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Top 10 Stories of the Week

3/27/2015

MSN Autos: Top 10 Stories of the Week

Chevrolet Corvette Z06<br>Price: $78,000<br>We have seen some powerful Corvettes through the decades, and many vintage models from the ‘50s and ‘60s have been fetching top dollar at auction in the past few years. It’s not much of a stretch to suggest that the most powerful production Corvette ever will likely be a classic in 25 years. Not only is the Z06 the most powerful Vette, the 650 horses from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 make it more powerful than any other production car from General Motors — ever.© General Motors Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Price: $78,000
We have seen some powerful Corvettes through the decades, and many vintage models from the ‘50s and ‘60s have been fetching top dollar at auction in the past few years. It’s not much of a stretch to suggest that the most powerful production Corvette ever will likely be a classic in 25 years. Not only is the Z06 the most powerful Vette, the 650 horses from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 make it more powerful than any other production car from General Motors — ever.

It was a mixed bag of content that attracted car lovers' attention this week -- from what car collectors will be buying in 2040 to the speeding laws in all 50 states. Click through to see MSN Autos' most-read stories of the week.

10. The 25 Greatest Car Designers of All Time

1951 General Motors Le Sabre Concept© Provided by Automobile 1951 General Motors Le Sabre Concept

Learn more about the influential designers behind some of the world's beloved classic cars. Take a car-themed walk through history with this collection of swoon-worthy designs.

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9. Classic Cars of 2040

Cars of Future Past<br>The classic car market is hot right now — cars are selling for record prices, and if you happen to have the right vehicle you can really cash in. Sure, no one has a crystal ball, but could you buy now for a possible future windfall? Our friends at Hagerty Insurance like to think so — they publish an annual Hot List of future collectibles. Hagerty Insurance is the world’s leading insurance provider for classic vehicles, which gives them a unique perspective on predicting what a vehicle will be worth in the future. Here’s Hagerty’s take on which of today’s cars are likely to be classics in 25 years. To be included in the Hot List, a car must be produced in the 2015 model year and be priced below $100,000.© FCA US LLC Cars of Future Past
The classic car market is hot right now — cars are selling for record prices, and if you happen to have the right vehicle you can really cash in. Sure, no one has a crystal ball, but could you buy now for a possible future windfall? Our friends at Hagerty Insurance like to think so — they publish an annual Hot List of future collectibles. Hagerty Insurance is the world’s leading insurance provider for classic vehicles, which gives them a unique perspective on predicting what a vehicle will be worth in the future. Here’s Hagerty’s take on which of today’s cars are likely to be classics in 25 years. To be included in the Hot List, a car must be produced in the 2015 model year and be priced below $100,000.

With a hot market, classic cars selling for record prices right now. But what will collectors be coveting in 25 years? Sure, no one has a crystal ball, but Hagerty Insurance has made its best guess. Take a look at their annual Hot List of future collectibles, then starting saving.

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8. 2015 Saleen Black Label 302 Mustang Debuts with 730 HP

2015 Saleen Black Label 6© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Saleen Black Label 6

Last weekend, Saleen revealed its highest-performing tuned 2015 Mustang yet: the Black Label. With a supercharger and higher-flow fuel injectors, the Black Label pumps out a neck-snapping 730 HP and 600 lb-ft of torque. 

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7. 2016 Midsize Sedans: What to Expect from Chevrolet, Nissan and More

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2016 Kia Optima are coming to next week's New York Auto Show, adding to the still-hot midsize-sedan market. This story previews what's ahead for a dozen new or refreshed options.

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6. Consumer Reports names best sedans

With four-door sedans taking the title of the most ubiquitous vehicle on U.S. roadways, selecting the perfect sedan can be overwhelming at first. Consumer Reports cuts through the marketing hype with a list of picks selected after more than 50 tests and evaluations.

