luni, 2 martie 2015

Aston Martin Vulcan Prepares for Take-Off - World Of Classic Cars -

Aston Martin Vulcan

Introducing the Aston Martin Vulcan – a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.
Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.
Uniquely for Aston Martin, the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – will allow owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.
CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Aston Martin Vulcan is, by its very nature, a rare and thrilling supercar. Designed and engineered to deliver a genuinely bespoke driving experience that draws on our rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.
“A sports car for true sports car lovers, I believe the Aston Martin Vulcan – and the unique ownership programme that sits behind it – sets a whole new standard in the ultra-high luxury supercar class.”

Aston Martin Vulcan

Styled entirely in-house by the Aston Martin design team led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, and with a design language hinting at the next generation of Aston Martin sports cars, this supercar is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine.
With its 800-plus bhp powerplant developed in conjunction with Aston Martin Racing, this front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience.
Utilising the techniques of world-class motorsport engineering, the supercar sees its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.
Aston Martin Vulcan

Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s successful GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fibre monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic, integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes which measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.
Drive is channelled to the 345/30 x19 rear wheels and Michelin race specification tyres through a race-bred rear mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.
Track-derived pushrod suspension with anti-dive geometry is complemented by Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) adjustable dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, driver-adjustable anti-lock braking, and variable traction control.
Aston Martin Vulcan

The new track car will comply with all relevant FIA race safety requirements.
Aston Martin’s Director of Special Projects and Motorsport, David King, said: “Taking the extensive learning from our various successful racing programmes and applying it to this exceptional track car for customers has been an exciting and sometimes challenging task for the team here at Gaydon.
“Our deep and broad motorsport experience, allied to our renowned road car expertise, has allowed us to make the Aston Martin Vulcan the absolutely compelling proposition it is today.”

Fast-track training

Prior to taking delivery of their cars, owners will be offered the opportunity to take part in an extensive and detailed programme of intensive track driver training.
Aston Martin Vulcan

Experienced racers including Aston Martin Racing’s Le Mans-winning Darren Turner will support owners on their learning journey, offering them the chance to refine their track driving technique and increase their ability through a carefully-constructed series of practical and theoretical driver training events.
Using a number of exciting high performance Aston Martins including the V12 Vantage S and One-77 road cars and the Vantage GT4 race car, customers will gradually build experience and develop their track technique, before beginning their thrilling personal journeys into the immense performance potential of their Aston Martin Vulcan.
David King said: “We will be running a series of exclusive track day events commencing in 2016 that will offer the opportunity for these customers to explore their driving capabilities, and the car’s performance potential, on some of the world’s most famous and glamorous race circuits.”
There will also be the option of time in the virtual race car world of Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators, where buyers will have ample opportunity to further refine their driving style in the safety of the digital race track.
Aston Martin Vulcan

No longer the exclusive preserve of Formula 1, it is widely acknowledged that using a simulator can help prepare a driver for any race; improving technique and consistency as well as, ultimately, lap times.
Almost infinitely flexible in terms of colour and trim options, the exclusive new sports car will be offered to buyers through Aston Martin’s VIP sales programme, using the expertise and luxury customer service that is now a hallmark of the brand’s ‘Q by Aston Martin’ bespoke personalisation service.
Dr Palmer added: “We have already received strong interest from the customers we have spoken to about Aston Martin Vulcan.
Aston Martin Vulcan

“The cars will blend our traditional Aston Martin values of Power, Beauty and Soul with an unrivalled ownership experience; a unique combination that will guarantee their place in the brand’s rich and charismatic history.”    
Performance data, together with further technical details about the ultra-exclusive track-only supercar, will be released closer to its track debut later this year.
The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut on the brand’s new stand at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5 Stand 5253) at 10.15am on Tuesday March 3.

Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Series III by Bertone 1973 - World Of Classic Cars -

Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Series III by Bertone 1973

In a world where exotic Italian cars are frequently competition bred, Lamborghini is the exception to the rule. Ferruccio Lamborghini was a tractor manufacturer. By the mid-1960s, he had a booming business in agricultural machinery and a sideline in oil heating equipment. He started building automobiles strictly as a hobby, and in 1963, he had a Bizzarrini-designed, 3.5-liter DOHC V-12 with six Weber carburetors that could develop 360 brake horsepower. By 1965, production of the Lamborghini GT, which was designed by Gian Paolo Dallara, had reached 200 units, and despite the fact that the company eschewed racing, it presented significant competition for Ferrari. The Miura, a transverse rear-engine model, was introduced at the November 1964 Turin Auto Show and 475 of them were built over the next four years.
Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Series III by Bertone 1973

For the 1968 Espada, however, Lamborghini returned to a longitudinal front engine with rear-wheel drive. The Espada was low and long, like its stable mates, and it used the same 3,929-cubic centimeter V-12 with six Weber carbs. The body, a four-seater coupe, was designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini and featured a huge windshield and long, curved rear quarter windows. A Series II Espada in 1970 featured more power and a new steering wheel, dashboard, and grille, along with vented brakes. The Series III was introduced at Turin in 1972, and by the time production ended in 1978, it had been uprated to 375 brake horsepower.
Lamborghini Espada 400 GT Series III by Bertone 1973

The Series III Espada shown here features the smaller chrome bumpers that are much-desired by collectors and its original Campagnolo wheels, as well as the “big” options of power steering and factory air conditioning. The car has been well-kept throughout after a body-on cosmetic restoration, and it shows only minor signs of use both inside and out, with light cracking on the hood. Overall, it presents as a well-maintained driver that has been used and enjoyed as its owners intended. The undercarriage and engine compartment are particularly clean and tidy, and the rubber door seals still appear fresh. Its interior, which shows only light use, is still original and unrestored.

Mercedes W123 2.0 Diesel 1978 For Sale - World Of Classic Cars -

Mercedes W123 2.0 Diesel in very good condition, recently repainted, in large part restored.
Year: 1978     Mileage: 225.000 km Engine Capacity: 2.000 cm3     Price: 2.000 euros

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Setra to show five oldtimers at Retro Classics 2015 - World Of Classic Cars -

Setra Bus

Setra will be marking a special anniversary at this year's "Retro Classics" exhibition in Stuttgart (26 – 29. 3. 2015) by exhibiting three model S 6 buses. The smallest buses ever built by Setra were acknowledged to be the first unibody compact buses and had their world première exactly 60 years ago at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition, visitors to the exhibition will be able to admire an S 10 from the Setra model series 10 as well as a 1979-built S 208 H on stand C 20-22 in Hall 8.

Setra S 6: three members from Setra's first model series

The first of the three S 6 buses was built in 1955. The blue bus was brought back to Ulm in 1988 after seeing service for - amongst others - an operator in Yugoslavia. The restored vehicle was added to the Setra Old Timer Collection in 2006. A year later it was crowned the best old timer in the "Buses & Coaches" category at the Retro Classics exhibition.
Setra Bus

The second show bus of this model type was manufactured in 1962. The red S 6, which is in excellent condition, belonged to Ulm Technical College and was taken into the collection of historic vehicles in 1972 with 25,000 kilometres on the clock.
The third S 6 on show at the exhibition went into service in 1962. It has been loaned by the company Fischer Omnibusreisen GmbH & Co. KG, based in Weilheim/Teck, which to this day still deploys the panorama bus for town sightseeing tours or special shuttle services.

"Dear Augustin" and a 1970s club bus

The S 10 on show is one of the first Setra model series 10 vehicles. It was manufactured in 1955 and was in operation for the bus transport company Fritz Moser in Lindau for over 20 years, affectionately referred to as "Dear Augustin". Driven exclusively by the owner-operator during the time it was working down on Lake Constance, the vehicle has been back at Setra since 1975.
Setra Bus

The S 208 H on show is the successor to the compact S 6. The smallest bus in the Setra model series 200 first took to the road in 1979. Today the very well-preserved 1970s club bus is still in operation, working for bus and coach operator Peter Hanses in Langenau in Baden-Württemberg.

