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FORD MAYA CONCEPT CAR (1984)

The Ford Maya was designed in 1984, by Giugiaro. It featured a mid mounted 3 litre V6 engine. Ford intended the car for production and it had many practical features, including a targa top. However, it was critisied for being aesthetically to similar to the Lotus Etna.

LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400

The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini  between 1966 and 1972. The car is widely considered to have begun the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars.[3]  While the mid-engined layout had been used successfully in competition in cars such as the Ford GT40 and Ferrari 250 LM at Le Mans, the Miura was the first viable road car sporting the layout.The Miura was originally conceived by Lamborghini’s engineering team, who designed the car in their spare time against the wishes of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, who showed a preference towards producing powerful yet sedate grand touring cars, rather than the racecar-derived machines produced by local rival Ferrari. When its rolling chassis was presented at the 1965 Turin auto show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva show, the car received a stellar reception from showgoers and motoring press alike, who were impressed by Marcelo Gandini’s sleek styling as well as the car’s revolutionary design. As Lamborghini’s halo car, the Miura received periodic updates and remained in production until 1972, and was not replaced in the automaker’s lineup until the Countach entered production in 1974, amidst tumultuous financial times for the company.

GRANTURISMO UOMO BICYCLE by ABICI


Highlighting the bicycle in its pure and naked form, Abici is set apart by its elegant retro styling and attention to detail. The Granturismo Uomo comes with a traditional double-diamond frame with a futuristic looking 3/4 steel chainguard allowing access to the rear of the chain near the hub while fully enclosing the rest of the works. What this means to you—deluxe styling designed to protect your Gucci suit from damage and grime. Offered in a fantastic palette of colors from a subdued grey or flat black to a refined moss green or a lustrous robin’s egg blue, the Granturismo Uomo will suit your mood whether you want to be subtle or stand-out. The look of the Granturismo is one of action, a bike appearing in motion even when standing still.

- $975 USD

GIACOBBI SINTHESIS 2000 (1970)

The Giacobbi Sinthesis 2000 was designed by Tom Tjaarda in 1970. The car was based on a Lancia Flavia with a front mounted Flavia engine and chassis. The car was a one-off.

RETROVELO BICYCLES

Retrovelo is a German bicycle manufacturer based in Leipzig. They produce an enticing mix of classic and modern city bikes that combine understated good looks with immense practicality.Their Classic lineup consists of 3-speed and 7/8-speed models for both men and women. They feature 20.5″ inch or 22.5″ frames, Shimano Nexus hubs and Busch & Müller Lumotech retro chromed head lights and LED chromed tail lights. The saddles are Brooks leather, and a centre stand is standard equipment, along with stainless steel fenders and an optional color-matched carrying rack.

- http://www.retrovelo.de

HUMBER PULLMAN MKIII (1954)


The Mark III version introduced in 1951 was little changed from the Mark II, apart from being even longer and having an all synchromesh gearbox. At 212 in the Mk III Humber Pullman was the same length as the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud which would emerge from Crewe in 1955. Production was 2,200 Mk II and III Pullmans were made and 1,526 Imperials.In 1953 more power was offered for the Mark IV Pullmans and Imperials, still with straight six cylinder engines, but now of 4,139 cc with overhead valves, and published power output of 113 bhp or 116 bhp.Production ended in 1954.

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR LP700-4

Meet the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4-)

- http://www.lamborghini.com/

HONDAJET PRIVATE JET

Via DeviceMag … Honda is going to enter the jet planes business. Or at least that’s what one could think seeing that the company has announced a new light jet prototype that uses advanced composite materials and other design tricks to achieve a 20% fuel efficiency compared to other birds. But that’s not all, HondaJet is also said to be quieter and able to fly faster than its rivals. So what exactly makes it tick and how come it’s so “green”.First of all the new HondaJet is bringing something new to the table. The engine is mounted on top of the wings in such a way that it reduces aerodynamic interference, and thus it lowers overall drag. Because of this, it helps reducing noise pollution by as much as 20db. Another improvement is the fact that the engineering team used carbon composites and resins that not only made the plane lighter and more fuel efficient it also allowed for more design flexibility. That means the shape of the fuselage  helps improving the natural-laminar flow for even better drag, by redirecting the air-flow in a more optimal way. Last but not least, the HondaJet is powered by new engines designed and produced in partnership with General Electric. The result is a set of engines with a very high air compression ratio and high-tech fluid dynamics software that optimize the engine’s airflow. All these in an effort to maximize the jet’s performance — which we think they have achieved quite well

