1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso

1964 Ferrari 250 Lusso

One of the rarest of the rare, the Ferrari flagship of the 1950’s and 60’s that took the world by storm, thunder, and any other meteorological metaphors you wish to insert!

Certainly a close second to the mighty Daytona’s beauty, the Ferrari 250 was once one of the world’s most desirable cars, with those crisp smooth lines and iconic engine sound echoing across both Europe and the USA.

The car was also built in a myriad of variations, 8 racing models, 2 Export/Europa models, and 14 GT models, including the Pininfarina Coupé Speciale, the Berlinetta "Tour de France" and the Spyder California SWB.

This particular version is a 250GT Lusso, manufactured between 1963 and 64. Sometimes known as the GTL, GT/L or Berlinetta Lusso, it is larger and more luxurious than the 250GT Berlinetta. The 250GT Lusso, which was not intended to compete in sports car racing, is considered to be one of the most elegant Ferraris.

Keeping in line with the Ferrari tradition of the time, the 250GT Lusso was designed by the Turinese coachbuilder Pininfarina, and bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. Although the interior was more spacious than that of the 250 GT, the 250 GT Lusso remained a two-seat GT coupe, unlike the 250 GTE. The car was manufactured for only eighteen months, from early 1963 to mid 1964, and was the last model of Ferrari 250GT generation.

Auto shows often provide an opportunity for manufacturers to introduce new designs publicly. Ferrari did so at the 1962 Paris Motor Show to unveil, as a prototype, the 250 GT Lusso. The prototype was almost identical to the production version, and only minor details changed thereafter.

The new model was a way for Ferrari to fill a void left between the sporty 250GT SWB and the luxurious 250GTE 2+2, the Lusso met the new demands of the 1960s. Indeed, fans of sporting driving of the time became as fond of civilized designs, that is, comfortable and spacious, as they were of radical sports cars. Ferrari did not skimp on details in the GTL, which shows on the scales; weight ranged from 2,250 to 2,890lb, depending on equipment.

Unusually brief for a Ferrari model, GTL’s production began January 1963 and ended August 1964. According to a longstanding American expert on Ferrari, Peter Coltrin, the construction of the 250 GT Lusso must have begun soon after the presentation of the prototype of the Paris Motor Show.

Although it was not intended to compete, the 250 GT Lusso made a few appearances in several sporting events in 1964 and 1965, such as the Targa Florio and the Tour de France. The final iteration of the 250GT series, 351 copies of GT Lusso were produced before being replaced by the Ferrari 275 GTB. Originally sold for $13,375, the GTL saw sales in 2010 between $400,000 and $500,000, and 2013 values were approaching 4 times this figure.

Posted by Rorymacve Part II on 2015-03-28 20:20:07

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Trabant Cabriolet

Trabant Cabriolet

Cut the top off your Trabbi and you’ve got yourself a wild ride!

Yes, when you think of Communist cars, you don’t think of the Lada Riva or the Wartburg or that weird Chinese Austin Maestro/Montego hybrid, you think of the Trabbi!

Built in East Germany, the Trabant started production in 1957 and continued right through until the end of the Eastern Bloc in 1991! And in that entire time the car went through pretty much no modifications from its original design. This car pictured is in fact a 1988 Universal model, which looks exactly the same as a 1958 Universal!

The car has the distinction however of being the first car built out of recycled materials, although today many eco-cars can claim they were constructed from several fridges or tin cans, the Trabant was the one that perfected it. But these recycled materials were not tin cans or fridges, or any other rigid metallic materials, but was in fact recycled cotton! Cotton waste from the Soviet Union and East German dye industry was compacted into a material known as Duroplast (hard plastic), and this is what the body was made of. Although at the time this was claimed to be stronger in crashes than any Western cars of comparative size and shape, I have a strong suspicion that these tests were carried out at 3mph against a mattress!

The car was powered by a 600cc two-stroke engine for the first 30 years of its life, although for the last 4 it was powered by a Volkswagen 1.6L engine from the Polo. In total, the best part of 3.7 million Trabants were built and plied their trade along the roads of the Eastern Bloc until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of these cars and their owners made their way into West Germany and dispersed across Europe. Although many were abandoned within days of the crossing, the Trabbi has since become probably the most famous cult car of all time, with many Westerners picking them up in 1990 for a single Deutsche Mark.

