Slowly examine one of these cars from every angle and the true genius of Walter Dorwin Teague Jr.’s design is apparent
Howard Marmon was a brilliant engineer; he completed his first automobile in 1902 at the age of 23. It was remarkably advanced for its time, featuring an overhead-valve, air-cooled engine. This would be the harbinger of bigger and better things to come, as Marmon continued to modify and improve Read More
Dropheads were a rare sight new and even scarcer today, with exceedingly handsome styling in the vintage English idiom
The Morgan Motor Company, the oldest independent automobile company on the planet, crafts its unique sports cars in a turn of the century factory in Malvern Link, Worcestershire, England. To this day, Morgans are still built according to vintage coachbuilding traditions in the original facility, established in 1910.
The stately Read More
If you own one of these old chariots and you’ve been thinking about parting with it, this would be a good time to act
Before entering the automotive business in 1901, the George N. Pierce Company of Buffalo, NY, had been engaged in making such diverse products as birdcages and bicycles. Pierce’s first cars were called Motorettes and were powered by DeDion-Bouton engines. By 1903 Pierce was building two-cylinder cars and in Read More
The new owner paid the price times two for one of the finest XK 140 dropheads extant
The XK 140 was introduced in October 1954, retaining the classic XK lines but with major changes in engineering and appearance. A chrome strip ran down the length of the hood and another on the trunk lid drew attention to the medallion in the middle that proclaimed the marque’s Le Mans wins. The car wore Read More
Except for being repainted at some point in its life, this amazing one-off was totally untouched from new
This Bertone-bodied Abarth 1500 Biposto coupe is one of the most important barn finds in recent motoring history. It is among the earliest, if not the first, of the Fiat-based Abarths. It is Franco Scaglione’s first design for Bertone and the centerpiece of Bertone’s exhibit at the 1952 Turin Motor Show.
In retrospect, Read More
Its door gaps were as exact as a bespoke Tuxedo and the engine bay was spotless
Austin-Healey’s highly successful six cylinder cars entered their final iteration in 1964 with the BJ8 series, or Mk III. This was the high point in driver and passenger comfort for the “big” Healeys, as they became more of a grand tourer rather than an all-out sports car.
Starting with the dramatically new four-cylinder 100/4 Read More
A Rembrandt of iron and rubber
The Mercedes-Benz SSK was developed from the S-type chassis and fitted with a 7-liter SS engine. About 33 SSKs rolled out of the factory from 1928 to 1932, and about half were competition cars like this one, which was sold with the word “Rennwagen” (racing car) written on the invoice. It was built as a long-distance racing car and fitted with the largest fuel tank ever Read More
After the second World War and into the 1960s, as prosperity increased with the car-buying public, the demand rose for better, more elegant and entertaining vehicles. Up until this time, most manufacturers concentrated on rather bland and functional cars. Volkswagen, of course, produced the Beetle and a Microbus.
Looking for a new “image” car, Volkswagen contracted with Karmann, one of Germany’s oldest coachbuilding firms, to build such a vehicle. Karmann, in need of a design, approached the famed Read More
In 12 short years, Bentley became one of Britain’s most revered marques through its cars’ technical sophistication and enviable record in long-distance racing events, including winning the Le Mans 24-hour race five times.
Designed by Walter Owen Bentley and his colleagues, the 3-Litre was the progenitor of the 4.5-, 6.5- and 8-Litre Bentleys. The 3-Litre combined several developments not previously seen in road-going cars, including an overhead camshaft driving four valves per cylinder, the first use of aluminum Read More
The remarkable styling of the CG series Imperials was the work of LeBaron, one of the greatest design firms of the classic era. Founded by Thomas L. Hibbard and Ray Dietrich, and later joined by Ralph Roberts, the company established itself as innovative, creative and responsive. Although Hibbard and Dietrich later left the firm to pursue other opportunities, the company flourished at the hands of Ralph Roberts.
Probably the most striking design in existence at the time was Read More