The Trident symbol, representing the city of Bologna, features foremost on the Maserati emblem and is often referred to as the heartbeat of Italian motoring – in that Bologna is situated in the central part of Italy and the Maserati name has been associated with racing since the early 1920s. Certainly the name Maserati has been upholding Italian honors for longer than any other sports and racing car manufacturer and yet it has always been a small family-oriented company.
It is fair to say that before the Miura, Lamborghini produced some outstanding Grand Touring cars which, despite their superlative mechanical specifications, somehow lacked a definable persona. All this changed on 10 March, 1966 when the Geneva Salon opened its doors to the public. Sitting proudly on the Lamborghini stand was the very fist Miura. Completed only days before and finished in a striking orange hue, the car caused a sensation. Its mid-engined V12 layout was in itself highly Read More
Fiat is one of Italy’s oldest and greatest car manufacturers and, although remarkably successful in early motor racing, has made surprisingly few real sports cars. The Turin firm won the French Grand Prix in 1907 and again in 1922 when Nazzaro won the race at 79.10 mph in a two-liter Fiat. Yet the first notable sports car to emerge was, arguably, the 1934 Fiat 508 “Balilla,” following several class wins by various Fiats in the Mille Miglias of the Read More
Considered by many people to be the most beautiful racing car of its period, and an enduring classic design of all time, the Type 35 Bugatti is also one of the most successful racing cars ever built, with a string of major victories in the hands of famous
In the late 1920s it was also the best car that could be purchased by an amateur racing driver and at the same time Read More
Although Lancia’s competition program during the early Fifties brought much fame to the company there was little fortune, and in 1955 Gianni Lancia and his mother sold out to millionaire Carlo Pesenti. A major modernization program was undertaken and the first model under Pesenti’s ownership was the 1957 Flaminia. A saloon (and a coupe alternative from 1958) with styling by Pininfarina, it was powered by a 2,458 cc V6 engine allied to a de Dion transaxle for optimum weight Read More
This magnificent Maserati 250F was built new as a private customer car to the order of Australian owner-driver Stan Jones.
Father of Alan Jones – who would win the Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship title with the Williams team in 1980 – Stan Jones was a contemporary Australian hero for his exploits in the very fast and powerful Maybach Special single-seater racing car, built by Repco engineer Charlie Dean. One Read More
Legend has it that Ferruccio Lamborghini began building cars because he felt insulted by Enzo Ferrari’s treatment of him as a customer. Whether true or not, Lamborghini was not one to do things by half, investing in a brand new factory and recruiting the best available engineers – amongst them Giatto Bizzarrini, designer of the Ferrari 250GTO, and Gaimpaolo Dallara. The resultant 350GT, its Scaglione styling considerably refined by Touring of Milan, debuted at the 1964 Geneva Salon and Read More
There were seven Maserati brothers and Alfieri, Ernesto, and Ettore were for many years involved in racing with a variety of cars. In 1926 they set up a small factory in Bologna and started making cars under their own name, using the trident insignia of that city as their badge, which continues to this day. Their first product was the Type 26, and first time out it won its class in the Targa Florio. Between the years 1926-1940 this Read More
During the late 1950s and early 1960s Giotto Bizzarrini was associated with a number of Italian Super Car manufacturers. After leaving Pisa University with an automobile engineering degree he joined Alfa Romeo as a chassis engineer, then to Ferrari as a test driver where his engineering prowess was duly recognized and he became head of the experimental department. One of his projects was the development of the famous 250 GTO but he then left Maranello with Chief Read More
The story of the Ferrari powered Fiat Dino is nowadays well known, the cars having long since achieved classic status. The Fiat Dino came about as a result of new rules imposed by the FIA upon the marques competing in the 1967 Formula Two championship, in which Ferrari was a prominent contender. These rules stipulated that all F2 engines would henceforth have to be built in 500 units at least, something Ferrari could not hope to achieve without the Read More