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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gumpert Apollo

For a car with a strange name the Gumpert is very cool. I decided to use this shot because the back end is one of the best I have seen. Awesome! The car was dreamed up by Roland Gumbert, the ex head of Audi Sport in the 70's, was able to put together a great team to come up with a new kind of sports car.

Roland is reported to have said, “It has always been a dream of mine to have a car that has so much downforce, such aerodynamic efficiency that you could drive on the roof of a tunnel at high speed – and this car can.

Not sure if that's been done yet but I'm sure that the Apollo with its 691HP, 4.2L V8, and top speed of 220mph, would give it a good go.

The Gumpert Apollo is a beautiful conceived and built car that so far has the fastest lap time around the Top Gear track at 1:17.1.

Read about it here and the website has some great information and video's - http://www.gumpert.de/eng/index_html.html.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ferrari 512S Modulo

The Ferrari Modulo Concept was created by Pininfarina in 1967 and unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. I really like concept cars from this time because they are just so far out and imaginative. Like the 1966 Toyota Concept in a previous post the Modulo shows designers were thinking space travel would be a reality for everyone and designed cars to suit. The only drawback to this concept is it can't be driven and that's a shame. Be great to see this cruising down a highway.

Check out more amazing photo's of the Modulo on weheart.co.uk and more about the Modulo here and here. Designer Paolo Martin really fought to have this beautiful car built and the subterfuge and hard work he put in really made this car and add to its beautiful legend.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

1979 HZ Holden Statesman

This 1979 Holden Statesman is a great example of beautiful motoring and looking at the price of it on Trademe.co.nz an appreciating classic.

The Holden Statesman was a car I relate to as a grunty Westie wagon, generally driven by a mechanic, who wants the luxuries the Statesman came with and the power of a V8 for doing skids.

When the HZ was introduced it major feature was "Radial Tuned Suspension' which gave it a better ride but at the expense of handling. Every one of them I can remember had the suspension changed and the ride height dropped a few inches. Beautiful cars that still turn heads today.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

1951 Buick LeSabre Concept Car

I saw an image of this car and just had to find out more. It was designed in Harley J. Earl's studio and took styling cues from jet fighter planes. The was actually used as a daily driver by Harley Earl for years. So even though it was a concept it was fully functioning and had some cool features like a rain sensor to put the roof up, even when you were away from the car. It also had an interesting fuel system running both alcohol and petrol. Way ahead of it's time it showed what could be done and a lot of the features made it to the road car. A fantastic example of beautiful motoring it would definitely turn heads today.

Read more here about Harley J. Earl. Fascinating guy who put Buick on the map and created wonderful cars.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Triumph Herald convertible

I saw a Triumph Herald today and had to post one because it reminded me of my Great Aunt. She drove a baby blue convetible right up into her 90's. I used to like pulling up in her driveway, seeing it sitting there in mint condition, knowing she could still drive it. She was a very elegant woman and looked very cool driving it.

It was one of the first cars I really liked and I never got to go for a drive in it. Unfortunately I have no idea where it is now but it was definitely a great example of beautiful motoring.

Photo credit.

Monday, December 21, 2009

1966 Toyota Concept car

Toyota were definitely channeling the Jetsons when they designed this concept car in 1966. Maybe this is where flying car designers should look for inspiration now. The cockpit and fin are beautiful and those points in the headlights could be ray guns.

I searched and couldn't find much if any information about this car so if anyone can enlighten us please do.

Some colour shots are here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato

Not exactly how you would picture a Ferrari is it. The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC 'Zagato' is a one-off Ferrarri 330 GTC built by Italian coachbuilder Zagato (read about them here or http://www.zagato.it/ukmain.htm) and was built for Ferrari America.

I prefer the original 330 GTC with Pininfarina bodywork (great shots here) but looking at the car it was ahead of it's time and you can see styling cues that were picked up by other car manufacturers in the 70's. Probably not the nicer styling cues though. Just things like the headlight covers and sharp rake on the nose.

By all accounts this is a beautiful car to drive and if you want to own a one-off Ferrari look for it the next time it comes up for sale. You wouldn't be disappointed.

