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Elegant Aston Martin DB6 Designed for Speed

Elegant Aston Martin DB6 Designed for Speed

By Ronald Ahrens / 29 Aug 2014 / 2 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. 

Sabra Coupe is Rare and Relatively Unknown

Sabra Coupe is Rare and Relatively Unknown

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Aug 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

The car, upon starting, has a mellow growl about it. The exhaust note is typically pronounced as you would expect from an un-catalyzed, straight-pipe-exhaust vehicle of this era. And its four-cylinder Ford 1701cc Cortina engine revs surprisingly freely, accelerating this super-light car about with a fair bit of authority.

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Citroën Head of Design Robert Opron was Defiant, Perseverant

Citroën Head of Design Robert Opron was Defiant, Perseverant

By Johni Parker / 18 Aug 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

When Mr. Flaminio Bertoni asked to see his work, Robert opened his portfolio with drawings of Simca designs. Bertoni then threw them on the ground, spread them with his cane and said they were "worthless." Robert collected his drawings, indicated that he found Flaminio's behaviour unacceptable, at which point Flaminio replied, “you interest me.”

Citroën CX was Inspired By, Named For, and Shaped by Aerodynamics

Citroën CX was Inspired By, Named For, and Shaped by Aerodynamics

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 14 Aug 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Where the CX really stood out however, and made a true leap forward, was in the area of packaging and aerodynamic styling. The CX would ultimately have a Coefficient of Drag of 0.29 (lower is better) when the typical American cars of the time would be in the range of 0.45-0.50. Indeed, its moniker “CX” is the French acronym for coefficient of air resistance.

Maximum Italian Style from Vespa Micro Car

Maximum Italian Style from Vespa Micro Car

By Máté Boér / 13 Aug 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

One day, coincidentally, you're flipping through a classic car magazine and see a picture of a rare microcar designed in Italy and built in France. Five years later a perfectly restored example sits in your garage and you are producing and selling parts for these cars all over Europe, helping other enthusiasts to turn their dream into reality. Such is the story of this sole Hungarian Vespa 400's owner.

Collectable Because They Were Never Meant to Be Collectable

Collectable Because They Were Never Meant to Be Collectable

By Aaron McKenzie / 7 Aug 2014 / 2 Comments Read More

Between the late 1940s and the early 1960s, Japanese and German firms exported one shipload of toys after another, mostly to the United States, where their lighthearted design and cheap price guaranteed that American children would promptly do what children always do with toys: love them, abuse them, destroy them. That, in short, is the crux of these toys’ collectability.

Love Modern Ferraris' Styling? Thank This Man

Love Modern Ferraris' Styling? Thank This Man

By Johni Parker / 4 Aug 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

To those that know, this always-affable and perfectly manicured gent is perhaps the most revered man in Ferrari design, responsible for almost a countless number of designs beginning with the Dino 206 and 246 GT all the way through the 575 Superamerica, amongst project management of many others.

The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

The De Tomaso Mangusta is a Proper Supercar

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 30 Jul 2014 / 8 Comments Read More

Yes, like many other exotic cars from the era, the Mangusta has a reputation for "tempermental" handling and stability problems. The underdeveloped chassis is partly to blame, but the 32/68-weight distribution doesn’t help either. Italian mid-engined supercar design with a powertrain that can be serviced at a Ford dealer? Check. ZF gearbox from the GT40? Check. Build quality? Not so much.

Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

Two Things Drove Ferrari from Sports Car Racing

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 23 Jul 2014 / 14 Comments Read More

Montezemolo says these and other restrictions detract from the Grand Prix experience, stating “No one wants to watch a driver save gas or tires. They want to see them push from here to there. It's sport, yes, but also a show.” With driver Fernando Alonso dropping the flag at this year’s recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ferrari may be eyeing a return to sports-car racing, but why did it quit in the first place?

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

This Legend Was a Car Designer Almost By Accident

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 21 Jul 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

With his own nascent carrozzeria flourishing, Mr. Flaminio Bertoni fell in love with a young woman that his mother disapproved of. She wanted her son to marry a cousin instead. Apparently, that’s how things were done then. However, Flaminio would have none of it, closing his design studio and moving to Paris with his new bride. Fortunately, Citroën offered him a job in their design department.

This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

This is the Ultimate Wooden Yacht

By Jonathan WC Mills / 14 Jul 2014
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As the summer sun heats up our office the natural inclination is to dream of cooling off. And given our specialty is vintage luxury, those thoughts often circle back to wooden boats, or more specifically, the ultimate wooden boat. The Aquarama, Riva’s most popular boat, was in production for a staggering thirty-four years.

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