The new VW and KFC concept car sounds interesting…
Toyota Previa, modified a bit.
There were only two sets of these tires released to the public. An original set to the creator of this car and this set, that Goodyear gave to the place that restored this car.
The neothane is clear and the originals had 18 lightbulbs installed inside to get the glowing effect.
The never made it to production despite Goodyear spending 10 years trying to make it happen. Mostly because they were very expensive, and not at all practical – the tires would get dirty and the effect would be loss. Also, neothane didn’t provide enough grip in the rain nor did it stand up under hard breaking, as it had a low pour temp of about 250F
Giotto Bizzarrini was a former Ferrari executive and freelance designer. In addition, Bizzarrini worked with Lamborghini, designing their legendary V12 engine, and for Iso, where he developed motorbikes and cars. Among his first projects was to design the Grifo, based on a shortened Iso Rivolta chassis, retaining the original car’s running gear. Bizzarrini saw potential in the Grifo and obtained permission from Iso chairman, Renzo Rivolta, to manufacture a high-performance version under his own name. This was suitably named the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, and was available to the public from 1964.
One of my favorite cars of all time!
I came across the above batch of pure lustful beauty on tumblr. And then found this nice Autsport article on it:
Jaguar Egal set for racing return after half a century
The famous Galaxy-engined Jaguar E-type, known as the Egal, will be back on a UK race track in the near future after an absence of around half a century.
In the mid and late 1960s, the fearsome 7-litre one-off raced by Chris Summers and Barrie Williams was a regular winner in club racing but was later sold to America and only returned to the UK a couple of years ago.
Since then, Chris Keith-Lucas at CKL Developments has been restoring it to period specification and says there are plans to race it once more.
The car was originally built by Geoff Richardson for owner Rob Beck and Williams recalled it being fitted with a Holman and Moody Galaxy marine engine. The E-type chassis came from a semi-lightweight car, shunted by Beck at Castle Combe.
The result was a ferociously powerful car that ‘Whizzo’ Williams tamed with considerable success in club racing. However, as a one-off it never raced internationally and by the end of the 1960s was being beaten by Chevron B8s and Ginetta G12s.
After a couple of other UK owners, the project was sold to the US where it was used on the road before later starting a long restoration. Sadly, the owner passed away before the work was complete, and Keith-Lucas saw it advertised for sale.
“I went over to New York, saw it over there and verified it and then we brought it back,” said Keith-Lucas, who has secured its original registration of ‘590 DXR’ on behalf of the current owner.
“In America it grew even wider than it really ought to have, but apart from that it is very much the car and close inspection of it reveals all the old dings and dents.”
It was taken to the recent E-type 60th birthday celebrations at Shelsley Walsh and did some demonstration runs, with due regard for the Jaguar transmission which was always a weak link in period.
“I wasn’t doing tyre-burning starts, that would twist the propshaft like a toffee wrapper,” said Keith-Lucas.
“I’ve got the dyno figures where it has over 600 foot pounds of torque, so it’s really an absolute monster.
“We do have plans to run it. It is a complication because a car like this was never homologated.
“It did a huge amount of British club racing, but it didn’t do international events, so that limits what you can do. But there are a number of race organisers in this country who’d love to see it in their events.”
Stunning Romanian supermodel Catrinel Menghia is here. Yay!
Here’s an ad of sorts (the actual ad is not available) that she did for the wonderful new Abarth Fiat 500 Venom, which now has 200 hp..
Hi there good looking
Oh, man, if only…
Le Mans, France, 1964. The No. 11 Ford GT40 of Richie Ginther/Masten Gregory being driven to the Circuit de la Sarthe for practice.
The new Morgan Plus Four CX-T
The Morgan Plus Four CX-T Is an Ariel Nomad-Fighting Off-Roader
With overland-ready suspension, off-roading tires, and plenty of underbody protection, this is a Plus 4 built to go anywhere.
Morgan today unveiled a new off-road-ready special edition of its Plus 4 sports car called the CX-T. Aimed directly at competitors such as the Ariel Nomad, it comes standard with a reworked suspension, all-terrain tires, underbody protection, and a host of other bespoke overlanding add-ons. Just eight examples will be built, each starting at £170,000 (around $236,000).
Only $236.000! Still made of wood!
2020 Aston Martin Victor
Sweet! Looks kind of angry, eh?
There is only this one. It is a one-off custom. Read about the nifty details of it here with tons of pics.
Everrati GT40, 2021.
Electric technology company Everrati have joined forced with Superformance, manufacturer of 1960s-era continuation sports cars to create an electrified version of the GT40. Everrati say “meticulous attention to detail is being applied to key factors such as battery location and weight distribution to maintain and enhance the character and soul of the original”. Further details on this first new model from the partnership will be announced in the coming months.
An electric GT40 Mk II. I guess it was inevitable.
The Willys MB and the Ford GPW, both formally called the U.S. Army Truck, 1⁄4-ton, 4×4, Command Reconnaissance, commonly known as the Willys Jeep, Jeep, or jeep, and sometimes referred to as G503,[nb 3] were highly successful American off-road capable light military utility vehicles built in large numbers to a standardized design for the United States and other Allied forces in World War II from 1941 to 1945.
