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The Volkswagen SP2 was designed, developed, and sold only in the Brazilian market. When VW’s Brazilian built the Volkswagen SP2, they designed it to look completely different versus any other car that could be bought elsewhere and ensured that only Brazilians could buy it. Being one of the most beautiful...
Built by the Standard Motor Company between 1946 and 1949, the Triumph Roadster was designed to go head-to-head with Jaguar. Interestingly, post-war steel shortages meant that the Triumph’s body had to be built from aluminium to the benefit of the car’s longevity and weight....
The Triumph GT6 was produced from 1966 through 1973. The Triumph GT6 was based on the hugely successful sports car, the Triumph Spitfire, that was designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti in an effort to compete against the likes of the Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget. The body was a...
Launched in 1937 when Donald Healey was Technical Director of the Triumph Motor Company, the Dolomite was a wonderfully flamboyant car that combined a mixture of Italian and American styling cues to create a most sporting-looking machine aimed at the luxury end of the market.  ...
Studebaker was celebrating its 100th year of continuous operation in 1952, when it designed a face-lifted version of its popular Commander model. Basically, the 1952 model-year car lost its controversial bullet-nose front end in favor of a more-conventional but still unique design, which was slanted back aerodynamically. The 1952 models...
The P6 was the sixth and the last of the ‘P’ designated Rover designs to reach production. The vehicle was marketed first as the Rover 2000 and, with a completely new design, was intended to appeal to a larger number of buyers; the P5 was sold alongside the P6 until...
Based on the X-body Ventura, and with the 350 four-barrel as the only available engine, the ’74 GTO was a classic example of a performance car that was downsized to follow the market trend. But with just over 7,000 units built, this new GTO was cancelled after only a year,...
Flush with the success of the newly-minted GTO, Pontiac chief engineer John DeLorean turned to the dream that would fire his imagination for years: a 2-seat sports car that would cement the Pontiac performance image and surpass anything on the road. The result of this dreaming was the Banshee XP-833,...
The Balboa-X was a prototype made to show off Richard Teague’s new Canopy Top. The original top was unusual for a Packard with it’s reverse-canted rear window. Aside from the top, the rest of the Balboa shared much with the Caribbean including it’s interior and exterior details. The original color...
The “aviation” styling of the Dynavia’s droplet bodywork made waves when the prototype was presented by Panhard at the Paris Motor Show in 1948. The incredible aerodynamic body shape, with better properties even than today’s carefully profiled cars, meant that its consumption was startlingly low (less than 3.5 litres per...
The 904 was a car built during the end of an era having affordable race cars. Every day Porsche produced one 904 and a corresponding customer was more than willing to buy it. Future plastic-bodied cars, beyond the 904, would soon become to advanced and expensive to sell as a...
To compete with the 1934 Citroën Traction Avant, Pegueot prepared an more radical design for the 402 called the Éclipse. This transformable coupe-cabriolet was the first of its kind by employing an retractable hardtop that was automatically concealed within the rear bodywork of the car....
The 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455 Super Duty was the last high-performance vehicle before regulations take down their performances. Although the Pontiac engineers manage to keep his attitude live, which is comfort, handling, and powerful engine under the hood. This ’73 Super Duty 455 it is powered by a...
Chrysler launched the low-priced Plymouth brand in 1928 to compete with Ford and Chevrolet. Plymouth gained traction in the thirties using a combination of strong value coupled with clever promotion. The PA introduced “Floating Power,” a balanced engine mounting system that isolated engine vibration to provide “the smoothness of an...
Like a majority of other Chrysler Corporation “dream cars” of the period, the sporty Plymouth Explorer was bodied by Carrozzeria Ghia in Turin, Italy. The car debuted in the May 1954 Motor Trend. Despite its racy good looks, the Explorer was powered by the 110-horsepower, 230 cubic-inch, 6-cylinder engine coupled...
This delightful Pierce Arrow Model 81 features one of the most versatile and sought-after bodies available, the Rumble Seat Convertible Coupe. A factory offering, one of over a dozen bodies from which one could choose, the 2/4-seat Convertible Coupe provided luxurious enclosed comfort with roll-up windows and the option for...
Opel traveled to the 1965 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce a concept dubbed Experimental GT, a sleek two-seater that surprised both the press and the public when it was unveiled. As its name loosely implies, the Experimental GT was designed to show what an affordable, small and...
This experimental Mercury (XM) was developed to showcase a new design direction for the firm. In their press release, the Lincoln-Mercury News Bureau said it was “The most advanced design in a car capable of going into volume production.” Unfortunately, this never happened, but the XM-800’s radical details were included...
