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ISSIMI is an enthusiast-owned, full-service specialist offering sales, consignment, collection management, service, and consulting to discerning enthusiasts and collectors. Specializing in complex transactions that include international services for exceptional cars, ISSIMI’s San Francisco Bay Area and Europe-based teams of experts pride themselves on transparency and knowledge. ISSIMI also produces enthusiast editorial media, including “Spotlight,” “Jason Cammisa on the Icons,” “The Carmudg ...
 
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In the latest and thoroughly overdue episode of The Carmudgeon Show, the boys spend an hour or so discussing their latest video projects: Jason’s just released Icons episode about the G80 M3 (which necessitates revisiting the E30 M3 and E46 M3 and of course the W201 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16), and Derek’s upcoming BTS with DTS episodes about the Lexus L…
 
It’s no secret that neither Jason nor Derek love contemporary McLarens, despite them being objectively quite good. In this episode, they discuss the reasons why they feel this way, and also how modern McLarens are like a variety of foods including mirepoix, Mexican food, and turkey soup. Incidentally the exact opposite of these reasons is why they …
 
Automotive alliances and buy-outs are commonplace. Sometimes they go well: BMW did a great job of bringing back Mini in the early 2000s. Sometimes they go poorly: BMW did a terrible job with Rover during the same period. But BMW isn’t the only marque that’s done this, in fact most of the big players do: Ford with Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, a…
 
visit: www.issimi.com Jason and Derek start this episode by discussing their upcoming video projects, on the Renault R5 Turbo 2 and the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS respectively. Derek is gobsmacked by the driving experience of the RS and Jason reluctantly admits that the 911 is one of the best driver’s cars of all time, despite his outspoken distaste f…
 
visit: www.issimi.com Where is the geographic center of gravity of the automobile industry? And what is a geographic center of gravity anyway? In this episode, Jason and Derek discuss the idea that there’s a country at any given time that dominates the automotive industry, either in terms of technical innovation or marketplace impact. Jason suggest…
 
Jason and Derek took a road trip in a Corolla and the car wasn’t great. Then they took one in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and it *was* great. Jason also installed a factory retrofit digital instrument cluster for his Lotus Elise, as well as a modification from 034Motorsport which allowed him to achieve 1.07g of lateral acceleration from...his…
 
The Carmudgeon Show is back! ...for now. And so too is the Nissan Z, and it’s a looker. But fear not, Jason and Derek are able to find things to complain about when it comes to the 400Z Proto. And speaking of complaining, they are less than enthusiastic about the heinous looks of the new G80 and G82 BMW M3 and M4. In the course of discussing update…
 
It’s time we put you in charge of the subject matter — and we received hundreds of great questions. Many were remarkably intelligent, some were genuinely difficult to answer, and a few cracked us up. Either way, thanks to our awesome audience! This is the last episode for the first season of The Carmudgeon Show — and it’s the longest episode yet. J…
 
In this episode of the Carmudgeon show, Derek and Jason discuss fast cars. Or, more precisely, they complain about fast cars. Speed limits haven’t changed, so as cars get faster and faster, it just means we get to enjoy them less. Derek recently drove a Ferrari 488 Pista, the first Ferrari Jason thought was too fast. And yet Car and Driver Magazine…
 
In this episode, Derek and Jason peer into the crystal ball to concoct the recipe for the perfect collectible car. What it comes down to is a number of factors; a checklist of characteristics. Did the car represent an end of an era? Or if it was replaced, was its replacement fundamentally different in a bad way? How many units were made — only two …
 
This week, Derek and Jason discuss every generation of the Chevrolet Corvette while ogling beautiful sculpts made by Amalgam Collection. Derek explains that the C1 Corvette, in all of its various bodies, was perhaps better to look at than to drive, with a solid rear axle and (in early versions) a truckish straight-six engine. Jason hasn’t driven on…
 
This episode is all about leasing — or in other words, spending on depreciation versus investing in a car. There’s a certain cost of transportation that you just can’t beat, calculating Total Cost of Ownership. Paying more than that for something special (for example, a magnificent Alfa Romeo Giulia) can be worth it, but when you look at the upchar…
 
This week, we ask the million-dollar question: when is it okay to modify your collector car? Or must you keep it stock at all costs? Turns out, it depends — if your car is a “reference grade” collectible car, its value will be in its originality and correctness. But Derek and Jason discuss many times when it may be okay to modify: when it addresses…
 
The official "ISSIMI" t-shirts are here! https://teespring.com/stores/issimi-shop Like a magnificent grand piano that needs to be tuned, you can drive a vintage car that drives nothing like it should. How, where, and who maintains a car can influence how it drives, even more than any inherent goodness or badness from the factory. There is some vari…
 
