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

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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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1921 Stutz Bearcat

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Bocar XP-5

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Click the link to see a newer article on the Bocar XP-5. The Bocar XP-5 was the fifth experimental prototype design developed by aeronautical engineer Bob Carnes of Denver, Colorado. Bob was an engineer first and foremost, and as is the case with most engineers he was a decidedly logical man. The name of his new…

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The Bill Thomas Cheetah GT

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The Cheetah GT is a car built by Bill Thomas and his team with a very specific target in mind – Carroll Shelby and his then new Shelby Cobra. As a race car builder, Bill Thomas had worked with Chevrolet on a number of projects including performance work on the Chevrolet Corsair, Biscaynes and Bel-Airs…

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1957 Sputnik-1 Prototype Test Model

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The Soviet Union launched Sputnik-1 on October the 5th, 1957 and in so doing kicked the Space Race into high gear – where it would remain for over a decade until the Americans landed Buzz and Neil on the Moon in 1969 and took the crown. This Sputnik-1 model was built in 1957 as a…

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