Semi-Works Racer: 1983 Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa

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It’s thought that just 4 examples of the Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa semi-works racer were ever built, they were shipped to factory-approved racing teams in Italy, Belgium, Australia, and Japan where they were raced against the best in the world. The 1980s were a difficult and tumultuous time for Laverda, but few would disagree that…

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Hesketh V1000

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The name Hesketh will probably always be most closely associated with the flamboyant world of 1970s Formula One racing, and for giving James Hunt his Formula One debut in 1973. The team were notoriously fond of champagne and would drink cases of the stuff regardless of their actual finishing positions, typically in the nearest 5…

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1989 Honda VFR750R Type RC30

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The Honda VFR750R Type RC30, often just referred to as the RC30, is a unicorn motorcycle on par with the likes of Paul Smart’s Ducati 750 Imola Desmo, the Vincent Black Shadow, the Norton Manx, and the Brough Superior SS100. Now before the angry emails start rolling in from the vintage motorcycle fraternity, let me…

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Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel Bicycle

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The Briggs & Stratton Motor Wheel was the first motorized vehicle ever owned by many tens of thousands of Americans, many were attached to bicycles and some were fitted to the rear of the Briggs & Stratton Flyer Cyclecar – remembered now as the cheapest car in history. A Brief History of the Briggs &…

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1989 Norton Commander Rotary

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The rotary-engined Norton Commander is a very rare motorcycle, just 300 or so were made before Norton was paid a final visit by its creditors at Midland Bank, and production was shut down. It’s a shame as with better funding, the almost turbine smooth twin rotor Wankel could have been a benchmark touring bike for its…

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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight

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The car you’re looking at here is widely considered to be the most successful Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of all time. This is a remarkable feat considering the broad successes of the Carrera RS 2.7 in competition, both on the asphalt and in the world of rally. The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 The Porsche 911 Carrera…

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1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

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With 550+hp from a 7 litre V8 and a 1/4 mile time in the mid-10s there are few ’60s muscle cars as capable as the legendary Yenko badged Camaros. They were originally built for just 3 years in very limited numbers, and cars that have survived to the modern day trigger a huge amount of…

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1986 Gemballa Avalanche

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The Gemballa Avalanche is the car that helped launch Gemballa into the centre of the world stage for outrageous bespoke cars, often costing over $500,000 USD apiece in 1980s money – that’s well over $1,000,000 now. Founded by Uwe Gemballa in 1981, the German company was based near Porsche in Leonberg, Germany – just west of Stuttgart….

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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy

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The release of the Ferrari 275 in 1964 was a significant milestone for Ferrari, it was the first of their cars to be fitted with a transaxle for improved weight distribution, and when coupled to its independent double wishbone front and rear suspension, the 275 was a generational shift forwards. The changes under the skin…

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1940 BMW 328 Roadster

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The 1940 BMW 328 Roadster shown here presents a bit of an automotive mystery, its rare Touring of Milan bodywork was constructed using the Superleggera (super lightweight) method with a design in keeping with the Auto Avio Costruzioni sports racer – Enzo Ferrari’s first foray into car construction. These factors likely mean the car you see here was…

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1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

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A Brief History of the Ferrari 288 GTO The Ferrari 288 GTO was destined to compete in the borderline-insane world of Group B racing. The FIA introduced the regulations that would define Group B in 1982, and it triggered an arms race amongst automakers that is often referred to today as the golden age of rally….

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1955 Ferrari 121 LM

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This car was one of the Scuderia Ferrari Works entries in the 1955 Mille Miglia – a challenging 1,000 mile race across Italy held on public roads. It was originally a 3.7 litre vehicle with 280 hp and a kerb weight of 850 kilograms, Paolo Marzotto was the driver but he didn’t get far – the…

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