- http://hondajet.honda.com/gallery/index.aspx?section=EXTERIOR

VOISIN C23 MYRA SALOON | 1931


The Voisin C23 was powered by a six-cylinder engine that displaced three-liters and produces 90 horsepower.This example was brought from the Netherlands to the United States for the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where Voisin was the featured marque.Gabriel Voisin was born on February 5th of 1880 and lived until Christams Day in 1973. He was born at Belleville-sur-Saône, France, and is remembered as a French aviation pioneer and a producer of automobiles. In 1900, he met Clement Ader who aided in the study of aeronautics. In mid-1905 he had a fast boat tow a glider that was lightweight yet structurally rigid. His glider flew for over 500 feet as the boat pull him and the glider along. When the boat slowed, the glider came back down and went into the water, nearly drowning Voisin in the process. This near-death experience did not slow the ambition aviator; in 1906 he had opened the world’s first aviation firm, the Les Freres Voisin, meaning Aeroplanes Voisin.As the years progress, so did Voisin’s aviation business. At the close of World War I, he made the decision to turn his interests to other industries. He had become traumatized by knowing that his airplanes had been used as war machines. He would spend the rest of his career building automobiles. His early creations were luxurious and their designs were unique. They appealed to the upper class society, as their price tags could only be afforded by the elite. From 1919 through 1939, only 11,000 examples were constructed, but they are among the most memorable, exclusive, and wonderful creations of the pre-WWII era. After World War II, the direction of his automobile designs changed, and he began creating cars that were aimed at a broader public.

ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900B SPIDER CORSA SPERIMENTALE “BALENA” (1941)


This fine Alfa Romeo, designed by Gioachino Colombo, was equipped with an 8 cylinder 2905cm³ delivering 180hp. About 30 where made. This one then saw race action in Argentina, droven 1949-51 by Carlos Perez de Villa.

FERRARI 166 INTER COUPÉ TOURING (1949)


The Ferrari 166 Inter was Ferrari’s first true grand tourer. An evolution of the 125 S and 166 S racing cars, it was a sports car for the street with coachbuilt bodies. The Inter name commemorated the victories claimed in 166 S models by Scuderia Inter. 37 166 Inters were built from 1948 through 1950. Note that both the 166 S and 166 F2 were also called “166 Inter” in the days that they were actively raced by the Scuderia of the same name.The 166 Inter shared its Aurelio Lampredi-designed tube frame and double wishbone/live axle suspension and 2420 mm wheelbase with the 125 S and 166 S. It was replaced by the 2.3 L 195 Inter and 2.6 L 212 Inter in 1950 and 1951.The first Ferrari GT car debuted at the Paris Motor Show on October 6, 1949. It was an elegant coupe designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan who had previously created a number of similar Ferrari and Alfa Romeo models. Customer sales soon started, with 166 Inter models becoming the first Ferraris to be purchased for the road rather than the race track. As was typical at the time, a bare chassis was delivered to the coachbuilder of the customer’s choice. Many used Touring, but Ghia’s one-off Boano coupe was more daring. Others were built by Stabilimenti Farina, who penned a Cisitalia 202-like coupe. Vignale also joined in, presaging their designs of the coming decade, and two cabriolets created by Pinin Farina and Bertone foreshadowed those companies’ later involvement with Ferrari.The 1.5 L Gioacchino Colombo-designed V12 engine from the 166 S remained, as did its chassis, though the wheelbase would eventually grow from 2420 mm (95 in) to 2500 mm (98 in). Output was 110 to 140 hp (82 to 104 kW) at 6,000 rpm with one to three carburettors.

