I’d call it heavy and ungraceful, but not ugly. As if a Bavarian housewife had muscled in on the turf of a Brazilian lingerie model
BMW began life as an aero engine manufacturer in WWI (check out the propeller on the badge) and branched into heavy trucks and motorcycles in the early 1920s.
The company’s first car was the diminutive 1929 Dixi, based on the English Austin 7, but BMW Read More
The greatest attraction of the car is that it is ideal for vintage tours and
rallies, offering protection from the elements and reasonable luggage space
In 1955, Road & Track described the Arnolt-Bristol as “American designed, British powered and Italian styled.” Offered as a coupe or roadster, it combined the talents of designer Arnolt from Chicago, the car division of Bristol Aircraft in England, and the body-building talents of Bertone in Read More
This car is accepted by the Vintage Sports Car Club as a pre-WWII example, which is a big plus as it can race (and beat up on) lesser sports cars
Before we examine this unique car, let’s take a look at its origins. In 1934 BMW’s first sports car, the very nimble 315, made mincemeat out of the British Aldington brothers and their “chain gang,” chain-drive Frazer Nash sports cars in the Read More
Together with its predecessor the 500K, the magnificent Mercedes-Benz 540K was arguably the most noteworthy production model offered by the Stuttgart firm during the 1930s.
A development of the 500K, whose independently suspended chassis it shared, the 540K was powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged straight-eight engine. It featured the company’s Roots-type supercharger system, in which pressing the accelerator to the end of its travel would engage the compressor and close off the atmospheric intake.
Launched at the Paris Salon in Read More
Because this car is a 2+2 and a cabriolet it weighs several hundred pounds more than a 328, and acceleration will be leisurely
BMW’s first six-cylinder engine was launched in 1934, and formed the backbone of the company’s racing legacy. A modified version of the new powerplant was developed by Rudolf Schleicher and would stay in production until 1961, first as a 1.2-liter then as a 2-liter. It was a Read More
Someone called it Germany’s answer to the Thunderbird-and trust me, this was not a compliment
Unveiled to gasps of delight at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1955, the remarkably beautiful styling of the two-seater 507 came from the drawing board of German Count Albrecht Goertz, influenced not a little by U.S. BMW importer Max Hoffman. The new car was sleek and aggressive with a light alloy skin over a metal frame and Read More
Any time a dolled-up 6C 2300 with a short chassis sells for less then 200 grand, something stinks-and it’s usually the car
Carrozzeria Touring of Milan developed and patented Superleggera body construction, working with light alloys and sparingly dimensioned components to lay up aluminum panels over a cage-like steel frame. The earliest of these bodies ever made included those for Alfa Romeo’s 6C 2300B chassis in 1937.
The 6C 2500 was introduced Read More
The little jewels from Bologna won everywhere-from the small regional Italian events to major international venues like the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Le Mans and Sebring
A tiny bantam of a racing car, the OSCA Mt4 was ahead of its time, winning overall at Sebring in 1954 with Stirling Moss and Bill Lloyd behind the wheel. Its 1.45-liter, dual-overhead-cam four cylinder was fed by two Weber carburetors, and produced 120 Read More
Abarth was a master of self-promotion, he knew how to hire talented young people whose work he would later appropriate, and he knew how to make a quick buck.
Born in Austria in 1908, Karl Abarth was a European motorcycle champion in the 1930s who fled to Italy during World War II. His firm, Abarth & C., was formed from the remnants of the famed Italian constructor Cisitalia in April Read More
The catalog offered a believable explanation that the factory records are “mistaken,” and that the car was indeed an Atalante from day one
The Type 57 Bugatti was introduced in March 1934, and variants of this touring model formed virtually the entire output from the Molsheim factory until war intervened in September 1939-by which time a total of less than 700 examples had been produced. Influenced by Ettore Bugatti’s talented young son Read More