1955 Aston Martin DB2/4

Fine car though the Aston Martin DB2 was, its sales had been affected by the limitations of two seats and minimal luggage space. Aston Martin thus redesigned the rear of the car to enable two occasional rear seats to be installed, at the same time raising the roof line slightly to increase headroom and fitting a larger rear window in an opening lid; as such this Aston, appropriately renamed the DB2/4, was arguably the world’s first hatchback.

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1965 Maserati Mistral

The Maserati name is the oldest and most respected in motoring history the world over. Established in 1926 by racing driver Alfieri Maserati and his brothers, it began as a racing marque and developed into a sporting one. The production of road cars started in 1958 with the glamorous 3500GT, a Touring bodied coupe powered by a detuned version of Maserati’s famed 350S competition engine of 1956.

The 3500 series proved to be a great success and represented Read More

Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

The huge aftermarket in performance equipment shows just how restless many enthusiasts are about production cars. Most of us have made changes ranging from replacing engine and suspension parts to installing complete drivetrains. The results are usually a mixed bag but we never quit trying.

Major manufacturers do little better, usually stuffing in a big engine and adding trick wheels to make a crude “go fast but don’t try to steer or stop” mutation.

The C36, a joint effort Read More

Bentley 4 1/2-Liter “Blower”

The 4 1/2-liter Bentley was the last of the traditional big sporting cars with four-cylinder engines. In concept it was a scaled up three-liter with the same bevel-driven overhead-camshaft and non-detachable cylinder head, but output was up to 110-115 bhp and maximum speed to over the 90 mph mark. The supercharged version first seen at the 1929 London show wore its Amherst Villiers blower and twin SU carburetors between the front dumb-irons, and with 182 bhp, speed rose to Read More

1973 Lamborghini Espada 400GT Coupe

Ferrucio Lamborghini’s desire to include a four-seater GT in his line up of models was granted when in the spring of 1968 the Espada was exhibited at the Geneva Salon. The stylists at Bertone had created a distinctive vehicle, far out in appearance yet eminently practical. With 150 mph performance it was directly in competition with the Ferrari 365 2+2. All round independent suspension was a feature and initially the four-liter engine was to produce 325 bhp later rising Read More

Ferrari 250 Le Mans

Le Mans: one of the most evocative names in the history of motor racing, and the one which identifies one of the most charismatic Ferraris ever built, the 250 Le Mans Berlinetta.

The early 1960s were a time of great change and development at Maranello. Well into his second decade as a car manufacturer, Enzo Ferrari had already gained a reputation as the world’s foremost producer of the most sought-after road and Read More

1904 Mercedes-Simplex

The Mercedes, with its pressed steel frame, honeycomb radiator, mechanically operated inlet valves, gate-change gearbox and other advanced features was truly the fore-runner of the modern motorcar, and in its day was widely copied by manufacturers both in

The Mercedes, with its pressed steel frame, honeycomb radiator, mechanically operated inlet valves, gate-change gearbox and other advanced features was truly the fore-runner of the modern motorcar, and in its day was widely copied Read More

Aston Martin DB4GT

Arguably Britain’s first Gran Turismo worthy of the appellation, the svelte 140 mph DB4 made its debut at the 1958 London Motor Show. Successor to the DB Mk III, it was the first production Aston Martin to use both Tadek Marek’s new twin overhead camshaft, al aluminum straight six engine and an aluminum body designed by Touring of Milan featuring its Superleggera lightweight construction. Beneath its sleek and beautiful lines, the 3,670 cc engine developed 240 bhp, while the Read More

1955 Maserati 300S

I have no direct knowledge, but I recall doubting in 1998 that there was very much 1955 metal sitting on those wheels

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In 1955, after taking delivery of his most powerful Maserati to date, the three-liter 300S offered here, chassis number 3057, Benoit Musy contested eleven European Sports Car Championship events, winning five times and scoring a further five podium finishes up to the August 12, 1956, Kristianstad Swedish Grand Read More

Ferrari 288 GTO

When Ferrari announced in 1983 that it was to build a modern day GTO it sent the hearts of red-blooded Ferraristi into dangerous flutter, while others blindly reached for their checkbooks without a second thought. The name GTO, after all, recalls what many regard as the ultimate Ferrari and the promise was that the new 288GTO would be no different; Maranello had already been quoted as saying that it would be the fastest and quickest accelerating Ferrari ever built, Read More