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One Lap of the Web: Buick Hellcats, Ford's five-dollar workday and a new look for the Lotus Seven

Mon, 13 May 2013

We spend a lot of time on the Internet -- pretty much whenever we're not driving, writing about or working on cars. Since there's more out there than we'd ever be able to cover, here's our daily digest of car stuff on the Web you may not otherwise have heard about.

-- Petrolicious asks a tough question we don't mind answering: Would you rather have a 1956 Facel Vega FV2B or a 1962 Maserati 3500 GT by Touring? It's Hemi-powered French quirkiness versus an effortlessly styled Italian thoroughbred -- what a dilemma.

-- Via Hemmings, renderings of a classic Indy car-style body atop the renowned Lotus/Caterham Seven chassis. If you're not a fan of the Seven's square-backed form, this looks to be an awesome alternative, albeit one that exists only as a concept.

-- Who says classics can't be practical? The 1968 Dodge Custom Sportsman A108 van at Bring a Trailer has room for 11! Presented with refreshed paint but an unrestored interior, this V8-powered people-hauler could be yours for $6,200 or best offer.

-- The New York Times Wheels blog looks back at Buick's tank-building past with a review of the M18 Hellcat. The Hellcat was reportedly the fastest tank of WWII with a top speed of 60 mph -- and it was likely the smoothest too, thanks to a transmission design that would lead to the postwar Dynaflow.

-- How, exactly, did the legendary Ford five-dollar workday come about? At the Wall Street Journal, Richard Snow, author of the upcoming book “I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford” takes a look at Ford's justification for paying his workers roughly double the going rate for 1914 -- and some of the controversial strings that were attached to the deal.

By Autoweek Editors