luni, 8 februarie 2016

Amalgam Model of Lewis Hamilton MP4-22A McLaren Mercedes - World Of Classic Cars -

Amalgam Model of Lewis Hamilton MP4-22A McLaren Mercedes

A beautifully detailed and expertly crafted 1/8th scale model of the Lewis Hamilton MP4-22A McLaren Mercedes from Sepang by the team at Amalgam.

Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa Sport 1987 - World Of Classic Cars -

Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Targa Sport 1987

There are very few cars that can boast a history anything like that of the Porsche 911. This was the gem of a sports car that simply blew everything away back in 1964. Since then the 911 has evolved over the years to become one of the world's true motoring legends. Without doubt part of the appeal of this iconic model is that its soul has always remained true to the original design. Porsche started to manufacture the ‘Targa' top 911 from the mid-sixties and kept it in production in various forms right up to the current Porsche 997 Targa. Up until 1993 its original design and popularity had always revolved around the fact that you simply turn two clips, lift the top off, fold it up into about 2/3rds of the original size and store it in the boot and you have a ‘sunny day' 911.

Aston Martin Vanquish 2002 - World Of Classic Cars -

Aston Martin Vanquish 2002

Unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the Ian Callum designed Vanquish was an instant sales success and its choice of transport for James Bond only added to the appeal. Featuring a 6 litre V12 giving 450bhp and coupled to a 6 speed paddle shift gearbox, the car was the top of the range for Aston throughout its 7 years of production.

Porsche 928 1987 - World Of Classic Cars -

Porsche 928 1987

The 928 was launched to a fanfare and surprised many by being named European Car of the Year, an award that traditionally went to worthy but dull family hatchbacks.  Critics immediately recognised the advances the 928 had made over the 911, and the car was universally praised as one of the greatest Grand Touring cars of all time.  It handled, it was quick, it looked fantastic and it was comfortable.
With the 928 Porsche created a serious long distance grand touring car that could also tackle twisting B-roads with ease, thanks to super-direct steering, 50/50 weight distribution and a clever Weissach rear axle that kept the car firmly planted on the road.  Many testers found that their nerve ran out long before the 928's grip.
Porsche 928 1987

If the 928 attracted any criticisms it was that it wasn't quite quick enough.  The original 4.4 litre engine generated 240 bhp but, mated to a relatively heavy car, the performance didn't match the 911.  So Porsche introduced the 928S fitted with a 4.7 litre version of the engine and generating 310 bhp.  This began to deliver the car's potential, achieving 0-60 times of around 7 seconds.  But the real trump card of this engine, which extra power began to reveal, was its in-gear acceleration around the mid-range - 50-70 mph sprints or indeed any acceleration from 3,000 rpm is in the supercar league.
Porsche 928 1987

Porsche continuously developed the 928 throughout its life, firstly with the S2 which received the 4.7 litre engine and front and rear spoilers to reduce lift at high speed.  The major revision was the launch of the Porsche 928 S4 in 1987 which received smoothed off front and rear bumpers, a bigger rear spoiler, more interior equipment and a 5 litre version of the V8 engine developing 330 bhp.  The 'S4' style was largely retained for the rest of the car's life but Porsche created several model variants including the Porsche 928 GT and Porsche 928 GTS.

Jaguar XJS 1987 - World Of Classic Cars -

Jaguar XJS 1987

Jaguar decided not to replace the legendary E type with another true sports car, instead the XJS was always designed as a ‘grand tourer', so it was built to a very different set of parameters. Jaguar simply followed the trends of the time in considering that the age of the sports car was over. Changing ideas, with a significant emphasis on safety, particularly in the very important US market, meant that Jaguar, like many other manufacturers gave up on the two seat open top sports car concept. The XJS certainly wasn't universally liked when it was launched in 1975, and it took some years to establish itself as a fine motor car in its own right. Poor sales and a thirst for fuel nearly caused its downfall during its first five years in production.
Jaguar XJS 1987

However Jaguar's perseverance and dedication resulted in a re-launch and eventually a boom in XJS sales. This led in turn to an expansion in the range of available models, this included a cabriolet, smaller engine versions and eventually a fully-fledged convertible. Jaguar sales increased throughout the 1980's with the XJS still playing a very important part. This was backed up by its racing successes in the European Touring Car Championships against arch rivals BMW. By the end of the decade sales had reached their highest level ever.
Jaguar XJS 1987

