Friday, June 30, 2017

1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

The original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupé was available from March 1955 to 1957, the roadster from 1957 to 1963. The car featured fully-independent suspension and a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz’s 2,995cc single-overhead camshaft engine.
The straight-six pushed 215 bhp, good for top speeds of 160mph, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world. The transmission was a four-speed manual and powerful drum brakes were fitted at each corner.

The most coveted of all the production 300SLs are the 29 aluminum coupes.
249 Roadsters were built. Today, the 300 SL is considered one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models, with prices generally in the US$1m–2.5m range.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans Speciale

The Alfa Romeo 8C was originally a range of Alfa Romeo road, race and sports cars of the 1930s. In 2004 Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name for a V8-engined concept car. The 8C designates 8 cylinders, and originally a straight 8-cylinder engine. The 8C was Alfa Romeo's primary racing engine from its introduction in 1931 to its retirement in 1939.
Alfa Romeo prepared and entered a single 8C 2900B, chassis number 412033, for the 1938 Le Mans. The car featured a streamlined coupé body built by Carrozzeria Touring. This was the only time the coupé was raced. It now resides at the Alfa Romeo museum, which runs it at events.

Pitstop during the 1938 Le Mans

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini needed a great car to succeed the Countach, and the Diablo delivered that and more.

The Diablo was the first Lamborghini to break the 200mph barrier. Produced from 1990 and 2001, power came from a 5.7 L (348 cu in), 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams, producing a maximum output of 485 hp and 428 lb·ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).
The Diablo was rear-wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. After the end of its production run in 2001, the Diablo was replaced by the Lamborghini Murciélago.

Diablo means "devil" in Spanish.

The Diablo VT was introduced in 1993. The most notable change was the addition of all wheel drive. 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.
In 1999 the very limited production Diablo GT was introduced, of which only 80 examples were built. The Diablo GT was a completely race-oriented model differing in nearly every aspect from the more mainstream Diablos.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

The Ferrari 360 is a two-seater sports car built by Ferrari from 1999 to 2005. It succeeded the Ferrari F355 and was replaced by the Ferrari F430. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive V8-powered coupe. Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all aluminium space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the F355 which had utilized steel. The design was 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions.
The V8 engine, common to all versions, utilizes a 3.6 litre capacity, flat plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods and generates 395 bhp. The first model to be rolled out was the 360 Modena followed later by the 360 Spider and finally as a special edition, the Challenge Stradale: which was the highest performance road-legal version of the 360 produced by the factory, featuring carbon ceramic brakes, track tuned suspension, aerodynamic gains, weight reduction, power improvements and revised gearbox software.
Only 250 of the street-legal road racer were produced, exclusively for “preferred” North American clients.
360 Spider
The Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale was sold for $ 195,000 and currently holds it's value.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, is a two-door, four passenger, rear-engine economy car manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003.
The need for this kind of car was formulated by Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, wishing for a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for the new road network of his country.
He contracted Porsche in 1934 to design and build it to his exacting standards.
On 26 May 1938, Hitler laid the cornerstone for the Volkswagen factory in Fallersleben. The factory had only produced a handful of cars by the start of the war in 1939; the first volume-produced versions of the car's chassis were military vehicles, the Type 82 Kübelwagen (approximately 52,000 built).
The amphibious Type 166 Schwimmwagen (about 14,000 built).

Mass production of civilian VW cars did not start until post-war occupation.
The factory produced another wartime vehicle: the Kommandeurwagen; a Beetle body mounted on a 4WD Kübelwagen chassis. The Kommandeurwagen had widened fenders to accommodate it's Kronprinz all-terrain tires.
669 Kommandeurwagens were produced up to 1945.

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
After World War II, the car was officially designated the Volkswagen Type 1, but was more commonly known as the Beetle.

During the post-war period, the Beetle had superior performance in its category with a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph) and 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 27.5 seconds with fuel consumption of 6.7 l/100 km (36 mpg) for the standard 25 kW (34 hp) engine. In 1949 the car was exported to the US.

On 17 February 1972, when Beetle No. 15,007,034 was produced, Beetle production surpassed the previous record holder, the Ford Model T.

By 1973, total production was over 16 million, and by June 1992, over 21 million had been produced.

The final original VW Beetle (No. 21,529,464) was produced at Puebla, Mexico, 65 years after its original launch, ending a 58-year production run.
Production in Brazil ended in 1986, then started again in 1993 and continued until 1996.

The last Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in July 2003. The final batch of 3,000 Beetles were sold as 2004 models and badged as the Última Edición.

VW 1303/Super Beetle (1973)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8

The Austin-Healey 3000 is a British sports car built from 1959 to 1967. In 1963, 91.5 per cent of all Austin-Healey 3000 cars were exported; mostly to North America. The 3-litre 3000 was a highly successful car, which won its class in many European rallies in its heyday.
The Austin-Healey 3000 was announced on 1 July 1959 with a 3-litre BMC C-Series engine of 2,912 cc (2.9 L) and 136 bhp. The car had a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.7 seconds. The Mark III made 180bhp with 17,712 made.
A top end example will bring $75,000 - $95,000 today.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vintage Supercars without a Barn

This might be a painful sight for classic car fans. Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW; just a few of the iconic names whose logos you would never expect to find on vehicles in such a sorry, decaying state.
Surrounded by a security fence in the wooded hillside next to the collector's house, fifty classic cars were parked here when the car enthusiast turned 50 in the year 2000.
TV crews, photographers and fans were invited to the opening in the summer of 2000, but this “museum” has rarely been open to the public since. None of the cars is for sale.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin’s hotly anticipated hypercar, the Valkyrie, will reportedly have over 1,100 hp of combined output from a KERS-style electric drivetrain and a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12. When it arrives, probably late next year, it could create a whole new category of car in need of a fresh prefix, over and beyond super-, mega-, and even hyper.
The engine will be mounted behind the teardrop passenger compartment and will drive the rear wheels only.
Something around 100 examples will be built, each with a price tag of $ 3m.