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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Ferrari BB 512

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Ferrari produced the Berlinetta Boxer series between 1973 and 1984, they were all powered by mid-mounted flat-12 engines and many of the styling cues introduced on the BB series can still be seen in Ferrari’s current model range. The Ferrari BB 512 was the middle child in the series, it was also the most powerful…

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Race For Survival: The 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally

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The 1984 Paris-Dakar was a seminal year for the annual race, Porsche made their first appearance with the 953/991 – a car that would be developed into the now legendary Porsche 959. In 1984 the Stuttgart factory entered three cars with Rothmans livery, the team was headed by Formula 1 icon Jacky Ickx who can…

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Nissan Fairlady Z 432

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Although the Nissan Fairlady Z 432 may look a lot like its far more common stablemate the 240Z, they’re actually two quite different motor cars once you take a look under the skin. The Z 432 was fitted with the same drivetrain as the formidable Nissan GT-R, the engine was the race-ready 160hp 2 litre…

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Shelby Series 1

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The Shelby Series 1 is a car that holds a special place in the annals of American automobile manufacturing – it was the first and only car ever designed from the ground up by Carroll Shelby, one of the country’s greatest automotive legends. The Series 1 was built in very limited numbers, only 249 factory…

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Caterham Seven 620 R

Caterham Seven 620 R

The Seven 620 R is listed by Caterham as being the fastest road car they’ve ever made – and the only reason they stipulated “road car” is because they have a Formula 1 team with cars that are marginally quicker. Discussing specifications can sometimes give you a good idea of what a car’s capabilities will…

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