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Merc’s extraordinary ’50s supercar was a technological marvel. Mercedes’ masterpiece Based on an all-conquering racing car, the 300SL redefined the marque. 160mph in 1954! John Surtees on how the 300SL…
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"Had the compact Mercedes-Benz debuted in 1963, its looks alone would undoubtedly have been a sales advantage in its own right." The compact Benz that never was. How Mercedes attempted…
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Maserati ‘Junior’ OSCA 1600GT Zagato’s zinger Masterpiece from the Maserati brothers. Having sold the brand that bore their family name, the Maserati brothers continued to build cars with OSCA badging…
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Super Bowl With a glasshouse that looked utterly space age in 1955, Boano’s strikingly styled take on the Alfa Romeo 1900C SS chassis has just sold for an eye-watering sum…
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Born under a bad sign Maserati Quattroporte II. Quattroporte prototype back from the dead. The discovery of a long-lost Quattroporte II prototype has prompted much excitement among Maserati enthusiasts. Here’s…
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Fiat Abarth Strada 40 years celebrated. I, Robot. Can you believe it’s 40 years since Fiat launched its ‘Handbuilt by Robots’ Ritmo/Strada? We celebrate by recalling some memorable Abarth 130TC…
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Alfa GTA How Alfa Romeo turned the Bertone coupé into a giant-killer Alfa Romeo GTA It’s an icon of racebred saloons: Drive-My gets under the skin of the GTA, and…
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Rolls-Royce Phantom Wartime saga of Montgomery’s staff car. ‘Nobody ever won a war at 30mph’ So said General Eisenhower of a Rolls-Royce Phantom that became the post-war daily drive of…
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A long came a spider. Rarity, beauty and competition breeding Lancia Aurelia Spider. The Lancia Aurelia is one of the most coveted of Italian cars – and the B24 Spider…
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A passion for Peugeot. The story of a fastidious collector with a penchant for the French firm. It might not be the most exotic marque, says Frédéric Lardenois, but one…
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Five decades together: David Hine and his much-loved Lagonda M45. A Lagonda affair. Winter wheels that became a fixture… Lifelong Lagonda. When 22-year-old David Hine bought this glorious M45, says…