Every Monday morning, here at VCARs, we’ll give you a quick round-up of the stories making the news in the national motoring press. Read The latest from The Guardian, Mail, Mirror and Telegraph right here.
“In the week I spent with the retro-tastic Mercedes-Benz SLS, not one person asked me what size its engine is (6.3 litres), how much it cost (£168,395) or what its fuel consumption is. But they all asked about the doors. It’s the modern reinterpretation of the 300SL of the mid-1950s. The SLS is almost 2m wide, the cabin perches over the rear axle with the vast bonnet stretching off to the horizon. Inside that long bonnet is a colossal V8 which means you’ll get to 62mph in 3.8 seconds. When pressing the start button it’s as if you’ve unleashed a maniac. It bellows and grunts, whinnies and whimpers.” Read more about Mercedes at Guardian online, buy a used Mercedes S Class here.
The Mail looks at a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that has a cocktail bar in the boot and is set to fetch £1m at Monaco auction:
“This classic Rolls-Royce is expected to fetch £1million at auction after receiving one of the brand’s most flamboyant-ever makeovers – complete with a cocktail bar in the boot. The 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Two-Seat Drophead Coupi is one of just two models ever built. But it is better known by boffins as the ‘Honeymoon Express’ because it has no rear seats but a huge boot. There were just two models ever built. The 54-year-old Roller boasts an electric hood, the finest leather and even a cocktail cabinet with four whisky tumblers.” We have used Rolls Royce right here.
The Telegraph has written a piece on the dangerous growth of social media while driving…
“In 2011, the number of smartphone internet users stood at 17.6 millions and people just can’t be out of touch, even while driving. 24 per cent of motorists aged 17-24 admit to accessing email/social-networking sites from their phones while driving, according to RAC figures. Dr Nick Reed, a senior human factors researcher who led the project, found that those who use their smartphones on the move routinely spend up to 60 per cent of their time looking down at the device instead of focusing on the road ahead, compared with those without phones who spend just 10 per cent of the time, on average, looking away, for instance to check the speedometer, satnav or in-car entertainment.
A new IAM report suggests that the phenomenon could be responsible for hundreds of “unexplained” accidents each year, adding that the true scale of the problem remains masked, as it is notoriously difficult for police to establish if a driver has been using a phone before a collision.”
The Daily Mirror reports that Whitney Houston’s used Porsche 911 is up for auction. “A 1991 Carrera 4 in Grand Prix White with 53,000 miles, it could make anything between £20k and £100k.”
It’s the same Porsche in which Whitney swiped a bus back in 2004. Click here if you’re looking for a used Porsche.
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