The Radial Engined Megola Motorcycle

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The Megola motorcycle was designed by Fritz Cockerell in 1920, it’s powered by a 5-cylinder radial engine mounted inside the spokes of the front wheel. The are a few benefits to this layout and a couple of drawbacks, on the positive side there is very little power lost to mechanical drag and the engine’s simplicity…

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1986 Audi Sport quattro

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The Audi Sport quattro was released in 1984 as a Group B rally car and very limited production road car – strictly for homologation purposes. The Sport quattro had gigantic shoes to fill, it was the direct descendant of the supremely successful Audi Quattro – a car that was so important to Audi that they’ve…

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1933 De Havilland Gipsy Moth

De Havilland Gipsy Moth

The De Havilland Gipsy Moth, and its De Havilland siblings, were amongst the most important aircraft in the world during their production – and for quite a while after. Initially the airframes were manufactured by De Havilland, then paired with inline-4 cylinder engines built by Cirrus. These Cirrus power units used out of production World…

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Coventry Rotary Tricycle – Circa 1879

Coventry Rotary Tricycle

The early days of pedal-powered cycle (or velocipede) were a time of significant experimentation, the earliest examples had pedals that were connected directly to the front axle, and it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that a chain was added with sprockets to improve gearing. This Coventry Rotary Tricycle was one of the designs that didn’t catch…

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Vintage Grand Prix Pinball Machine

Grand Prix pinball machine

This vintage Grand Prix pinball machine is being offered as part of the Beaulieu Sale by Bonhams on the 3rd of September, it’s estimated value is between £500 and £800, and the listing indicates that whilst it’s mostly working, it will need some recommissioning by a specialist. Buy Here

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Barn Find: 1967 Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo Car

The Iso Grifo is a great example of what happens when Europeans install American V8s into sports cars. The vehicles that typically emerge from these alliances are extraordinary, with stunning styling, world class handling, and a mighty V8 burbling just under the surface. The Grifo was built by Iso Autoveicoli from 1963 till 1974, the two…

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James Bond / Skyfall Honda CRF250R

Honda CRF250R Motorcycle Skyfall James Bond

This is the Honda CRF250R from the opening sequence of the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. It was modified to look like a Turkish police motorcycle, and it was piloted by Ola Rapace (but mostly by his stunt double) across the rooftops of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Skyfall is still the highest-grossing Bond film of all…

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Porsche 597 Jagdwagen 4×4

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The Porsche 597 Jagdwagen is a 4×4 developed by the German marque in 1953 as a prototype for tender to the German Army, as a vehicle comparable to the Jeep, Land Rover, Kübelwagen, and to a lesser degree, the Unimog. The contract would eventually go to the DKW Munga, as there was no feasible way…

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1914 Flying Merkel

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The Flying Merkel is a motorcycle remembered today as one of the most important engineering achievements of the formative years of motorcycle development. Designed by Joseph “Joe” Merkel, the bike that bore his name included a number of innovations including an early precursor of telescopic forks, a monoshock rear end, cam-driven valves, a throttle-linked oil…

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1972 Lamborghini Jarama GT

Lamborghini Jarama

The Lamborghini Jarama is possibly the least well-known of all the models produced by the Italian marque since it started automobile production in 1964. This is most likely because it was overshadowed by the Miura, then by the Countach – the Jarama was a far less boldly styled motor car, with the engine in the…

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1981 BMW M1

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The BMW M1 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in the mid-to-late 1970s, taking no small amount of influence from the 1972 BMW Turbo concept car designed by Paul Bracq – also a mid-engined sports car with ground-breaking, futuristic design for the era. Up until 1978, BMW had never built a mid-engined production car. And after…

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Elvis Presley’s Long-Lost BMW 507

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For over 50 years automobile collectors have been hunting for the mysterious BMW 507 that was owned by Elvis Presley during his military service in Germany between 1958 and 1960. He bought the car off the showroom floor shortly after arriving in Europe, and he used it on an almost daily basis for the duration of…

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