Greatest Cars, Maserati 5000 GT

Another Great Car today from the Maserati stables. The 5000 GT were thirty-two 2-door coupés, made by Maserati. The first car in the Tipo 103 series, was the Shah of Persia, delivered to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who had been impressed by the Maserati 3500. He commissioned Maserati’s chief engineer Giulio Alfieri to utilize a slightly…

Greatest Cars, Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta

Austrian born tuning expert Carlo Abarth was one of an all-star team that was involved in Piero Dusio’s ambitious Cisitalia project immediately after the War. By 1949, Cisitalia’s financial position quickly worsened and Abarth decided to jump the sinking ship. As compensation for his efforts, Dusio gave him several examples of the latest ‘204’ model…

Greatest Cars, Jaguar XJC

Jaguar XJ6 was one of the most popular luxury and executive saloon cars of its time. By the time it came about in the late 60’s, Jaguar’ s range had expanded into many models, each with different engine and trim options. The engine and running gear was pretty much the same as the earlier models,…

Greatest Cars, Bugatti 59 Grand Prix

  Ettore Bugatti was one of the great racing car designers of the 1920s. Unfortunately his stubbornness and conservatism held him back in the following years. With religious conviction he continued to use solid axles and cable operated drum brakes at a time when the competition had moved forward with independent suspension and hydraulic brakes.…

Greatest Cars, OSCA MT4

One of the ideal Italian sports was the OSCA developed by the Maserati brothers. The model famously won the 1954 12 Hours of Sebring among 4.5-liter Ferraris, the Cunningham C4R, Aston Martin DB3S and Lancia D24s. Despite losing the factory, the Maseratis remained resilient and exercised their talent under the name OSCA. That title was…

Greatest Cars, Daimler SP250 (Dart)

The Daimler SP250 was built by Daimler in Coventry from 1959 to 1964.The SP250 was originally known as the Daimler Dart, however Daimler were soon forced to drop the Dart name when threatened with legal action by Chrysler’s Dodge division, and the car was then renamed the Daimler SP250. It was launched at the 1959…

Greatest Cars, MG TD/C

In 1949 a small group of MG leaders, headed by John Thornley, got together to try to create a car that was acceptable to the North American marketplace while at the same time would limit the investment of the Nuffield Organization. Clearly it would be impossible to completely create a new car, not only from…

Greatest Cars, AC Cobra

Like many British specialist manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace 2-seater roadster. This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminium body panels that were made using English wheeling machines. The engine was a pre-World War II design of BMW…

Greatest Cars; Aston Martin DB2

The DB2 sports car was manufactured by Aston Martin from 1950 through to 1953. It was a major advancement over the 2-Litre Sports model it replaced, with a dual overhead cam straight-6 in place of the previously-used pushrod straight-4. The car featured a 2.6 L engine, and was designed as a closed coupé (described as…

Greatest Cars, Ferrari Testarossa

Testarossa meaning “redhead” in Italian, re appeared after many years at the Paris Motor Show in October 1984 as heir to the 512 BBi. Pininfarina’s design broke somewhat with tradition and was striking and innovative. The side intakes were larger than on the previous model and this constraint saw the introduction of the long side…

Greatest Cars, MG Metro 6R4

The MG Metro 6R4 (6 cylinder R rear engine 4 wheel drive) was a pure out and out competition car that retained a couple of panels from the original Metro body, but enough to clearly identify it as a Metro. It was built with the active assistance of Williams GP Engineering who at the time…

Greatest Cars, DAWB 6

Today we have another one off car. This one was built in Ireland by a couple of engineers who obviously knew how to build a car. It has no history of racing or has achieved much in the marketplace for obvious reasons: it’s the only one! However, we think it is a great car. Why,…