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2002- Aston Martin DB7 Zagato

At the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin announced its intention to work with Zagato to create a new, limited edition model for the 21st Century – the DB7 Zagato.

The two companies first began working together in 1961 when they produced 19 examples of the DB4GT Zagato, and then in 1987 when they launched the V8 Zagato Coupe and Volante.

History of Lamborghini V12s

The History –The twelve-cylinder at the heart of the brand with the bull

Lamborghini V12 – a long and glorious story. According to the history books, Ferruccio Lamborghini established a car company in the early sixties because he wanted to better the products on offer at the time from the competition, with the best possible technology and quality. The prototype for all later Lamborghini super sports cars was the 350 GTV study presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. It featured an all-new aluminium twelve-cylinder developed from scratch by engine designer Giotto Bizzarrini and boasted performance figures that were nothing short of breathtaking by the standards of the time. The 12-cylinder V-engine with 60 degree cylinder bank angle, four overhead camshafts (at a time when single camshafts were still the norm), a six bbl carburetor and dry sump lubrication, generated 360 hp at 8,000 rpm from a displacement of 3,497 cm3 that would take the concept car to a top speed of 280 km/h. The 350 GT series production version with conventional lubrication launched the following year produced 320 hp at 7,000 rpm from a displacement of 3,464 cm3.

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

Aston Martin Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato

Geneva, 1 March 2011: Aston Martin celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato by displaying one of the original cars alongside the company’s world renowned line-up of sports cars at Geneva Motor show.

The Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato has over fifty years become one of the most iconic and indeed valuable additions to some of the world’s greatest car collections.

1967 Ferrari 330 GT Pininfarina Convertible

In 1966 Ferrari premiered the 330 GT convertible. It is of course designed by Pininfarina who took inspiration from the Ferrari 275 and 400 Superamerica. Just 99 of these 330 GT spiders were built by the time production ceased in 1968. The 330 GTS  berlinetta version was more popular and reached 600 owners. The 330 GTS version has a 300 bhp 4-litre V12 Colombo engine with a trio of Webber downdraught carburettors. With the five speed gearbox Ferrari claimed 0-100 in under seven seconds and a top speed of over 240 km/h.

1961 Jaguar XK 150 Drop Head Coupe

Launched in 1957 The XK150 had two versions a fixed head coupe and a drop head. This would be the third and last of the XK line of the mid 1900s which saw the XK120, XK140 and finally the XK150. It preceeded the more popularized E-Type Jag. Remarkably Dunlop 308mm disc brakes were first introduced on this Jaguar. The base engines were the 3.4-litre in-line sixes with SU side-draught carburettors producing 180 bhp in standard form with a SE version with 210 bhp. In 1958 Jaguar also introduced the "S" version of the 3.4-litre engine with 250 bhp.

1953 Porsche 550 Spyder

 

In 1953 Porsche unveilled the 550 Spyder at the Paris Auto Salon. It was the race car that Porsche intended to use in the next few years and within a year had managed a class win at the 1954 24 hours of LeMans. Much if the inspiration for the 550's came from the racing 356s of that era. As it does today, Porche targeted privateer racers and even had the company of racing greats like Dan Gurney and Phil Hill behind the wheel of racing 550s.

1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS

 Towards the end of 1972 Porsche presented a new model developed primarily with the focus on motorsport: the Carrera RS 2.7, a sports car unforgotten to this day also because of its characteristic “ducktail", a feature quite unique at the time. Up to that point company policy had been to keep all engines in the 911, even the racing units, within the 2500-cc capacity limit. But now engine bore was enlarged once again, increasing displacement to 2687 cc and with maximum output of 210 bhp at 6300 rpm.

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato

Coachbuilder Zagato created five of these Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France LWB specials. This particular example, chassis 0515GT was commissioned by Vladimiro Galluzzi but it was just the first of two identical commissions that Zagato built. The other example was done for Camillo Luglio of Genova. This is perhaps the finest example, currently owned by an avid Zagato collector. This car was featured in the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours poster by Ken Dallison. This car currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.

Make Mine Original : Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) Part 5

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Sometimes it's more satisfying to bring a project to a slow boil for a chance to savour its full flavour, rather than to slap everything together quickly, particularly if this might result in compromise to the ultimate quality of the end-result.

Since our last update, most of the parts have arrived and in the meantime, 'Godzilla' has been further stripped, whipped, poked, prodded, used and abused all ways to Sunday. The mechanicals are at Espace while the shell has been primed and prepped for paint at TG2K Spray Painting Centre.

1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Berlinetta

Originally premiered at the 1955 Paris Motor Salon the Ferrari 250 GT LWB was originally built by Pinin Farina and later by coachbuilder Scaglietti. This 250 GT LWB had a 3-litre  V12 engine which has outputs ranging from 240 bhp to 280 bhp. A distinctive feature of this range was the louvers and this one has 14 louvers, one of just nine. These louvers were reduced to three and finally just one on the last series. This particular example resides in Washington, USA.

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