The jeep became the primary light wheeled transport vehicle of the United States military and its allies, with President Eisenhower once calling it “one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during WWII.” It was the world’s first mass-produced four-wheel drive car, manufactured in six-figure numbers; almost 650,000 units were built, constituting a quarter of the total U.S. non-combat motor vehicles produced during the war,[nb 4] and almost two-thirds of the 988,000 light 4WD vehicles produced, counted together with the Dodge WC series. Large numbers of jeeps were provided to U.S. allies, including Russia at the time — aside from large amounts of 1 1⁄2- and 2 1⁄2-ton trucks, some 50,000 1⁄4-ton jeeps and 25,000 3⁄4-ton Dodges were shipped to Russia during WWII — more than Nazi Germany’s combined total production of their best performing similar vehicles, the Kübelwagen and the amphibious Schwimmwagen.
Historian Charles K. Hyde wrote: “In many respects, the jeep became the iconic vehicle of World War II, with an almost mythological reputation of toughness, durability, and versatility.” Not only did it become the workhorse of the American military, as it replaced the use of horses and other draft animals (still heavily used in World War I) in every role, from cavalry units to supply trains, but improvised field modifications also made the jeep capable of just about any other function G.I.s could think of. Moreover: military jeeps were adopted by countries all over the world, to this day – so much that they have become the most widely used and recognizable military vehicle in history.
The jeep was considered such a valuable vehicle that General Eisenhower wrote that most senior officers regarded it as one of the five most vital pieces equipment to success in Africa and Europe[nb 5] Moreover, General George Marshall called the squared-off little car “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.” In 1991, the MB Jeep was designated an “International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark” by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
After WWII, the original jeep continued to serve, in the Korean War and other conflicts, until it was updated in the form of the M38 Willys MC and M38A1 Willys MD (in 1949 and 1952 respectively), and received a complete redesign by Ford in the form of the 1960-introduced M151 jeep. Its influence, however, was much greater than that — manufacturers around the world began building jeeps and similar designs, either under license or not — at first primarily for military purposes, but later also for the civilian market. Willys turned the MB into the civilian Jeep CJ-2A in 1945, making the world’s first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive. The “Jeep” name was trademarked, and grew into a successful, and highly valued brand.
The success of the jeep inspired both an entire category of recreational 4WDs and SUVs, making “four-wheel drive” a household term, and numerous incarnations of military light utility vehicles. In 2010, the American Enterprise Institute called the jeep “one of the most influential designs in automotive history”. Its “sardine tin on wheels” silhouette and slotted grille are perhaps even more instantly recognizable than the VW Beetle and has evolved into the currently produced Jeep Wrangler long after the demise of the original Jeep design.
This is a particulary wonderful variation of the classic Jeep theme.
Neat looking thing.
1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra with a completely hand-formed Copper body
It’s a “continuation” car according to www.supercars.net/blog/copper-cobra/:
“You might wonder about the chassis number listed here, CSX 4602, that seems a bit high no? Well, it isn’t, because in the 90s Carroll Shelby started building ‘continuation’ cars, new Cobra models that came with a CSX 4xxx chassis to distinguish them from the classic 1960s originals, but still recognized as ‘real’ Shelby Cobra cars.”
“These continuation Cobra were built in Las Vegas, Nevada, on brand new frames to be fitted with either a fiberglass or an aluminum body, before being painted and usually fitted with those trademark racing stripes running from the front to the rear … but there were exceptions, as is evident on chassis CSX 4602 we see here.”
An odd one, certainly.
Low Drag Jaguar E-Type by Marco Diez
Marco Diez is a hero. Making this unique conveyance is an incredible accomplishment of perfecting the perfect.
Enzo Ferrari was once quoted as saying that the E-Type was the most beautiful car in the world, and every sensible list of the best cars of the 20th century includes an E-Type, typically up near the top.
he Low Drag Jaguar E-Type you see here is the result of an 8 year long international project by Marco Diez to create a modern Low Drag based closely on the original car from 1963 known as “49FXN” after its license plate number.
Ford GT40 Prototype, 1964. In the early sixties, Henry Ford decided to enter international endurance racing, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in order to enhance Ford’s reputation for performance. At first he tried to purchase Ferrari but when that plan failed work began on a car that could beat Ferrari. Ford created a subsidiary, Ford Advanced Vehicles, in England to build the car. The first prototype was shown to the press in March of 1964 in Slough, England.
The Ford GT is, as regulars know, my ultimate car.
I got to work on Chassis Number P/1024 once, many, many moons ago, courtesy of a dear friend of mine. It was, as you might imagine, beyond delicious.
Iso Grifo 90
April 26, 2010 at 3 pm
The concept is reborn in 12 units, with carbon bodywork and Corvette engine
Its name is Iso Grifo 90 and after about 36 years it is the first car to proudly wear the Iso con Grifone emblem that belonged to the glorious Iso Rivolta on the front bonnet . Thus, one of the most prestigious and tormented brands in Italian automotive history is reborn, marked by a “small” debut with the legendary Isetta and by a troubled productive life among the GT 300, Grifo A3 / C, A3 / L and A3 / Ls sports cars. , Lele, Fidia, S4 and Grifo 7 liters. The new car was presented in Cernobbio on the sidelines of the Concorso d’Eleganza of Villa d’Este , on Lake Como.
The return of the Iso Grifo 90, made in only 12 numbered copies and finished according to the customer’s requests, however, takes its cue from a 1991 style prototype , the Iso Grifo 90, of which it takes its name, shapes and design concept , moving from the 1: 1 scale wooden model of nearly 20 years ago to a road car with carbon fiber body and Corvette V8 engine.
Photo by: Fabio Gemelli
Iso Grifo has always been a top favorite along with the Bizzarrini GT 5300 which it became later on. And now this one!
1950 Bentley R Type Continental
An Abbott fixed-head coupé
Props to my friend Ray Blackwell!