- ($65 USD) Ferrari 60 Years: The Great Moments
- ($58 USD) Ferrari 1947-1997 The Official Book

AUDI’S TOY CAR

Via GentlemansGadgets … Take the nostalgic design of a 30s grand prix racer in 1:2 scale, a part car-fanaticism and mix it together with a lithium-ion electric motor and you get a powerful toy car for kids of all ages including those experienced driver that are still young at heart. Audi’s Auto Union Type C e-tron is made of aluminum with a carbon-look finish and provides a seat for drivers up to 1.80 meters in height, who then will be offered a top speed of close 19 mph and 44.25 lb-ft of torque for a rejuvenating journey of almost 16 miles

- $22.000 USD

CUSTOM FORD BEATNIK (1955)

Via USAToday … Bubbletops are unquestionably an enthralling part of the custom car world, and the one we are talking about here is one good, gorgeous baby to look at. Built by Gary “Chopit” Fioto, the 1955 Ford “Beatnik” Bubbletop Custom is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 at RM Auction’s Amelia Island event on March 12, 2011. Inspired by futuristic design studies from the ‘50s, the Beatnik is a lavender 1955 Ford-based custom, rides on a modified ‘88 Lincoln Town Car chassis and gets its power from a Chevrolet 350-cubic inch small-block V8 engine. For the Beatnik, Fioto used a mix of Cadillac, Chrysler and Lincoln components, including the canted quad headlights. The front and rear fenders, the door skins and the rear section of the car are hand-formed.In 2006, the custom Bubbletop won the coveted $20,000 Grand Prize at Darryl Starbird’s National Rod and Custom Car Show. The Beatnik has received a number of awards, including the “Blackie” Gejeian’s 2005 Fresno Autorama Sweepstakes Award, “Outstanding Custom” at the 2006 Grand National Roadster Show and the George Barris Kustom d’Elegance Award.

BRISTOL 603 COUPE SILVER (1977)

What an amazing car.

GULFSTREAM G550

I want one:-)

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DUESENBERG SJ LAGRANDE DUAL-COWL PHÆTON (1935)


The Duesenberg SJ (a name never used by the company) is a car manufactured from 1932-1937 by Duesenberg in Indianapolis, Indiana. Only 36 were ever made. It was the supercharged version of the Duesenberg Model J, with 320 hp (239 kW). Special-bodied models, such as the later “Mormon Meteor” chassis, achieved an average speed of over 135 mph (217 km/h) and a one-hour average of over 152 mph (245 km/h) at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

VOLKSWAGEN 11C DE LUXE (1951)


One of the coolest cars ever build!

($22.76 USD) Volkswagen Beetle: Portrait of a Legend

LAMBORGHINI 350 GT (1965)


The Lamborghini 350 GT was the first production vehicle produced by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. Production started in May 1964, after its well-received debut at the March 1964 Geneva auto show. Its success ensured the company’s survival, establishing it as a viable competitor with sports car maker Ferrari S.p.A. After the testing of his prototype Lamborghini engine in May 1963, Giotto Bizzarrini left the company, and the following month Ferruccio Lamborghini assigned Gian Paolo Dallara — with the assistance of Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace — the task of developing a production version of the grand tourer.

BMW 328 (1928)

TRIUMPH 2000 RENOWN (1952)


The car was renamed the Renown in October 1949. It had an entirely new chassis based on the Standard Vanguard with pressed steel sections replacing the tubes previously used. The front suspension changed to coil springing. Although the three speed column change transmission was retained, from June 1950 an overdrive unit was offered as an option. Inside there was a new instrument layout.A Renown tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1950 had a top speed of 75.0 mph (120.7 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 24.3 seconds. A fuel consumption of 23.9 miles per imperial gallon (11.8 L/100 km; 19.9 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £991 including taxes. 6501 were made

LAMBORGHINI ESPADA 400 (1968)

