The Lancia Flaminia, named after the Via Flaminia, the road leading from Rome to Rimini, was produced from 1957 to 1960. It was Lancia’s flagship at that time, replacing the Aurelia. Throughout its lifetime it saw various versions as saloons, coupés and cabriolets. Even four stretched presidential limousines were built by Pininfarina for state occasions. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian coachbuilders. The coupé models outsold the four-door Berlina, which was a rare occurrence at the time, considering the coupés were considerably more expensive. Carrozzeria Touring designed and built the aluminum bodied two-door versions of the Flaminia, which can be easily distinguished by their four-round headlights (rather than two on Pininfarina Flaminias), and a shorter cabin. The wheelbase was decreased significantly for the GT and Convertibile, allowing for a maximum of two seats to be mounted. The GT was a coupé, while the Convertibile was the cabriolet version. The GTL, introduced in 1962, was a 2+2 version of the GT with a slightly longer wheelbase. In total, only 847 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2500 Touring Convertibles were built
Stunning Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series from 1952 in beautiful Rosso Amaranto. More details soon.
The Porsche 356 was the first Porsche production car. It was produced by the Austrian Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH, which earlier worked on the Porsche 360 Cisitalia and Volkswagen Beetle, as well as the Auto Union Grand Prix cars. After Ferdinand Porsche was released from a French prison after the war, production of the Porsche 356 was taken over by Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH in Germany. In total about 50 cars were produced by the Austrian factory. The 356 was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel drive two-door car, available in coupé and convertible versions. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. From the early 1100 cc beginnings, the overall shape of the 356 remained more or less the same. In 1951, 1300 and 1500 cc more powerful engines were introduced. By late 1952 the divided windscreen was gone, replaced by a V-shaped unit which fit into the same opening. In 1953, the 1300 S or Super was introduced, and the 1100 cc engine was dropped. In late 1954 Max Hoffman, the sole US importer of Porsches, convinced Porsche to build a stripped down roadster version with minimal eq
MG MGA Twin Cam restoration project. One family owner from new. The most famous MGA in The Netherlands! Raced by Willem Blankevoort. Needs total restoration. Comes with rare aluminium hardtop. Very complete project! More details soon.
In 1979, Porsche had made plans to replace the 911 SC with their new 928. Sales of the 911 remained so strong however, that Porsche revised its strategy and decides to inject new life into the 911. That came in the form of the 911 Carrera 3.2, it was introduced in 1984. Reviving the Carrera name for the first time since 1977. This was the last iteration in in the original 911 series, with all following models featuring new body styling with new brake, electronic and suspension technologies. The car featured a new 3.2-litre flat six engine. The new volume of 3164 cc was achieved using the 95 mm bore of the 3.0 SC combined with the 1978 Turbo 3.3 crankshaft's 74.4 mm stroke. In addition, new pistons increased the compression ratio from 9.8 to 10.3:1. New inlet manifold and exhaust systems were fitted. The 915 transmission was carried over from the SC series for the first three model years. In 1987, the Carrera 3.2 got a new five-speed gearbox sourced from Getrag, model number G50 with BorgWarner synchronizers. This heavier transmission also featured a hydraulically operated clutch. With the new engine, power was increased to 231 BHP. This could propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.
The Porsche 911 was developed as a more powerful, larger, more comfortable replacement for the Porsche 356, the company's first model. The new car made its public debut at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car was developed with the proof-of-concept twin-fan Type 745 engine, and the car presented at the auto show had a non-operational mockup of the production single-fan 901 engine, receiving a working one in February 1964. It originally was designated as the 'Porsche 901' (901 being its internal project number). 82 cars were built as 901s. However, Peugeot protested on the grounds that in France it had exclusive rights to car names formed by three numbers with a zero in the middle. So, instead of selling the new model with another name in France, Porsche changed the name to 911. Internally, the cars' part numbers carried on the prefix 901 for years. Production of the first cars began in September 1964. In 1966, Porsche introduced the more powerful 911 S with Type 901/02 engine, the power raised to 160 HP. Forged aluminum alloy wheels from Fuchs, in a distinctive 5-spoke design, were offered for the first time. In motor sport at the same time, the engine was developed into the Type
Starting in model year 1978, the 3.0 L 911 SC was the new basic 911 model. The 'SC” designation (Super Carrera) was reintroduced by Porsche for the first time since the 356 SC (as distinguished from the race-engined 356 Carrera). The 911 SC took the place of the 911 and Carrera models. As of model year 1984 the Carrera came back in production and the SC ended its run. Meanwhile the 930 Turbo remained at the top of the range for that time. Until model year 1978, the window surrounds, the headlamp rings and door handles of the 911 SC were chrome-plated, like those of the previous 911 models; as of model year 1979, they were anodized black as in the Carrera models. As standard the 911 SC was fitted with 15” cast aluminium wheels from ATS. For the 911 SC the wider body of the 911 Carrera was used. The car used the 3.0 L engine from the 930 Turbo, originally developed for the European Carrera 3, which could output 180 HP. The SC era marked the first time that Porsche offered a true cabriolet version of their 911 model. It debuted in late 1982 as a 1983 model. The last cabriolet models they had produced were of the 356 in the mid-1960s. The market for cabriolets proved enthusiastic, with
When the Mini Cooper was launched in September 1961, the Mini itself was just two years old and had been available only with an 848cc engine. Within the next two years and nine months, no fewer than five Mini Cooper variants were to be offered. Indeed, for a spell in 1964, between early June and the end of August, the 998cc Cooper and all three Cooper S models (1071, 970 and 1275) were in production simultaneously. The original is considered an icon of 1960s British popular culture. Its space-saving transverse engine front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80 percent of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage, influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T, and ahead of the Citroën DS and Volkswagen Beetle. This distinctive two-door car was designed for British Motor Corporation by Sir Alec Issigonis. It was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants in England, the Victoria Park/Zetland British Motor Corporation factory in Sydney, Australia, and later also in Spain, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Malta, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. The