Dodge 330 Lightweight Max Wedge

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The Dodge 330 Lightweight was developed by the iconic American automaker with a view to increasing their “competitive visibility”. The performance program was the brainchild of new company president Lynn Townsend, a man who had been working accounting books since early childhood in his father’s auto garage. He had become concerned by the lack of Dodge…

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1973 Triumph X-75 Hurricane

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Historically speaking, the Triumph X-75 Hurricane is a genuinely significant motorcycle. Just 1,200 or so were built before production ended in 1973 due to new noise restrictions in the USA, but the styling of the new Triumph created a wave of interest across the United States, some even crediting it with being the bike that…

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette

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In 1953 Chevrolet introduced the EX-122 Corvette show car at the GM Motorama, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. They were using the concept as a gauge to measure interest in a new Chevrolet sports car – the interest from the press and the general public was overwhelming. Production was approved and the model…

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Croft-Cameron Super Eight

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The Croft-Cameron Super Eight was the top-of-the-line model from the little-known British motorcycle manufacturer during their relatively short 1923 to 1926 lifespan. Croft-Cameron was a competitor with the likes of Brough Superior and Coventry-Eagle, and their motorcycles all look relatively similar from 20 paces – though this has more to do with the engineering best-practices…

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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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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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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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Ace Four Motorcycle

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Ace was founded in 1919 by William G. Henderson – an American engineer and motorcycle designer who had previously founded Henderson Motorcycle, which he had sold to Ignaz Schwinn’s Excelsior Motor Manufacturing & Supply Company in 1917. William carried on working at Excelsior for just under 2 years before differences in opinion resulted in him resigning…

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1974 MV Agusta 750S

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The engine used in the MV Agusta 750S was originally placed in the MV Agusta 600 in 1966 – making it one of the first road-going motorcycles to mount an inline-4 transversely across the frame. It’s unlikely the Italians had any idea how common this engine arrangement would become, particularly once it was adopted by Honda…

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Egli-Vincent Racer

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The Egli-Vincent has become so famous since it was first developed in the mid-1960s that its name now almost rivals the Vincent marque itself. Developed by Fritz Egli of Switzerland, the original Egli-Vincent was his own race bike, a bike he used as a testbed for his own engineering experiments. The main drawback to the original…

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