The Lamborghini Marzal show car sat atop a longer Miura chassis and given a six-cylinder engine in ‘vee’ configuration and mounted mid-ship. It was shown at the 1967 Geneva Auto Show. The Lamborghini Pirana was a show car that sat atop a Jaguar E-Type chassis. Both were designed and built by the famous coachbuilder Bertone. The Lamborghini Espada draws its styling cues from both of these concepts. The Marzal design was deemed to excessive for Lamborghini, plus it was void of the legendary 12-cylinder power-plant.Marcello Gandini, an employee of Bertone, was tasked by Feruccio Lamborghini to design and build a Gran Turismo vehicle based on both the Marzal and the Pirana. It was to be a 2+2 GT car suitable for the rich and the powerful that could carry them on long trips. In the front was to be a 3.9 liter twelve-cylinder engine capable of producing 325 horsepower. The first prototype featured wing-doors which were later replaced in future designs with normal doors. The car appeared to be long due to its short height and wide stance. The hood was comprised of aluminum while steel was used for the remained of the vehicle. This meant the vehicle was heavy, weighing in at over 3,300 pounds.The original series was known as the Series I. In 1970, the series became known as the Series II, also referred to as the 400 GTE Espada. This series had vented disc brakes on all four corners, an improved 350 horsepower engine, and modified dashboard. Power assisted steering was offered as optional equipment to help combat the complaints of ‘heavy steering’. The Series II lasted until 1973 when Lamborghini introduced the Series III. The series were given improved suspension and brakes, improvements to the front aesthetics, and a newly designed dashboard. An automatic Chrysler Torqueflight transmission was optional equipment. Powering steering was now standard equipment. The bumpers were enlarged to comply with the US safety regulations.The S1 (1968-1970), S2 (1970-1972) and the S3 (1972-1978) are hard to distinguish. The changes that were employed were minor, and often were improvements to the mechanics rather than the aesthetics.During its production run, lasting from 1968 through 1978, 1217 examples were produced making it the most successful Lamborghini model up to that point. It had been the Italian manufacturer’s first attempt at creating a 2+2 GT sports car. Although the marque was famous for their sports cars, the luxurious 2+2 grand tourer endured great success for the company during its ten year producing life-span. The Espada was a practical and civilized sports car. It leather interior was plush and the optional push-button AM/FM radio, air conditioning, and fog lights, to name a few, made the vehicle accommodating to every customers wish and desire.There were 186 Series I, 575 Series II, and 456 of the Series III.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)

JAGUAR XK 120

- ($47.25 USD) Book: Jaguar The Complete Story

DASSAULT FALCON 2000S

BMW Group Designworks USA joins its client, Dassault Aviation, in celebration of the premiere of the new Dassault Falcon 2000S business jet at 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)  today in Geneva, Switzerland.  This new business jet offers category leading payload, range, performance and efficiency, and once its passengers step inside, they will be welcomed by a cabin that is equally extraordinary.“The aesthetics of the aircraft’s cabin, together with its versatility to function as a place to work, relax, reflect or rest, is doubly important as it shapes how passengers feel both during their journey and upon arrival at their destination,” says Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

“We used our knowledge on driving experience and expertise gained from work with the BMW Group to create an environment which feels open and unconfined,” Schaffer concludes.At 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 7 feet, 8 inches wide, the physical space aboard the Dassault Falcon 2000S is class-leading for an executive jet of this size.  DesignworksUSA’s efforts to make intelligent use of space, dimensions, light, color, and materials have created a cabin where psychological space is expansive as well.  Natural light is abundant, the look is sleek and clean, and the quality is impeccable.Three elegant color harmonies are available for the cabin of the Dassault Falcon 2000S.  “Alpine” like the peaks for which it is named, offers artful harmony consisting of crisp whites with the grounded darks of earth, rock, and stone.  “Sedona” is inspired by the desert of the American southwest, with subtle, earthy beiges expanding horizons and one’s personal sense of space.  “Havana” is warm and heady with rich tobacco tones, serving a harmony of browns to create an inviting, club-like intimacy.DesignworksUSA’s expertise in aviation includes its longstanding relationship with Dassault, for which the consultancy created the interior cabin of the Dassault Falcon 7X, which was launched in 2009 and subsequently lauded with accolades including a prestigious “Good Design” award in 2010.

- http://www.dassaultfalcon.com/

CADILLAC SERIES 62 SEDAN (1958)

The look of the car was changed substantially for 1957, along with 300 to 325 hp (224 to 242 kW) from the engine. A tubular frame allowed the car to ride lower, and “shark fins” were used in the rear. For 1958, the DeVille line was a sub-series of the 62, complete with its own product codes.

- ($99 USD) BOOK: Cadillac at 100: Legacy of Leadership 1902 – 2006, Volumes 1 & 2

AIRBUS 380 KOREAN AIR

Inside Korean Airs new Airbus A380Korean Air is to inaugurate its new A380 “superjumbo” on a route between New York City and Seoul this week.The airline, which is the seventh in the world to fly the enormous Airbus aircraft, will wave off the first A380 flight from New York across the Pacific Ocean on August 9, launching what it describes as a “new age of air travel.”It will be the first A380 service between Asia and New York, carrying some 407 passengers — considerably less than the 525 that the A380 is capable of.