Photo from Loudpop.com and read the story of this car and see some more beautiful shots here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hypercar DSN390

The Hypercar DSN390 is the brainchild of Kiwi engineer Neil Gray. I came across this car recently and couldn't help but notice how beautiful it is. Amazing for a 'homebuilt' car.

Neil says DSN is short for 'don't stop now' something he said to himself a lot during the build. Four years in the making, the car only weighs a lithe 680kg, and has a 390hp V8 that only weighs 95kg's. The 2400cc Synergy V8 is his mate Simon's brainchild and because Neil made most of the original prototype he knew it was the motor for his car. The motor uses two ZX12R Kawasaki motorcycle barrels and cylinder heads and revs to 11,500rpm. It's well known in NZ Speedway circles and helps propel the DSN390 to 100km/h in around 3secs. That's Supercar quick!

Read more about it here or go to hypercars.co.nz. I can't wait to see this beauty on the road.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada

I really like the Bizzarrini. The name is conjures up images of fettling in a well equipped shed, neckerchiefs and white coveralls. Giotto Bizzarrini was blessed with both driving and engineering skills which landed him jobs with companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini. He is the man who developed the V12 used by Lamborghini for decades. Incredible!

It seems he always wanted to do his own thing and the 5300 GT Strada is the outcome of his foray into car manufacturing. During the time he was in business he produced some amazing cars that were well received and very successful in racing.

The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada above was built in 1968 and in the late '80's completely restored under Bizzarrini's guidance. The engine is the beautifully simple 350HP Chevrolet V8 and in a car that only weighs 1250kg you can imagine the performance, awesome. Another beautiful car from a great time and one fact I really like about the 5300 GT is it is less than 40" high. An amazing feat of engineering to get the frontal area and the overall height so low.

Read more about Bizzarrini here.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lancia Fulvia

For some reason the Lancia Fulvia sticks in my mind. I think my dad took me to someones shed to show one to me and I was hooked. Lancia have designed and built some amazing cars. From the sublime to the ugly, but fast. Wikipedia says the Fulvia was in production from '63 to '76 but my memory says production started in '65 with the car being introduced in 1963.

Maybe someone can help us there. A Fulvia in the hands of Sandro Munari and co-driver Mario Mannucci won the 1972 Rallye Monte Carlo. I have read they won the Championship but I'm am fairly certain they did very well that year but only won the Rallye Monte Carlo.

The motor in the was a masterpiece, being a 1600 V4 developing at its peak 132HP, and having a single cylinder head and dual spark. A beautiful motor and a great example of Lancia thinking, outside the square. Great cars.



Some great images here and excellent information about the car and motors here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limo

I really like old school Mercedes limo's, especially Pullman 600's. The perfect limo whether you are a movie star, mafia boss, communist leader, music legend or crime lord.

The lines are perfect. New limo's don't really come close because of the current design of the cars limo's are generally made from. Too many curves and to me the roof of some new limos seems to dip in the middle. Strange.

Designed to be the best you could get the Pullman had air suspension for a smooth ride and, to make sure it still hauled arse, a fuel injected 6.3 litre V8. Just the ticket to get away from screaming fans or screaming sirens.

Definitely a beautiful way to travel.

Photo credit: netcarshow.com

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1959 Aston Martin DBR1

Aston Martins are an easy target for beautiful motoring, especially the early ones. The 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 was built for the 1959 World Sportscar Championship. It was fairly successful, it won that year, but it great looks have lasted well beyond its racing successes.

It would have been interesting to see where David Brown would have gone with this line but he headed to Formula One which ended the factories involvement and the DBR1's were sold off.

To see these beautiful cars in action head out to historic events like the Silverstone Classic. Send me some pics if you do.

Photo credit autocult.com.au

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mercedes-Benz Blue Wonder Car Transporter

Back onto the subject of great times in motor racing history: the Blue Wonder was the car carrier built for the Mercedes F1 team in the mid 50's. It served the team for ten years and was billed as the 'fastest racing car transporter in the world'. It has the direct injected, three-liter inline-six from the 1955 300SL Gullwing, awesome.

The original was scrapped in 1967 but lucky for us Mercedes Benz have built one from their archives.

