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  • Triumph TR7
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    Triumph-TR7 1975-1981
    Jeffrey Aronson Wednesday, 13 March 2019
  • Lamborghini Islero
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    Lamborghini Islero 1968-1969

    The Lamborghini Islero is a grand tourer produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini between 1968 and 1969. It was the replacement for the 400GT and featured the Lamborghini V12 engine. The car debuted at the 1968 Geneva Auto Show. The Islero (Italian pronunciation: Spanish: was named after a Miura... bull that killed matador Manuel Rodriguez "Manolete" on August 28, 1947 (Lamborghini also produced a car named the Miura, from 1966 to 1973).


    Since Carrozzeria Touring, the company that designed Lamborghini's chassis, was bankrupt, Carrozzeria Marazzi was the next logical choice as it was funded by Carlo Marazzi, an old employee of Touring, with sons Mario and Serafino. The design was essentially a rebody of the 400GT, but the track was altered to allow for wider tires and while the Islero's body suffered from a lack of proper fit between the panels, its good outward visibility, roomier interior, and much improved soundproofing made it an improvement over previous models. It had a 325 bhp (242 kW; 330 PS) 4.0 L (3929 cc) V12 engine, a five-speed transmission, fully independent suspension, and disc brakes. Its top speed was rated at 154 mph (248 km/h) and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) took 6.4 seconds. 125 Isleros were built. When leaving the factory the Islero originally fitted Pirelli Cinturato 205VR15 tyres (CN72).

    An updated Islero, dubbed the Islero S, was released in 1969. The engine in this model was tuned to 350 bhp (261 kW; 355 PS), but the torque remained the same. There were quite a few styling changes, including brightwork blind slots on the front fenders, an enlarged hood scoop (which supplied air to the interior of the car, not the engine), slightly flared fenders, tinted windows, round side-marker lights (instead of teardrops on the original), and a fixed section in the door windows. Various other changes included larger brake discs, revised rear suspension and revamped dashboard and interior.

    The top speed of the S improved to 161 mph (259 km/h) and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds. 100 examples of the Islero S were built, bringing the production total of the Islero nameplate to 225 cars. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself drove an Islero during that era – as did his brother Edmondo. The car is also famous for its appearance in the Roger Moore thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself and in Italian Vedo nudo (first movie novel, Islero 1968, as the car of Sylva Koscina).

    Lamborghini Islero S

    Manufacturer Lamborghini
    Production 1968-1969
    Islero: 125 units
    Islero S: 100 units
    Total: 225 units
    Designer Mario Marazzi at Carrozzeria Marazzi
    Body and chassis
    Class Grand tourer
    Body style 2+2 Coupé
    Layout FR layout
    Platform tubular steel frame
    riveted aluminium body panels
    Engine 3,929 cc (239.8 cu in) 60° V12
    Transmission five-speed, reverse manual all-synchromesh
    Wheelbase 2,546 mm (100.25 in)
    Length 4,521 mm (178 in)
    Width 1,727 mm (68 in)
    Height 1,270 mm (50 in)
    Curb weight 1,315 kg (2,899 lb)
    Dougal Macdonald Saturday, 09 March 2019
  • Ferrari 360
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    1999-2004 Ferrari 360

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    Richard Dredge Wednesday, 20 February 2019
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    Vauxhall / Opel Calibra 1989-1997
    Emma Woodcock Tuesday, 12 February 2019
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    BMW G15/G14
    Chris Graham Friday, 25 January 2019
  • Chevrolet Camaro first generation
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    Chevrolet Camaro first generation


    The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships in September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no "B" or center pillar) or convertible, with the choice ...of either a straight-6 or V8 engine.

    The first-generation Camaro was built through the 1969 model year.

    Almost all of 1967-1969 Camaros were built in the two U.S. assembly plants: Norwood, Ohio and Van Nuys, California. There were also five non-U.S. Camaro assembly plants in countries that required local assembly and content. These plants were located in the Philippines, Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Peru.
    Richard Dredge Wednesday, 23 January 2019
  • Jaguar Mk IX
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    Jaguar Mk IX 1959-1961

    The Jaguar Mark IX is a four-door luxury saloon car produced by Jaguar Cars between 1959 and 1961. It replaced the previous Mark VIII. The early versions were identical in exterior appearance to the Mark VIII except for the addition of a chrome "Mk IX" badge to the boot lid. Later versions had a larger tail-lam...p assembly with the addition of an amber section for traffic indication, visually similar to the tail-lights of the smaller Jaguar Mark 2. It was replaced by the lower and more contemporary-styled Mark X in 1961.

