Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1954 Pininfarina Lancia Aurelia

Pininfarina outdid themselves on the Lancia Aurelia. Stunning car. The whitewall radials suit it perfectly. And the little bonnet scoop leading to a single carburetor is a very nice touch. Although a single carb on a V6 wasn't going to make the Aurelia a flyer some models did come out with twin carbs and push the horsepower over 90. One thing I admire about this era Italian cars is that they were raced. The Mille Miglia and Le Mans were the proving grounds and they did surprisingly well.

Check out more pics of this beautiful car here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1933 Tatra V750 Prototype

I really like this car. Hints of VW Beetle and Citroen 2CV. Tatra would have to be one of the oldest, continuous, car manufacturers in the World having been founded in 1850 in the Czech Republic. The third oldest is what Wikipedia says. They mostly build military vehicles, and aircraft, now but produced some excellent cars up until 1999 when production of the T700 stopped. Here is a pic of a V750 in blue. Fantastic car. Check out the intakes for the motor on the C pillar.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1950 Jaguar XK120

The XK120 is often voted as the one of the most beautiful cars ever built. I can see why. But what makes it really cool is the 120 denoted how fast it could go, 120mph. It was the fastest standard production car when it was released and with the windscreen off and a few aerodynamic aids it could go a lot faster. By aerodynamic aids I mean things like a tonneau cover for the passenger seat.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

1968 Lamborghini Islero

The Islero was a good step up from the 400GT it followed. With better visibility, cabin space and with the S version 350 BHP it was an excellent car. Yes there were issues with panel fit, and it does seem a bit like an 'in-between' car, but if it was good enough for Ferruccio it's definitely good enough for me. In my opinion the Islero would be a great addition to any car collection because only 225 were built and apart form the panel fit were an excellent GT car.

Why did they only build 225 then? That was because of another Lamborghini grabbed the world's attention, the Miura.

Friday, October 7, 2011

McLaren M6GT

I'm not sure how I can write about any McLaren without being completely biased. I mean there is a school named after Bruce not that far from my home.

However this particular McLaren is one of the best looking cars ever built and I think this angle shows its lines best. The M6GT was originally built to be a road going Le Mans racer. Powered by a Chevrolet V8 it had plenty of poke to do the sort of speeds a successful race car needs to get to.

Bruce used one as his personal transportation and racked up 1900 miles, scaring the heck out of unsuspecting English I'm sure, before his untimely death. It's great that it was brought, restored and gets driven in anger from time to time. Brilliant!

Check out more great pics and more information on

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vauxhall XVR

Who knew Vauxhall could build such an awesome car?! The XVR was Vauxhall's first concept car and shown in 1966 at the Geneva Salon.

I understand the car was styled by GM designer Wayne Cherry but mostly the work of Vauxhall's Head of Design David Jones. It had some great features: gullwing doors, Corvette like pop-up head lights, all independent suspension and a unique dash I can't find a picture of. If anyone has one let me know.

The car was shown at Goodwood in 2009, an event I have made a must do in the near future, alongside another prototype the SRV Concept. Check that out and more pics of the XVR here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

1964 Porsche 356 SC

Porsche nailed it when they built the 356. Even today they are a beautiful looking motor and in my opinion are getting a new life with the Outlaw scene. Check some examples out here.

The above 356 is a one owner find on The gentleman selling it purchased it new in Connecticut in May 1964. He then drove it all the way to his new Air Force post in southern Arizona and took this  on the way there.

The car is sold but you can read the story and see more photo's of this awesome car here. You might wonder way I think it's awesome. I love stories like this. Cars that were brought new, looked after, and are then sold with love as it were. Very cool. I hope I can do the same one day.