Barn Find: 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

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The Porsche 356 Speedster was developed at the request of influential automobile importer Max Hoffman, who saw a gap in the US market for a stripped down, lower cost version of the already popular 356 model. Hoffman wanted a German cabriolet that could compete with the popular sports roadsters coming out of England, and his…

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1948 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe

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The 1948 Lincoln Continental holds the distinction of being the last American made production car to be fitted with a V12, in the post WWII period the V8 was embraced by the nation and they never looked back. The story of how the Continental came to be is a bit of a Ford legend. It…

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1963 APAL-Porsche 1600GT

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The APAL-Porsche 1600GT is a rare Belgian-built sports car from the 1960s that used a VW Beetle floorpan, a Porsche 356 engine (Type 616/7), with a Porsche gearbox, wheels, brakes, seats, and dashboard instruments. The design of the APAL coupe was influenced strongly by the 1959 Porsche Carrera Abarth, and with the APALs light kerb…

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1932 Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster

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The Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster was never a production model for the Ford-owned luxury marque, in fact the Speedster wasn’t made in a Lincoln factory, and it wasn’t made in the 1930s. It came about after a friendly conversation between friends Greg Bilpuch and David Holls, the latter being the famous retired Vice President…

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Land Rover Series IIA

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Many Land Rover historians consider the Series IIA to be the best of the Series models, it exists in a Goldilocks zone between refinement and simplicity – before the crack-prone plastic dashboards of the Series III but after some engine and transmission improvements over the Series II. Land Rover used the Series IIA as a transitional model…

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Dutch Police 1989 Porsche 911 Targa

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The Rijkspolitie was the Netherlands’ state police from 1945 until 1996, unusually they favoured Porsches for their patrol and response vehicles, although they did order a smattering of Alfa Romeo Spyders and Citroën H vans. Initially, the Rijkspolitie used Porsche 356 convertibles but once the 911 Targa was introduced they began placing their orders for…

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1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

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The Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster was the American car built to take the fight to the likes of Bugatti and Bentley across the Atlantic. Arguments have raged for almost a century now about which marques in the 1920s and ’30s were producing the most beautiful automobiles – and the name Auburn is always a strong contender,…

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Interview: Enzo Ferrari on Ferrari

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This 25 minute interview is one of the best conversations with Enzo I’ve ever seen. The man behind Ferrari was notoriously difficult to get along with, and many journalists and interviewers over the years struggled to get him to open up and talk freely. Sadly there’s no information about who actually produced this film, but…

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1936 Pontiac Six 4 Litre Motorhome

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This 1936 Pontiac Motorhome was ordered by Englishman Captain Dunn as a rolling chassis with the front end pre-fitted. Once it was delivered to England, the Russell coachbuilders in Kent set about building the rest of the vehicle to the Captain’s specifications. Motorhomes were a relatively new invention in the 1930s, so Captain Dunn must…

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Colin Chapman’s Range Rover Classic

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The Range Rover Classic was initially released to the public in 1970 as a relatively unique concept – it was a 4×4 with less of a utilitarian focus, and much more attention paid to comfort and on-road drivability. The improved on-road manners possessed by the first Range Rovers was largely thanks to their coil spring suspension,…

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1986 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

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With its mid-mounted 4-cylinder turbo producing a hefty 386 bhp in competition trim, the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo is one of the quickest and most unusual Renaults of the 1980s. It was built as the successor to the hugely successful Alpine Renault which had dominated European rally competition until the Lancia Stratos came along and…

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