Record number of visitors at Retro Classics 2014

Retro Classics is Europe's biggest trade show for old timers, replacement parts and restoration. Over 80,000 visitors came through the doors of the Landesmesse Stuttgart exhibition halls last year - a new visitor record.
The exhibition is open on Thursday 26 March from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Friday 27 March from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, 28/29 March from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A day pass for adults costs 18 euros, the concessionary rate is 13 euros.

Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper 1962 - World Of Classic Cars -

Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper 1962

The Volkswagen Transporter debuted at the 1949 Geneva Auto Show, and by the time production ended in Brazil in December 2013, more than nine million had been built. They were known as the Bulli in Germany and were produced in air-cooled, and later water-cooled, wasserbus variations, before the arrival of the front-engine Eurovan in 1993.
The first generation, or “split-window,” Transporter was named for its two-piece windshield. It was produced from 1950 to 1967 and was first sold in the U.S. in 1952. The original 1,131-cubic centimeter, 25-horsepower unit was enlarged to 1,192 cubic centimeters in 1953 and increased to 1,285 cubic centimeters and 40 horsepower in 1959. A full synchromesh transmission was fitted in 1959, and the one-millionth Transporter was sold in 1962.
Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper 1962

The best-known Type 2 models are the Kombi and Samba people-movers, but there is also a dizzying selection of commercial variations. Volkswagen “buses” served as ambulances, police cars, hearses, crane trucks, fire trucks, campers, and even railroad speeders. Doors could be ordered on one or both sides, with the panel van offering as many as nine doors, for loading and unloading in narrow streets. The Volkswagen Pickup arrived in 1952, and crew-cabs with a shorter five-foot bed appeared in 1957.
The Volkswagen Microbus, which was launched in 1961, was one of the earliest vehicles to be offered as a camper from the factory. Westfalia-Werke was responsible for converting the microbus into a camper, which became known as simply the “Westfalia.” It was promoted as “the handiest, handsomest motorized house you could possibly wish to enjoy” and was equipped with two upholstered bench seats that converted into a bed, a front seat that could sleep children, a wardrobe, storage space, and a specially designed tent to increase the living area.
Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper 1962

The Westfalia, known as the SO, for sonderausfuhrungen (special equipment), made the Microbus into a perfect vehicle for camping or long trips. Two models were available through 1965, the SO-34 and the SO-35. The SO-34 has a laminated white interior, while the SO-35 featured finished wood.
This particular Westfalia Camper is an SO-35, and it features birch plywood interior panels and cabinetry, a laminated folding table, and bright plaid canvas seats with matching yellow curtains. Also included with the camper are a child’s hammock and a factory accessory awning. The bus is equipped with all optional equipment, including a hatch-top roof for stargazing, opening front “safari windows” to cool the occupants, and a luggage rack for extra baggage.
Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper 1962

Most importantly, this 1962 Westfalia Camper received a no-expense-spared restoration by marque specialist Doug Denlinger, which was commissioned by Microcar Museum owner Bruce Weiner for his museum. In keeping with Mr. Weiner’s standards, the body panels are perfectly straight and the wood cabinetry looks like new. The camper features a four-speed manual transmission, a factory Blaupunkt radio, an original luggage rack, a sub-hatch roof, plaid rear seats, wood cabinetry, a factory-optional tent, a table, and vast storage space. The Blue White and Turquoise two-tone paint is nearly flawless.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.2L Executive 1997

The first Jaguar XJ was launched in 1968 and the XJ designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. The Jaguar XJ (X300) was manufactured between 1994 and 1997 and was the first XJ produced entirely under Ford ownership and can be considered an evolution of the outgoing XJ40 generation. Like all previous XJ generations, it features the Jaguar independent rear suspension arrangement with the design emphasis on improved build quality, improved reliability and a return to traditional Jaguar styling elements. The X300 was stylistically intended to evoke the image of the more curvaceous series XJ. The front of the car was redesigned significantly to return to four individual round headlamps that provided definition to the sculptured bonnet. Mechanically, it was similar to the XJ40 that it replaced. Six-cylinder X300s are powered by the AJ16 inline-six engine which is a further enhancement of the AJ6 engine that uses an electronic distributor-less ignition system.

