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
The Maserati Birdcage Tipo 61, with proper team preparation and organization, would undoubtedly have won more classic races. It led every round of the 1960 World Sports Car Championship – at Buenos Aires, Sebring, the Targa Florio, Nurburgring and Le Mans – but only won a single event, and was sidelined by mechanical failure in the rest. Some fine results in Europe included the great 1960 1,000 km Nurburgring victory in the hands of Dan Gurney and Read More
This superb example of one of the world’s desirable sports cars has covered only 8,000 miles from new and was road-tested by the English magazine “The Autocar” (Dec. ’71). When we say that this car will accelerate 0-100 mph, in 11.7 seconds, and cover the standing quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, we do not mean a car of this type – we mean this car. “The Autocar,” indeed, chose it for its special “Christmas edition” road test, which traditionally Read More
This magnificent Historic Sports Car-class racing machine which is fully documented and accepted for FIA-recognized events, has already proved itself to be extremely competitive in them and which in capable hands is an assured front-row, race-winning prop
This magnificent Historic Sports Car-class racing machine which is fully documented and accepted for FIA-recognized events, has already proved itself to be extremely competitive in them and which in capable hands is an assured front-row, race-winning proposition.
For fairly obvious reasons, few Mercedes-Benz cars reached Britain or America in the late 1930s, which was our loss because, then as now, the company made superb, technically advanced motorcars. Introduced in 1932, the 200 series was unusual for the time in that it had all independent suspension, by transverse leaf spring at the front and by coil springs at the rear. Its six-cylinder engine was mated to a four-speed gearbox of unusual competence and several body styles were Read More
Topolino means “Little Mouse” and is used in Italy to name Disney’s most famous rodent. What is not always appreciated, however, is how rare it is for a car to receive a universal and warm nickname. There is the Topolino, the Beetle and, er, um, that’s about it unless you include the Mini.
A car has to be special before it receives a universal nickname. Nobody gave such a name to the Ford Pinto, at least not a name Read More
The Jaguar D-Type was one of the most beautiful and charismatic sports racing cars ever made, not to mention one of the most successful. First appearing in 1954, the D-Type featured bodywork of a highly aerodynamic nature, complete with tail-mounted fin for top speed stability, penned by ex-aircraft designer Malcolm Sayer. The center section of the car was of monocoque construction, similar to that of an aircraft fuselage, while power came from the now legendary twin-cam, dry-sump, 3,442 cc Read More
“The best all-around V12.” With these words many Ferraristi have described the 330 GTC, a car with poise, performance and practicality rivaled by few others.
When the 250 GT Lusso ceased to exist at the end of 1964 it created a gap in the Ferrari range. Whereas the Lusso had provided the alternative between the 250 GTE and the 250 SWB Berlinetta, there was now nothing between the 330GT 2+2 and the Read More
Until 1928 BMW’s main line of business was aero engines and it did not make cars until it bought the Dixi company which made Austin Sevens under license. Although BMW was late on the scene, it established a towering reputation in a very few years. A six cylinder engine was made in 1933 and from 1934 onwards its Typ 319 sports model began to appear in competition results, first as a 1 1/2-liter car, then as a two-liter, which Read More
It was in 1965 that Lancia launched the Fulvia coupe. Designed in-house, it was powered by a twin-cam V4 engine of 1,216 cc producing 80 bhp, while the four-speed gearbox had a floor change. The 1.2 HF – for High Fidelity – followed with less trim and 88 bhp, and the Sport with initially all alloy body and later just alloy bonnet, doors and bootlid as on the HF. In 1966 capacity rose to 1,294 cc, realizing in the Read More