Mercedes have a history of cool transporters but this is definitely the coolest and brings back memories of the Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Check out more photos of it here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni


The man with the best job in the world, test driving Lamborghini's, has had a car named after him. The Lamborghini Gallardo "Valentino Balboni" LP550-2. A two wheel drive monster. Brilliant. Lighter than the LP560-4 but with a tad less horsepower the LP550-2 is an amazing.

Take the time to watch the video with the volume up. There is no better sound than a Lamborghini at full noise. The passion Balboni has for Lamborghini is very evident in this video.

At 2:10 Valentino talks about driving a Lamborghini for the first time. He paints a great picture because that is the feeling I got when I drove an LP560-4. I will never forget the experience.

Enjoy.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

1939 Mercedes W154 Record

This car really intrigues me because there doesn't seem to be much known or written about it. There is lots about the other Mercedes record cars and streamliners but only some pics and the odd bit of info about this particular one.

It amazes me that in the 30's that Formula One cars were capable of 300km/h and when doing record runs over 400km/h. The drivers had no protection, or seatbelts, but deaths rarely happened even when they were thrown from the cars at phenomenal speeds. These guys were amazing. Real gentlemen and hero's. A beautful time and a very beautiful car.

Here's what I found on the interweb about this car and if you could add anything please do in the comments section.

W154 record version, 1939
Engine: V12 four-stroke gasoline engine with two superchargers, 60 degrees
Displacement: 2,963 cc
Output: 468 hp (344 kW)
Top speed: approx. 400 km/h

This info is from " The Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars" by K. Ludvigsen, 1971.
274.4 mph for the kilometer, and 248.3 mph for the mile. (Feb. 1939 by Rudolf Caracciola). Subsequently, they went on to develop a similar W125 for the 1940 Grand Prix season, that never started. The bodywork was similar, with a Cd dropping from 0.599 to 0.293.

Photo via Loudpop.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

70's Custom Van

The 70's van craze passed me by but there have always been a few 'Shaggin Wagons' floating around. Customisers put a huge amount of detail and time, not to mention $$, into what were commercial vehicles.

For the 70's they were the ultimate way to express yourself and do whatever you wanted to do, wherever you wanted to be. Check out some more great pics on The Selvedge Yard blog here and if you have some pics of your own shaggin wagon I would love to see them.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

'66 Pontiac GTO

I have a soft spot for Pontiac GTO's that came about from the movie 'My Science Project'. The one in the movie is a '69 but it got me looking at GTO's and when I saw a 1966 model I knew that was the one for me.

Everything about the '66 is cool. From the grille to the wheels to the bonnet scoop. There were 96,946 '66 GTO's sold which is meant to be the highest ever numbers for a 'true' muscle car.

This model GTO had three motor options, all V8's. A 389 with 335 bhp, a 389 V8 360 bhp and a 389 V8 Ram Air with 360 bhp. Performance for the 389 with 360hp was 0-60 in 6.5 sec and 1/4 mile in 14.65 sec @ 98mph - excellent!

A beautiful muscle car that has a place in my garage.

More info about GTO's here and a cool restoration project here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Citroen 2CV

The Citroen 2CV was being discussed at lunch recently and I was intrigued by how much everyone liked them and would like to have another one in some cases.

Nicknamed the 'Ugly Duckling' by some the French peoples car was in production from 1949 to 1990 and a staggering 3,872,583 were made. What stands out to most people is the incredible lean the cars had when cornering, very scary for a first timer.

Beautifully simple in design and mechanicals the 2CV is legendary.

Read more about the pictured 2CV rebuild here and the 2CV here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shelby Mustang GT 500

I love a good Mustang and it was hard to going past one doing a burnout. The 1970 Mustang isn't my favourite shape because Ford decided to give it a huge facelift it became a bit of a 70's monstrosity. There are a lot of people who will disagree, especially my mum's neighbour who has 3 of them, but Ford lost the plot a bit here and the cars grew. 4 inches in length alone.

