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BMW Baur E21: The Original 3-Series Cabriolet

BMW Baur E21: The Original 3-Series Cabriolet

By Doug DeMuro / 21 Nov 2014 / 12 Comments Read More

It happens every few years, like clockwork. First, they come out with the sedan. Then the wagon. Then the coupe. Then the convertible. Invariably, there’s always a performance version, and occasionally a hatchback. Except, that isn’t how it always happened. Once, they made one that looked like it was wearing a hat.

Frenchman Paul Bracq Responsible for Many Classic German Cars

Frenchman Paul Bracq Responsible for Many Classic German Cars

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 10 Nov 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

Bracq left the studio to begin his mandatory military service from late 1954 to '57; however, the industrious Bracq wouldn’t let something like military service hamper his goal of designing cars. Assigned to a military base in Germany, which was still under Allied “occupation”, Bracq managed to find his way to the Daimler-Benz factory where he boldly exhibited some of his drawings and sketches...

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Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

By Yoav Gilad / 3 Nov 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

The Urraco maintains a traditional mid-engine proportion with the doors pushed nearly as far forward as possible. However, the proportion lacks the visual speed that the Countach has because of the disconnect between the a-pillar and slope of the hood (much like the Gallardo, actually)...

The Paris Motor Show's Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

The Paris Motor Show's Tribute to Cars and Fashion of Yesterday

By Petrolicious Productions / 23 Oct 2014 / 16 Comments Read More

The exhibit follows the timeline of the car’s development and follows the history of the automobile from the end of the Industrial Revolution through today. Included are cars like the first Panhard and Ford Model T to the stars of countless concours d’elegance such as the Voisin Aerosport. Post-war icons such as the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Facel Vega HK II, and Citroën DS19 were included as were icons of the Pop-Art years. 

Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 20 Oct 2014 / 11 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 / 7 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...