1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe

Launched at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 ostensibly replaced the 365 GT 2+2. Technically a four-passenger car, its eight-inch-shorter wheelbase and lower, sloping roofline made the tiny rear seats token at best. Ferrari compensated by having the rear seatbacks flip down to make a storage tray.

Pininfarina’s coachwork featured a swooping fenderline and flush-fitting glass. The V12 had the DOHC displacement of the Daytona’s engine, but the C4’s hood was lower because its six Weber carburetors Read More

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe

Launched at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 ostensibly replaced the 365 GT 2+2. Technically a four-passenger car, its eight-inch-shorter wheelbase and lower, sloping roofline made the tiny rear seats token at best. Ferrari compensated by having the rear seatbacks flip down to make a storage tray.

Pininfarina’s coachwork featured a swooping fenderline and flush-fitting glass. The V12 had the DOHC displacement of the Daytona’s engine, but the C4’s hood was lower because its six Weber carburetors Read More

1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon

The long hood is a bit like a padded medieval codpiece

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This 1932 Daimler Double Six 40/50 Sport Saloon is, without question, one of the most imposing automobiles ever constructed by the legendary British marque-or any maker of exclusive luxury vehicles. While only 26 Double Sixes were built over a decade, the vast majority had a smaller displacement and short chassis. Among this rarified group, this 1932 Daimler Double Six Read More

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

In many ways, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster was an improvement over its Gullwing predecessors. The multi-tube chassis was redesigned with lower sills and conventionally hinged doors for easier entry and exit. Roll-up windows overcame one of the Gullwing’s greatest drawbacks-inadequate interior ventilation-and the seats were given a three-position backrest rake adjustment.
Beyond providing more accessible power, the rear suspension used the revised low-pivot swing axle design with a camber compensator spring for a better ride and to help overcome Read More

Major Charm, Minor Problems

It still conjures up Ealing Comedy images of Miss Marple meandering absent-mindedly through rustic English villages at 25 mph

The whole “people’s car” thing never went over particularly well in the upwardly mobile post-war U.S. Cars like the Crosley, Citroën 2CV, and VW Beetle screamed austerity at a time when the U.S. was sick of it. It was no different with the Morris Minor, which like the BMC Mini a generation later, Read More

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S

The Lamborghini Miura is where it all started-the first production automobile to earn the “supercar” tag. Prior to the Miura’s arrival in 1967, many sports cars offered high levels of performance and handling. But the Miura was the first built around the criteria that define our modern concept of the supercar: massive speed, jaw-dropping design coupled with technical innovation, and a wallet-wilting price tag to which only the wealthiest could aspire. It was called “an exercise in automotive art” in Read More

1946 Steyr-Allard Hillclimb Car

It’s shiny and extreme, weird, overdone, and in-your-face in a manner that puts a grin on you just walking around it

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Sydney Allard’s famous one-off hillclimb car, the 1947 Steyr-Allard, is the best known of all his vehicles. Allard competed in the British Hillclimb Championship with this car for five years, finishing 3rd in 1947 and 1948, 1st in 1949, 2nd in 1950, and 3rd again in 1951. The car Read More

1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept

Chysler’s financial crises of the early 1950s couldn’t stop the string of Virgil Exner’s Ghia concept cars

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In 1953, Dodge unveiled its first concept car, the Firearrow, a sleek out-of-this-world roadster that provided a glimpse of what everyone’s new automobile would look like in just a few years. While this stylish open-top car looked like it was ready to ply the highways of tomorrow, it was just a rolling concept Read More

2003 Ferrari Enzo

Its design is pure haute couture, a cutting edge style that dances on the line between art and automobile

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In 1998, only a few years after the introduction of the groundbreaking F50, Ferrari began planning its newest limited-production supercar. The criteria for this car was similar to those which spawned the previous Ferrari supercars: The new car would need to push the envelope of technological innovation, it must be impressive both in Read More

1976 Lotus Esprit S1

Even if the “real”-or “other,” if you prefer-Lotus appeared in most of the
action shots, we can fairly say this car has Bond film provenance

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The Lotus Esprit was unveiled as the Silver Car concept at the Turin Motor Show in November 1972. Based on a Europa twin-cam chassis, it was developed into the first Esprit prototype, displayed at the 1973 Geneva salon.

It would be another three Read More