So why would people want to buy a car that’s as slow as sin, as reliable as lighting a match in a Force 10 Gale, has the crash safety of a paper bag and the prospect of the wheels falling off at any given moment?

Novelty of course! I’ve met many Trabant collectors at car shows, and their answers have consistently been for the novelty. Be it because the car was made by a Communist regime that no longer exists, the time-capsule styling of the 1950’s on a 1990’s car, the fact that it is so unreliable and unsafe that it inspires a sense of danger and risk, or mostly because it’s something of a cultural symbol that is easily personable. Today you’ll find that a lot of Trabant’s aren’t exactly in an original guise like the one here, most have been converted into caravans, racing cars, rally cars, mock military vehicles, police …

1963 Hillman Imp

1963 Hillman Imp

A car who’s name lives in British motoring infamy, a small and subtle little machine that was meant to take on the Mini, but went on to kill the Scottish Motor Industry.

The Hillman Imp was meant to be the company’s great white hope, entering production in 1963 after millions of pounds of investment, including the construction of a new factory at Linwood near Glasgow.

However, Hillman were impatient to get their car into the showrooms, and although there was a huge opening ceremony at the Linwood Factory featuring an appearance by HRH Prince Philip, Hillman had cut some corners. The Prince was only shown certain parts of the factory as most areas had not been finished, and the selection of seven cars he and his entourage were driven round in were in fact the only seven cars that would work properly.

The rest of the cars being produced were tested exhaustively by drivers hired in from the local population, basically driven until the cars wouldn’t run any more, but the distances between breakdowns were very short, some being as low as 30 miles.

Nevertheless the car was produced at the Linwood factory, which employed 6,000 people from one of the most impoverished areas of Scotland. All seemed well, until the sales numbers came in, which showed the initial problems had damaged the car’s reputation and thus resulted in it never selling the the estimated numbers. This was added to by heavy industrial action carried out by the workforce, which resulted in the factory only working at a third the capacity and suffering from many stoppages.

Because of this, the Hillman brand began to suffer, and although cars such as the Avenger, the company folded in 1976, the factory being taken over by Peugeot-Talbot. The factory continued on until 1981 and quickly demolished, resulting in high unemployment that even to this day struggles to recover.

Posted by Rorymacve Part II on 2015-04-27 15:34:53

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GV Florida Transport, Inc. – GD1

GV Florida Transport, Inc. - GD1

Note to whom it may concern: As a member of the Philippine Bus Enthusiasts Society (PhilBES) and its junior and affiliate group, the Philippine Bus Photographers Association (PBPA), both of which are communities/groups of bus and coach enthusiasts and amateur photographers, that focus on bus companies’ history, technical specifications of vehicles, and other related subject matter, that is based in the Philippines, I would like inform you that the number plate of the bus on this photo has been blurred out to prevent it being used as evidence by any agencies, whether be it privately-owned or government-owned, to apprehend the said vehicle or the operating company of the vehicle on the photo at times when the said vehicle may be involved in any motoring mishap, incident, or accident. This is to prevent the involvement of myself, and/or any members of the groups stated to any such cases or the hassles and possible dangers presented with being involved at such cases. I would also like to stress out that I am NOT a part nor am I affiliated or connected in any way with any bus companies inside or outside the country. At times when you may experience any of employees of the operating company of the bus on the photo behave in an offensive manner; such that of reckless driving, lack of manners towards the passengers, incorrect and excessive charging of fare, and any other offenses they may commit, I do advise you report them to their respective managements for further action.

However, despite the limitation I stated earlier about the use of my photos, any person is free to download and use any of my photos to any general or civilian use such as advertisement and other promotional use, school works, or personal interests about the subject.