    The Mark IX was popular as a ceremonial car for state dignitaries. When Charles de Gaulle paid a state visit to Canada in 1960, the official cars for the motorcade were Mark IX Jaguars. The British Queen Mother had a Jaguar Mark VII which was progressively upgraded to be externally identical to the later Mark IX. The Nigerian government bought forty Mark IXs, painted in the Nigerian state colours of green and white. The large Jaguars of the 1950s were sufficiently popular in western Africa that "Jagwah" survives as a colloquialism for "smart man-about-town".

    In the luxury car market, the Jaguar Mk IX was very competitively priced, selling for ₤1995 with manual gearbox, ₤2063 with overdrive, and ₤2163 with automatic transmission, which was less than half the price of similar competitors.
    A four-speed manual system transmission was standard. Options included overdrive and a Borg Warner three-speed automatic box, the most popular choice.

    Internally, an enlarged-bore 3.8 L (231 in³), 220 bhp (164.1 kW) DOHC straight-6 replaced the previous 3.4 L (210 in³) 190 bhp (141.7 kW) unit. The B-type head of the Mark VIII was retained, but with a chamfer at the bottom of the combustion chamber to accommodate the enlarged bore. Twin HD6 1.75" SU carburettors were fitted. A smaller electromagnetically controlled auxiliary carburettor was placed between the main pair of carburettors to act as a choke. It often proved troublesome in operation and many were converted to manual switching . Standard compression ratio was 8:1, but a higher performance 9:1 compression ratio was also available, as was a 7:1 compression ratio for export markets, such as Africa, where quality of petrol was sometimes a problem.

    The Mark IX was the first production Jaguar to offer four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes and recirculating ball power steering, which were now standard equipment. The brake system included a vacuum reserve tank to preserve braking in the event that the engine stalled. On models with automatic transmission, the brakes were equipped with an electromagnetic valve that maintained brake pressure at rest when the brake pedal was released to prevent the car from rolling back on an incline, hence its colloquial name "Hill Holder" ( the actual name used by Jaguar was "anti-creep"). This was sometimes troublesome (failing to release the brakes when the accelerator was depressed) and was disconnected on some cars without ill effect.

    The power steering was driven by a Hobourn-Eaton pump, operating at 600-650 psi. It was attached to the back of the generator and allowed the steering to be geared up to 3.5 turns lock-to-lock as against the 4.5 turns for the Mark VII and VIII models.

    Unlike the early automatic Mark VII predecessor, (but like late mark VII and all Mark VIII) the Borg Warner DG automatic gearbox started in first gear and had a dash-mounted switch to allow second gear to be held indefinitely. Once in third gear, a series of clutches engaged to allow direct drive rather than through the torque converter.

    The torsion bar independent front suspension and leaf-sprung rear live axle were retained from the Mk VIII, which, in turn, was first used in the 1949 Mark V.

    Final drive was 4.27:1, (4.55:1 when overdrive was fitted).

    The sunshine roof became a standard fitting for the UK market. The interior was luxurious, with extensive use of leather, burled walnut and deep pile carpet. A range of single and duo-tone paint schemes was offered.


    A car with automatic transmission tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1958 had a top speed of 114.4 mph (184.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.3 seconds. A fuel consumption of 14.3 miles per imperial gallon (19.8 L/100 km; 11.9 mpg‑US) was recorded. The test car cost £2162 including taxes of £721. In addition, the Mark IX attained 30 mph in 4.2 seconds, and 100 mph in 34.8 secs. It covered the standing quarter mile in 18.1 secs.

    Autocar magazine tested a Mk IX Automatic in its Used Cars on the Road series, number 200, published in the edition dated 14 December 1962. This vehicle at the recorded mileage of around 34,000 achieved acceleration figures of 0-60 mph in 10.1secs and 0-100 in 28.8secs. The Standing Quarter-mile was passed in 17.6secs.

    Classic racing circuit

    The Mark IX's power and good brakes for a vehicle of the era, together with its undoubtedly impressive aesthetic appearance, makes it quite a common choice for classic car circuit racing, such as at the Goodwood Circuit's Revival meetings.
    Jim Patten Wednesday, 16 January 2019
  • Volkswagen Jetta A7
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    Volkswagen Jetta A7 / VII
    Tony Saggu Saturday, 12 January 2019
  • Alfa Romeo 156 Type 932
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    Alfa Romeo 156 Type 932 1997-2007
    Phil Ward Wednesday, 09 January 2019
  • Jensen C-V8
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    Jensen C-V8 The Jensen C-V8 is a four-seater GT car produced by Jensen Motors between 1962 and 1966.

