Ferry Porsche and Karl Rabe began work on the Type 356 project in June 1947. The concept was to put a mildly tuned version of the four-cylinder Volkswagen engine and its gearbox in a tubular space frame. Volkswagen components such as suspension units, steering and brakes were used for economy and reliability.
The VW engine, mounted first ahead of the rear axle and then behind at (as in the BE), produced a paltry 25 hp in standard form but 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
Combining the elegant nose of the exclusive 500 Superfast with the more rectangular styling of the one-off 330GTC Speciale show car, the 365 2+2 was much more sophisticated than the four-seater Ferrari coupes that came before it. Under the steel bodywork, as usual from the pen of Pininfarina, was an all-new chassis with unequal length wishbones and coil springs at the rear instead of the live rear axle of the 330GT 2+2. The model also pioneered the use of Read More
For the debut of its new MGA in 1955, MG wisely chose that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race; after a succession of open-wheeled models there were fears of an adverse reaction to such a streamlined car, and it was felt that by showing the MGA in competition first the aerodynamic shape would be accepted as a performance essential. There had been some delays, however, in getting the go-ahead for production, MG owner BMC declining, having already agreed with Read More
Porsche 959 values are suffering from a simple problem: The cars are just not old enough to ascend to that high platform of market adulation
Before the Ferrari F40, before the McLaren F1, almost before the term “supercar” was invented, there was the Porsche 959, an expression of extensive development, technical competence, and competitiveness that brought a new excitement to road-going automotive pursuits.
The Porsche 959 odyssey started in Read More
The first Lancia designed entirely by the Turin company’s new technical supreme, Professor Antonio Fessia, the Flaminia was the flagship of the Lancia range when launched in 1957. The initial four-door Berlina, with mold-breaking Pininfarina styling, evolved from the Florida show cars, combining the best of American trends with the ultimate in high class European engineering and good taste. Though a few early cars had drums, Lancia soon adopted the latest Dunlop disc brakes, mounted inboard at the rear, Read More
Since its introduction in the early fifties, the legendary 250 GT had only received Coupe or Berlinetta bodies. It was Boano who first introduced a Spyder in 1956. One year later, at the Geneva Motor Show, a masterly inspired Pinin Farina at the top of his art replied with a striking design, built on the long wheelbase chassis (2,600 mm) powered by the famous 3-liter V12 engine.
Three more “speciale” bodies followed before a small series of 36 cars Read More
The 959 is already regarded as one of the ultimate “Supercars” ever produced and made available to the public. With only about 250 having been built, they are assured of their place in motoring history.
First created in 1983 for the now abandoned Group B racing series, then entered in the Paris-Dakar off-road rally, which it won, the 959 was based upon the 911 Carrera, with a similar steel tub and same wheelbase, similar cockpit, but little Read More
After World War II, with stringent restrictions imposed by the Allies, the former aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt turned its attention to car production and put the eccentric Kabinenroller model into limited production. Messerschmitt became one of the best known “bubble car” manufacturers and produced the Kabinenroller until the early 1960s.
The idea had originally been conceived by Fritz Fend, an ex-Luftwaffe pilot, to provide inexpensive transport for disabled ex-servicemen. Manufacture started at the Messerschmitt factory in Regensburg with the first Read More
The Type 57 in its various forms was the mainstay of Bugatti’s production car output from 1934 until the outbreak of the war. As such it was the last road-going Bugatti and, many would say, the best. Much of the design was the work of Jean Bugatti and it shows what a great talent was lost when he was killed while testing a 57G racing car in 1939.
It also shows that, in Jean, Ettore Bugatti had a worthy Read More