With the 300 series, Mercedes-Benz reclaimed its place as one of the top automotive manufacturers in the world. The all-new 300 series took its place as the company’s flagship. Initially offered only as a sedan, within months, the 300 S Coupes, Cabriolets and Roadsters debuted at the Paris Auto show...
Packing a high-output version of the 351-cu.in. Cleveland V-8 under its broad, tapered hood, the Ford Mustang Boss 351 represents one of the Blue Oval’s last true muscle cars. Just 1,806 were built in 1971, their lone year of production, and they remain among the hottest performers in the world...
The Maserati Simun was a concept styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro when he worked for Ghia in the late 1960s as a replacement for the Sebring – a new 2+2. It never made it to production as another vehicle was chosen – the Indy developed by Vignale. In fact this was...
At the Paris Motor Show of 1976, Italdesign presented the Medici II, evolution of the Medici I exhibited 2 years earlier in Turin. Giugiaro, dissatisfied with the first version’s overly slanted front end, that threw the side way off balance, he reproportioned the car. After a large number of stylistic...
On 15 February 1936, Mercedes-Benz presented the 170 V (W 136) at the International Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition (IAMA) in Berlin. This marked the beginning of a success story for the brand: fifty years after the invention of the car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler, the technically sophisticated and visually striking 170 V...
For one year only, in 1969, Mercury offered the Cyclone CJ. Based on the hallmark of the muscle-car era–big-engine antics in a mid-size package–kit on the CJ included the 428 Cobra Jet engine breathing through dual exhausts, a close-ratio four-speed manual transmission and a 3.50:1 rear-axle ratio, along with a...
The Carrera Panamericana Race was intended to publicize the completion of the Pan-American Highway through Mexico. The grueling multi-day race stretched 2,000-plus miles across all types of terrain. Ferrari dominated the sports car class, but America luxury car manufacturer Lincoln ruled the stock car class, winning the event from 1952-1954....
In 1955 Gian Paolo Boano was in his early twenties, but he had already been designing cars alongside his father, Felice Mario Boano, for several years, first at Ghia and then later at their own Carrozzeria Boano Turino. A friend of the young Boano, Cuccio, had worked with Ford Motor...
The Special Custom Coupe came with a revised grille treatment, stylish new headlamps and chrome rocker panels.  Easily the most popular model in Lincoln’s 1955 line-up, Lincoln produced 11,462 hardtops, the vast majority equipped with power steering, power brakes, power seats and power windows.  The Capri was also one of...
The Willys-Overland Jeepster was an evolution of the original Jeep designed for military use. After WWII, Willys-Overland, Jeep’s parent company, launched the CJ (civilian Jeep) line of vehicles in an attempt to offer a mass-market version of its military Jeep. However, the company quickly realized that there was also a...
During the difficult period after World War II, Jaguar Cars became the United Kingdom’s biggest U.S.-dollar earner, thanks in no small measure to the success of its XK120 sports car. Conceived and constructed in a few months, the XK120 debuted at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, where the radical...
In true Honda tradition the S800’s party piece was under the bonnet. Only Honda would create a 791cc engine capable of producing 70bhp at 8000rpm, giving the sports car an impressive top speed of 97mph. This impressive performance was not at a cost of poor fuel economy, which came in...
After becoming successful at bodying both American and Italian cars, Ghia began production of their own cars. This G230S is one of the first cars to be completed entirely by Ghia. The first G230S appeared at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. Ghia made an initial run of prototypes, as...
The 1971 Ford GT70 was a mid-engined GT sports car, based on on Ford’s GT70 rally car it was built and designed by Ghia in Turin. The Ford GT70 was designed by Filippo Sapino at Ghia, head of Ford’s Turin design Studio. The car was displayed at Turin in November...
Bertone’s 308 GT Rainbow concept car presented at the 1976 Turin Motor Show is an experiment in unconventional styling. It was never proposed as a precursor to a mass-production model. This gave legendary styling house Bertone the possibility to experiment with the Ferrari design language. The car also represented faith...
The Ferrari 225 Sport was introduced at the 1952 Giro di Sicilia as a larger version of 212 Export. This model was intended for endurance sports car racing and was bodied either as a two seat Berlinetta or Spyder, typically by Ghbia. It was primarily sold to private entrants while...
The “Super Bee” name comes from the “B” body designation used for mid-sized cars from Chrysler. Interestingly, the Super Bee logo design was picked from a contest winner’s entry based on the Dodge “Scat Pack” medallion. The 1971 Dodge Charger Super Bee was a direct competitor to the Plymouth Road...