A 3.5-liter V8 with titanium rods, five-valve cylinder heads, and a
180-degree crankshaft gave 380 hp at 8,500 rpm
In the 1970s, Ferrari changed the Berlinetta formula from two-passenger front-engine V12s to a mid-engine V8, with the introduction of the 308 GT. This basic formula evolved over the years as technology advanced, but it took a major step forward with the F355 introduced in 1994. The successor to the poorly received Read More
“Matching numbers” cars are rarely seen, as most were behind the
Iron Curtain and kept running by any means possible
Tatra manufactured some of the most technically sophisticated cars of the 1930s, with a decidedly unusual approach to automotive design. That can be attributed to Austrian engineer Hans Ledwinka, who spent his early years working under pioneering automobile and aircraft designer Edmund Rumpler.
Beginning with the T11, conceived Read More
The Lotus Elan will forever be remembered as the ride of latex catsuit-
wearing Diana Rigg as Emma Peel in the BBC spy show “The Avengers”
Colin Chapman’s fanaticism about keeping weight off makes the average supermodel’s interest in the same subject seem merely casual. The results he achieved without materials like carbon fiber and the extensive use of aluminum were simply amazing, even if they were gained at the expense of Read More
3187 was a well-restored, correct car. Most 427 Cobras have been heavily modified or re-skinned after drivers ran out of talent
Only 291 Shelby 427 Cobras were ever sold in America for street use, of which 31 were S/C (“Semi Competition”) cars. About one-fourth of all street cars were later converted for competition duty, and most of the less desirable 428-equipped Cobras were ultimately fitted with 427s. Original, unmolested Shelby Read More
If you’re racing a 911 and it’s feeling twitchy in a high-speed turn, just hang in there, it will be okay. Above all, do NOT lift
While the Porsche 911 has amassed an unmatched record of racing successes, its entry into road racing was not initially championed by Zuffenhausen. With the exception of the 911R for 1967 and a short run of European rally-prepared 911L models, factory support was Read More
I’d call it heavy and ungraceful, but not ugly. As if a Bavarian housewife had muscled in on the turf of a Brazilian lingerie model
BMW began life as an aero engine manufacturer in WWI (check out the propeller on the badge) and branched into heavy trucks and motorcycles in the early 1920s.
The company’s first car was the diminutive 1929 Dixi, based on the English Austin 7, but BMW Read More
This car had come straight out of a $55,000 restoration and the restorer was on hand on sale day to answer questions, which always helps
Stanley Harold “Wacky” Arnolt made a fortune selling engines and other equipment to the armed forces during WWII. A lifelong motorhead, he set up SH Arnolt, Inc. in Chicago during the late 1940s to distribute MGs and other European imports.
At the 1952 Turin Salon, Arnolt Read More
This is an incredible drop from early 2008 prices but not terribly surprising. For Ferraris, 1,301 is a huge production number
The ultimate expression of Ferrari’s fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 gained the unofficial name “Daytona” in honor of the 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330 P4 at that circuit in 1967. The influential shark-nosed styling was by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, the famed carrozzeria’s director Read More
It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited
Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.
Howe’s place in the history of motorsport was assured by his 1931 Le Read More
Series II E-types aren’t quite the stylistic betrayal we’ve been led to believe. And they are an affordable way into the Jaguar mystique
If the Series I E-type is the prom queen, the Marcia Brady of E-types, then the Series II is Jan Brady-less glamorous and forever living in the shadow of her older sibling. A pity really, as the Series II is the most user-friendly of E-types.
The Jaguar E-type story is familiar Read More