Carroll Shelby have discontinued his contract with Ford during this time so even though the 69 - 70 GT350 and GT500's bore his name he had little to do with them. The GT500 had a 428ci Cobra Jet V8 developing close to 400hp but 0 - 60 and quarter miles varied some think for insurance. Still a beautiful piece of Ford muscle and now a rare sort after car.

Read more here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Amazing Lamborghini Pregunta

I saw this image and thought it was a photoshop mock up. After some research I discovered it was the Lamborghini Pregunta concept car built by Carrossier Heuliez in 1998 for the Paris Motor Show.

There is quite a story behind this car and the fact it even got built is extraordinary due to the Audi/VW takeover. The designers went pure jet fighter with the matt black paint job and the interior. It has a 530hp V12, top speed of 333km/h and is only 1.1m high. A beautifully, brutal concept.

More pics and story here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mazda MX5

As the holder of the best selling sports car award I think the MX5 has proven itself to be more than just a hairdressers car. The closest I have got to an MX5 is spending hours putting car alarms in them. The boot was always a pain because you had to put a switch in it and run a wire through to the alarm module.

Driving them was a pleasure but I always thought they were underpowered. A few companies came out with turbo or supercharger kits that changed that. Power has increased over the years though and for the price I don't think much comes close. Beautiful car you can be seen in now.

Photo credit and great MX5 article at Piston Heads.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

1956 Buick Century Convertible

Last week I sat behind one of these in traffic and then followed it up the road. The guy driving it looked like he was in his 30's and really enjoying cruising with the top down on a beautiful day.

Old Buicks are very cool and the '56 Century is no exception. In 1954 Buick brought out the second generation Century and had a winner on their hands. They progressively put up the horsepower of the 355 V8, the '56 had 255hp, until the 57, 58 were developing 300hp from 364 cu inch V8's.

They were considered 'lightweight' at the time so performance was very good. All I know though is that rolling in one of these with the top down on a sunny would be beautiful motoring.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sonny and Cher Mustangs


These matching '67 Mustangs were built for the the Sonny and Cher movie 'Good Times' by the famous George Barris. These cars were seriously seventies with every garish trick you could think of. Bobcat fur in Sonny's, Ermine fur in Cher's, 3" Mouton fur carpeting, pearl paint jobs, hideaway headlights.

Beautiful cars for the time, built by the 'king of kustomisers', they take a bit of getting used to now. They went for US$198,000 at auction in February 2009. Amazing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Willys Coupe


I really like Willys Coupes and have done since I saw a hot rodded one in a movie about 20 years ago. In fact if someone can tell me the movie the car was in I would appreciate it. I'm pretty sure it was the same one that had a Top Fuel Funny car in it driving through city streets.

During my search for a photo this is the only cool image of a Willys that hadn't been modified in any way. They are so popular there don't seem to be that many left that haven't been touched in some way. Even the one above has a fibreglass bootlid and was for sale for US$22,500. You could own it here.

A beautiful car in it's day that is even more so today with it's timeless shape.


Friday, November 13, 2009

The Mini

The Mini. What can you say that hasn't been said? I remember doing reverse donuts in one of mine in the back yard. Brilliant and loads of fun. Wikipedia tells me that the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the century in 1999 behind the Ford Model T. Cool.

Cooper S version's are one of the winning-est cars ever built, a highlight must be Mini winning the Monte Carlo four times, and one of the most modified. A great example of beautiful motoring especially in the Italian Job.

Great info here and the greatest car chase scene ever here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mazda RX2

They say everyone should own an Alfa but I think everyone should own a Rotary, and a motorbike, just so you know what they're like.

Having owned an RX2, two Series One RX7's, a Series 6 RX7, and having put a 13B into a Datsun 1600SSS, I think I've done my time but they have left a lasting impression on me. Huge amounts of power from a motor the size of a 4 Gallon drum. Leaving them natural aspirated though is always interesting because with Rotaries noise generally equals power.

The Capella above is a great example of a four door and you can see more photo's of it here. The RX2 was an option and most were badged Capella with a small RE badge. My one was an ex club car and had twin front sway bars, fantastic suspension, twin dizzy 12A and twin exhaust system. Driving it from Auckland to Blenheim was an amazing experience. Cruising down the Desert Road with a BMW and a Commodore we never dipped below 160km/h. Fantastic but I wouldn't advise that nowadays.

