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1935 Fiat Balilla 508S Coppa d’Oro

The Tipo 58 Fiat was first introduced in 1932, very much a car for the mass market and featuring a side valve engine with three speed gearbox and fairly staid two-door saloon bodywork. It was of all-metal construction and available in Saloon, Torpedo or Spyder versions. The little four-cylinder engine […]

1964 ASA Mille GT Berlinetta

{vsig}1996-3_1704{/vsig} The ASA Mille was the first car not made by Ferrari to have a Ferrari engine. The prototype was built in 1958 and was road tested by Enzo Ferrari, who used it as his day-to-day car for a year. With a four-cylinder twin-cam engine of 850 cc, it was […]

1955 Porsche Speedster

Although Ferdinand Porsche did not commence building cars until 1948, his engineering pedigree was well established, with designs ranging from the awesome Auto Union V16 Grand Prix car to the Tiger tank. After World War II, however, and fresh from serving a two year prison sentence as a result, Porsche […]

Aston Martin Ulster Basket of Bits

{vsig}1996-3_1708{/vsig} Introduced at the 1934 Motor Show, the Ulster Aston Marin is simply regarded as the epitome of pre-war Aston Martin achievement. The narrow two-seater coachwork by Bertelli was a replica of the 1934 Team Cars and featured a flat scuttle and a long streamlined tail with the spare wheel […]

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

{vsig}1996-2_1712{/vsig} It was in January 1974 that the John Z. DeLorean Corporation was established in Detroit, its eponymous founder having steadily climbed the ladder from engineer to general manager within the American motor industry and recently resigned from General Motors. He soon laid plans to produce his own limited production […]

1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly Racer

{vsig}1996-2_1710{/vsig} One of the great personalities of American racing is Jim Hall. He made his debut as a driver in 1954 and is still a team owner in IndyCar racing. His Chaparral sports cars of the 1960s were the first cars to race successfully with wings, and the first to […]

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competition

{vsig}1996-2_1711{/vsig} When Motor Sport’s governing body announced late in 1967 changes to the Sports Car Regulations limiting engine size to three liters, Enzo Ferrari was so furious that he withdrew from participation in the 1968 Constructors Championship. It was therefore left to privateers such as Luigi Chinetti of New York […]

1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C Monoposto

{vsig}1996-1_1715{/vsig} This magnificent “time machine” is virtually unique in being a Grand Prix car which has lain completely unrestored and substantially unaltered since it was last raced in earnest over forty years ago. This illustrious car has an exceptional provenance. It is a most important survivor from the epic “Age […]

Aston Martin DB5

{vsig}1996-1_1714{/vsig} 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 […]

1959 Ferrari California Spyder LWB

{vsig}1996-1_1713{/vsig} 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 […]