While the exact origins of the 250 GT California Spyder are a little doubtful, there is no doubt that Luigi Chinetti, the American Ferrari importer, played a major role in its creation. He had certainly suggested on more than one occasion that a more sporting, performance-oriented car was needed to satisfy the American market. A car that was to be admired on the Boulevard and yet could be raced at the weekend.
The prototype 250 GT Spyder Read More
To many observers the Aston Martin DB5 is the epitome of the company’s models from the David Brown era, boasting both beauty and refined high performance. It is also the best-known Aston Martin in the world, having starred in the 1960s James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” complete with machine guns and other gadgetry. Indeed, this quintessential British GT is also probably the most instantly recognizable car in the world, a recent survey having estimated that an Read More
In its long series of 1920s Type 35 models, Bugatti produced the quintessential vintage sports car. The original roller-bearing unsupercharged straight-eight Type 35 made its debut in the Grand Prix de l’ACF race at Lyon-Givors in 1924, and the production plain-bearing unsupercharged Type 35A soon followed.
This intriguing example, chassis “4771,” was invoiced for delivery to UK agent Col. Sorel in Brixton Road, London, in June 1926. Its ledger entry lists engine number “93A,” but no record Read More
It was the Paris Salon of 1964 that Ferrari chose to launch his new Berlinetta Coupe, the 275 GTB. It was an evolutionary design from the preceding Coupe’s but considerably more sporting than the 250 GT ‘Lusso’ which it replaced.
The recent developments of the Competition 275P and 250M were reflected in numerous areas of the GTB. The engine officially designated Type 213 was the latest development of the Colombo V12 and has a displacement of 3,285.7 Read More
Vittorio Jano’s immortal twin-overhead camshaft six-cylinder 2.3-liter engine, introduced in 1934, was later developed by Bruno Treviso to become the 2500 of 1939, and this continued in production in Super Sport guise until 1951. The Supergioelle (Super Jewel) was not an Alfa Romeo model, but a style of bodywork developed by Ghia, and mainly seen in the late forties and early fifties on the Fiat 1500. Clearly, however, this example was built as an Alfa Romeo, and is believed Read More
When Porsche introduced their first competition designed sports GT – the 904 – in 1964, it was the beginning of a planned policy to extol the virtues of their production cars by building similar engined competition versions that could be sold to customers
When Porsche introduced their first competition designed sports GT – the 904 – in 1964, it was the beginning of a planned policy to extol the virtues Read More
Perhaps no car better epitomizes classic Ferrari design than the 275 GTB. Penetrative nose, long bonnet, low cabin and a short, neat tail are the ingredients that make for a masterpiece of sports car design. The 275 GTB drew inspiration from the preceding 250 GTO, and along with its timeless appearance introduced a number of important milestones for Ferrari including independent rear suspension and a transaxle-mounted, five-speed gearbox.
Following its launch at the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, subtle Read More
The Maserati name is the oldest and most respected in motoring history the world over. Established in 1926 by racing driver Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, it began as a racing marque and developed into a sporting one. The production of road cars started in 1958 with the glamorous 3500GT, a Touring bodied coupe powered by a detuned version of Maserati’s famed 350S competition engine of 1956.
The 3500 series proved to be a great success and represented Read More
In 1950 Alfa Romeo introduced the 1900, a modern sporting saloon with some unmistakable family traits. At about the same time as the management were firmly directing the company down this new road, they lost all sense of direction so far as competition cars were concerned.
It wasn’t that Alfa Romeo shunned competition; it instigated an ambitious sports car program for 1953 which was abandoned after running in only four races. A V12 F1 car was designed for Read More
The huge aftermarket in performance equipment shows just how restless many enthusiasts are about production cars. Most of us have made changes ranging from replacing engine and suspension parts to installing complete drivetrains. The results are usually a mixed bag but we never quit trying.
Major manufacturers do little better, usually stuffing in a big engine and adding trick wheels to make a crude “go fast but don’t try to steer or stop” mutation.
The C36, a joint effort Read More