Accelerating out of the Uncanny Valley.
My new, recurring column in Automobile magazine features outlier vehicles from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, cars that presented fresh ideas or innovative technologies but failed to connect with consumers then and remain undervalued (read: bargains) today. Up first, the 2003-04 Infiniti M45.
Though you might peruse your wardrobe and assemble the same old set of separates into the same old boring outfit for inane work or social functions—jeans, button-down, windowpane plaid blazer, patent-leather wing tips, viridescent cravat, black sapphire pinky ring, stovepipe hat, white tiger on a platinum chain—there are certain rare times when the fashion sprites shine down on you, spizzle you with their magic glimmer, and grant your look an inexplicable frisson. Your selfies radiate likes, your cohorts shower praise and glower rapaciously. You nail it.
Using cunning strategy and perseverance, Joe Bortz has assembled the world’s foremost collection of American concept cars. He reveals some of his best tricks in this Autoweek feature.
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