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 win races with an automatic transmission. Hall pioneered ground effect technology, although his method utilized fans powered by a two-stroke engine. He also underwrote the sports car business of fellow-Texan, 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
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 4 1/2-liter Bentley was the last of the traditional big sporting cars with four-cylinder engines. In concept it was a scaled up three-liter with the same bevel-driven overhead-camshaft and non-detachable cylinder head, but output was up to 110-115 bhp and maximum speed to over the 90 mph mark. The supercharged version first seen at the 1929 London show wore its Amherst Villiers blower and twin SU carburetors between the front dumb-irons, and with 182 bhp, speed rose to Read More
Arguably Britain’s first Gran Turismo worthy of the appellation, the svelte 140 mph DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show. Successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek’s new twin overhead camshaft, al aluminum straight six engine and an aluminum body designed by Touring of Milan featuring its Superleggera lightweight construction. Beneath its sleek and beautiful lines, the 3,670 cc engine developed 240 bhp, while the Read More
This superb example of one of the world’s desirable sports cars has covered only 8,000 miles from new and was road-tested by the English magazine “The Autocar” (Dec. ’71). When we say that this car will accelerate 0-100 mph, in 11.7 seconds, and cover the standing quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, we do not mean a car of this type – we mean this car. “The Autocar,” indeed, chose it for its special “Christmas edition” road test, which traditionally Read More
The Jaguar D-Type was one of the most beautiful and charismatic sports racing cars ever made, not to mention one of the most successful. First appearing in 1954, the D-Type featured bodywork of a highly aerodynamic nature, complete with tail-mounted fin for top speed stability, penned by ex-aircraft designer Malcolm Sayer. The center section of the car was of monocoque construction, similar to that of an aircraft fuselage, while power came from the now legendary twin-cam, dry-sump, 3,442 cc Read More
More than any of its previous models, the 1960s Interceptor firmly established Jensen as a producer of stylish, high-performance and hand-built cars.
Launched at the 1966 London Motor Show, the Interceptor proved a star attraction. Beneath its attractive Vignale designed coupe coachwork, the substantial parallel tube chassis featured independent wishbone/coil spring front suspension with a live, leaf-sprung rear axle located by Panhard rod and disc brakes all round. Power came from a Read More
The XK140 was introduced in October 1954 at the London Motor Show as the successor to the XK120. The XK140 was easily distinguishable from its predecessor because of its Mk 7 type front and rear bumpers, the traditional radiator grill but with fewer slats and a chrome strip which ran along the center of the bonnet and the boot. Under the bonnet the XK140 had the traditional 6 cylinder unit of 3.4-liters with bore and stroke of 83 mm 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