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Sunday, May 30, 2010

1953 Moretti 750 Sport


This is a great shot of a Moretti. I like the shape of the quarter window and the rear glass window highlighted by the black paint. Great colour scheme.

Long time readers of CAR137.com will know I have a real soft spot for lightweight, and fast, low production cars. The Moretti is a perfect example. On the Loudpop site it said this was a 1955 but I'm fairly certain it is a 1953 that was one of 10 imported into the States.

Moretti's engine's were built inhouse and helped the cars to dominate the 750cc class. I featured another model recently here.

More pics here of this cool car || Photo from Loudpop.com.

Friday, May 28, 2010

1962 Mazda R360


One of the early 'Kei' cars the Mazda R360 was Mazda's first proper car. With two doors, four seats and 16hp I was amazed to read it had a top speed of 84km/h. Part of the reason could be it only weighs 380kg.

Mazda had a huge share of the market within a few years of introducing the R360. Amazing car!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ford Truck


I'm fairly certain this is a 1960 '59 Ford F-250 4x4 (please correct me if I'm wrong). This is such a cool shot of a beautiful truck. I had never wanted anything high-rise until I saw this. Styleside beds were very popular when Ford built them and they still look great today. Be great to drive to work in this then head off to the beach, snow, mountain, mud, whatever, it will get you there.

Update: Blair let me know this is a 1959.
"Hey Glenn, this is a '59 F250 4x4, the first year Ford introduced factory 4x4's. Still see a few of these around over here and many in great condition. Wouldn't be too good running one on NZ's petrol pricing though!"

Monday, May 24, 2010

1951 Buick XP-300


Concept cars from the 50's are always beautiful. Especially if they are a Harley Earl creation. The XP-300 was the sister car to the Le Sabre and shared the same 300hp Supercharged V8, lightweight aluminum panels and double shoe drum brakes. See more great pics of the XP-300 here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

V10-Powered BMW E30 M3


It's great when people get stuck in and create their own pice of beautiful motoring. The E30 M3 is one of my favourite Bavarian's and by sticking a M5 V10 in it these guys have really raised the E30 bar. Like the name, "Franken M3", because it really is. Read about the build here and check it out on Youtube. Sounds awesome.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

1956 Moretti 750 Sport Le Mans


I love cool, small, European cars and Moretti's are a great example. Moretti's are small, very small, light cars. They dominated the 750cc class and depending on the body style could do 100mph. Amazing engineering to achieve that. Beautiful cars that aren't too expensive yet.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fiat 124 Sport Spider


Fiat 124 Spiders are very stylish and another Pininfarina triumph. The bodies were made by Pininfarina and the running gear and chassis by Fiat. It was a very good partnership for both companies that went from 1966 to 1985 and produced one of the world's longest running sports car production runs. Very cool, beautiful cars.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

1967 Porsche 910 Spyder Coupe


Beautiful shot of a beautiful, powerful racing car. Endurance racing cars are always beautiful, really grunty, blindingly fast and even reliable. Amazing.

Friday, May 14, 2010

1955 Ferrari 375MM Sport Competizione Speciale by Pininfarina


With a mouthful of a name like that it might be easy to dismiss this Ferrari 375MM but after seeing it on martinchisholm.com I'm sold.

This would easily have to be one of the best Ferrari's ever built.  From the front grill to the vents in the front guards to the rear wings this is a beautiful car. Check out some more great pics of it here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1933 VW Prototype


I think this shot shows a VW Prototype in its natural environment. Plus the guy looks pretty cool in his coat and hat. Hitler pulled out all the stops to get a car for the people built and Ferdinand Porsche did not disappoint getting three prototypes ready by 1936.

The war put a bit of a damper on production but variations of the Beetle were used during the war. I even had models of them. Loved the amphibious ones.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ferrari Dino 246 GT


At school a mates dad had a Ferrari Dino and I used to see and hear it go past my house because they lived up the road. As you can imagine very exciting for a young car. What is really cool though is that the car is still owned by the same guy. It's been restored, and had a few new coats of paint, but it still looks and sounds as great as it did over 20 years ago. A beautiful Ferrari that is still very cool today.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Porsche 935 Turbo


A great side shot of the Porsche 935 shows just how radical this car was in 1980. With such huge horsepower hanging behind the back wheels Porsche needed to use every trick in the book to keep the back in control.

Big turbo, lots of lag, 800hp and mechanical fuel injection made the cars crowd favourites bellowing huge flames on the overrun. The 935 was a very winning car. Wikipedia says that of the 370 races a 935 was entered in 123 were won. Amazing feat in a car that they had to change the rules on so other makes had a chance.

The beautiful shot above is by Kevin Hulsey.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

BMW M1


This is how I like to remember BMW M1's. Going fast with drivers like Piquet, Lauda and Andretti behind the wheel. These M1's are from the '79 and '80 Procar Series in which Formula One drivers raced identical cars. It was a short lived but very exciting series that had huge names, big speeds and lots of horsepower. Awesome!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

1964 Scarab Transporter


Transporters are very cool. So much work used to be put into them that they are great examples of beautiful motoring. The Scarab Transporter was restored by Don Orosco who invested around 8,000 man hours into it.

Read the full story at AutomobileMag.com. Well worth it.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

1964 Aguzzoli Condor


Love it when I find cool one-off cars. Not a lot is known about the Aguzzoli. Sources say it was built on a Alfa Romeo Guilia TZ chassis and powered by a Giuletta 1300 SZ engine with a Citroen DS19 gearbox. Very European but it proved to be flawed and a 1600 twin plug motor with a Hewland transaxle was fitted.

What is definite though is that the car was commissioned by wealthy salami traders Giovanni and Sergio Aguzzoli, the body was designed by Franco Reggiani, and built by Piero Drogo.

An amazing car that was short lived due to Alfa Romeo not supporting it. Sounds a bit like the DKW not being supported by Audi.

Lots of pics at DieselStation.com.