Legend has it that Ferruccio Lamborghini began building cars because he felt insulted by Enzo Ferrari’s treatment of him as a customer. Whether true or not, Lamborghini was not one to do things by half, investing in a brand new factory and recruiting the best available engineers – amongst them Giatto Bizzarrini, designer of the Ferrari 250GTO, and Gaimpaolo Dallara. The resultant 350GT, its Scaglione styling considerably refined by Touring of Milan, debuted at the 1964 Geneva Salon and Read More
When Lotus launched its then quite radical mid-engined Europa in 1966 it received lavish praise for its superb roadholding and handling, but was criticized for a lack of power from the Renault 16 engine. A tuned Gordini option was mooted but when Lotus developed the racing Europa Type 47 to contest the Group 4 GT category, it was a Cosworth Lotus-Ford twin cam, the Mk 13C, that supplemented the Renault unit. The twin overhead camshaft, 1,594 cc four-cylinder, allied Read More
This particular 300SL Gullwing is one of the most famous of all British Gullwings as it is RYT 28, the press car, that was completed on the 5th of December 1955 and delivered new in January 1956 to Mercedes-Benz (GB) at Camberwell. This information is documented in both the chassis records and in Michael Frostick’s book The Mighty Mercedes which documents all of the approximately 59 Gullwings delivered new to the UK. RYT 28 was used and driven by Read More
When it was launched at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show the striking Alfa Romeo SZ caused quite a stir. Its angular and aggressive looks were at the same time unconventional and appealing; although they led to the Italian press labeling the SZ as il Mostro, or the Monster, they left little doubt that this was a performance machine.
Underneath composite body panels bonded to a steel frame – but with aluminum roof and carbonfiber rear spoiler – ground effect Read More
The new 500 TR (Testa Rossa, red-topped cylinder heads) was introduced in 1956 as a replacement for the previous 500 Mondial and although designed for customers only, a few factory-entered races were undertaken while development work was progressing with the new 250 Testa Rossa. The first three cars were bodied by Touring and were identifiable by large cut-away front wheel arches and in the 1,000km Supercortemaggiore race at Monza all three cars finished 1st, 2nd and 4th. Read More
There were seven Maserati brothers and Alfieri, Ernesto, and Ettore were for many years involved in racing with a variety of cars. In 1926 they set up a small factory in Bologna and started making cars under their own name, using the trident insignia of that city as their badge, which continues to this day. Their first product was the Type 26, and first time out it won its class in the Targa Florio. Between the years 1926-1940 this Read More
Few cars in competition have fueled the imagination like the giant-killing Mini Cooper, the combination of diminutive size, outstanding roadholding and punchy power often running rings around the opposition. Following the original 997 cc Mini Cooper’s launch in July 1961, Pat Moss gave due warning of the car’s potential by winning the 1961 Tulip Rally on only the car’s second outing, and the following year John Love won the British Saloon Car Championship; it was successes like these that Read More
Introduced in 1971 and in production until 1975, the BMW 3.0 CS shared the same wheelbase and style of the 2800 CS with an improved Karmann-built bodyshell, a full three-liter engine (straight-six overhead-camshaft) and four-wheel disc brakes. It provided more power and improved torque, output of 180 bhp being recorded on this model and even more when allied to Bosch fuel injection. The example pictured here is not injected, and has the desirable four-speed manual gearbox. It also features Read More
The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 made its first appearance in 1967, but so sound was the basic design that developments of it were raced by the company until 1977, when it won all eight rounds of the World Sportscar Championship. Early cars which appeared under the designation “Tipo 33” had V8 engines, but in 1973 a new three-liter flat-12 engine was introduced. This was a very powerful unit indeed, a fact which led to Bernie Ecclestone signing a deal Read More
The 1954 Paris Salon hosted the world premiere of the Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo which was to become one of the most important milestones in the history of Automobili Ferrari. The 250 GT Series was the first Ferrari standardized production touring car, and in its many guises spanned a period of almost ten years. This was the era of great expansion at Maranello and established the marque with an enviable worldwide reputation.
The 250 GT superseded the short-lived 250 Read More