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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...
In late 1971, De Tomaso had began building the Pantera GTS. This new model featured various cosmetic and performance enhancements over the standard model, including: a high-compression engine, a forged aluminium inlet manifold and special low restriction exhaust manifolds and silencers, ventilated disc brakes and a different steering rack.Cosmetically, the...
In the 1960s the Romanian government entered into a partnership with Renault to open a car factory in the Bucharest area. This is how the Dacia brand was born! The first model of this new car manufacturer is none other than a rebadged Renault 8! The only difference? A chrome...
The Sovereign offers British luxury at its very best – it’s easy to see why it’s so desirable with its beautifully smooth powerplant and leather-lined cabin. Manufactured by Jaguar Cars between 1966 to 1983, this is the Series II Sovereign based on the XJ6. The car was given a raised...
In 1953 the Eldorado name was introduced to mark Cadillac’s golden anniversary. The Eldorado which translated to “the gilded one” – was a fitting name, as the limited-edition Cadillac cost an astounding $7,750 which was nearly double that of any other Cadillac model. It was Detroit’s most expensive car, but,...
The ’62 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe was commonly known as the “Bubbletop” it came with 5 engine options with the top-end being the one pictured here – a 409 cubic inch V8 engine with 420 ft/lbs of torque and 409 horsepower capable of pushing the car to a 1/4...
In 1957, the Diablo was Chrysler’s star concept car of the year. The Diablo was a two-door convertible that measured in at a whopping 22-feet long. In an era filled with tall family cars with tons of ornate chrome work, the Diablo was much cleaner in line, prognosticating the kinds...
The BMW 328 represents a seminal moment. It was the fastest pre-WWII car the firm built, and through racing successes quickly built up a reputation so acclaimed, we reckon it’s one of the few cars ever to truly earn the moniker ‘icon’....
DP114/2 otherwise became known as the Walls Ice Cream Van because of it’s original white and blue colour scheme. The car was sidelined in 1957 after a decision to base the Mark III replacement on the Touring designed DB4 and David Brown purchased the car from his company to be...
Made by Barris from the 1970 American Motors AMX for 70’s TV show “Banacek” starring George Peppard. The exterior finish consists of Murano Pearl uppertone with coordinated Rustic Orange along the lower section. The interior sports twin bucket seats with head rests and safety belts. The rear compartment has been...
Autumn 1976 brought the definitive Alpine Renault A310, powered by a new ninty degree V6. This engine, jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo and used in so many other cars in the late Seventies/early Eighties (including the DeLorean), suited the Alpine Renault A310’s character very well indeed. It offered...
Volvo tried a brief departure from the serious working-car approach in 1956/7 in the form of the P1900, an open sports car with glass-fibre body fitted with a 70 bhp version of the PV 1414 cc engine, and capable of 108 mph. This car was intended for export only, though...
Volvo was stuck in a bit of a rut in the late 1970s – it was transitioning from key models of the 1960s and early 1970s and the whole industry was struggling to emerge out of the global oil crisis. This Volvo Tundra concept – which despite the badge on...
The Chicco prototype was developed by VW Design like formal research of livability and development. The Chicco prototype was a study for a new body assembly concept, an extremely compact structure, an ideal expression of utilization, increased performances, reduced consumption, and the most effective approach to production costs....
The Type 3 followed the Type 1 Beetle, utilizing a low-profile version of Volkswagen’s rear-engined, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine. Also available in Notchback and Fastback form, the purpose of the Type 3 was to offer more passenger and luggage space than the Beetle, while holding onto its air-cooled engine, rear-wheel drive...
Even though its engine was based on the inline six in the second generation Toyota Crown Sedan, the 2000GT would prove to be the most exciting car in the Toyota model range. The engine produced 150 horsepower, and the vehicle had a curb weight of just 2,400 pounds. This allowed...
The Toyota 2000GT Targa is a one off version of the ever so sleek Japanese coupe from the late 1960s. The idea of a convertible 2000GT came when the producer of James Bond ‘You Only Live Twice’ contacted Toyota to provide two 2000GTs for the film. After much consideration Toyota...
This Talbot Lago T26 GS has an elegant coupe coachwork by Franay. Only three of the Grand Sports were produced with Franay coachwork, two as coupes and one as a roadster, believed to now be in Austria. Franay created a sporting and aerodynamic shape similar to the now multi-million dollar...
Produced between 1961 and 1967, the TR4 combined a new, modern and aggressive body design by famed Italian stylist, Giovanni Michelotti with the basic chassis of the previous TR3A. The TR4 also improved passenger comfort with wind-up windows, face-level ventilation and an optional hardtop. The 2138cc engine of the late-production...
The impressive 1,000hp Sunbeam was one of the first purpose-built Land Speed Record cars and the first to reach 200mph. The record attempt took place on March 29th 1927, with 30,000 spectators watching from the nearby sand dunes. During the first of the two runs the wind caused the car...
The Sunbeam Tiger was a two-seat sports roadster built between 1964 to 1967 by British manufacturer Rootes Group, who had purchased the Sunbeam and Talbot brands in 1935. Essentially a more powerful version of the second-generation Sunbeam Alpine (1959-1968), the Tiger went on to become one of the most iconic...
From the moment the Shelby 260 was first tested in February 1962, the car fulfilled a promise which made it nearly mythical. Light, extremely powerful, well balanced, and extraordinarily beautiful, the car proved that an excellent engine and an equal chassis could be designed on different continents for different purposes,...
The Studebaker Hawk line of luxury-performance personal coupes has long been a classic collectible car worthy of attention. This 1962 Gran Turismo Hawk in particular should garner a lot of interest for many reasons, one of which very well might be its unique 4-speed manual transmission. Most Hawks, mainly marketed...
The Reliant Scimitar GTE was released in 1968 as one of the first of its kind – a full production two door coupe with an estate (station wagon) rear end, otherwise known as a “shooting brake.” This combination of the fun of a sports car with the practicality of a...
The P4 was based on a design for Studebaker by Raymond Loewy, famous for his streamline shapes. It was announced in the Autumn of 1949. Although the body was completely new, much of the chassis was P3. The P4 75 had the traditional Rover 3-lamp configuration at the front, which...
The Etoile Filante was presented to the press and specialists on June 22, 1956 at the Montlhéry circuit. Just 2 units of the vehicle were ever produced! The record set by the Étoile Filante in Bonneville in 1956 was covered in the press around the world, and in particular by...
In 1941, faced with the German occupation and fuel shortages, Peugeot developed a unique alternative for the time: the VLV (‘Véhicule Léger de Ville – Light City Vehicle’), a small car designed with an electric drivetrain. This was the first Peugeot electric vehicle and was a mini cabriolet with two...