In 1947 entrepreneur David Brown answered a small ad in The Times offering ‘High-class motor business for sale’… and bought Aston Martin. His spending spree didn’t stop, for he also acquired Lagonda . . . which cost more than twice as much as Aston Martin. In fact, the bargain buy would be the winner and … [Read more…]
Could it be true? Rumour has it that self-made Italian industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini had trouble with his Ferrari, complained to old Enzo personally and was brusquely rebuffed by Il Commendatore. Suitably insulted, he decided to try and geld the Prancing Horse by creating a sharp new breed of performance cars.
In 1961 the Ferguson P99 Climax scored a notable first and last. In the hands of Stirling Moss it became the first four-wheel-drive car — and last front-engined car — to win a Formula 1 race. On the road front, the joint venture led to the Jensen CV-8 FF shown at the Earls Court Motor … [Read more…]
Iso Autoveicoli was founded in 1953, as successor to a company that made refrigerators before switching to scooters, motorcycles and three wheelers after World War II. The founder was engineer Renzo Rivolta, whose new venture took off when he developed the successful Isetta Bubble Car, which was produced in many countries.
The golden era of Jaguar Cars got off to a great start with the XK120 and XK150, but the company really hit the jackpot with the E-Type (XK-E in America). This is regarded as the finest-looking sports car of all time (The most beautiful car ever made’ was Enzo Ferrari’s verdict) and also the most … [Read more…]
This was an expensive, luxurious oddity. Chrysler had turned its Imperial models into a separate marque in 1955, to compete with Ford’s up-market Lincoln brand, so these grand cars were aimed at the pricey end of the market. In 1960 the creme de la creme was the range-topping four-door Imperial LeBaron.