MISERICORDIA x ABICI BICYCLE


Inspired by a shared love for beautiful design, Italian bikemaker Abici and Peruvian clothing brand Misericordia have collaborated on a range of handmade bicycles. The line will feature three bikes which include a Fixie ($2,000) and a vintage-inspired Race Bike ($1,500).

FIAT ABARTH 1300 ‘OT’ PROTOTIPO (1965)

While the Ferrari GTO was heralded for winning the Division 3 World Touring Car Championship, the Fiat Abarth OT 1300 nearly matched its performance in Division 1. This small car won many important victories for Abarth including the 1966 and 1967 Division 1 World Championships.  Based on Simca parts, the OT 1300 used a heavily modified version of its chassis. Engineer Mario Colucci was responsible for the design which used a modified Simca 1000 floor pan. Attached to this were new front and rear sections that supported independent suspensions and modified Fiat 850 components.  The engine was designed from the ground up, but was similar to the Simca 1.3-liter they had raced in previous years. It was built at Corso Marche and by Luciano Fochi who had already designed the 1.6 and 2.0-liter units. Hallmarks of the engine included five main bearings, twin overhead cams and twin choke Weber carburetors.  The whole car was covered in a sleek fiber glass body that was penned Mario Colucci and fabricated at Sibona & Basano of Turin. Upfront was a large opening to feed air to a radiator which was then extracted out the top of the hood. Both the front and rear sections were hinged and provided ample access to the running gear.  Between May 1965 and March 1966, over 50 examples of the OT 1300s were made to satisfy homologation requirements. It replaced the Abarth Simca 1300 but raced in the prototype class until homologated in May of 1966. During the season, the OT 1300 racked up 37 points towards the Constructor’s Championship.  In 1967, the design was updated starting with the chassis which was widened. Probably the most distinctive touch was the addition of a roof-mounted scoop which fed the carburetors fresh air. At the rear were many changes including larger Plexiglas rear window and a very small spoiler.  At the 1967 Le Mans, the 1300 OTs were the very last cars to complete their race, but won their class in 16th place overall. They were behind similarly powered Alpine A210 Renaults that had to be placed in the prototype category due to homologation requirements.  Overall both the series I and series II OT 1300s were very successful. They won the 1966 and 1967 Division 1 Grand Touring World Championship and the 1966, 67 and 68 Group 4 Italian Championship.

MONTEVERDI BERLINETTA (1972)

Peter Monteverdi was an accomplished racing driver when in 1959 he decided to construct his own racing car. He later switched to manufacturing sports cars. The beautiful models shown here were built from the late ’60s to the late 1970s.

- ($89 USD) Book: The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars

BMW M1 (1978)

(Photo by Jan Baedeker)

The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW as a homologation  special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Originally, BMW commissioned Lamborghini  to work out the details of the car’s chassis, assemble prototypes and manufacture the vehicles, but Lamborghini’s financial position meant that BMW reassumed control over the project in April 1978, after seven prototypes were built. Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models. The spirit of the M1 lived on in the first-generation M5, as both models shared the same (though slightly modified) engines.

LAMBORGHINI BRAVO (1974)

The Bravo was another styling study by Bertone, designed by Marcello Gandini. After the Miura, Marzel and Countach, the Bravo was a feasible production GT car. It was show at the October 1974 Turin Motor Show. Its mechanicals were bespoke, designed specifically for the car. The engine was a V8 2,996cc, set transversely. It developed 300bhp, with maximum torque of 235Ib ft at 4,000rpm and had a proven capablility of 169 mph. Because of the position of the engine, the wheelbase was narrower than other Lamborghini’s, making the Bravo and agile and easy to handle car. The car covered 43,000 miles in testing and showed its capabilities. However, the car was never put into production, due to the retirement of Ferrucio Lamborghini in 1974.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)

FRAUSCHER BOATS 717-GT

Via Yatzer … At the time Engelbert Frauscher was ready to open his first shipyard at the old Danube in Vienna, the United States were already celebrating the heydays of boat racing.And it was during the winter of 1921-22 that the rules governing the Gold Cup Races were dramatically changed by the American Power Boat Association. The changes limited engine size, length and configuration of hulls. The wish was to actually “encourage gentlemen’s runabouts so that they could be used for family recreation as well as racing. This on the other hand made racing possible for pleasure, only, with style and honour.

