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The XNR was designed and envisioned by Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner who took many liberties to design his own idea of of a small sports roadster. It was one of Exner’s most ambitious designs with many new controversial features that weren’t relevant to regular production cars. In styling the...
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In model year 1978, the 911 model range was reduced to two models. The 911 SC (Super Carrera) took the place of the 911 and Carrera models. The 911 SC effectively replaced the 911 S and was one of Porsche’s first models that was meant for the international market. It...
The Donald Healey Motor Company produced the Silverstone sports car from 1949 to 1950, and it’s one of the most distinctive looking cars of the decade and a genuine late 1940s sports car. The car weight only 2100 pounds and was lightweight for a 1940s sports car. The model’s headlights...
In 1914 Cadillac updated the Model 30 for its final year of production with a switch to left-hand drive, a new floor-hinged steering wheel, and an optional two-speed direct drive axle. The five-passenger touring car was one of seven different coachwork options offered, and the 366-cubic-inch L-head inline-four developed 40–50...
The French-built Rochet-Schneider was produced from 1894–1932. Located in Lyon, the company was formed by Edouard Rochet, who made bicycles with his father, and Theophile Schneider. Initially, cars were Benz-like, then inspired by Panhard, and subsequently by Mercedes as evidenced by the V-shaped grille of this example. During WWI, the...
The 1927 Fiat 520 was an important automobile for the Turin automaker. It represented the first Fiat offering targeted at the burgeoning Italian middle class. The 520 revived a model name used previously for a top-of-the-line twelve-cylinder automobile and applied it to a straight-six powered machine, attracting much of the...
Of the numerous body styles catalogued for the Springfield Phantom I, among the sportiest and most attractive was the Derby, named for the town where Rolls-Royce’s main factory operated. Essentially a four-passenger version of Brewster’s dashing York Roadster, the Derby shared that car’s sports car-style curved doors and a low...
Known as the “Universal Car” for its simplicity and ubiquity, the Ford Model T no doubt possessed a certain charm; it was not exactly known for its style, however, especially by the time production wound down in 1927. The Model A that arrived for 1928 was greatly improved mechanically, most...
Frazer Nash’s pre-war origins as a producer of lightweight sports cars punching far above their weight stood it in good stead for the period of post-war recovery. The Aldington brothers’ masterstroke was to use their experience with importing right-hand-drive BMWs to heavily influence the course of Frazer Nash’s development. With...
The name Century was magic for Buick, having made its first appearance in 1935 and experiencing its swan song in 1996. In 1953, Buick had celebrated its 50th anniversary by bringing to market the GM division’s first V-8 engine, a modern 322-cubic-inch overhead-valve design nicknamed the “Nailhead” for its small,...
Built in collaboration with famed Italian design house and coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia, the Quicksilver was somewhere between a stretched hatchback and a station wagon. It had a ridiculously long wheelbase and low, teardrop-shaped roofline that was designed to minimize drag, and seated five passengers. The car wasn’t just a showpiece...
This is a rather surprisingly ambitious effort for Volvo to undertake in 1952. The Philip was clearly intended for American consumption, as a largish 3.6 liter V8 powered sedan wouldn’t have gone over well at home or in Europe in 1952. To look at the full-form styling and embryonic tail...
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The Dodge Daytona PPG Indy Pace Car is that one-of-one machine designed for just one purpose. Created as a Pace Car for the Indy World Series, it was made to showcase the company’s brand new G platform to people before it went into production. What better way to show this...
Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in 1980, this four-seater aerodynamic concept vehicle has distinctive electric sliding doors, which opened the driver and passenger up to a completely computer assisted cabin, an out-of- this-world, futuristic feature for the time. Also included was a tape-based navigation system, which was displayed on...
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Fine-tuned in the wind tunnel of the Politecnico di Torino under the watchful eye of Battista Farina, the ground-breaking Aprilia was a marvel of modern design belied by its restrained, streamlined bodywork, beneath which lay a raft of innovative engineering solutions. Among them were fully independent front and rear suspension...
French automotive manufacturer Talbot-Lago planned to reveal the T26 Record at the Paris Salon in October 1946. The capital city was selected as a launch location to catch the eye of bourgeois Parisian clientele, the intended target market for the sumptuously appointed car. The new model was available in numerous...
The Targa Florio model was aimed at being a slightly lower cost model, with a similar parallel-tube chassis to the Le Mans Rep Mk II, clothed in a sporty closed-wheel body. The price difference ended up being minimal, but Targa Florios were available in Turismo (100 bhp) and Gran Sport...