More info here and here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Astra Coupe by Jay Everett

This simply beautiful car was built by Jay Everett in 1952 and was a car so far ahead of its time in the Hot Rodding world it created a new class.

It has a tube frame by Paul Koonz, amazing aluminum body panels fabricated with an English Wheel by Jack Sutton and Dennis Power, that were screwed onto the frame and then gas welded. There is some contention over claims the body and interior were revised by the Barris brothers in 1955 with some saying they just painted it blue. If you Google 1959 Astra Coupe you will find more information on it. The best story I have found was on the Rod and Custom website. Read that here.

Whatever the true story this is a fantastic car and if you're in the market it's for sale. Beautiful custom that will still look futuristic in 50 years.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car

This 1950 Aston Martin was sold for £550,000 at the end of October. Wow, that's a lot for any car so I thought I would investigate. What I found was a car with a huge history of victories and even a stint as the personal car of Sir David Brown.

It amazes me that to get it ready to be raced by T.H. Wisdom in the Mille Miglia all they did was service it after Brown had driven it for a few months. It went on to win by a 6 minute margin with Wisdom at the wheel.

This car evokes memories of the beautiful days of gentlemen racing. Read a lot more about it here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR 460 307

Until the other day I had no idea the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR existed. No idea and yet here it is. WOW! That is some car. There is only one right hand drive Roadster version and it just sold for US$1,018,728.

I have to say for the almost the same money as a Veyron I would rather have this. The CLK GTR was designed and built for racing in the FIA GT Championship and later upgraded for Le Mans. As it needed to be homologated for racing 25 cars had to be built. In the end 26 were built.

Most of the cars had a 600HP plus 6.0 litre V12 engine and a 6 speed sequential gearbox that without the racing restrictor produced 720HP! Awesome. Five were built with a 7.3L V12 but I couldn't find a horsepower rating. Beautiful, rare car that is very, VERY potent.

Read more here and here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

1969 Toyota Corolla Station Wagon

One of these cute wagons drove past me today. It was white, very original and very cool. If you have one of these beautiful Corolla's in the garage, or barn, it's a great time to be cruising in it.

The Corolla was introduced into the US in 1968 and was the smallest car Toyota had sold in America up until that time. With a 60-horsepower, 1.1 liter four it wasn't going to rock your socks off but Toyota made high quality cars no matter what the size so they sold very well. Beautiful car.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

1965 Ford Mustang

You will have to click the image to really appreciate this car. Built by Ford Racing Performance Parts (FRPP) to show off it 5.0-liter "Cammer" crate engine. Listening to their customers they swapped the electronic fuel injection for four downdraft Weber carbs, Ford racing intake and MSD ignition.

This is one very hot car and pretty much the Mustang of the my dreams. Luckily for me the guy who lives next to my mum restores and races Mustangs so I can walk next door and dream. Beautiful vintage 'Stang with a 420HP sting under the bonnet.

More beautiful shots here and more info here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Picnic with a Morris Minor

I saw this classic Morris Minor shot on oldclassiccar.co.uk and it reminded me what 'beautiful motoring' is all about - nice car, classic scene, cool image.

There are a couple of nice Morris Minors garaged across the road from my house and it's very cool when they pull out the convertible and go for a Sunday drive. Top down, basket on the boot rack. Looks and sounds great. Beautiful car.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stuntman Kenny Powers Million Dollar Jump

Back in the 70's stuntmen were revered, did some very crazy stuff and it was just a beautiful time for big, heavy cars with huge horsepower. This river jump by Kenny Powers was one of the craziest stunts of the time. He tried to jump the St. Lawrence River in a Rocket powered Lincoln. He should have chosen something a little bit more aerodynamic. Great footage and there is a lot more to the story as Ken Carter was the original stuntman who planned the stunt. Read about him here.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

1971 De Tomaso Pantera

A De Tomaso Pantera to me is red, with a huge wing, stainless exhaust and a very loud and awesome V8. This one is the same age as me and it's great to think cars like this were being made when I was born. I remember seeing a few around when I was younger and I ended up meeting the guy who owned them. One was for the road and one for racing. Fantastic cars.