Engine: 184-309 kW (gasoline, diesel or hybrid)
Propulsion: central motorization with a classic shaft propulsion
Length: 717 cm
Width: 225 cm
Weight: starting at 1500 kg
Deck, inner flooring and bathing platform : classic teak

- Frauscher boats

MASERATI 300S (1955)

For those with a cool $5-7 million laying around, you can bid on this 3-litre 6-cylinder engined Maserati 300S soon. A stunning car that has been beautifully maintained.

- ($24.45 USD) Book: Maserati: HCMS (Haynes Classic Makes Series)

STREAMLINER RALLY CAR by PLAYSAM


(Wood.-CPSIA tested.-Age: 3 and up. Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 2.25” H x 5” W. )

Streamliner toy cars designed by ulf hanses for playsam sweden. perhaps the most iconic and revered of scandanavian toys, the streamliner is made of solid wood and comes with a beautiful high luster finish. the streamliner has been selected by the Swedish National Museum as a Swedish Design Classic.

- ($48 USD) Streamliner Rally Car in Black

FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA AERODINAMICO (1961)

The large, fast and luxurious 400 Superamerica replaced the outgoing 410 model and continued Ferrari’s tradition of custom-built supercars. Each was specially built for their first owner and no two were exactly alike.  Unlike the Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III, the 400 Superamerica used a version of the Colombo short-block V12. Typically found in the 250 GT, this unit was enlarged to four-liters and could produce a very ample 340 horsepower.  Chassis details for the 400 Superamerica were similar to the outgoing model with a reduced wheelbase from 2600 to 2420 mm. Later a 400 Series II was produced with a longer wheelbase to accommodate rear seats.  The first 400 Superamerica appeared at the 1959 Salon de Torino as a Coupé Speciale for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli. This was followed by three cabriolets similar in style to the 410 Series III with open headlights. The fourth car was built as a Superfast II showcar for the 1960 Salone de Torino and was later converted into the Superfast III and IV.  For the ninth car in the series Pinin Farina debuted the Coupé Aerodynamico design at the 1961 Salon de Genève on chassis 2373SA. It borrowed many cues from the Superfast II showcar. This included the long rear overhang which made the car much more dramatic at the rear. Of the 25 Series I examples, 14 were bodied in this shape some with protruding a protruding front nose and covered headlights, while others followed the more classic Pinin Farina eggcrate grill with open headlights.  Both the Coupé Aerodynamico and Superfast II owe their profile shape to the Alfa Romeo Super Flow series. The third and fourth iterations of the Super Flow featured a round rear end with no wings. Jaguar also took note of the design for their E-Type of 1961.  By September of 1962 Ferrari updated the 400 Superamerica chassis to have a longer wheelbase of 2600 mm and these became known as the Series II … Est. 500.000 – 600.000 SFR

- ($65 USD) Ferrari 60 Years: The Great Moments
- ($58 USD) Ferrari 1947-1997 The Official Book

PORSCHE 550 SPYDER (1955)

Inspired by the Porsche 356 which was created by Ferry Porsche, and some spyder prototypes built and raced by Walter Glöckler starting in 1951, the factory decided to build a car designed for use in auto racing. The model Porsche 550 Spyder was introduced at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. The 550 was very low to the ground, in order to be efficient for racing. In fact, former German Formula One racer Hans Herrmann drove it under closed railroad crossing gates during the 1954 Mille Miglia.

- ($138.00 USD) Book:Porsche: The Road from Zuffenhausen
- ($209.97 USD) Book: Porsche: Excellence Was Expected
- ($136.85 USD) Book: Porsche Sixty Years
- ($87.50 USD) Book: The Porsche Book

CITROËN DS-19 (1960)

This is a sumptuous photographic record of the Citroën DS in all its myriad forms. Launched as a futuristic vision in 1955, the DS family of cars continued in production for just over 20 years, evolving through two distinct styling phases, three key bodyshell types (saloon, estate and cabriolet), numerous specification changes and various powertrain developments, as well as some fascinating spin-off versions – and every detail is recorded in over 500 colour photographs in this lavish and elegantly presented book.

