Alternate terms for these quirky cars are “full of personality,” “individualistic,” and various other ways you’d go about describing a blind date
When the Lancia Flavia was first presented to the public at the Turin Motor Show of 1960, most people were amazed at its unconventional layout. Developed by the gifted engineer Antonio Fessia, it was the first Italian car to employ a horizontally fitted engine, a 90-hp, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder Read More
Mine had a habit of popping its pop-up headlights when going over bumps
TVR was founded by Trevor Wilkinson in the late 1940s, and has since endured more receiverships, changes in ownership, and near-liquidations than probably any other car company-Lamborghini included. Yet no matter how close to financial ruin the Blackpool, England, firm has veered, TVR has always operated as a low-volume producer of hand-built sports cars. This has resulted in some Read More
A serious, high-speed missile which rewards the serious pilot and frustrates the casual driver
The all-new 365 GT4 BB appeared on the world stage at the 1971 Turin Motor Show and received a rapturous reception. Of monocoque/tubular steel construction, it featured a mid-mounted, flat-12 engine derived directly from Ferrari’s sports prototype program.
Pininfarina clothed the state-of-the-art mechanical package in a sleek yet uncluttered berlinetta body carrying trademark black lower Read More
Its massive fins reflect the height of American optimism, a sculptural
representation of the opulence of the era
This 1959 Cadillac convertible was previously owned by Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis of German Royalty. The onetime waitress who used to be known as the “Punk Princess” because of her wild clothes and hairstyles is now one of the richest people in the world, worth $1.4 billion.
This Read More
Many of the improvements the 928 introduced were just not the kinds of things most owners were looking for-at least not in 1978
Porsche’s distinctive 928 was announced in 1977 and followed the pattern of the groundbreaking but underwhelming 924, with a forward-mounted, water-cooled engine. Although similar in basic layout, the 928 shared no components with the 924.
The 928’s gently rounded 2+2 coupe coachwork was of steel monocoque construction with Read More
Credit or blame it, this car inspired years of “folded paper” design
The Maserati Boomerang was first displayed as a non-functional model at the Turin Motor Show in 1971. By the Geneva Salon of March 1972, it had been transformed into a fully operational vehicle, fitted with the race-bred, 4.7-liter Maserati V8, developing no less than 310 hp. It was claimed to be good for an indicated top speed of Read More
The fiercest Cougar was an Eliminator fitted with blacked-out grille, side stripes, a spoiler and Ford’s 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air
It was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 1967, and Car Life called it a “Mustang with class.” Yet the Mercury Cougar has been mostly overlooked by collectors, and this relative of Ford’s iconic pony car hasn’t yet ascended to the heights of valuation that many other muscle cars have. Read More
Perhaps no car better epitomizes classic Ferrari design than the 275 GTB. Penetrative nose, long bonnet, low cabin and a short, neat tail are the ingredients that make for a masterpiece of sports car design. The 275 GTB drew inspiration from the preceding 250 GTO, and along with its timeless appearance introduced a number of important milestones for Ferrari including independent rear suspension and a transaxle-mounted, five-speed gearbox.
Following its launch t the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, subtle Read More
GM’s Motorama displays ignited millions of automotive passions, and the heat can still be felt in 2005
Throughout the 1950s, the grandest expressions of General Motors’ visions of the automobile’s future routinely went on display at the corporation’s Motorama shows. But once out of the spotlight, GM’s “dream cars” were supposed to be destroyed.
This two-seat 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 survived that fate and is the epitome of styling and Read More
The Z1’s clean lines are less contrived than the Bubba-built Z3’s cow-
catcher face-and we won’t even mention the Z4
BMW’s sensational Z1 sports car was essentially a concept car that went into production. The Z1 was special indeed, a front-mid-engined sports car with rear-wheel drive and excellent handling. Its straight-six, 2.5-liter, 170-hp engine gave it a top speed of around 140 mph, with 0-60 mph achievable in eight seconds. Read More