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Still Rolling: Swedish and the Bandit

This Trans Am was imported to Germany from the U.S. before it was shipped to Sweden.

Photo courtesy of Julia Eliasson

Across the Atlantic a Phoenix rose. A gold firebird dressed the hood of a 1977 black Trans Am T/A as it left the shores of North Carolina on its international voyage in the twilight years of the 1970s. It arrived in Europe and was transported to Germany.

There, amongst double overhead cams and flat inline fours, the Trans Am was used as a display piece in a General Motors dealership. The car was never driven except when it was being moved for stationing.

It served as an example of automotive power and design of the West. This wasn't a car anymore so much as an art piece designed to provoke thoughts of Levis, Cindy Crawford, and movie lines from "Smokey and the Bandit".

1977 Pontiac Trans Am T/A The Trans Am has had very few modifications.Photo courtesy of Julia Eliasson

That was the car's existence throughout the 1980's until it was bought by a private owner and moved to Sweden in 1992.

New country, same lifestyle. The Trans Am was spared from Scandinavian winters, sitting tucked away in dry garages and storage sheds, becoming a garage collectable despite never to be removed from its box.

It wasn't until the summer of 2018 that the Trans Am saw a new hope. It came in the form of a young woman named Julia Eliasson who would save this Pontiac from a fate of never-ending storage and auction houses.

Julia is a 21-year-old self-described car-girl from South Sweden. She lives in the city of Hassleholm, a town whose population of less than 20,000 has a surprising amount of vintage American cars.

The Trans Am's privileged life allowed it to stay in Barrett Jackson-type condition. The car had been stationary for most of its life to the point that the odometer broke from lack of use. The only modifications done to the car since leaving America are the addition of aftermarket wheels and exhaust system, but Julia has plans on reinstalling its original duel pipes sometime in 2020.

The 1977 Trans Am is Julia's dream car. Right before she bought it, she was prepared to settle for a second-gen Camaro when the listing for this T/A suddenly popped up. The planets aligned in Julia's favor as the owner decided to give her the opportunity to buy the car out of several potential buyers.

1977 Pontiac Trans Am T/A The Trans Am is living its best life, being driven in Swedish summers.Photo courtesy of Julia Eliasson

The Swedish woman's love of American V8's was passed down from her father who has several muscle cars in his high-octane past including a 1970 Chevrolet Nova and 1975 Pontiac Firebird.

Julia's favorite detail on the Trans Am is the CB radio.

Winters take up a lot of months on the Swedish calendar, so Julia only drives the Trans Am in the spring when the sun is out and the countryside beams with vivid shades of green. She takes her screaming chicken to local car shows and car meets around town, something she plans on doing for years to come.

In crafting the new Roma coupe, Ferrari took design notes from its heritage.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Three weeks ago, the Ferrari Roma celebrated its world premiere. In the days since, the Italian automaker is saying all the right things about the Roma to get enthusiasts' hearts pumping, billing the mid-front-engined 2+ coupe as having, "refined proportions and timeless design combined with unparalleled performance and handling."

As Ferrari looks forward with this new design, the automaker is looking back to 1950s and 60s Rome. In an era defined by the intersection of modern amenities but with a foot strongly in tradition, mid-1900s Italy was rising from the conflict of World War II and heading toward the economic boom that would mark the 80s. Life in the 50s and 60s, for the average Roman, was filled with the joy of taking pleasure in everyday experiences.

Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn Gregory Peck Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) holds the hand of American actor Gregory Peck in a still from the film 'Roman Holiday,' directed by William Wyler, 1953. Photo by Getty Images

In the 50s and 60s, Ferrari was projecting the evolving Italian lifestyle into its designs. The company's V12 grand tourers gained prominence including the luxurious Ferrari America. The Ferrari 250 added a touch of refinement in the sports car segment with a thoroughly modern body style, slimming the design lines that the company featured in its 1950 166 Inter a few years prior.

Under the Roma's hood is 611-horsepower turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 that is specifically tuned for the new model and gets 561 pound-feet of torque. Its body is lightweight and offers generous curves to look at, similar to what famous Roman Sophia Loren did for cinema goers in the 1950s and 60s. The engine is paired with Ferrari's eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2019 Ferrari Roma 2020 The rear of the touring car has a thoroughly modern design.Photo courtesy of Ferrari

Ferrari has filled the Roma with the latest technology the automaker offers including a large driver information screen, vertically-orientated centrally-located infotainment screen, and a screen in front of the passenger that gives them access to audio controls along other functionality.

The car also features a number of selectable drive modes.

2019 Ferrari Roma 2020 Three screens dominate the interior of the Roma.Photo courtesy of Ferrari

The debut model was fitted with 20-inch dual-five spoke wheels.

Experts estimate that the Ferrari Roma will cost upwards of $220,000 when it goes on sale next year.

Jaguar is bidding a fond farewell to the XJ with this limited edition model.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

The end of XJ design is drawing nigh. Jaguar is celebrating with the addition of the new XJ Collection Special Edition model. Only 300 models of the 2019 Jaguar XJ Collection Special Edition will be produced.

To get to the special variant, Jaguar's design team started with the Jaguar XJL Supercharged model, which gets its power from a 470-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. They added the 20-inch five split-spoke style wheels with a satin gray finish from the short wheelbase version of the XJ Supercharged. A "Collection" badge has been added to the deck lid.

2019 Jaguar XJ Collection Special Edition The model features special "Collection" badging on the deck lid.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Buyers can get the XJ Collection Special Edition model with either a Yulong White, British Racing Green, or Santorini Black paint job.

Inside, the car features gloss rich oak veneer door panels with linear laser inlay, a wood and leather steering wheel, unique treadplates, and a "XJ Collection One of 300" intaglio on the leather-wrapped dashboard. Interior options include Ebony/Ebony, Mineral/Ivory, and Ebony/London Tan leather.

2019 Jaguar XJ Collection Special Edition Buyers have three interior choices, all appointed with leather.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Standard in the new model are adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, all-season tires, InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with Meridian audio, connecter services, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10-inch infotainment touch screen, and tailored smartphone apps.

The original XJ was revealed in 1968 and you can get one now for around $5,000 according to Hagerty. The new model starts at $85,000.