Do you remember the lead-up to the Veyron? The concept car had a three-bank, W-configured, 18 cylinder powerplant.
B. S. C.
Briggs Swift Cunningham Junior, did more to elevate the American Road Racing colors (white with blue stripes) than anyone else in the 1950’s and early 1960s. He was an organizer and promoter, an entrant, constructor and a driver, dealer and distributor. His number one goal was to win Le Mans with an American car and American drivers. He came up a little short, but earned the respect of everyone with his grace, perseverance, and sense of fair play.
“Barchetta” translated from Italian means “small boat” or “skiff”. The term also fell into popular usage for small open sports prototype racing cars in the post- WWII years. Today’s Ferrari also uses the term Barchetta liberally when describing its latest, heritage-inspired, open-cockpit Monza SP1 and SP2 projects.
Bill Mitchell’s (Signature)
Model year 1963 was the first year of striking new Corvette C2 styling by Bill Mitchell’s team (Larry Shinoda et al). The Stingray’s shape certainly turned heads, but could also fly (front end aero lift) if you went fast enough.
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The third iteration of the famous Bugatti marque was the 1998 brainchild of then-VW Group Chair Ferdinand Piech. The renewed marque was appropriately located where Ettore, and later with Jean, Bugatti, built the original legendary models in Molsheim, Alsace.
The E9 re-established BMW as a purveyor of high-style, high-end coupes. “Batmobile” E9 versions signaled BMW staking its claim in the high-performance marketplace.
The story of the FXX starts with the 2002-04 Ferrari Enzo, named for the dearly departed founder of Scuderia Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari.
The 1930s were a remarkable decade of contrasts. While many citizens experienced hunger and joblessness, a multitude of exclusive car brands catered to the remaining millionaires. Arguably the pinnacle accomplishments among the elite 1930s automotive brands have yet to be equaled.
The BMW M1 had a complex international gestation. Its birth established several firsts for the Bavarian brand. As a toddler, the M1 got its own F1-style sandbox. The Giugiaro-BMW Motorsport mashup lives on today as a classic Italian styling landmark cross-pollinated with proper, stolid Teutonic engineering.
These cars are rare…..just four made. They are exceeding valuable, with one price guide listing the “high” value at $34,000,000.
Lincoln, Mercury, and Ford each had strikingly modern body styling debut for the 1949 model year. Each set new sales records. Hollywood, hot rodders, and customizers all fell hard for the ’49 Merc…..
Lo Cd E
Jaguar’s Low Drag Coupe (LDC) E-Type was created in the early 1960s to further the racing legacy established during the 1950s by the C-Type and D-Type. Three LDC racers were built, each quasi-works. While the Low Drag Coupe captured styling hearts it saw no major competition victories. The LDC is yet another gorgeous competition model that failed to deliver on in its in-period goals.
Among the most beautiful racing automobiles ever produced is the Maserati 450S. To this day, its lines and mechanical character possess brutish undertones. Masculine to the core. Like many of the cars we cherish today, the 450S did not accomplish its stated goal in-period.
The Aston Martin One77 is my choice to represent the UK in the Seven Nations – Seven Cars exhibit presented at the Quail Gathering in Monterey, Seven Nations.
The name Porsche bestowed on the model was “Carrera GTS”, though most refer to it as the Porsche internal project title of “904”.
The Daytona was the most sporting road Ferrari when I came of age. Then, I subscribed to the theory that real Ferraris had V12s up front and just two seats. A lot of car enthusiasts from my generation subscribed to the same thought process.
Who is Rudi? The name comes from MB Racing Director Rudi Uhlenhaut. How did this gorgeous car become his ride?
Since 1996, Ferrari reverted to front-engine placement for its core V-12 product, the two-seat Grand Tourer. Intermittently, Ferrari has released limited-edition hot rods based on these front-engine GTs….. including the 599 GTO, the F12 TdF, and the 812 Monza SP.
Shark Tank 156 – Red Sea Edition
With its iconic “shark-nose” the Tipo 156 is one of the most recognizable shapes in single-seater racing history. Ferrari ran this 156 nose for just the 1961 F1 season. The shark-nose 156 carried Phil Hill to the F1 Championship, the only American-born driver to do so.
This car only competed in one event, and didn’t win. Yet its form is so evocative that we remember it and not the model that was the race victor.
Sweden has less than 10 million people. There are many developed countries with far more population than Sweden that didn’t make the Seven Countries-Seven Cars exhibit at the Quail Gathering.
The first time I attended Monterey Week back in the 1990s I decided I had to determine what for me was the most visually satisfying car. I can’t remember the runner-ups, but I remember the winner — it was the Muira.
Aston Martin celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013. Such provenance makes its current sportscar marketplace rivals, (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren) all young pups in comparison. Racing is core to Aston Martin DNA. The zenith of Aston Martin racing is its outright victory in the 1959 LeMans 24 Hours. That winning car, sports-racer DBR1/2 (#2 of 5 made), is the Aston Martin’s Touchstone.
The Jaguar D-Type’s reason for being was to win LeMans. It fulfilled that role admirably, winning in 1955, ’56, and ’57, or “Troispétition” (french slang for three-peat). The sophisticated D-Type was not nearly as successful at the less-smooth circuits in the motorsport calendar.
Wolfsburg Cream Sickle
Everyone smiles when they see a VW Type 2 window van. The more windows, the bigger the smile. The Type 2 certainly wasn’t fast, but it was versatile and reliable. Owners loved them. Being a VW owner in the 1950s and 1960s was the equivalent of being an Apple owner 20 years ago, or perhaps a Tesla owner today. You marched defiantly to a different drummer.
I didn’t experience much angst in deciding Japan’s representative for the Seven Nations – Seven Cars exhibit at Monterey’s Quail Gathering.