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.…

Greatest Cars, Siata 208 S Balbo coupe

  For many years Siata (Società Italiana Applicazioni Trasformazioni Automobilistiche) specialized in aftermarket products for Fiats. The Italian company used their intimate knowledge of Fiat’s products to launch the first Siata badged, Fiat based car in 1948. This was quite an achievement as the Turin based factory had been completely destroyed during a bombing raid…

Greatest Cars, Riley 9 Brooklands

  The Riley Nine was one of the most successful light cars produced by the British motor industry in the inter war period. It was made by the Riley company of Coventry, England with a wide range of body styles between 1926 and 1938. The car was largely designed by two of the Riley brothers,…

Greatest Cars, Porsche 356

The Porsche 356 was the company’s first production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built.…

Greatest Cars, Ford GT 40

The Ford GT40 is a high performance American-British racing car, built and designed in England (MkI, MkII, and MkIII) and in the United States (MkIV) respectively, and powered by a series of American-built engines, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times, from 1966 to 1969 (1966 being the Mk II, 1967…

Greatest Cars, Aston Martin DB5

  Probably one of the most famous cars ever built, the DB5 has featured in various James Bond movies. To this date, most of use would like to have at least some of those lovely gadgets in our own cars and I, personally haven’t met anyone who didn’t fantasise about owning this car. Here we…

Greatest Cars, Ferrari Dino 206 competizione

  Too often design prototypes are limited to aesthetic mock-ups that do little more then convey future design language. It’s rare to find a fully functional prototype, and even rarer to find one built on a proven race car chassis. Such is the case with this Dino 206 Competizione also known as The Yellow Dino.…