How much ground clearance do you need in an apocalypse vehicle? After all, running over zombies might damage the cooling system on your venerable Mercedes W123—which otherwise will be the official car of the cockroach, long after all other life forms on Earth have ended. Surely we all know (except Derek) that Zombie Apocalypse vehicles need to be d…
 
Get the official ISSIMI merchandise here: https://teespring.com/stores/issimi-shop Andy Palmer, the CEO of Aston Martin, was just fired with no notice — and was replaced by Tobias Moers of AMG fame. What happened? Why? And most importantly: what will happen to the cars? Jason’s met Palmer and has spent a bunch of time with Moers: what’s his best gu…
 
Your taste in cars says a lot about you. We collect, covet, and drive different cars for many different reasons, but we see all kinds of different themes in people’s tastes. Some people are one-marque wonders; others chase a great driving experience or even a colorful palette in their garage. Perhaps what makes car-shows like Radwood so incredible …
 
There is perhaps no more iconic 1980s supercar than the Ferrari Testarossa. But the Testarossa has a big secret: it’s not a supercar. Oh, it has the performance in spades — but it’s actually a civilized grand tourer in personality. That’s what surprises nearly everyone who drives one for the first time. It’s comfortable. Exceedingly quiet. It rides…
 
The Bugatti Veyron went into production 15 years ago, which means it’s now old enough to be considered a classic car in some places. Derek and Jason take a minute to discuss what was the fastest car in the world, the most expensive car in the world, and surely one of the most momentous automotive engineering projects in recent history. Fresh off th…
 
Unless you just don’t care about anything, it’s wise to have a pre-purchase inspection, or PPI, on any car you’re purchasing. And not just by a random friend who can kick the tires for you, but by a marque expert. That’s especially important because more important than noting overall condition is finding things that aren’t “correct.” Using the inco…
 
You know the adage: you should never meet your heroes. Here’s the thing: Derek and Jason have. And it’s worth trying. Each of the boys came up with a list of cars that met their expectations — and a list of cars that didn’t live up to the hype. Here’s the thing: the lists were about the same length. So chances are somewhere around 50/50 that your h…
 
To appreciate all cars, you have to have experienced many. If it supposedly takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert, can you fast-forward through that time by asking an expert like Jason or Derek? Cars are irrational and personal choices, so what’s right for one person may be completely wrong for another, even if those people have…
 
Quarantine and lockdown can’t stop the boys from being Carmudgeons, so nothing has really changed, except that Derek and Jason recorded this episode while in different counties. This episode, recorded at what is likely to be just the start of the Coronavirus’ global impact, discusses the likelihood that the pandemic does nothing but accelerate the …
 
It sounds daunting, but buying a car abroad is not difficult. Long before they even knew each other, both Jason and Derek had each turned a summer European vacation into a car-buying extravaganza. Importing a 25-year-old car into the U.S. isn’t difficult at all, and duty isn’t expensive. [NOTE: This episode was recorded in early March 2020 before t…
 
Having a transaxle is one of the most reliable signs that a car is cool. At least that’s the theory — and we’re not talking about front-wheel-drive cars here. In this episode, Derek and Jason discuss front-engine, rear-wheel-drive cars that have their transmission mounted in back. There are only a handful of transaxle sedans ever made, and they’re …
 
There aren’t many, but there are some SUVs that Derek and Jason love. And they have one thing in common: authenticity. They’re all trucks in the traditional sense — Land Rover Defender, Range Rover Classic, Lamborghini LM002, Mercedes G-Class, Suzuki Sidekick and Geo Tracker, and of course the TJ Jeep Wrangler. [NOTE: This episode was recorded in e…
 
Derek finally drove two modern sedans, the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Performance. They both blew his mind, but he only wants one for himself. That said, he thinks everyone else should buy the other. In this episode, Jason and Derek stumble across an idea of how to save Alfa Romeo in the U.S. — and why Tesla Model 3 h…
 
Badges, emblems, signs, and stickers: this week’s Carmudgeon show is all about why so many cars have badges for seemingly irrelevant things. Trim-level badging apparently helps with resale values, but why is it necessary to tell the cars behind you that you have Tuned Port Injection? Jason and Derek take an illustrated trip down memory lane, discus…
 
Who invented the sport sedan? — The Carmudgeon Show — Ep. 16 Here’s a hint: it ain’t BMW. Derek and Jason postulate that Alfa Romeo invented the sport sedan at about the same time that BMW was making things like the Isetta bubble-car. This episode is an information-packed, hour-long discussion about the origin of the sports sedan — and what that te…
 
