1975 Pontiac Le Mans

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The fourth generation Pontiac Le Mans was notably longer, wider and heavier than the previous iterations – this made the already tenuous connection to the French racing circuit even more vague than the Pontiac’s suspension. Despite the sporting pretence, I actually do like the Pontiac Le Mans. It’s a car that you imagine being chased…

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring

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The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS is considered by many in the hardcore section of the Porschephile community to be the single best 911 of all time. This is high praise when you consider the staggering number of special edition 911s that have been built over the 50+ years since the model’s introduction. As Porsche…

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The Golden Age of the British Sports Car

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The Golden Age of the British Sports Car is a BBC documentary about the post-WWII success of the small, light and nimble two-seaters rolling out of England. These cars were characterised by their affordability and off-the-charts fun factor, and they went on to inspire multiple generations of car guys (and girls) across the world. This…

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Austin-Healey 100S

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The Austin-Healey 100S was created by Donald Healey as a purpose built racer to show the potential of his relatively new 100/4, only 50 chassis would be built in the 100S series for homologation purposes and the first one was raced in anger at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1954 (the “S” in 100S…

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9 Days In Summer

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9 Days In Summer is a documentary created by Ford in 1967-68, the film covered the development and subsequent successes of the Ford Cosworth DFV V8 and the Lotus 49 – a pairing that would go on to win the world championship in 1968 and 1970. The 3 litre Ford Cosworth DFV V8 would become…

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Porsche 356C 1600 SC

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There’s little doubt that Porsche’s 356 is one of the more important sports cars of the mid-20th century, it was the first production car made by Porsche and only their second model after the 1939 Porsche 64. The recipe that made the 356 great was a simple one – it had a rear mounted flat-4,…

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Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

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I was on my way to a car show last weekend when a bright red Ferrari 250 GT Lusso went past travelling in the opposite direction, I very nearly ploughed into the central divider whilst shouting something incoherent to my Mrs in the passenger seat that must have sounded something a little like 250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso250gtlusso. Her…

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Borgward 1500 Rennsport

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The Borgward 1500 Rennsport was a small, advanced coupe designed to compete with the likes of Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. It was powered by an advanced 1500cc 4-cylinder Hansa engine designed by Karl-Ludwig Brandt, with a high-performnce cylinder head developed by the Borgward factory’s experimental department – this new head gave the engine…

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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

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The De Tomaso Mangusta would be the first car produced in significant numbers by Alejandro de Tomaso, it used a modified version of the chassis from its forebear – the De Tomaso Vallelunga. Alejandro’s life was a tale of political intrigue, Formula 1 racing and automobile empire building – throughout the ’60s and ’70s he…

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