    Launched in October 1962, the C-V8 series had fibreglass bodywork with aluminium door skins, as did the preceding 541 series.

    All C-V8s used big-block engines sourced from Chrysler; first the 361 and then, from 1964, th...e 330 bhp (246 kW) 383 in³. Most of the cars had three-speed Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, but seven Mk2 C-V8s were produced with the 6-litre engine and four-speed manual gearbox , followed by two manual Mk3s. While the great majority of C-V8s were made in right-hand drive (RHD), ten were made in left-hand drive (LHD).

    The car was one of the fastest production four-seaters of its era. The Mk II, capable of 136 mph (219 km/h), ran a quarter mile (~400 m) in 14.6 seconds, and accelerated from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.7 seconds.

    The upgraded Mk II, introduced in October 1963, had Selectaride rear dampers and minor styling changes. Changes on the Mk III, the final version of the series which was introduced in June 1965, included a minor reduction in overall length, deeper windscreen, equal size headlamps without chrome bezels, improved interior ventilation, wood-veneer dashboard, the addition of overriders to the bumpers, and a dual-circuit braking system. 104/2308, the blue car illustrated in this article is a mildly modified Mark Two which left the factory in May, 1965.

    The factory made two convertibles: a cabriolet, and a Sedanca that opened only above the front seats. The 1963 Sedanca was featured in an article by Paul Walton in the June 2008 issue of Ruoteclassiche, Italy's leading classic car magazine.

    The front of the C-V8 was styled with covered headlamps, similar to those on the Ferrari 275 GTB and Jaguar 3.8 E-type as a key element of the design. But because of concerns that they might reduce the effectiveness of the headlamps, the covers were deleted for the production cars. As a consequence the C-V8's front-end appearance was compromised and proved controversial for decades. Owners are now starting to return their cars to the original streamlined styling intended by the car's designer Eric Neale. The model was discontinued in 1966 after a total production run of 500. The fibreglass body, and the fact that the twin-tube frame was set in from the perimeter of the car, have contributed to the model's comparatively high survival rate.

    A CV-8 Mk II was featured in the 1965 to 1966 ITC television series The Baron. Famous owners of Jensen C-V8s include actor Sean Connery of James Bond fame who owned a MKII Reg AUW 70B, the pop star Susan Maughan, the guitarist Dave Hill from the glam-rock band Slade whose car carried the registration YOB 1 and Sir Greg Knight MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group.

    A CV-8 was featured in the 2015 BBC television series London Spy driven by the character Scottie.

    In 2015 a Jensen CV-8 Mk II started to be modified with the aim of becoming the first Jensen to set a speed record on Speed Week 2018.
    Paul Hardiman Wednesday, 26 December 2018
  • Porsche 911 992
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    Porsche 911 992-Series
    Lee Sibley Sunday, 16 December 2018
  •  Fiat 124 Spider Type 348
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    Fiat 124 Spider Type 348
    Richard Dredge Saturday, 15 December 2018
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class W176
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    Mercedes-Benz A-Class W176
    Daniel Bevis Tuesday, 11 December 2018
  • Saab 93
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    Saab 93
    Jay Leno Thursday, 06 December 2018
  • Toyota Celica TA22
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    Toyota Celica 1971-1977
    Midge Friday, 30 November 2018
  • Maserati Ghibli II Tipo AM336
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    Maserati Ghibli II Tipo AM336 - 1992-1998
    Richard Dredge Wednesday, 28 November 2018
  • Tatra 600 Tatraplan
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    Tatra 600 Tatraplan 1948-1952
    Russ Smith Tuesday, 27 November 2018
  • Fiat Uno Type 146
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    Fiat Uno Type 146 /
    1983 – 1995 (Italy)
    1984 – 2014 (South America)
    1992 – 2000 (Philippines)
    1995 – 2003 (Morocco)
    1988 - 1994 (Yugoslavia)
    Richard Dredge Tuesday, 13 November 2018
  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
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    2004-2011 the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is a 2+2 coupé grand tourer manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Ferrari between 2004 and 2010. It was designed to replace the smaller 456; its larger size makes it a true 4 seater with adequate space in the rear seats for adults.

    The design, especially the large side scallops and the h...eadlights, pays homage to the coach built 1954 Ferrari 375 MM that director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman. More
    Lewis Kingston Saturday, 03 November 2018
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class W202
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    Mercedes-Benz C-Class W202
    Dan Furr Sunday, 28 October 2018