Barn Find: 1967 Iso Grifo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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1921 Stutz Bearcat

The Stutz Motor Company was an American luxury and sports car manufacturer founded in 1911 that quickly established themselves as one of the most forward-thinking and competitive automobile marques in the United States. The most famous car ever made by Stutz was their road-going racer – the Bearcat. The original Bearcat was first shown to…

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1937 Vincent-HRD Comet

The Vincent-HRD Comet was developed as an advanced half-litre sporting motorcycle by Vincent-HRD, and sold alongside its similarly-engined siblings the Comet Special, the TT replica, and the Meteor. Of course, the most famous Vincents are the V-twin models, particularly the Black Shadow and Black Lightning. But as any Vincent historian will tell you, the legend…

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1935 Avions Voisin C28 Aérosport

Gabriel Voisin was undoubtably one of the most daring automobile designers the world has ever seen. There can be little question that he stands tall amongst his contemporaries of the twenties and thirties. Gabriel and his brother Charles most likely learned their creative “go getter” attitude to life under the tutelage of their maternal grandfather…

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Brough Superior SS100

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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Daimler SP250

The Daimler SP250 is a car that can’t be written about without first addressing the elephant in the room – its appearance. Although some do love the way it looks, it seems that most really don’t – some even question exactly what the designers were thinking, and how it got approved for production. Under the…

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