Jaguar re launched the XJS yet again in 1991 with a complete facelift and later, revised engines, which continued to keep the model afloat into the period of Ford's ownership. By the time production finally ended in 1996 the XJS had survived an incredible 21 years, with production totalling more than 115,000 cars. A classic even in its own lifetime, and now considered an evergreen, it is fair to say the XJS has earned itself a lasting place in the history of Jaguar.
The ‘pre HE' coupes are instantly recognisable by their bulbous, all rubber, bumpers, GKN Kent alloy wheels, also by the absence of interior woodwork. It is interesting to note that they are now considered, certainly by purists, to be the most collectable versions, even more so than the rare and desirable manual transmission cars of which only 385 were ever built. These are a real driver's car in every sense.

Mercedes-Benz 260 E 1987 - World Of Classic Cars -

Mercedes-Benz 260 E 1987

So successful was Mercedes in driving forward safety standards with the W124 that their methodology was used as the benchmark for the European NCAP tests. NCAP started after the FIA joined with the Swedish National Road Administration and the British Transport Research Laboratory to institute a Europe-wide test standard. The tests included the now-familiar offset crash test which Mercedes had been using in their safety research for some years.

Lancia Delta HF 1988 - World Of Classic Cars -

Lancia Delta HF 1988

The Lancia Delta HF and Integrale dominated the world rallying scene in the late eighties and nineties winning 46 World Championship events and six consecutive manufactures titles. As a road car, the various evolutions of the model won many plaudits for their exceptional handling, wonderful steering, high performance and its awesome point-to-point abilities. Indeed, Car magazine recognised the Integrale as 'the greatest hot hatch' ever, likening its performance to that of a Porsche 911 and even testing it head-to-head with a Ferrari Testarossa. EVO magazine readers voted the Integrale in their top ten cars of all time, sitting comfortably alongside the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron!

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1966 - World Of Classic Cars -

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1966

Porsche 911 Targa 1984 - World Of Classic Cars -

Porsche 911 Targa 1984

The Porsche 911 is a luxury two door sports coupé witha distinctive design, rear engine and independent rear suspension, an evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. It has undergone continuous development, although the basic concept has remained little changed. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the mid 1970's, normally aspirated 911 Carrera RSR's won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring, even against prototypes. The 911-derived 935 turbo also won the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. In the 1999 international poll for the award of Car of the Century, the 911 came fifth. It is one of two in the top five that had remained continuously in production (the original Beetle remained in production until 2003) and was until 1998 the most successful surviving application of the air cooled, horizontally opposed rear engine layout.

Allard K1 1947 - World Of Classic Cars -

Allard K1 1947

Allard, much like Ferrari and Porsche, began as a phenomenon of the Automotive Renaissance - those exciting, innocent years immediately following World War II. All three marques were race-bred lines fostered by charismatic genius, and all three earned immediate respect on the road as well as on the track. If ever a motor manufacture was an enthusiast, it was Britain's Sydney Allard. By 1929 he was racing a three-wheeled Morgan at Brooklands. But while Ferrari and Porsche pursued engineering and aesthetic finesse approaching artwork, Sydney Allard's approach was the antithesis. His cars were pure utilitarian machines - crude
Allard K1 1947

products of a single-minded effort to harness brute torque and horsepower and most effectively apply it to the road.  Based from his family's garage, before World War II, he graduated to racing flathead Fords and then to building specials powered by both Ford V-' and Lincoln V-12's. Postwar, the Allard Motor Company turned out a variety of sports and racing cars. Again, Ford and Mercury Flathead V-8's were the order of the day with his post-war line-up consisted of the K1 two-seat sports car, the J1 two-seat competition car, L four-seat touring car and M four-place drophead.  In all cases, the V8 engine was mounted to a Ford three-speed manual transmission with a remote shifter, torque tube drive shaft and a British Ford solid rear axle. Front suspension was of the 'Bellamy' pattern, i.e. a Ford solid front axle modified into a swing axle independent suspension.