vineri, 27 februarie 2015

Porsche 356 Pre-A 'Emory Special' Coupe 1955 - World Of Classic Cars -

Porsche 356 Pre-A 'Emory Special' Coupe 1955

The Porsche 356 has become an icon, and today, almost every example is deemed a candidate for salvation. Many are rebuilt as pleasurable drivers, while others are exactingly reconstructed and contend in international concours. However, more than a few owners dismiss the idea of a just-like-it-left-the-factory restoration. They enjoy customizing their Porsches in ways that Zuffenhausen could and would never have conceived. Their non-conformist ideas have roots in the true hot-rod and custom shops that had emerged in Southern California.
Gary Emory’s father, Neil, owned Valley Custom Shop, one of the best-known, but Gary’s interests carried him to those strange little German cars. For years, he ran the parts department of a major dealership, immersing himself in all the nuances of the marque. He liked to add small custom touches to his own cars, as well as customers’, and he even created a small badge with a Maltese cross to replace the 356’s stock rear torsion bar cover. He called his cars “Outlaws.”
Porsche 356 Pre-A 'Emory Special' Coupe 1955

His own son, Rod, also had the Porsche bug. Together, they began creating a pair of highly modified 356s. The first was a stunning cabriolet built for Rod’s use and the other was a 1955 coupe that was intended to be Gary’s personal ride. The cabriolet was finished in time for Monterey’s tribute to Porsche in 1998, but the coupe was put aside, that is until a Florida airline pilot named Jeff Hathorn called. He’d seen Rod’s cab featured in Excellence magazine and wanted something just like it. He bought the Emorys’ coupe and financed its completion. The car was fitted with a full roll cage and sub-frame, and the body was cleaned up to minimize drag, which included adding a removable roof panel. The suspension was modified and lowered to enhance handling and performance. Four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo calipers from an early Boxster were installed, along with distinctive 16x7 “Special” wheels.
Porsche 356 Pre-A 'Emory Special' Coupe 1955

The new drivetrain employs one of Dean Polopolous’ ingeniously engineered four-cylinder SOHC “Polo” engines. The powerplant was based on a sectioned 901/911 five-main-bearing six-cylinder that had the central pair of cylinders removed, and it is fitted with a Velasco billet steel crankshaft, J&E pistons in Mahle cylinders, Elgin camshafts, and twin plug heads. It breathes through a pair of Weber 48 IDA downdraft carburetors and a custom Bursch exhaust, creating 137 brake horsepower. The five-speed 901 gearbox has a 904 mainshaft and custom gear ratios.
The “Emory Special” project was a success, as the little coupe set a new unofficial one-way E/GT class speed record of 151.52 mph. Afterwards, the engine was completely rebuilt, the body was stripped and repainted, and the chassis was set up by Heritage Motorcar Restorations in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Porsche 356 Pre-A 'Emory Special' Coupe 1955

This unique Porsche 356, the epitome of the “Outlaw,” was featured in Excellence in November 2003, won First Place in the Concours at Brumos Porsche Octoberfest in 2004, and participated in the Daytona Rennsport Reunion in 2004.

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Fiat Coupé 20v Turbo 1998

The Fiat type 175, officially titled the Coupé Fiat was produced between 1993 and 2000 and remembered for its distinctive, angular design with unique scalloped side panels designed by Pininfarina.
On its launch in 1993, the Coupé was available with a four cylinder, 2.0 L 16V engine, in both turbo and normally aspirated versions. Both engines were later versions of Fiat's twin-cam design and inherited from the Lancia Delta Integrale, 1996 brought in a 1.8 L 16V engine along with a 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V, and a 5-cylinder 2.0-litre 20V turbo. With a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed 155mph the Fiat coupe was one of the quickest front wheel drive production cars of its day.
It is rumored that Michael Schumacher was the original owner of the first special edition LE No. 0001, however when the question was raised to him personally he confirmed he had owned one, but a red one, while LE No. 0001 was actually a Crono Grey model.

