This car owes its name to Nuvolari’s heroic drive in the 1947 Mille Miglia, while its aggressive shape owes a great deal to pre-WWII aerodynamics
Italian industrialist Piero Dusio built up the Consorzio Industriale Sportivo Italia into a successful conglomerate before WWII. He was also an uncommonly good amateur racing driver and like many successful racing drivers, he dreamed of creating a car of his own.
When the war ended, super salesman Read More
Originally a bicycle manufacturer, and probably best known as a maker of fine racing motorcycles, Edoardo Bianchi built his first automobile in the early 1900s. A wide variety of models followed over the next 30 years, though by 1940 the firm was concentrating on motorcycles and commercial vehicles.
Car manufacture resumed in 1957 under Fiat auspices, Autobianchi’s debut model being the Bianchina, based on Fiat’s new 500. Positioned up market from the Fiat, the Bianchina debuted as the Trasformabile Read More
This car needs someone to sort it out and drive it. When these are right, they make superb vintage rally and tour mounts
Vincenzo Lancia loved automobiles, driving and motoring competition. The delectable machines that flowed from the factory were the expression of his passion. There were many great designs pre-War: the Lambda V4 of the vintage years; the Augusta, Lancia’s first small family car; the nimble little Aprilia of the late Read More
British troops called the gasoline-powered American tanks ‘Ronsons.’ Like the cigarette lighter slogan of the day, they ‘lit the first time when struck’
The catalog description for the M3 Stuart light tank was sparse but pithy.
Manufacturer: American Car & Foundry Co., U.S.A. Crew: Four. Engine: Continental W-670-9A; 7-cyl. engine. Length: 450cm. Width: 246cm. Height: 230cm. Approx. Weight: 14.25 tons. Armament: One 37mm gun. Two replica 30-inch machine guns
The teenagers who had Farrah Fawcett posters have grown up and (loud groan) have started to collect 1980s cars
The sensation of the 1971 Geneva Salon, the Countach was styled, like its predecessor, by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. Lamborghini’s four-cam V12 was retained, though this time installed longitudinally.
To achieve optimum weight distribution, designer Paolo Stanzani placed the 5-speed gearbox ahead of the engine between the seats. When production began in 1974, the Countach Read More
Positioning a V8 against the 6-cylinders of Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati must have seemed like a good idea at the time
The note from the previous owner that accompanied this 1977 Lamborghini Urraco to auction was brief and to the point.
“There were only 520 P250s built. This is a one-owner Lamborghini bought by a lady in Pittsburgh. After several years of negotiations I purchased the vehicle. We did Read More
Citroën wouldn’t sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them
The Citroёn DS19 was launched on an unsuspecting world in 1955 and continued to be France’s car of choice well into the 1970s.
There were many interpretations of the theme, but one of the most appealing came from the workshops of established coachbuilder Henri Chapron, the “La Croisette Cabriolet.”
At first produced Read More
I suspect this car falls into the same class of collectible as hearses-you can’t get away from the Dark Side
This Russian Gaz-13 “Chaika” limousine is number 2,511 of only 3,719 built between 1959 and 1981. The Chaika-which means Gull-was favored by Kremlin officials, Soviet heads of state, and senior KGB officers.
To the average Russian, however, the cars were sinister symbols of the terrible power of the state. The large Read More
In 1970, after just 7,136 km, this unique V12 Granturismo was bricked up in a garage on a busy street
Lamborghini’s first model-the 350 GT-wowed the motoring press and public at its 1964 launch. Not content to rest on their laurels, Lamborghini’s engineers were already at work on the 400 GT, which was in road testers’ hands by the end of the year.
The series-produced 350 GT/400 GT coupé Read More
The first Panhard rolled out in 1891, and in 1892 this pioneer firm created the mechanical layout nearly all other successful manufacturers would follow: front engine, midships transmission, and driven rear wheels. Called “La Systeme Panhard,” it was the beginning of many innovations this company would bring to automotive development, such as wheel steering and standard pneumatic tires in 1898.
By 1894 they had become prominent competitors in the early city-to-city races, and in 1898 a Panhard won the Paris-Rouen Read More