Shelby Series 1 Roadster

Shelby Series 1 Roadster 9

The Shelby Series 1 Roadster is the only car ever designed by Carroll Shelby from a blank sheet of paper. And for that reason it’s an exceedingly important automobile, even though just 249 were built before the factory ceased production. Carroll developed the Series 1 as a modern version of the original Shelby Cobra, although…

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Brough Superior SS100

Brough Superior SS100 2

The Brough Superior SS100 was the finest, and fastest, production motorcycle of its day. The company probably couldn’t have survived at any other point in history – it enjoyed a brief and extraordinary existence between the two World Wars, selling motorcycles that each cost as much as a house in a decent neighbourhood. Known as…

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1957 Sputnik-1 Prototype Test Model

Sputnik-1 satellite

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik-1 on October the 5th, 1957 and in so doing kicked the Space Race into high gear – where it would remain for over a decade until the Americans landed Buzz and Neil on the Moon in 1969 and took the crown. This Sputnik-1 model was built in 1957 as a…

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Documentary: The Lockheed YF-12

Lockheed YF-12

The Lockheed YF-12 Interceptor was the aircraft that would go on to become the SR-71 Blackbird – one of the most famous of all the Skunk Works projects. The YF-12 was capable of Mach 3 and above, it set 9 world records for speed and altitude in a single afternoon (later surpassed by the SR-71),…

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Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster


The Packard Royal Streamliner Roadster is a one-off custom car fitted with a supercharged 1600 hp Packard V12 capable of putting down 3,000 ft lbs of torque at the rear wheels, and measuring in at 31 feet, 6 inches in length, and 13,200 lbs on the scales. Chip Foose worked closely with Rodney Rucker on…

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1981 Audi Quattro


The original Audi Quattro, retroactively named the Ur-Quattro, is almost certainly the most important vehicle ever manufactured by the German automaker. The Quattro name is still used to denote all-wheel drive cars built by Audi, but with a lowercase “Q” in deference to the original car, which almost singlehandedly changed the face of international rallying….

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Lamborghini V10 Engine Coffee Table

Lamborghini V10 Engine Coffee Table

The Lamborghini V10 was released in 2003 mounted in the Gallardo (later used in the Huracan and R8), it’s an aluminium-alloy engine with 4 valves per cylinder, a 90° vee angle, a dry sump, and an 84.5 by 92.8 millimetre bore/stroke. This coffee table uses an original Lamborghini V10 block that’s been shot blasted and…

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Amphicar Model 770

Amphicar Model 770 Amphibious Car

The Amphicar holds the distinction of being one of history’s most successful amphibious cars, despite the fact that it was a bit of a sales disappointment when it was released in 1961. Initially estimates had put the anticipated sales figures close to 20,000 units per year but by the time production ceased in 1968 just…

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Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Number 15

Katarina Kyvalova Jaguar E-Type

In 2014 Jaguar shocked and delighted the motoring world by announcing that they were going to build 6 more Lightweight E-Types – the original production run in the mid-1960s was intended to produce 18 cars and so 18 chassis numbers were assigned, but just 12 were built. Once the decision to restart production for the…

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Ringbrothers Carbon Fiber Mustang


The Ford Mustang was first released in 1964. What happened next took Ford and the entire American automotive industry by surprise. The bean-counters at Ford had estimated that 100,000 Mustangs would be built in the first year, but the model proved so popular that this number flew by in just 3 months. By the end…

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