joi, 26 februarie 2015

Mitsubishi Sigma - World Of Classic Cars -

Mitsubishi Sigma 1991

Before Toyota and Nissan responded to the market opportunity for luxury performance vehicles with the Lexus and Infiniti  brands, the Japanese manufacturers were having to test how far they could stretch their brands into territory dominated by the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and BMW. Honda, in the late 1980's, surprised the market with the well equipped 'Legend' model and Mitsubishi in 1990 revealed the 'Sigma', packed with all of the company's latest technology and in doing so, earning Mitsubishi the mantle, 'Best Car of The Year' in Japan.   The 24-Valve, three litre, V6, multi-point, fuel injection engine generates 202bhp and was the same unit used in the 3000GTO. Only available in automatic and front wheel drive, the proven engine had a very good reputation for reliability and smooth power delivery. Sigmas were packed with advanced features such as variable induction control, two-stage traction control, stability control, four-wheel steering and a spectrum of other pioneering features and luxury comforts. This all contributed to a hefty price tag of £26,009 at launch in the UK in 1991 - over 10%  more expensive than the comparable BMW 525i SE; therefore with limited promotional support in the UK market, the model never made substantial sales. A facelift version with slightly sharper pricing was introduced in the summer of 1992, but this also failed to achieve desired sales. The model has developed a good following in Germany and Japan and the advice and parts network is reported as very good despite this being a relatively low production vehicle.

marți, 24 februarie 2015

Custom Hot Rod 'Barbeque Stove Bolt Special' 1951 - World Of Classic Cars -

Custom Hot Rod 'Barbeque Stove Bolt Special' 1951

When is a Deuce not a Deuce? When it’s the “Barbeque Stove Bolt Special!” Rather than the usual Model A Ford chassis with the Model T “bucket” cockpit, hopped-up flathead Ford power, and a ’32 Ford “Deuce” grille, this hot rod was built from parts from sixteen different cars, two motorcycles, and an airplane.
The car was built by James H. Hill and his father, Clark, of Vallejo, California, who took a 1927 Chevrolet chassis and installed the cockpit from a 1921 Dodge Brothers touring car, the requisite “Deuce” radiator (suitably shortened) at the front, 1937 Chevy axles and brakes, and a three-speed transmission that incorporated parts from Jeep, Nash, and Studebaker, and all of this was driven through a 1946 Chevy high-torque clutch.
Custom Hot Rod 'Barbeque Stove Bolt Special' 1951

The engine is the most interesting feature. Its power comes from a 1928 Chevy four-cylinder “Stove Bolt” block that had been capped off with a Harry Miller-modified overhead-valve head from a 1921–1923 Model 54A Oldsmobile. The three-port head, sometimes called the “Poor Man’s Rajo,” was a favorite with hot rodders in the 1920s and 1930s, as they were often grafted onto Model T engines. It has been upgraded with valves from a Buda diesel engine and Nash rocker arms. Deep inside is a Ford “C” crankshaft, the counterbalanced version found in 1933–1934 four-cylinder cars and trucks, which had been rotated by Pontiac connecting rods and Jahns solid-skirt pistons. Spark comes from a Bendix magneto, which is driven by a cross-drive arrangement from an airplane and fed by SU side-draft carburetors from a Jaguar. Lubrication is dry-sump, working at 60 pounds of pressure, and a 1924 Dodge water pump keeps it cool.
Custom Hot Rod 'Barbeque Stove Bolt Special' 1951

All of these modifications to the engine required considerable welding and machine work, and the Hills set it in a bed of charcoal for several days to cool and cure; thus, the “barbeque” appellation.
Upon its completion in 1951, the Hills raced the Barbeque Stove Bolt at the dry lakes, reaching 84.4 mph in a speed run. It was entered into the 1952 National Roadster Show in Oakland and awarded First Prize for originality, which is a tribute to the out-of-the-box thinking of its creators. The premiere issue of Honk! magazine, the forerunner of Car Craft, gave it a feature article in May 1953.
The Hills moved to Oregon in 1955 and used the car sparingly thereafter. It was put into storage in 1967 and was acquired by the current owner only last year.
Once common, the legendary lakes roadsters are now rarely seen. This one, a page apart from all the Ford-based hot rods of the period, is in a class of its own.