1967 Pontiac Firebird 400

Pontiac Firebird 400

The Pontiac Firebird was introduced in 1967 as a competitor for both the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. Muscle car historians are always quick to point out that the Firebird shared the same F-body platform as the Camaro, as well as the front fenders, door skins and rear quarter panels. General Motors had essentially hamstrung…

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Tucker 48

Tucker 48

The Tucker 48, otherwise known as the Tucker Torpedo, was a car that embodied the anything-is-possible spirit of post-WWII America. Sadly it was killed off by an intrusive SEC investigation after just 51 examples had been built, it’s widely thought that one or all of the “Big Three” US automakers was behind the investigation. Some…

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Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe

Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe

The Jaguar XK120 was first shown to the public in 1948, it was just 3 years since the end of the Second World War and this new, sleek Jaguar was exactly what the British public needed. Even though the price tag was far beyond reach for most working class Brits, the fact that it was…

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Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lotus Esprit Turbo

The Lotus Esprit Turbo was the quickest iteration of the iconic Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Esprit – remembered as one of his first wedge-shaped creations alongside the Porsche Tapiro, Bizzarrini Manta, Maserati Boomerang, and the BMW M1. The most famous Esprit, and arguably the car that put the model on the map, was the one used…

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Maserati Sebring

Maserati Sebring 7

The Maserati Sebring was developed to compete with the iconic Ferrari 250 series as the Italian GT car of choice for the automobile cognoscenti of Europe and the United States. The Sebring was first shown to the public in 1962, and it was essentially the replacement for the 3500 GT series that was built from…

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1952 Cunningham C3

Cunningham C3

The Cunningham C3 was to be the only non-racing car ever built by Briggs Cunningham and his team, and it only came about due to a last minute rule change to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953. This new rule called for all entered cars to have a production run of at…

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Billie Joe Armstrong’s 1954 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Volkswagen Beetle is remembered as the single most prolifically produced automobile in history, factories around the world built over 21,500,000 of them between 1938 and 2003, and millions of them remain on the road today. It’s a staggering story of success that very nearly didn’t happen. Somewhat strangely it was a British Army officer…

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Land Rover Series III Adventure Rig

Land Rover

The Land Rover is easily one of the most important and iconic vehicles of the 20th century. It’s believed that the first vehicle seen by approximately 60% of the people living in developing nations was a Land Rover of some description, usually covered with mud and being driven by pipe-smoking moustachioed men in pith helmets….

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BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo 6

The BMW 2002 Turbo was the fastest version of the iconic 2002 model – which was arguably the car that launched BMW to the front of the pack for those who wanted a sports car that would fit a spouse and three kids plus luggage when needed. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the…

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Iso Rivolta IR 300

Iso Rivolta IR 300

At the 1962 Torino Auto Show the Iso Rivolta IR 300 was first introduced, and an entirely new chapter in the history of Iso began. Before ’62 the company had been better known for their petite bubble cars and scooters, but in the first couple of years of the 1960s Renzo Rivalta and Giotto Bizzarrini…

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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage ‘X-Pack’

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Introduced in 1977, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage was one of the fastest street legal cars in the world – and it was almost certainly the fastest 4-seater. All this speed was thanks to the new V8 that Aston Martin had developed in-house, it was an advanced engine for the age and it would stay…

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