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5. 7 Weird Cars that Became Surprising TV Stars

Breaking Bad: Walter White's Pontiac Aztek: The legendarily hideous Pontiac Aztek may have seemed like a distracting choice as protagonist-turned-antagonist Walter White's vehicle. In fact, it's a masterstroke: Like Walter, the Aztek was family-oriented, unsuccessful in its intended mission, and built on brittle bones. It's a deftly chosen totem for a character who wanted to escape suburban middle-class monotony but never knew how. And when Walter finally did escape his former anonymity, the car became a Dorian Gray–esque portrait of its owner's downward moral spiral, collecting damage in pace with Walter's increasing ruthlessness. When he ultimately (spoiler alert!) ditches the faded and abused crossover, the act is an undeniable symbol of Walter's choice to never go back to the life he had before. What We Said: "To our chagrin, the production car is nearly a carbon copy of the show car . . . It needed 10.8 seconds to struggle to 60 mph from rest. Gasping to 100 mph takes 51.8 seconds." —October 2000© Ursula Coyote/AMC The legendarily hideous Pontiac Aztek may have seemed like a distracting choice as protagonist-turned-antagonist Walter White's vehicle. In fact, it's a masterstroke: Like Walter, the Aztek was family-oriented, unsuccessful in its intended mission, and built on brittle bones. It's a deftly chosen totem for a character who wanted to escape suburban middle-class monotony but never knew how. And when Walter finally did escape his former anonymity, the car became a Dorian Gray–esque portrait of its owner's downward moral spiral, collecting damage in pace with Walter's increasing ruthlessness. When he ultimately (spoiler alert!) ditches the faded and abused crossover, the act is an undeniable symbol of Walter's choice to never go back to the life he had before. What We Said: "To our chagrin, the production car is nearly a carbon copy of the show car . . . It needed 10.8 seconds to struggle to 60 mph from rest. Gasping to 100 mph takes 51.8 seconds." —October 2000

Sure, sure, Walter White was the star of Breaking Bad, but what about his Pontiac Aztek, which the series almost manged to make cool? Check out this list of the favorite unlikely automobile stars from TV's last decade.

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4. 11 Things That Make You a Bad Driver

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You know not to text/drink/fall asleep when you're behind the wheel, but what about singing? Having a cold? Being a Libra? This list looks at some of the more bizarre traits that can make you a bad driver.

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3. 1969 Dodge Daytona - Rare Finds

Today: The car as it was found by Greg Kwiatkowski.© Provided by Hotrod Today: The car as it was found by Greg Kwiatkowski.

This is an incredible story behind the world's first 200 MPH race car. It turns out the car that actually achieved the glory had been forlornly sitting outside of a race shop in Iowa for almost 25 years.

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2. 50 States of Speeding: Laws for every state in the U.S.

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This slideshow compiles each state's maximum highway speed, reckless driving threshold, and mandatory and maximum penalties for reckless driving. Find our why you should never, ever speed in Virginia.

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1. 11 Niche-Filling Vehicles That Don't Exist But Should

2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS: With GM's Australian subsidiary Holden ceasing production in Australia by the end of 2017, the future of the Chevrolet SS, which is based on the Holden VF Commodore, is uncertain. Holden has hinted that there will be a next-generation Commodore-badged vehicle, but we're wondering if Chevrolet's next low-volume four-door performance flagship could be a redesigned version of the next-gen Camaro.© Provided by MotorTrend With GM's Australian subsidiary Holden ceasing production in Australia by the end of 2017, the future of the Chevrolet SS, which is based on the Holden VF Commodore, is uncertain. Holden has hinted that there will be a next-generation Commodore-badged vehicle, but we're wondering if Chevrolet's next low-volume four-door performance flagship could be a redesigned version of the next-gen Camaro.

Motor Trend plays car designer and dreams up vehicles that don't exist, but should. A couple-like Mazda6 sedan? Sure. A Camaro-based four-door? Why not? See the full list of dream cars at the link.

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