by Glenn Herz
The great charm of the stick shift 530i is that it not only invites but also rewards driver participation and skill. Never common in sedans, this trait is fast disappearing in sports cars as well.
With Rover in the net, BMW becomes almost twice the size of Mercedes-Benz. It was also the only German maker so show a profit in 1993. SCML recently sampled Read More
We need to begin by understanding what kind of “Junior” this is. The Junior Zagato is not a little-brother Zagato; Junior refers to the engine size.
When Alfa released the Giulia 1600 cc engine in 1963, as a replacement for the Giulietta 1300 cc, Alfisti landed in the next-higher “circulation” tax bracket. To soothe those who enjoyed the smaller-displacement engine (and lower annual tax), Alfa introduced the 1300 Sedan (with new body style) and Sprint (old body style) Read More
The 910 is an exceptionally rare and important part of Porsches racing history, and should be of great interest to any serious collector, as it was a direct ancestor for the 908 with which Porsche won its first World Championship in 1968.
The 910 was one of the second generation of Porsche sports racers; it was a line which began with the 904, and it had been strengthened by the lessons learned when the factory bought two Elva Mk Read More
Try this at your next Alfa club meeting.
Take a poll. Ask how many of the members own or have owned GTVs in either 1600, 1750, or 2000 flavors. Ask those that sold them if they wished they had them back. Ask those who have them how they feel about their cars.
Odds are, the response will be something like this: ‘My GTV was the best Alfa I ever owned. Powerful enough to cruise at 90 Read More
Imagine a modern car company tooling up to produce anew model, then stopping after a mere 92 examples were produced. That’s exactly what happened with the Alfa Romeo Quattroruote (or `4R’) Spider.
Inspired by an article in the Milan motoring magazine, “Quattroruote”, Alfa Romeo commissioned the coach-builder Zagato to clothe a contemporary Alfa chassis in coachwork that would duplicate as closely as economically feasible the classic lines of the 1930’s Alfa 1750 Gran Sport.
The result Read More
The Camera RSR has a special place in Porsche history because it was the first time that the company ever built an ‘homologation special’ version of a production car.
As has often happened over the years, the sports controlling body then began to talk about a replacement formula; the championship would be run with production-based cars, essentially a ‘silhouette formula’.
Porsche was interested in such a formula; it had built the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in sufficient numbers for Read More
In 1963, Alfa Romeo decided that the 1,300 cc Giulietta series was due for a facelift and the 1,600 cc Giulia model was introduced. The most apparent identifying feature of the Giulia is the chromed, horizontal faux hood-scoop trim, replacing the petite vertical chrome strip of the earlier Giulietta. Alfa Romeo claimed this scoop was necessary to clear the increased height of the 1,600 cc engine. However, these larger engines are regularly retrofitted into the earlier, 1,300 cc chassis Read More
When Mercedes-Benz made their welcome return to motor racing in 1952, they did so with a stunning looking space-framed Gullwing 300SL sports racing Coupe. The results achieved that year were noteworthy, including winning both the 24 Hours Le Mans race and the grueling Carrera Panamericana, and coming in 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Mille Miglia. At the end of the season these cars were officially retired, but in the meantime their enthusiastic New York agent was trying to persuade Read More
Imagine yourself as a fly on the wall at the headquarters of Alfa Romeo circa 1956. The conversation concerns the fate of the 1900 driveline, now that the Touring-bodied three-window (Fifth series) coupes and serial-production sedans were reaching the end of their sales viability.
Buoyed by the success of the Giulietta Sprint, and with the public clambering for more Giulietta Spiders, the conclusion the planning powers reached was predictable.
“We’ll simply replicate the Giulietta Spider, Sprint and Berlina in Read More
Back in my car repair days I remember burrowing under the hood of a Mercedes 300 SEL. We called them by their engine size so it was known as the 6.3. If memory serves, it was the water pump that I was trying to excavate from the maze of hardware and plumbing. About three hours into the job my friend Chuck ambled up, peeked into the darkness of the engine bay and said “German cars are always over-engineered.except Speedsters.”