The name of Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with the heritage of the motorcar, and the company has over the decades produced some of the finest examples of sporting machinery. Early forays into the competition world led to the production of some of the fastest touring cars of their day and an involvement with technical development that was unsurpassed. The post-war years saw the continued development associated with the Mercedes-Benz name, and, with the reintroduction of sports cars into the range, in Read More
Piero Dusio’s attempt to build road cars resulted in just 170 units, but each was a classic. For a short period Dusio created excitement and he left the world of the motorcar better than he found it. He deserves an honored place in history.
Many regard the Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport Berlinetta as the first modern GT car. In 1951 New York’s Museum of Modern Art declared it to be one of the eight most beautiful cars ever made Read More
Pininfarina has pulled off many masterstrokes in its time, but few compare with its styling of the Testarossa. Those long “egg slicer” grilles down the side of the body are more than merely functional, they are more than just a style statement, they are positively inspired. They are the sort of simple idea which every other stylist in the world looks at and says, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
The Testarossa is also a car which was developed Read More
The Lancia Stratos was the first car to be designed specifically for international rallies – in which it enjoyed extraordinary success – and because 400 examples had to be built, it allowed some lucky people to buy a competition machine for the road. It was a revolutionary design of timeless beauty which was among the first of the modern “supercars.” With a top speed (in production form) of 143 mph (o-60 mph in 6.8 seconds) allied to superb handling and Read More
Unjustly overshadowed by the great 365 GTB/4 Daytona, which was produced concurrently, the 365 GTC/4 was seen as a softer alternative and as a result remained a largely underestimated Ferrari for many years. It shared the Daytona’s 4,390 cc, four cam V12 engine, breathing through six Weber carburetors, albeit slightly detuned to produce 320 bhp at 6,200 rpm and a lusty 318 lb.ft at 4,000 rpm. Allied to a five-speed gearbox, the 365 GTC/4 still offered considerable performance with Read More
The Carrera RS is one of the most famous Porsche models ever built, and has come over the years to be regarded as one of the top sports cars to emerge from the 1970s. It was designed and built with ambivalence very much in mind: Porsche’s engineers wanted a car that could be successfully used on the race track, yet which at a moment’s notice and with no modifications could equally be used for shopping or long distance travel. Read More
Before World War Two, Donald Healey’s achievements included an outright win with an Invecta at Monte Carlo and no less than six Alpine Cups. He drove and designed cars for Triumph from 1934 to 1939, but after the war he decided to go it alone and produced a series of sports cars which soon ran up an impressive number of successes in events such as the Targa Florio, the Mille Miglia and the 24 hour races at Spa and Read More
The Ferrari 250 GT was born in 1954 and for ten years it continued to undergo developments and improvements that were above all dictated by racing experience. 1960 saw the introduction of the 2+2 GTE, the first of the four-seater Ferraris.
The 250 GTE had more room than the other versions, and yet it was a fast sports car in its own right; 240 bhp translated into a top speed of almost 150 mph, with acceleration to match. As Read More
Factory publicity described the sensational new SS100 as “primarily intended for competition work and sufficiently tractable to use as a fast tourer without modification.” The Heynes-designed overhead-valve engine was capable of giving the car genuine 100 mph performance and the styling of the new sports two-seater reflected William Lyons’ influence at its very best. The cars achieved rally successes in the hands of Tommy Wisdom, Sam Newsome and later of course Ian Appleyard, but also ventured onto the racing Read More
The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show.
The culmination of a series of ultra-aerodynamic and high performance grand tourers by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 500 Superfast was produced in very limited numbers following its debut a the 1964 Geneva Show. An evolution of the 410 and 400 Superamerica, Read More