Billie Joe Armstrong’s 1954 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Volkswagen Beetle is remembered as the single most prolifically produced automobile in history, factories around the world built over 21,500,000 of them between 1938 and 2003, and millions of them remain on the road today. It’s a staggering story of success that very nearly didn’t happen. Somewhat strangely it was a British Army officer…

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Iso Rivolta IR 300

Iso Rivolta IR 300

At the 1962 Torino Auto Show the Iso Rivolta IR 300 was first introduced, and an entirely new chapter in the history of Iso began. Before ’62 the company had been better known for their petite bubble cars and scooters, but in the first couple of years of the 1960s Renzo Rivalta and Giotto Bizzarrini…

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The Entombed 1954 Chevrolet Corvette

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The “Entombed” Corvette has been a bit of a celebrity in Chevrolet circles for the better part of 40 years, it was entombed inside a brick-and-mortar vault by eccentric businessman and politician Richard Sampson in 1959. It’s not certain how much forward planning Sampson had put into the entombment project, all that’s known for certain…

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The Ladies of the Australian Underworld

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The Forensic Photography Archive is a collection of over 130,000 images taken in the 1910s through to the 1960s in jails and police stations in Sydney, Australia. The images from early in the collection are all scans of wet plate photographs, and the amount of detail and character captured is quite remarkable – arguably better…

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MV Agusta 750S America

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The MV Agusta 750S America is a motorcycle that was built to fulfill a request from Chris Garville and Jim Cotherman of Commerce Overseas Corporation – the primary US importer of MV Augusta motorcycles in the 1970s. Garville and Cotherman believed that there was a gap high in the market for an expensive and highly capable…

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Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Boano

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The Ferrari 250 GT Boano is an exceedingly important car in the history of the Italian marque, although it’ll probably never be as famous as the 250 GTO and the 250 GT Lusso, it was a Pinin Farina designed masterpiece that would follow directly in the footsteps of the 250 Europa GT – Ferrari’s first…

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Steve McQueen’s Triumph Desert Sled

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There is probably no motorcycle more closely associated with Steve McQueen than the Triumph Desert Sled, in fact the iconic images of him roaring across the Southern Californian landscape on a modified British bike will probably outlive the internal combustion engine. At the time of his death in 1980 McQueen had acquired over 100 motorcycles, and…

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Ducati 48 by XTR Pepo

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Ducati started out as a small and nondescript manufacturer of tubes, condensers and other components for use in radios. The original company name was Società Scientifica Radio Brevet Ducati and it was founded in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his three sons, Adriano, Marcello, and Bruno. By the outbreak of WWII the company had…

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The 1956 Monte Carlo Rally

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By 1956 the Monte Carlo Rally was already 45 years old, and very well established as one of the world’s pre-eminent road racing events. Automobile manufacturers used it as a way to publicly show off the toughness and reliability of their vehicles, and played down the amount of mechanical work the driver and co-driver typically…

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