Launched at the 1958 Paris Motor Show, the 250 GT Coupé signalled Ferrari’s intention to produce cars in greater volumes. Pinin Farina coachwork replaced the Boano- and Ellena-bodied cars of years previous. As Ferrari’s bestselling model at the time, 353 were built between 1958 and 1960. A gentleman’s Ferrari in...
The Elite’s introduction demonstrated that Colin Chapman’s skills as a racing car designer and constructor could just as easily be applied to production road cars; it was, nevertheless, conceived with competition in mind, as Chapman’s sights were set on class wins at Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally. A...
Introduced in 1962 and in production for only three years, Facel built just 136 of its ultimate Facel IIs before ruinous French automobile taxation forced Facel to cease operations. After years of production and refinement the Facel II was close to the perfected embodiment of the French auto tradition’s three-quarter century history....
The 507 was hand-built at a price that eventually reached over $11,000, which was a towering sum for any car at the time, and it was discontinued after only two-and-a-half years and 252 examples. The basic lines of the 507 went on to inspire one of the greatest modern BMW...
Introduced in 1929, factors that made the Ford Model A a smash-hit—including its durability, reliability, and style—would also, inevitably, make it a popular starting point for customizers. But while hot rod culture really came into its own following World War II, visionaries were building bold one-of-a-kind creations based on the...
Probably the most interesting event in the 1980 model year was the development of the M81 McLaren Mustang. Whether it is really a 1980 or 1981 may be up to argument. The fact, is however that the concept that started in the spring of 1980, led to the formation of  Special Vehicle...
The 1984 Corvette was unveiled to the public in March 1983.  Although there had been rumors and silent rumblings of a new Corvette for several years prior to its unveiling, the arrival of the C4 Corvette was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from both the press and the public.  Although the car was a departure from its...
Debuting two years before the Daytona at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, Giorgetto Giugiaro’s strikingly beautiful design clearly influenced Pininfarina’s designers. The long bonnet flowing into a sloped roofline fronted by a wide-mouth grille and the prominently displayed trident emblem, the Ghibli was equal parts aggressive and sensual. Svelte and...
From an outsider’s perspective, the 1955 Corvette was simply a repeat of the 1953 and 1954 models.  However, upon closer inspection, it was apparent that the car had been improved considerably.  The single biggest improvement was the addition of the optional small block V-8 engine that Ed Cole had designed. The addition of the V-8 engine resulted...
When the Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera was introduced in 1974—with production beginning in 1975, followed by US deliveries in 1976—it represented something new from the German automaker: Its first true production supercar. Although it was immediately identifiable as a 911, the Type 930, as it was internally designated, featured a...
BMW and its high-performance M division spawned a legend in 1983 by slotting a modified version of the 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine sourced from the M1 mid-engine supercar into the elegant 6-Series coupe (chassis code E24). This race-bred powertrain was paired with a five-speed manual transmission and produced an impressive...
Introduced in 1931, the Bugatti Type 51 was the latest iteration of the company’s time-honored two-seat race car design that originated with the Type 35. Utilizing the engine architecture Ettore Bugatti licensed from Harry Miller’s successful Indianapolis race cars, the Type 51 featured a dual-overhead cam version of the supercharged...
William and George Pratt were the principals of Indiana’s Elkhart Carriage & Harness Manufacturing Company. In 1909 they began building a quality touring car, which they sold under the name Pratt-Elkhart. They dropped Elkhart from the name and began selling Pratt cars from their re-organized Pratt Motor Car Company. Then,...
In August 1936 the British manufacturer Alvis introduced the Speed 25, a more highly developed version of the 3.5-liter model it had announced a year earlier. Utilizing a shorter 126-inch wheelbase, and improvements such as a revised air-cleaner system and Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers, the Speed 25 was equipped with...
The CitiCar, produced between 1974 and 1977 by US-based Sebring-Vanguard, Inc. is definitely not stylish, though it did prove that electric worked in a compact, lightweight package. With only eight six-volt deep-cycle batteries on board, these little guys were said to have less than 5 hp, could only do 35-40...
Developed in the 1950s, in an era when concepts were called dream cars, the D-528 was built to test various ideas that were new (and even wild) at the time. While it wasn’t necessarily futuristic for 1955, the D-528 was impressively long and low compared to production models from the...