To start off the 2012 Coda has a pretty impressive warranty, a 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty, 5-year / 60,000-mile power train warranty and 10-year / 100,000-mile limited battery warranty. It also has one of the best driving ranges for an electric vehicle with a range of up to 125 miles per full charge (which takes 5 hours on a 220 volt, 30 amp charger. Top Speed for the Coda is 85 Mph and is electronically limited. (more…)

Maybach is not one of the manufacturers you hear a lot about in the U.S. Unlike some of the other chauffeured vehicles like Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Maybach a devision of Daimler hasn’t reached the level of popularity needed to make it a household word. That being said, Maybach and the Maybach Landulet easily competes with the other ultra luxury vehicles in style and class.

Maybach Landaulet

Maybach Landaulet

Maybach the early years

Maybach first became great in the twenties and thirties. During this time cars like the Maybach Type Zepplin DS 8 Cabriolet could be found in all of the major markets so it wasn’t unusual to see them in major cities like New York, Monte Carlo and Berlin. Wilhelm Maybach was an exceptional design engineer and was the designer of the first Mercedes. (more…)

1970 Cadillac DeVille

1970 Cadillac DeVille

Today NorCal Spotlight is on a 1970 Cadillac Coupe Deville for sale in Red Bluff California. This fully restored Cadillac has all original Cadillac parts and a V8 7.7liter Engine. It has 91000 miles on it and runs great!

Here are a few more specs:

  • Air Conditioner
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Leather Interior
  • Power Windows
  • Power Steering
  • Power Locks

You can find this car (if still available) in our Classic Car Classifieds section of the NorCalCar private party classifieds.

1923 Ford T Bucket

1923 Ford T Bucket

Today’s Nor Cal Spotlight is on a 1923 Ford T Bucket for sale in our automotive classifieds section. This red and gray beauty has an automatic transmission and leather interior And can be found (at least until it is sold!) in our Nor Cal Classifieds Classics Cars for sale section.

Here are a few more of the specifications you might be interested in. (more…)

2011 Ford FiestaAn Introduction with Flare

By designing to attract and meet the needs of a wide variety of personalities and styles Ford is appealing to individualism with the new 2011 Fiesta. The vibrant design, (nine shades make up its dynamic color palette), reflect the “Inspired by Color” campaign that has hallmarked the release of the Fiesta.

Fun and Functionality

More than just a fun car with a funky color scheme, the Fiesta is also practical. With 15 different technologies, that work together to produce a projected fuel economy rate of 40 mpg, it gets a best-in-its-class fuel rating.

But good gas mileage is not all it has to offer.

For ever known as the Daytona, the 365GTB4 was Ferrari’s final fling for the front engined two seater; four seaters would continue with front mounted engines, but two seater sports Ferraris would be mid engined after this. But what a finale. It was a bold statement of sheer power and shameless aggression, from sharp front end to the wide fastback that had lost any semblance of its predecessor’s narrow cabin, inset from a curvaceous waist line.

It was a big car too, heavy and bulky, but a muscle car designed to appeal to the American market; its performance and maximum speed would leave all of those and the Europeans standing, it was king of the road in its day. Its predecessor had been the 275 GTB4.


Most of the Ferrari’s model names have been based on the capacity in cubic centimeters of a single cylinder, 12 of the 250 GT cylinders gave 3 liters; for cars specifically designed for the American market where cubic centimeters are unrecognized, the name became more important than the numbers. The 410 Super American was a very fast late fifties Gran Turismo powered by a 4.9 liter V12 engine with 360 bhp available for the third series, one of which produced these figures for Road and Track; 410 wasn’t far out, as its 4962 cc engine had 413.5 cc per cylinder. Like most of the road going Ferraris, the body was styled by Pininfarina.

Ferrari 410 Super America

Ferrari’s first recognition of the American market potential came very shortly after the company was set up in 1946; where the European market expected small efficient engines, the American wanted big horsepower figures from big capacity engines.


After early forays into building single-seater for Formula Junior and Formula 2, Alejandro de Tomaso joined the ranks of Italian sports car builders back in 1963. The first offering was the mid-engined Vallelunga which used a backbone chassis to which was bolted a 1600 cc Ford Cortina engine; this took all the rear suspension loads via arms on the transaxle bell housing. The theme was extended at the 1965 Turin Show with a sports racing car using a bigger backbone which carried a 271 bhp Ford Mustang engine; never raced, this formed the basis of the Mangusta using body styling by Giugiaro while he was working at Ghia.


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