In the 1970s and 1980s, the hottest cars had turbochargers: things like the BMW 2002 Turbo, Saab 99 and 900 Turbo, and the 930 Porsche 911 Turbo were the pioneers. Then, supercars like the Ferrari 288 GTO and F40 changed our perception of what “fast” really meant. But today, it’s the cars without the turbos that stand out — among others, the Porsch…
 
In this episode, Jason and Derek contemplate a recent BringATrailer auction where a 1971 Datsun 240Z sold for $315,000 ($310,000 plus fees.) It’s a well-known thing in the collector car world that rarity is often a multiplier for any inherently desirable car’s value. It’s simple supply and demand. It follows, then, that cars produced in extremely l…
 
Jason Cammisa owns his cars just because of how they drive — and yet it occurred to him that several of his cars were designed by some of the most celebrated automotive designers of our time. Derek Tam-Scott does, too — and what follows is a conversation on how some designers have a signature (like Marcello Gandini’s bizarre shapes born out of pack…
 
We’ve just spent the week in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual collector-car auction spectacular, visiting the auctions put on by Gooding & Company, Bonhams, Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM Southebys, and Leake. In this special episode of the Carmudgeon Show, filmed on location in Scottsdale, Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott discuss why the…
 
Jason Cammisa and Derek Tam-Scott discuss what went on behind the scenes in order to make the recent ISSIMI video about the Ford Shelby GT500 video including: Lisa the flag girl, Derek's shirtless cameo, and the challenges of getting all the cars together in the same place at the same time. They also discuss why the video features a Challenger Hell…
 
This week, we get to know the real Derek Tam-Hyphen-Scott, as he teaches us how he deals with oblivious drivers who pace each other in the left lane. Of course, he blames that bad behavior on Jason Cammisa. There are lots of opinions in this one — California drivers are bad, but it’s the Pacific Northwest that takes the crown for the worst drivers …
 
Why, as enthusiasts, do we love wagons so much? Jason and Derek discuss why they love wagons in general and their wagons (BMW E30 325i Touring, Audi C3 200 20v Avant, Mercedes S211 E500 4Matic) specifically. But Americans hate wagons, or so the manufacturers say when everyone asks them why they don’t bring wagons to America. However, Jason points o…
 
Derek Tam-Scott arranged a holiday road trip for a bunch of his friends, and in this episode, Jason Cammisa learns his real motivation for it: to abuse a loaner car. What follows is a discussion about the great parts of taking road trips with friends, the dangers of mountain weather, and a lot of stories about how to properly get your money’s worth…
 
“Ford versus Ferrari” is a great film that got most of the important details right, but it’s not a documentary. And some of the cool stories about the street cars didn’t make the cut. In this episode, Jason and Derek discuss some cool history about the original Shelby cars, including the homologation-special Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 — and how it r…
 
When the W198 generation Mercedes 300SL road car came out in 1954, it was the McLaren F1 of its day. A no-compromises, high-tech, and exotic car that went faster than any other roadgoing car, it was decades ahead of its time. We discuss subsequent generations of the SL including the W113 or Pagoda (230SL, 250SL and 280SL), R107 (350SL, 280SL 450SL,…
 
That’s the question Derek Tam-Scott asks on this week’s episode of the Carmudgeon Show. Jason has owned his 1987 VW Scirocco 16V since 1997 — and has had plenty of other Mk1 Volkswagens, including a Cabriolet — that have out-ranked, out-fun, and out-lasted the Porsches, Ferraris, Lotuses, BMWs, Miatas, and Cosworth-Mercedes in his collection. Jason…
 
Everyone has a bad day, and the same goes for car companies. The late 1990s and early 2000s were a really bad time for Mercedes-Benz, and they’ve recovered just fine. Do we think the same will happen to BMW? Or is the Bavarian company beyond repair? We thought VW was once beyond repair, but they’ve proved us wrong before. And Maserati has been havi…
 
Some people dismiss the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a hairdresser’s car. Others think it’s the answer to all automotive questions. Does the truth lie somewhere between these two extreme positions — or is one of them actually right? Derek just bought a heavily modified NA Miata with Öhlins dampers on it, and it’s great. Jason had a stock NA and it wasn’t. T…
 
Every classic-car event is overrun with air-cooled Porsche 911s. There are reasons why — the 911 is great to drive, robust, and reliable — but should misery be part of the old-car ownership experience? Is buying an aircooled 911 the obvious choice, or is it the lazy one? == The Carmudgeon Show is a comedic, information-filled 25-minute conversation…
 
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