The Mercedes-Benz Type 300 (chassis codes W186, W188, and W189) were the company's largest and most-prestigious models throughout the 1950s. Analogous to the top of today's S-Class, the Type 300 cars were elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. Two types were produced, a four-door tourer equal in luxury and price but superior in performance to the rival Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, and an all but hand built two-door sports tourer rarified in elegance, proportion, and cost. The four-door 300, 300b, 300c (chassis code 186), and successor 300d (chassis code 189) models were often referred to as Adenauers after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In office from 1949 to 1963, he employed six custom convertible, hardtop, and landaulet versions during his tenure. These large saloons and cabriolets incorporated many luxury features. Options such as Becker radio, VHF mobile telephone, and dictation machine were geared to the business man and politician. Among the custom features in Chancellor Adenauer's "parade cars" were writing desks, sirens, curtains, dividing partitions, sunroofs, and half-roof landaulet configurations. The exquisite two-door 300s
Freshly restyled for 1961, Cadillac continued the trend towards cleaner, less fussy styling but there was still plenty of glitz and glamour about the latest model line-up. Notable features included a new-look full-width grille, boldly sculptured side moldings and smaller rear fins. All 1961 Cadillacs rode on a 129.5" wheelbase chassis with just one powertrain option, the 390ci, V8 combined with GM's sophisticated Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Rated at 325hp and fed by a four-barrel Rochester carburettor, the big V8 offered plenty of lazy performance, while power brakes were also standard across the range, retaining the finned rear drums and vacuum-operated parking brake release system introduced the previous season. Lavishly equipped, standard equipment included power steering, an external rear vision mirror, vanity mirror, dual-speed wipers and a choice of no less than eight interior colour combinations. Popular options included power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, power door locking system and six-way power seats. More Americans aspired to own a Cadillac than any other car back in the 1960s and having one parked in the driveway was confirmation you had made it.
The Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar built under licence in a number of different countries including Germany and the United Kingdom. Produced in the post-war years at a time when cheap, short distance transportation was most needed, it became one of the most successful and influential city cars ever created. Because of its egg-shape and bubble-like windows, it became known as a 'bubble car'; a name then later given to other similar vehicles. In 1955, it was the world's first mass-production car and was the top-selling, single-cylinder car in the world with a total of 161,728 sold. BMW made the Isetta its own, redesigning most of the car so much so that none of the parts between a BMW Isetta Moto Coupé and an Iso Isetta could be interchangeable. While it retained the 'Bubble Window' styling, the BMW version differed from the Italian model in that the headlamps were fixed separately to the sides of the bodywork and it carried the BMW badge below the windscreen. This righthand drive BMW Isetta has been owned by the vendor since 1963 and was used as his daily run around for many years. When he stopped using the car, he decided to put it into storage with a plan to fully restorin
Introduced in 3.8-litre form in May 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a major sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The design owed much to that of the racing D-Type. Indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint: firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and secondly because of experience gained with the D-Type they created one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double wishbone, independent front suspension was mounted on the forward s
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (series 750 and 101) was Alfa Romeo's first, successful foray into the 1.3-litre class. From 1954 to 1965, a total of 177,690 Giuliettas were made with the great majority in Berlina saloon, Sprint Coupé or Spider Roadster body-styles but also as Sprint Speciale, Sprint Zagato Coupés and Promiscua estate variants. In mid 1955, the open two-seat Giulietta Spider, featuring convertible bodywork by Pininfarina was introduced. The car used unibody construction and a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. According to Alfa Romeo Automobilisimo Storico, this stunning car was manufactured on 19th July, 1961 and sold on 13th September, 1961 in Milan, Italy. This car was manufactured in San Giorgio, just north of Turin and was first sold just east of there in Milan in 1961. During most of its life, this Spider remained in and around the regions surrounding Milan and as such has enjoyed a preserved existence in a dry climate. This is a beautiful example is presented with a flawless Alfa Rosso exterior. The pretty design begins with a nest of sparkling chrome work featuring a delicately composed grille proudly displaying the Visconti badge. The Giulietta illustrates a
The BSA Sunbeam was a scooter designed to have good performance and handling. The entry of the BSA group into the scooter field was announced by Edward Turner in October 1958. The model was available with a 175cc two-stroke, single cylinder engine or a four-stoke, 250cc, twin cylinder unit. The BSA Sunbeam would have a cruising speed of 55 to 65mph and fuel consumption of approximately 120 miles per gallon. This was one of the last uses of the Sunbeam marque. The differences between the BSA Sunbeam and Triumph Tigress were entirely cosmetic - the former in polychromatic green paint, also two-tone red and cream, with a BSA badge; the latter in a shell blue with Triumph badging. First registered on 4 th July 1961, this two-owner BSA Sunbeam was taken off the road in 1967 and has been stored in a barn since. The original owner kept the Sunbeam for some five years before it was sold to Mr. Henry Stratford. In totally original condition although in need of restoration, this 175cc BSA is supplied with the original buff logbook and is offered for sale at no reserve.
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