The Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS were the successor to the well-known Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS. While mechanically still based on the 308 GTB and GTS, small modifications were made to the body style and engine, most notably an increase in engine displacement to 3.2 L (3185 cc) for increased power and torque output. The 328 is considered to be one of the most reliable Ferraris, unlike some models, most engine maintenance can be performed without lowering the engine from the vehicle. The 328 GTS model, together with the fixed roof 328 GTB, were the final developments of the normally aspirated transverse V8 engine 2-seat series. The 328 figures in the model title refer to the total cubic capacity of the engine, 3.2 litres, and 8 for the number of cylinders. The new model was first introduced at the 1985 Frankfurt Salon alongside the Mondial 3.2 series. The main European market 328 GTS models had a tubular chassis. Disc brakes, with independent suspension via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, were provided all round, with front and rear anti roll bars. There were various world market models, each having slight differences, with right and left hand drive available. The V
The XK120 was the first sports car Jaguar produced since the SS 100, which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was first launched as a open two-seater in 1948, at the London Motor Show. It was intended to be a testbed and a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 660001. It looked almost identical to the production cars except that the straight outer pillars of its windscreen would be curved on the production version. The roadster caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into full production. The first 242 cars produced wore wood-framed open two-seater bodies fitted with aluminium panels. In early 1950 production switched to the 51 kg heavier all-steel version. The cars owns its name to the fact that its topspeed was 120 mph, which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch. Ultimately the XK120 was available in two open versions, firstly the open two-seater (OTS), called the roadster in the US, then as a closed fixed head coupé (FHC) from 1951 and also as a drophead coupé (DHC) from 1953. A smaller-engined version with a 2-litre 4 cylinder engine, des
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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
The Lancia Aurelia is one of the famous designs Lancia produced, it was made from 1950 until 1958. It is noted for using the first ever production V6 engine. The Aurelia was offered in different styles, a 4-door saloon, 2-door coupé, 2-door spider and a 2-door convertible. Following the Lancia tradition, the car was named after a Roman road, Via Aurelia, leading from Rome to Pisa. The Aurelia was designed under the direction of engineer Vittorio Jano. The engine, the first production V6, with a 60° design, was developed by Francesco de Virgilio. He was a Lancia engineer, who worked under Jano, between 1943 and 1948. The engine was an all-alloy pushrod design with a single camshaft between the cylinder banks. A single Solex or Weber carburettor completed the engine. Some uprated 1991 cc models were fitted with twin carburettors. At the rear featured an innovative combination transaxle with the gearbox, clutch, differential, and inboard-mounted drum brakes. The front suspension was a sliding pillar design, with rear semi-trailing arms replaced by a de Dion tube in the Fourth series. The Aurelia was also first car to be fitted with radial tires as standard equipment. Initially 165SR40
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
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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.
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