Mid-Engined 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

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The Chevrolet Corvette is a car that’s about 40 years overdue for a mid-engine layout. I’m sure the purists will wail and fling their faeces at me for saying that, but a Corvette with the engine in the back would be a Ferrari-killer with an almost blue collar friendly price tag. If that doesn’t spike…

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1944 Willys Jeep

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The story behind the creation of the Jeep is a fascinating one, in fact it’d make an excellent film if we could somehow convince the movie studios to lay off all this vampire nonsense. As the Second World War descended over Europe, the USA began to ramp up its own military capabilities, by 1940 the…

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Documentary: The Road To Monte Carlo

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The Road To Monte Carlo is a 1960 documentary film about the legendary Rallye Monte Carlo – a race only marginally less famous than its Formula 1 equivalent. In 1960 the race encompassed a huge assortment of motor cars from Europe and further afield, half a dozen Minis made their first major race outing at…

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AC Cobra 289

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Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra is the car that put him on the map as a builder of custom racing machines, he was already a famous racing driver of course – but the Cobra is the car that launched his legacy. The story of how the AC Cobra came to be has been told more times…

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Porsche 912

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The Porsche 912 is a car that’s lived in the shadow of its larger brother, the 911, since before it was even available for sale. Development of the 912 was started due to concerns within Porsche that their new 911 flagship model was going to be too expensive, and would subsequently shrink their available market…

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Ferrari 400 Superamerica

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The Ferrari 400 Superamerica was the luxurious follow-on model from the 410 Superamerica, as is often the case with Ferrari the 400 and 410 designations referenced swept capacity – the 410 used the 5 litre (~410cc per cylinder) “long-block” Lampredi-designed V12 and the 400 used the newer and more advanced Colombo-designed SOHC 4.0 litre V12. Interestingly,…

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Triumph TR7 Cutaway Wallpaper

Triumph TR7 Wallpaper

The Triumph TR7 represented a paradigm shift in design for Triumph, construction began in late 1974 for early 1975 deliveries in the USA – where the car sold faster than the Brits could build them. The TR7 was initially powered by a 1998cc 4-cylinder engine with 8 valves and a crank horsepower rating of 105…

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Maserati 200SI

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Maserati’s 200SI was a car developed with very large shoes to fill, it was to be the replacement for the popular and successful A6GC6, it would be driven by some of motor sport’s biggest names – including Carroll Shelby and Stirling Moss. Moss took 1st place at the 1956 Trofeo Supercortemaggiore in an evolved version…

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Mazda Cosmo 110S

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The Mazda Cosmo 110S was the first rotary-engined car to roll out of the Japanese marque’s factory, it was dressed in a jet-age inspired body and in its one race outing it landed a hard fought 4th place after belting around the Nurburgring for 84 hours. Each Cosmo was built by hand between 1967 and…

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Intermeccanica Italia Spyder

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Intermeccanica (or more correctly, Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica) is an automobile company with an extraordinary history – it was founded by the American couple Frank and Paula Reisner, who moved to Torino in Italy to pursue their dream of building beautiful, high-performance sports cars. Frank and Paula started out in 1959 building performance parts for European…

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BMW 2002 Turbo

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The BMW 2002 Turbo was the first European production car to be fitted with a turbo, paving the way for cars like the Porsche 930 in the years shortly thereafter. The 2002 model series is one of BMW’s most famous, the story of how it came to be is too good not to share –…

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