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Year in Review: The Top Automotive Stories of 2013

The year is about to come to a close, so we thought it would be a perfect time to look at the automotive year in review. Rather than offer up our speculation, we went to the facts, and arranged the ten stories with the highest traffic on BoldRide. Here is what you were reading about the most in 2013:

10) Study Shows Police Are Scanning our License Plates and Keeping Records

Year in Review: The Top Automotive Stories of 2013

As Craig Fitzgerald pointed out earlier today, Big Brother is starting to watch. We are certainly at a crossroads in our right to privacy, and 2013 was a year that it started all to change.

9) Bentley’s First SUV Built in 1994 For a Sultan


Last year Bentley debuted the EXP 9 F– a concept for a luxury SUV. In 2013, Bentley confirmed that it would produce a vehicle based on that concept– but according to our numbers, you were more interested in the story of the Dominator– a Range Rover based, Bentley-bodied SUV, built for the Sultan of Brunei in 1994.

8) BMW M4 Pebble Beach Debut


The BMW M3 Coupe is on its way out, replaced by the M4 Coupe. The new performance two-door made its world debut at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This will be one of the most written about cars of 2014, and people were very keen to see the first images of the M4.

7) Seven Things You need to Know about the new Toyota Supra


Rumor has it, Toyota is going to bring the Supra sports car back. If this turns out to be true, it would be a win for performance enthusiasts everywhere. We provided a list of what to expect from this future ride.

6) Tamara Ecclestone’s Playboy Shoot: You Are Welcome (NSFW)


The daughter of Formula 1’s boss most have some serious daddy issues to undermine her father’s (already rocky) reputation in the motoring world. That said, I bet you’ll click on the link to see images.

5) Sports Car Face Plants: Porsche 914


It was the worst Porsche ever made, and folks were keen to read why.

4) $250K For a Wrecked Ferrari- Welcome to the World of French Art

Wrecked Dino

The fact that someone would pay $250,000 Ferrari Dino GT4 is questionable. Paying that much for a Dino that you can’t drive is simply insane. I’m an art fan, but this is brutal.

3) Gas Monkey Garage Restores Ferrari F40 To Perfection


Gas Monkey garage has done some great projects, but none are greater than this incredible F40 restored to perfection.

2) 2015 Ford Mustang Leaked?


The new Mustang is a car that we are very much looking forward to driving– and you were all keen to check out the first images of the new Pony Car. So were we!

1) A Look Inside Paul Walker’s Garage


Unfortunately, this was THE motoring story of 2013. It was a shock to hear of his passing, and then questions arose about the nature of the Carrera GT that he was in at the time of the crash. At the end of the day, the cause of the crash was “speed, plain and simple.” The fascination with this unfortunate incident led many to check out Walker’s car collection.