21-Window Deluxe Volkswagen Type 2

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The Volkswagen Type 2 is better known by the nicknames it received in the various countries where it was sold, the Americans usually call it the the Bus or Hippie Van, the Brits call it the Camper and every Australian I talked to knows the Type 2 only as the Kombi Van. Following on from…

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Sophia Loren – Sunflower

Sophia Loren - Sunflower

The Italian film Sunflower is best remembered for being the first western movie to be made behind the Iron Curtain, it was partially shot in Russia in 1970 – quite remarkable given the tensions in the area during the era. The film itself is a tale of unrequited love starring Sophia Loren and Germano Longo,…

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The Lindbergh Travel Trailer

Lindbergh Travel Trailer

The Lindbergh Travel Trailer is a remarkable piece of four-wheeled American memorabilia, there weren’t many Americans more famous than Charles Lindbergh in 1939 – he had only just returned from voluntary exile in Europe after the tragic kidnapping and murder of his infant son in 1932 that had ignited an American media frenzy. Lindbergh’s personal…

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Benelli 750 Sei

Benelli 750 Sei

The Benelli 750 Sei is one of the more interesting motorcycles developed during the 1970s – which is actually rather impressive considering just how many revolutionary bikes rolled out of factories in Japan and Europe during the decade. Alejandro de Tomaso bought Benelli in 1971 and immediately set to work creating a two-wheeled version of…

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Tucker 48

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The Tucker 48 is a car that’ll forever live as an American legend, the extraordinary panache and guts shown by Preston Tucker in the post-war period is astonishing and the fact that he succeeded against the entrenched power of the Big 3 is reminiscent of the modern story of Elon Musk and Tesla. 50 Tucker…

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Soviet Rocket Engine by Alexei M. Isayev

V-750VN type surface-to-air missile second stage engine designed by Alexei M Isayev

Aleksei Mikhailovich Isaev was an icon within the Russian half of the Space Race, he was the man responsible for designing the first non-modular liquid-fuelled rocket engine, between 1957 and 1967 his engines powered the rockets carrying the first manmade satellites, the first man in space and the first unmanned probes to the Moon and…

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Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a German armoured personal carrier that’s been in development since 1960, the 1A3 version is the most common and includes a slew of improvements over the original 1A1 – not the least of which is the ability to withstand 30mm cannon fire. The Marder can hold 12 infantrymen…

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