CAR137.com reader Brandon recently sent me an email about the De Tomaso with a link to an artists impression of what the Mark II de Tomaso might look like. View the pic here and view what the factory thinks here. I think they need to hire the artist.

Listen to one here | More info here

Photo credit: Seriouswheels.com

Update: I thought I would change the wheels on the concept car to the ones I liked. Let me know if you like this look better.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Mercedes-Benz 500K/540K Special Roadster

I spotted this image awhile ago and instantly thought it was a Michael Furman photo. If you don't know who Michael Furman check out his website here. He is the pre-eminent automotive photographer. Amazing shots.

The car itself is a very special Mercedes. Built in the 1930's the 540K sported independent coil spring suspension, and a 5.4-liter straight eight-cylinder engine. An awesome engine, even now, it makes 115hp normally and 180hp with the supercharger engaged. Excellent. These cars can still do over 100mph. Incredible.

More great info and pics here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

I found out about this car recently when I was researching Alfa's. Click the image to get a good look. It's quite something. Wikipedia tells me only 18 were built with the first one being built in 1967 based on the Autodelta Alfa Romeo T33.

This was a very fast and expensive car for it's day and had a 2 litre V8 developing 230hp in road trim. 0-60mph was ok at 5.5sec's but the 160mph top speed is still awesome. Imagine the noise of the V8 at that speed. Was really amazes me is how light it was - 700kg dry. That is quite incredible. A real, beautiful Supercar.

Good article about it here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rusted out SL300 Mercedes

The SL300 is a fantastic example of beautiful motoring. Introduced by Mercedes in 1954 it was the fastest production car of its day and way ahead of its time.

Bit sad to see one like this but even in this state the SL300 still holds its own. Amazing car, beautifully rusting away.

Photo credit | more info

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aston Martin DBR9

































When it comes to beautiful motoring Aston Martin kicks it out of the park. Even their racing cars are beautiful works of motoring art. There are few parts remaining from the road car but it does still use the same heads and block casting. The DBR9's V12 puts out around 600HP and weighs only 1100kg's! That's a lot of horsepower in a very light car.

View the racing website here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

VW Variant Wagon



The Variant is a very cool car. And so useful with a bit more boot space. A mate wanted to swap one for my 1971 XW Falcon Station Wagon. I should have done it. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

This one is a great example and the shot shows off the great front end. Look at how the bonnet slopes down between the headlights, beautiful.

More info

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MGB GT



In another life I worked for a sign writing company as a spray painter and had to paint a MGB GT burnt orange. Only ever having painted a few cars before I took my time and it turned out great. Then for the test drive. I remember it being noisy and a lot of fun. There was a big smile on my face. Great little car.

Looking for some more info I discovered that the hatchback body was designed by Pininfarina and it even had a song written about it: 'MGB GT' by Richard Thompson. Cool. Not many cars have their own song.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beautiful VW Beetle shot



Beautiful shot of the peoples car in it's natural setting. Lowered, nice wheels, great paint, all the chrome and a clear road. Awesome!

Friday, October 9, 2009

V8 Citroen DS



You might know I like a good Citroen DS and this is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Modded by Andrew in the States it packs a real punch in the form of a 400HP LS1 V8. It's my idea of a cool car because it has a modern chassis and drive line while keeping the looks of the 'sexiest car on the planet'.

This is Andrew's description of his car: "Classic French 1964 Citroen ID19 rethought as American hot rod. Everything is new under the skin: 400hp, new chassis, transmission, wheels & interior. Truly unique."

It generated a lot of controversy when it was shown and you can read about that and the build at http://citroenid19hotrod.blogspot.com/. Lots of awesome shots and articles

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lotus Evora



The thing that impressed me about the racing version of the Lotus Evora is how little they had to do to get it up to scratch for the track. Basically they changed the brakes and tyres, gutted the interior, put in a roll cage and fire extinguisher system, upped the horsepower to 300kw, changed the shocks and sway bars and changed the 6 speed to a sequential 6 speed.

