Range Rover Classic Two-Door

Range Rover Classic

In 1970 the Rover Company rolled out a new two-door 4×4 called the Range Rover. It’s not known if they had any inkling how important this new model would be, or if they had any realistic idea just how popular a road-friendly luxury 4×4 would be both in Britain and around the world. It’s possible…

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Amphicar Model 770

Amphicar Model 770 Amphibious Car

The Amphicar holds the distinction of being one of history’s most successful amphibious cars, despite the fact that it was a bit of a sales disappointment when it was released in 1961. Initially estimates had put the anticipated sales figures close to 20,000 units per year but by the time production ceased in 1968 just…

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AC Aceca-Bristol Coupe

AC Aceca-Bristol

The AC Aceca-Bristol was built from 1956 as a more powerful variant of the AC Aceca, the addition of the Bristol suffix denoted the fitment of the 2 litre inline-6 engine from Bristol Cars – the eccentric English automobile manufacturer with close ties to BMW. Whereas the in-house developed AC engine produced 90 hp from its…

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Aston Martin Virage Cutaway

Aston Martin V8 Virage Cutaway

In 1988 at the Birmingham Motor Show Aston Martin introduced their new sports coupe – the Virage. At its heart was a 32-valve 5.3 litre V8 with Callaway-designed heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection, it was capable of 330 hp and 364 lb ft of torque – putting it very close to supercar performance territory at the…

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The First Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole

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In 1975 Ferrari introduced the 308 GTB, it was a direct drop in replacement for the 2-seater Dino 246 GT and it was also the first mid-engine V8 Ferrari – a trend continued right through to the modern day with the current 458 Italia. The Ferrari 308 GTB Quattrovalvole was introduced at the 1982 Paris…

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MG Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats – 1956

MG EX181

In its post-WWII heyday MG produced a series of world-beating land speed racers, more often than not piloted by the eccentric Captain George Eyston and his contemporaries. In 1956 the Captain partnered with Johnny Lockett and American driver Ken Miles in a bespoke MG EX179 Together they set a Class F record of 141.81 mph…

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1976 Ford Bronco Ranger

Ford Bronco 6

The original Ford Bronco hasn’t quite piqued the interest of historic 4×4 collectors in the same way as the two-door Range Rover Classic or Toyota FJ40, this is likely due to the fact that they’re not seen as being particularly exotic or rare – although their numbers have certainly dwindled significantly since their initial production…

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Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000-R

Ford Escort Mk1 5

The Ford Escort Mk1 is perhaps Ford’s single largest success outside of the United States, over 2 million were built between 1968 and 1975, and the name still carries significant weight in the UK and much of Europe. The formula of the Mk1 was relatively simple, it had a stamped steel body, MacPherson strut independent…

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1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

Lamborghini Miura SV 2

This Lamborghini Miura SV was one of the 10 last produced by the factory in 1972, it has production number 751 and 762 was the last one off the production line. It was sold new to Captain Arthur Mechin, a former RAF pilot who had served in WWII and like many Englishmen who called sub-Saharan…

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Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota released its first 4×4 for public sale in 1951, it was essentially a clone of the American Jeep but over the decades that followed the Japanese honed the design into something unique – and much loved around the world. Today the FJ40 stands as probably the most famous of the early Japanese 4x4s, and…

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