Shot Location: GV Florida Transport, Inc. Bus Terminal Station, M. Earnshaw Street cor. Arsenio H. Lacson Ave., Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Date Taken: April 1, 2013

Basic Details:
Operator: GV FLORIDA TRANSPORT, INC.
Fleet Number: GD1
Classification: Air-Conditioned Provincial Operation Bus
Seating Configuration: 2×2 Seats
Seating Capacity: 41 Passengers

Body:
Coachbuilder: Xiamen Golden Dragon Tourism Autos (Golden Dragon)
Body Model: Golden Dragon XML6127 Marcopolo
Air-Conditioning Unit: Dependent Overhead Unit

Chassis:
Chassis Manufacturer: Forta Automobile Industry Company, Ltd.
Chassis Model: Forta FZ6121A5
Layout: Rear-Mounted Engine Rear-Wheel Drive (4×2 RR layout)
Suspension: Air-Suspension

Engine:
Engine Manufacturer: China Yuchai International, Ltd.
Engine Model: Yuchai YC6G300-20 (G4704)
Cylinder Displacement: 476.061 cu. inches (7,803 cc / 7.8 Liters)
Cylinder Configuration: Straight-6
Engine Aspiration: Turbocharged and Intercooled
Max. Power Output: 296 bhp (300 PS – metric hp / 221 kW) @ 2,200 rpm
Peak Torque Output: 848 lb.ft (1,150 N.m / 117 kg.m) @ 1,400 – 1,600 rpm

Transmission:
Type: Manual Transmission
Gears: 6-Speed Forward, 1-Speed Reverse

* The specifications may be subjected for verification and may be changed without prior notice…

Posted by B.R.0071 – [Inactive Account] on 2013-04-03 12:50:55

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Bristol Aviation History – Bristol Cars

Bristol Aviation History - Bristol Cars

In 1946 the Bristol Aeroplane Company BS7 established a car division from the very beginning cars were built by hand many famous people own Bristol Cars.

2006 – The most powerful and exclusive production car in the world was launched by a quirky but quintessentially British luxury motor manufacturer. The Bristol Fighter T is set to hit the UK’s roads next year and boasts a massive 1,012 horsepower.

Embodying the Bulldog spirit harking back to the company’s origins as a maker of famous fighter planes, the this True Brit supercar’s engine produces more power than the 252mph Bugatti Veyron, currently the most powerful production car, which has 1,001 horsepower and costs £810,000.

The £350,000 Fighter T will be hand built at the firm’s plant in Filton, Bristol.

Its eight-litre V10 engine will propel the car from 0-60mph in less than 3.5 seconds and on to a theoretical top speed of 270mph, although Bristol will limit the speed of production cars to 225mph. Only around 20 Fighters will be built every year, not all of them the range-topping T version, so owners will belong to an exclusive group.

Bristol Cars managing director Tony Crook, who operates from a small but exclusive showroom in London’s Kensington said: ‘It has more power than the Bugatti but the end product is a very usable car which owners will be able to drive every day.

‘We have been producing the Fighter and the Fighter S since 2004, but a lot of people said ‘I want even more power’ so that’s what we’ve done."

The first Bristol Fighter T is expected to be completed in September 2007.

Bristol’s quirky Bulldog spirit and heritage harks back to the end of World War II as a spin-off of aircraft production. The hand-crafted but aggressively-named new car is named after the First World War Bristol Fighter. Bristol is so exclusive that fewer than 9,000 have been built in nearly 60 years.

Traditionally a favourite with Royalty, other Bristol fans include Oasis pop star Liam Gallagher, Sir Richard Branson and Lib Democratic peer Lord Steel. Tony Crook, managing director and head salesman of Bristol Cars – whose sole tiny showroom has graced London’s Kensington High Street for more than 50 years said:’We never disclose the names of our customers, though many are household names.

”This is going to be a car for captains of industry and the rich and famous. It’s obviously going to catch the eye of pop stars, Premiership footballers and those who enjoy their cars.’ Mr Crook said the Fighter incorporated ‘sybaritic levels of luxury’ adding:’It is engineered to strict aerospace standards, designed without the usual cost constraints and coach-built by proud and conscientious individuals.’

Mr Crook, a veteran racing driver of the 1940s and 50s added:’We always make fewer cars than people want. ‘But this is going to be a very exclusive car.The price is not steep at all as people often spend around £200,000 on Bentleys or Ferraris.’

Will it fit in my garage?

Bristol …