That Club Bugatti France actually welcomes owners of the EB110 is testament to the members’ regard for Artioli’s effort
Forty years after Ettore Bugatti’s death in 1947, the once legendary marque-one of the most renowned in automotive history-was acquired by ambitious Italian businessman Romano Artioli. His aim was nothing less than a resurrection of Bugatti as a state-of-the-art supercar.
Designated “EB110” (signifying 110 years after Ettore’s birth), the first new Bugatti since Read More
The ultra-glamorous French coupe became the car of choice for owners
including Picasso, Tony Curtis, Ava Gardner, and Stirling Moss
Almost all automobile marques carry the name of their creator. But that’s not the case of FACEL (Forges et Ateliers de Construction d’Eure-et-Loir), the company founded in 1939 by Jean Daninos, which became Facel-Métalion in 1945 with two distinct activities-aviation and automobiles.
The HK500 was presented in May 1958 and replaced the FV3 Read More
The estimate of $200,000-$250,000 was aggressive; the nearly $400,000 realized for this car is a high point for the marque
After the introduction of the new P-type Midget early in 1934, the N-type 6-cylinder Magnette appeared, replacing the L-types and the K-types. Originally, these models were fitted with a 56 hp, 1,271-cc engine in a beefed-up chassis. The new 6-cylinder N-type was capable of a top speed of just over 80 mph, Read More
Without doubt, Ettore Bugatti found his feet as an internationally recognized manufacturer of high-performance motor cars in 1926. The Type 39A was his first supercharged racer that really worked and gave little if any teething trouble. The 1926-27 Grand Prix Formula demanded cars of no more than 1,500 cc, with a minimum weight of 1,320 lbs, 110 lbs less than the limit for the 2-liter Grand Prix category of 1924-25. Riding mechanics were not required and a cover was permitted Read More
To take full advantage of the “panoramic” windows, the driver was moved to the center of the car
René Panhard and Emile Levassor obtained an 1888 Daimler patent for a V-twin motor, with the idea of using it in a small car. Two prototypes were built, equipped with a front-mounted engine and a gearbox.
Levassor and his team worked on increasingly powerful engines and tested them in races. In 1896, a Read More
It’s one of the most successful rally cars ever built, wicked and unforgiving
to drive, a spaceship for the road
Lancia was struggling when Sandro Fiorio, the company’s director of public relations, and his son Cesare, head of Lancia’s rally team, spied the Fulvia-based “Stratos” concept on the Bertone stand at the 1970 Turin Motor Show.
They immediately recognized its potential to revitalize Lancia’s competition reputation and generate some badly Read More
Delahaye had an enviable competition record, though most successes came either when the Germans didn’t show up or when they broke
Emile Delahaye built his first automobile in 1895 and in 1896 drove one of his cars to sixth place in the Paris-Marseilles-Paris race. Sporting ambition lurked in the background as his truck business was crippled by a glut of WWI surplus U.S. trucks.
Delahaye hung on, aided by a marriage of Read More
The Isabella sought to translate ’50s Detroit flash into a more compact Euro language, but it didn’t work; Americans wanted foreign cars that looked foreign
Carl Borgward entered the German auto industry as the charismatic proprietor of the Hansa Company in Bremen, Germany, in 1929, and produced individual and technically advanced vehicles between the wars.
From 1938, Hansa cars were marketed under the name of its proprietor, and in post-war years, when Read More
In 1951, Fiat’s great designer Dante Giocosa began work on a new high-performance sports car, the legendary 8V, or “Otto Vu” in Italian, a two-liter, V8-engined two-seater.
Giacosa theorized that for a car to have the power and characteristics for which he was aiming, a tubular chassis would not be stiff enough to mount the fully independent suspension, so a platform was constructed from welded sheet metal, to which was welded the coachwork paneling.
The chassis construction was contracted out Read More
Toyota’s 2000GT is widely acclaimed as the first Japanese car to be taken seriously by Western critics-the country’s first “supercar.” The model marked Japan’s rise away from dull derivative models toward the highly competitive position it enjoys today.
The 2000GT was originally penned by Albrecht Goertz (creator of the BMW 507) for Nissan, who were hungrily looking at the burgeoning American sports car market, but when accountants vetoed the car on the grounds of cost, Yamaha (who developed the engine) Read More