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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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

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The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is almost universally known by its unofficial nickname – Ferrari Daytona. Ferrari have never formerly embraced the Daytona label, and even now it only gets a single begrudging mention on their official website. This moniker was first applied by the media in the wake of the dominant 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24…

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The Magic Midget: MG Racing History

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The Magic Midget is an early film from British Leyland about the MG Midget, a car that helped put MG on the map in the formative years of motor racing. At just over 18 minutes in length the film manages to cover quite a lot of ground, and it includes a huge amount of in-period footage…

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1934 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type

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Invicta was a pre-WWII British automobile company that didn’t survive the turmoil of the mid-20th century, it was a keen competitor with companies like Bentley and Rolls-Royce – and the Invicta S-Type you see here was possibly their finest creation. The secret to the world-beating performance capabilities of Invicta’s 4½-Litre S-Type was the low-slung body….

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1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

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The De Tomaso Mangusta was famously named after the Mongoose – the only animal that hunts and kills cobras. It’s widely thought that the name was a friendly jab at Carroll Shelby, whose AC Cobra had become the most famous (and successful) example of a European car with an American V8. Alejandro de Tomaso was…

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1932 Helicon Propeller Car

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In 1932 somewhere deep in the French countryside a project was underway to build an automobile with a slightly unusual method of propulsion. It isn’t known if the designer of the Helicon was a pilot or an aircraft engineer, but it’s clear that the car takes a significant amount of influence from early aircraft design.

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Norton Commando Scrambler

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The Norton Commando is a motorcycle that defied the odds to become a cult classic in its own lifetime, it was developed to compete with the new wave of bikes coming out of Japan but unlike the Japanese, the Brits were struggling to fund new R&D. This resulted in the Commando using the Atlas parallel…

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Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911T

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The Porsche 911T made its debut in 1967 as a direct replacement for the 912 as an entry level version of the now legendary 911. The “T” in its name stood for “Touring” and in order to make the air-cooled engine suitable for long distance driving it was slightly detuned from 130 hp to 110…

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1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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Jaguar introduced the E-Type in 1961 – It was a car with sweeping lines that was faster than any contemporary road-going Ferrari at half the price. Enzo Ferrari himself called it “The most beautiful car ever made” and in the years that have passed since its introduction it’s been voted the most beautiful car of…

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