- ($38.50 USD) Book: Citroen DS: The World’s Most Beautiful Car

PININFARINA 500 COUPE’ (1957)

CITROËN DS

This is a sumptuous photographic record of the Citroën DS in all its myriad forms. Launched as a futuristic vision in 1955, the DS family of cars continued in production for just over 20 years, evolving through two distinct styling phases, three key bodyshell types (saloon, estate and cabriolet), numerous specification changes and various powertrain developments, as well as some fascinating spin-off versions – and every detail is recorded in over 500 colour photographs in this lavish and elegantly presented book.

- ($38.50 USD) Book: Citroen DS: The World’s Most Beautiful Car

MERCEDES 300 SL 1600 (1952)

- ($23.00 USD) Book: Daimler & Benz The Complete History
- ($16.89 USD) Book: Standard Catalog Of Mercedes-Benz

SPYDER BERTONE 216A (1956)

FERRARI 250 LM (1964)

Ferrari 250 LM with chassis number 5909 is a right-hand drive vehicle constructed in April of 1964. It was sent to the United States to Luigi Chinetti and the N.A.R.T. team. It competed at the 1000km Nuerburgring and the 24 Hours of Lemans in 1964. In both events, it failed to finish. Its first racing accomplishment came at the 12 Hours of Reims in 1964 where John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini drove the car to a second place finish overall and second in class.  Ownership passed to Bob Grossman of the US around September of 1964. He had the car repainted in silver metallic with blue, white, and red stripes. It was campaigned throughout the rest of the 1964 season by Bob Grossman. It was entered into Bridgehampton, Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, Tourist Trophy at Nassau, Nassau GT Race, and the Nassau Trophy. The best finish for Grossman and the car in 1964 was at Bridgehampton where the duo scored a third place finish.  Ownership passed to William M. Sheaffer of PA in 1965. He had the car repainted in a gold-metallic color. Ownership later passed to Bob Cooper, Edwin Niles, and Sonny Bono. Bono acquired the car in 1967 and kept it for a short time before selling it to Don McLaughlin in 1968.  it passed through several more owners before becoming the possession of Frederick Knoop in 1974. It was shown at the 1975 Pebble Beach Concours where it was awarded a first place.  It was sold to Bob Epstein in 1977 who then had it entered in the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca. The car was wearing number 220.  Albert Obrist of Gstaad became its next owner. He entered it in some historic competition; in 1980 he commissioned Carrozzeria Fantuzzi to perform a ground-up restoration.  The next owner was Shiroh Kosaka who showed the car at the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti in 1987 and the 1st Annual Vintage Ferrari Meeting in Japan in 1993.  Steven Read became the next owner in 2004. He brought the car back to the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca. Since then, the vehicle has been shown at various events and entered in historic competition. It was shown at The Quail: A Motorsport Gathering in 2006.

- ($65 USD) Ferrari 60 Years: The Great Moments
- ($58 USD) Ferrari 1947-1997 The Official Book

PININFARINA 2000 COUPE’ (1969)

CONFEDERATE P-120 FIGHTER MACHINE

WANT!

- Confederate (Official)

ABARTH COUPE’ GIUGIARO 1600 (1969)

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HIGH PERFORMANCE SPEEDBOAT XSR48 by XSMG

The world of motor cars and performance boats have merged with the XSMG. ‘Globally the ultra-rich are spending vast amounts of money on super-luxury ‘Supercar’s’, but there was no marine equivalent in the market; so we challenged ourselves to create a Superboat, a state of the art performance powerboat with the DNA of a Supercar’ – Ian Sanderson  XSR48, £1.2 million.

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LAMBORGHINI DIABLO VT (1993)

The Diablo VT was introduced in 1993. Although the VT differed from the standard Diablo in a number of ways, by far the most notable change was the addition of all wheel drive, which made use of a viscous center differential (a remodified version of LM002′s 4WD system). This provided the new nomenclature for the car (VT stands for viscous traction). The new drivetrain could direct up to 25% of the torque to the front wheels to aid traction during rear wheel slip, thus significantly improving the handling characteristics of the car.  Other improvements debuting on the VT included front air intakes below the driving lamps to improve brake cooling, larger intakes in the rear arches, a more ergonomic interior with a revised dashboard, electronically adjustable dampers, four-piston brake calipers, power steering, and minor engine refinements. Many of these improvements, save the four-wheel drive system, soon transferred to the base Diablo, making the cars visually nearly identical.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)

