After the war, America started its love affair with the British sports car and it did not go unnoticed that sports cars attracted customers to showrooms. At the time “dream cars” were a feature of American motor shows and late in 1951 Harley Earl, General Motors’ chief stylist, sketched out a sports car named the Corvette which, in January 1953, was shown at the Motorama in New York.
Production began in June of the same year with Read More
The 3-liter Porsche Carrera RSR was one of the great long distance sports-racing cars of the early 1970s. Just 57 of these 330 bhp “evolution” versions of the already exciting Carrera RS were built, but they were successful beyond all expectations, winning every GT championship entered throughout the world.
The engine received a secondary ignition system, so an extra spark plug per cylinder was adopted, higher lift camshafts were specified, a higher flow fuel injection pump, and Read More
Probably the most comprehensive range of any Ferrari type was the 250 series, with every derivation imaginable, from racing cars such as the LM, GTO and Testa Rossa to the civilized 2+2 Coupe. All of these models, though diverse in application, shared a basically similar engine, the magnificent 3-liter single-overhead-cam V12 designed by Gioachino Colombo. Cars fitted with versions of this engine probably won more races for Ferrari than any other type.
The 250GT Cabriolet was launched Read More
This car was delivered to Allard agents in Dagenham Motors on the 1st of May 1952. Dagenham Motors sold the car to a Mr. R. Ferrari (no relation) of Gunnersbury Lane, London. Mr. Ferrari owned the car, it appears, until 1960 when in February of that year he advertised the car for sale in the Allard Owners’ Club newsletter. The car was sold to a Mr. Moul of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, who joined the Allard Owners’ Club Read More
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
The Nationale Automobile-Gesellschaft (NAG) was formed from earlier motorcar and electrical manufacturing concerns in Berlin in 1915 and survived until the 1930s. It was then absorbed by a group which is still in existence today. The constituent companies had produced many different models of cars (at least one of which was used by the Kaiser) including electric powered versions and numerous commercial vehicles, mostly buses.
The 4 1/2-liter V8 NAG appeared in 1931. It was the first V8 motorcar Read More
The designation Ferrari 625 usually conjures up visions of the four-cylinder 2 1/2-liter Grand Prix car designed in 1951, the number 625 indicating the capacity of one cylinder. The victorious 12-cylinder Formula 1 and Formula 2 cars had by then begun to lose their competitive edge and Lampredi had joined Ferrari as Chief Engineer to replace Colombo who deserted to Maserati.
It was Lampredi’s conviction that a four-cylinder engine would not only be lighter, but also more efficient and Read More
Intended for the affluent connoisseur, the Aston Martin DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Show. With its hand-crafted aluminum body and high-output six-cylinder engine, it was a logical development of its DB2 and DB MkIII predecessors.
Aston went to Carrozzeria Touring, the great Italian styling house, to interpret their thoughts for their new shape. Using their famous Superleggera – superlight – tubular structure, Touring created an aesthetic classic, light in appearance and construction alike.
Underneath was Aston 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