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Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 20 Oct 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

He is credited with more that 1,200 designs–cars, and even buses and trucks–where at least one model was built. The quality, quantity, and breadth of his work are just some of the reasons why he was inducted into the European Automotive Hall of Fame in 2009. And somehow, he also found spare time to produce a few cars under its own name...

These Are The Men Behind Ferrari

These Are The Men Behind Ferrari

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Oct 2014
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In some of these archival photos from Ferrari North America, you'll spot famous faces but we'd also like to recognize some of the men who did not work for fame or extreme pay, rather for their passion. Without their devotion, and the commitment of men like them around the world, there would be no Ferrari or motorsport.

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Dino is Gone but Not Forgotten

Dino is Gone but Not Forgotten

By Markus Haub / 8 Oct 2014 / 14 Comments Read More

Dino was an odd brand, placed somewhere between Fiat and Ferrari. And because Mr. Enzo Ferrari did not want to use his nice black horse logo on cars with fewer than twelve cylinders, they created the “Dino” trademark (named after his son Alfredo, nicknamed Dino). Dino Ferrari was working on a 6-cylinder engine for Formula 2 in the 1950s, before his untimely death.

Pascal's Pony, err Mustang, is Named Steve

Pascal's Pony, err Mustang, is Named Steve

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 7 Oct 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Whether or not McQueen specifically requested his character drive a Mustang is unclear, and most likely a product placement arrangement between Ford and the studio is the reason for the Mustang’s inclusion in the film, but four decades later, can anyone really imagine any other car in the role besides a Mustang fastback? Pascal, the owner of our featured cream-colored 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback GT certainly can't.

Virgil Exner Is a Little-Known Design Giant

Virgil Exner Is a Little-Known Design Giant

By Ryan Connolly / 6 Oct 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

While most today have rightly given credit to Exner for the 1947 Studebaker Starlight design, it wasn't always so. Loewy was known as the face of Studebaker design–and openly took credit for his team's work. Loewy liked to have full control of the artistic process even if he wasn’t the man penning the designs, and he made it a point to have all design components require his signature of approval...

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 Was All About Engineering

Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 Was All About Engineering

By Ronald Ahrens / 2 Oct 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

It had hard leather seats, a godawful slab of wood on the dash, and few other amenities. Slightly wider fourteen-inch wheels and a 6.9 emblem on the trunk lid distinguished it from the garden-variety 450SEL. What you were paying for wasn’t flash, it was engineering. And the engineering started under the hood...

Driven by Design: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

Driven by Design: Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

By Yoav Gilad / 29 Sep 2014 / 6 Comments Read More

It was fitting that the first prototype for the Sprint Speciale debuted in Torino in 1957. While the production version took another two years it was clearly influenced by the more production-aimed BAT 9. And while the BAT series was fantastic, almost like fantasy-sketches in appearance, they were successful in one place where the Sprint Speciale failed. One of a few failures, in fact...

World's Fastest Motorcycle Restored

World's Fastest Motorcycle Restored

By Yoav Gilad / 15 Sep 2014 / 1 Comment Read More

And so it went with one Triumph besting another over the next few years until ultimately, the Gyronaut X-1 entered the scene in 1966. The fairing, designed by famed stylist Mr. Alex Tremulis (he worked for Cord, Duesenberg, Ford, and Tucker), was built by Mr. Vince Gardner (of Cord 810 fame) and would eventually set the bar for future streamliners...

Lamborghini 350GT is Refined Beauty

Lamborghini 350GT is Refined Beauty

By Ronald Ahrens / 4 Sep 2014 / 7 Comments Read More

The Lamborghini 350GTV prototype, shown in October of 1963, had provoked ambiguous responses from the press and public, so in the following five months it was also reengineered en route to becoming the 350GT. The young engineer Gian Paolo Dallara and his top assistant, Paolo Stanzani, who had been working with a shoestring budget, tested their revised V-12...

Born Free In a Land Rover

Born Free In a Land Rover

By Petrolicious Productions / 3 Sep 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

We had a blast driving around the outskirts of Bombay shooting the workhorse–putting her through her paces just as she was meant to be. The alacrity with which the Land Rover performs sixty-five years after conception still amazes us, the stiff ride clearly set up for rural roads, or the lack of them.

Elegant Aston Martin DB6 Designed for Speed

Elegant Aston Martin DB6 Designed for Speed

By Ronald Ahrens / 29 Aug 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

It can’t exactly be said that Aston Martin was seeking a lift when it announced the DB6 at the 1965 London Motor Show. Rather, it was a relief from lift of the aerodynamic kind that figured as a raison d’être for the new car. The outgoing DB5 was a rollicking automobile, not to mention its stature as a screen star, being James Bond’s equivalent of the Lone Ranger’s Silver.