LAMBORGHINI P140 CONCEPT (1988)

The internal number P140 was used for the successor of the Jalpa, whose production had been halted in 1988.  The P140, probably named ‘Cala’, was designed with one goal in mind, superior styling, the engine and chassis were made inferior to the exterior styling of this car.  At that time, the German and Japanese cars were in the same price-range as a small Ferrari or the new ‘little’ Lamborghini, that was the reason why Lamborghini had to rely so much on its styling. Because both the German BMW’s and Mercedes, and the Japanese cars were very fast and reliable.  Not only did the Lamborghini had to be different in style, but it also needed to be supported by state of the art mechanics. The P140 would take the styling ideas of the Miura, the Countach and the all-new Diablo, and used it to make it recognizable as a pure Lamborghini.  The P140 had to grab your attention and never let it go again, it had to express speed from every angle, the design had to be absolutely fresh and original, and in no way could it resemble another car. The P140 had to be unique and unmistakably a Lamborghini, which offered roominess, visibility, safety, quality, aerodynamics and, of course, Lamborghini-style mechanics. The P140 was not created by just boosting the horsepower rating of a Jalpa V8 engine, a good new sports car had to be balanced, because otherwise, it would become too hard to drive, and it was a known fact that these high-performance cars almost never ended up in the hands of experienced and expert drivers.  For the design of the P140, Lamborghini contacted Carrozzeria Bertone, Chrysler Design Center and Marcello Gandini. A few scale models were shown to the Lamborghini sales network, but all these models were preliminary, because at that time the designers were still working on the look. Nevertheless, it was already known the P140 should have a targa top like the Jalpa, or even a full speedster configuration.  The exterior styling was still open, but it was already known that the new Lamborghini would use an all-new V-10 QuattroValvole engine with an electronic fuel-injection system. The Lamborghini engineers created this engine in only seven months, and it was extremely modern, light and compact.  At that time, the decision was not taken yet to use something else than the ‘usual’ tubular space frame chassis and unitized body, because the P140 had to be completely new, the research was oriented toward weight and structure to create something noble.  By 1992, the P140 was put aside to concentrate on the Lamborghini Diablo, the Diablo VT, and in 1994 the Diablo 30Th Anniversary Special Edition. However, on the 1995 Geneva Auto Show, a totally new Lamborghini CALA was shown, designed by ItalDesign and powered by a similar V-10 engine with a power rating of over 400 bhp, mounted in a rear central position, in an all-aluminum chassis.  At that time Automobili Lamborghini SpA officially announced the Cala as the prototype for the Jalpa successor, including the Targa roof configuration … we later discovered that unfortunately the Cala would never be produced and it took many years before the Gallardo was introduced as the ‘Baby Lamborghini’ using a totally different V10 engine.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)

VOLKSWAGEN WIRE PROJECT by KAREN OETLING & JUAN PABLO RAMOS VALADEZ

(Photo © Karen Oetling and Juan Pablo Ramos Valade)

- Juan Pablo Ramos Valadez

- Karen Oetling

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR MANSORY CARBONADO

Mansory has reworked the Lamborghini Aventador into a limited production model named the Carbonado, after the black diamonds found in Africa and Brazil.  The Carbonado is coming with a lot of carbon fiber accessories, including new carbon fiber panels applied over its body and over its engine hood.  Interior is given the special leather treatment on the seats and dashboard, a newly designed airbag sports steering wheel made out of real carbon fiber and non-slip aluminum pedals.  Other modifications from the standard supercar include a new high performance exhaust, which with a re-mapped ECU lifts the power output to 743 bhp.  According to the German tuner, the model can now accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 355 km/h.  Mansory’s special edition Lamborghini will be produced in a limited run of six units.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($23 USD Lamborghini: Supercars from Sant’Agata
- ($161 USD Lamborghini: Forty Years
- ($84 USD) The Lamborghini Miura Bible
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)

LAMBORGHINI MIURA ROADSTER (1966)

The Lamborghini Miura was a sports car produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1966 and 1972. The car is widely considered to have begun the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars. At launch, it was the fastest production road car available.

- Lamborghini (Official Site)
- ($23 USD) Lamborghini: Miura Countach Diablo Murcielago
- ($25.04 USD) Lamborghini Countach: The Complete Story
- ($58.99 USD) Lamborghini (The Legends Series)