Not that much really when you consider what you have to do to most cars to get them to racing spec. An amazing car that I think will do very well as an endurance racer. Can't wait to see it in action.

Check out the cool website for the Evora here and the racing version here.

Monday, October 5, 2009

EF Honda Civic



I love Honda Civic's. In fact I have owned six of them and my favourite body shape is this one, the EF. The 4th Generation Civic was built from 1987 until 1991and the top model had a B16A VTEC motor. The B16A plus independent suspension in all four corners turned the mild mannered Civic into a giant killer. Honda's really helped start the Import Car and Drag racing scene and you will see them at almost every Autocross event you go to.

Even with just the 1600 twin cam these are a great car. I had one that 15.0 sec flat 1/4 miles with mild modifications - paddle clutch, headers, exhaust, chip and air filter plus it was lowered. At the time that meant if you had an HSV you better watch out because I would be making you look pretty silly if you decided to be a hero at the lights.

Awesome car and I look forward to owning another one hopefully sooner rather than later.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mazda RX3
















A friend had a green RX3 that was very clean. De wired engine bay and lots of chrome. I was with him when he brought it and it amazed me. Ridiculously low and loud we had a lot of fun in that car. One time putting in a new gearbox so we could go to the drags in it. Took less than two hours. Easy car to work on with lots of room to get at things.

Like Alfa Romeo's I think everyone should own at least one rotary. The power you can get from a 4 gallon drum is mind blowing. Great car that still wins races today.

Check out the advertising. Cool.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Old School Nissan Skyline



Skylines are quite ugly these days, brutal in fact. But where they come from is quite the opposite. Old school Skylines are very cool and this shot really shows this one in the perfect light. The black wheels and flares on the rear would make it look like it was gliding down the road. A beautiful, clean car.

The Skyline name has been around since 1957. Used by the Prince Motor Company and then continued by Nissan when they merged in 1966. The C10 chassis above was raced successfully until 1971 when the Mazda RX3 spoiled the show.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Old Green Chevy truck



Came across another great photo of beautiful motoring rusting quietly away. This Chevy truck is in a shed in Williams Community in Calhoun County, Al. I'm very keen on owning a truck like this in the next five years. What a great project.

Have you got a project you would like to do? Let me know in the comments.

Photo credit


Monday, September 28, 2009

1969 Dodge Charger - General Lee



I was a big fan of the Dukes of Hazzard and was amazed at what Bo and Luke did in their Charger week after week. Years later I was amazed to learn the show almost single handedly destroyed all the 1969 Chargers ever produced. Well not quite but they used at least one per episode and by the sixth season had to start using miniatures. The stunts weren't the same after that.

This 1969 Charge is owned by Jeremy in Las Vegas and is on show at the Palazzo Hotel. If you're in the neighbourhood check it out.

Jeremy's got it for sale if you're interested here. It's an awesome car with a lot of goodies under the hood including a 425HP 383 big block. Sounds awesome too!

Update: Jeremy has sold his car.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rusty old car: 1947 Buick



This is such a great shot of decaying beauty. There are lots of old cars just sitting around that back in the day were loved and looked after by proud families and owners. They were built so well - well really they were built like brick houses. You can see that the chrome headlight surrounds and mudguard strip are still in good nick and the rust is taking a long time to eat through the heavy metal.

Be great to bring a car like this back to life and be able to keep of the patina. Very cool.

Update: Thanks to Sam for letting me know what car this is.

Photo credit: Andie Smith

Friday, September 25, 2009

Last of the Supercars Ferrari F40


The Ferrari F40 is I believe the last of the real supercars. The last one that didn't have all sorts of techno bits and bobs that keep you safe and on the track at track days. Ferrari produced 1315 of them between 1987 and 1992 and for two years, 1987 - 1989, it was the fastest street legal production car. I'm not really a Ferrari fan and a ride in a 599 recently cemented that for me but the F40, I would own one of those in a heart beat.

Watch this video of a Ferrari F40 LM being driven by former F1 driver Jacques Lafitte and you will know what I mean.


This one is sitting in the Palazzo Hotel in Vegas along with some other great cars I will be putting on the blog soon. Thanks to Jeremy for sending them to me.