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
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
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
Fine car though the Aston Martin DB2 was, its sales had been affected by the limitations of two seats and minimal luggage space. Aston Martin thus redesigned the rear of the car to enable two occasional rear seats to be installed, at the same time raising the roof line slightly to increase headroom and fitting a larger rear window in an opening lid; as such this Aston, appropriately renamed the DB2/4, was arguably the world’s first hatchback.
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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
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 Rimoldi Alfa, named after its owner of over 50 years, is one of the most coveted cars of the pre-war era. The 8C-2300 series is regarded by many as engineer Vittorio Jano’s production car masterpiece. By 1930, Jano recognized that the incredible racing superiority of his 6C-1750 supercharged cars would not last much longer. He developed a straight eight-cylinder engine utilizing the same bore and stroke as the 6C-1750 supercharged twin cam units. The new engine was arranged Read More
Le Mans: one of the most evocative names in the history of motor racing, and the one which identifies one of the most charismatic Ferraris ever built, the 250 Le Mans Berlinetta.
The early 1960s were a time of great change and development at Maranello. Well into his second decade as a car manufacturer, Enzo Ferrari had already gained a reputation as the world’s foremost producer of the most sought-after road and Read More
Ferrucio Lamborghini’s desire to include a four-seater GT in his line up of models was granted when in the spring of 1968 the Espada was exhibited at the Geneva Salon. The stylists at Bertone had created a distinctive vehicle, far out in appearance yet eminently practical. With 150 mph performance it was directly in competition with the Ferrari 365 2+2. All round independent suspension was a feature and initially the four-liter engine was to produce 325 bhp later rising Read More