Ferrari 308 GTB Group 4 Racer

The Ferrari 308 GTB was first introduced in 1975, based on a slightly shortened platform borrowed from the 308 GT4. The latter car was an angular 2+2 designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone – the same chap who penned the Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. The fact that Enzo Ferrari chose Bertone to style the…

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1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Works Rally Car

In 1964 the Austin-Healey factory in Abingdon built just three works rally cars, they typically built a few each year and the cars would compete in many of the world’s biggest racing and rally events – often punching well above their weight. The standard Austin-Healey 3000 is powered by a 2912cc inline-6 with overhead valves,…

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1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic

The Fiat 8V (know as the Otto Vu in its homeland) was an advanced design when it was first unveiled at the 1952 Geneva Motor Show. The Fiat 8V looked nothing like the Supersonic pictured above and below, which has a body coachbuilt by Ghia, but both cars share the same chassis and drivetrain. Fiat…

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The Development of the Jaguar V12 Engine

The story of the first Jaguar V12 is an interesting one, the project initially started in 1954 with a view to using the powerplant in a Le Mans endurance racer, but it was mothballed before being restarted in the mid-60s by a team headed by Walter Hassan. In this film, Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy…

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1959 Troy Custom Roadster

The Troy Custom Roadster was built in 1959 by Wally Troy and his team in Illinois. Up until this point, Wally had been better known as the first Jaguar dealer in his state, at a time when Jaguar was building some of their most iconic vehicles including the Mark 2, the D-Type, the and the…

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1956 Inter 175A Berline Microcar

Often referred to simply as the Inter Autoscooter, the Inter 175A Berline is a microcar in the spirit of other pint-sized cars like the Messerschmidt KR-175. Small, economical vehicles were popular in post-WWII Europe due to their low cost to buy and run, and the fact they fit down the narrow streets and laneways typical…

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Original Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype

Officially, the Porsche 911 cabriolet (convertible) didn’t hit showroom floors until 1982. There were a few reasons for this, including German fears that Ralph Nader was going achieve a blanket ban on new convertible sales in the USA in the on safety concerns. Porsche engineers instead turned their attention to developing a Targa – a…

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Deadliest Crash Documentary: 1955 Le Mans Disaster

Editor’s Note: This documentary contains footage of dead bodies. This might be disturbing to some viewers, so discretion is advised. The 1955 Le Mans Disaster is the single most deadly crash in motor racing history. 83 spectators (and driver Pierre Levegh) were brutally killed, and 120 were injured – many severely. The accident and its repercussions…

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Porsche 917/10 Prototype

The Porsche 917 is one of the most successful racing cars of all time, in fact some automotive historians go so far as to call it the greatest racing car of the 20th century. Porsche began development of the model in 1968 with a very clear goal in mind – they wanted outright victory at the…

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Eagle Spyder GT

Eagle was founded in England in 1984 with a sole focus on the Jaguar E-Type – both classic restorations and preparing cars for competition. In 1989, company founder Henry Pearman and co-driver Gordon Cruickshank took part in the Pirelli Classic Marathon, taking on Pirelli’s “Famous Five” of Stirling Moss, Paddy Hopkirk, Timo Makinen, Roger Clark…

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Bill Thomas Cheetah

The Bill Thomas Cheetah was, unsurprisingly, built by an engineer named Bill Thomas. He developed the car with Don Edmunds using 100% American components and engineering, with his sights set firmly on Carroll Shelby’s then-new Cobra. Thomas had been building fast Chevrolets for 7 years by the time the Cheetah project started in 1963. He…

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