Like most manufacturers after World War II, Alfa Romeo had to rebuild factories and produce a range of cars that would be economically viable to both manufacturer and public. Already a suitable new engine existed in the 2.5-liter six-cylinder of 1939, basically an enlarged version of the previous 2.3-liter unit, which powered the 6C 2500 Sport and Super Sport chassis of the same year; it was natural, therefore, to continue with these basic models when production resumed Read More
The Lancia Stratos was the first car to be designed specifically for international rallies – in which it enjoyed extraordinary success – and because 400 examples had to be built, it allowed some lucky people to buy a competition machine for the road. It was a revolutionary design of timeless beauty which was among the first of the modern “supercars.” With a top speed (in production form) of 143 mph (o-60 mph in 6.8 seconds) allied to superb handling and Read More
Pininfarina has pulled off many masterstrokes in its time, but few compare with its styling of the Testarossa. Those long “egg slicer” grilles down the side of the body are more than merely functional, they are more than just a style statement, they are positively inspired. They are the sort of simple idea which every other stylist in the world looks at and says, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
The Testarossa is also a car which was developed Read More
When the Giulietta SZ was first announced, it was described by Sports Car World as “Zagato’s Little Jewel” and, over 30 years later, there is n reason to dispute that assessment. With 100 bhp, a five-speed gearbox, a top speed of 120 mph and 0-50 mph in 81 seconds, there was no other car in its class which could match it for performance, style and all-round capability.
Road & Track said that it went faster than it felt, a Read More
The origins of the Alfa SV Zagato, and in turn all the other Zagato bodied Giuliettas up to the TZ-2, lie in an accident which occurred when Dore Leto di Priolo lost his Giulietta by a bridge during the Mille Miglia in 1956. The badly smashed car was retrieved from the river and taken to Elio Zagato, another member of the Scuderia Ambrosiana, with a request that he create a new and lighter body. Using only the platform chassis Read More
Unjustly overshadowed by the great 365 GTB/4 Daytona, which was produced concurrently, the 365 GTC/4 was seen as a softer alternative and as a result remained a largely underestimated Ferrari for many years. It shared the Daytona’s 4,390 cc, four cam V12 engine, breathing through six Weber carburetors, albeit slightly detuned to produce 320 bhp at 6,200 rpm and a lusty 318 lb.ft at 4,000 rpm. Allied to a five-speed gearbox, the 365 GTC/4 still offered considerable performance with Read More
The Carrera RS is one of the most famous Porsche models ever built, and has come over the years to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. It was designed and built with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche’s engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track, yet which at a moment’s notice and with no modifications could equally be used for shopping or long distance travel. Read More
Before World War Two, Donald Healey’s achievements included an outright win with an Invecta at Monte Carlo and no less than six Alpine Cups. He drove and designed cars for Triumph from 1934 to 1939, but after the war he decided to go it alone and produced a series of sports cars which soon ran up an impressive number of successes in events such as the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia and the 24 hour races at Spa and Read More
Factory publicity described the sensational new SS100 as “primarily intended for competition work and sufficiently tractable to use as a fast tourer without modification.” The Heynes-designed overhead-valve engine was capable of giving the car genuine 100 mph performance and the styling of the new sports two-seater reflected William Lyons’ influence at its very best. The cars achieved rally successes in the hands of Tommy Wisdom, Sam Newsome and later of course Ian Appleyard, but also ventured onto the racing Read More
The Ferrari 250 GT was born in 1954 and for ten years it continued to undergo developments and improvements that were above all dictated by racing experience. 1960 saw the introduction of the 2+2 GTE, the first of the four-seater Ferraris.
The 250 GTE had more room than the other versions, and yet it was a fast sports car in its own right; 240 bhp translated into a top speed of almost 150 mph, with acceleration to match. As Read More