Fiat Dino – 1966

Fiat Dino - 1966

There’s no getting away from it — the word ‘homologate’ had to be mentioned sooner or later, inevitably in a context involving Ferrari. Maranello was besotted with racing, but formulae in which Ferrari wished to compete required homologation — approval by the governing body (FIA) that a particular car is eligible to race.

Fiat 124 – 1966

Fiat 124 - 1966

It hasn’t actually been spotted around, but the ideal bumper sticker for a Fiat 124 would be MY OTHER CAR IS A LADA. For it’s the 124’s rebirth as Russia’s Lada BA3-2102/Zhiguli (later wisely shortened to Lada 1200, then Lada Riva) that puts the Fiat 124 series close to the top of the all-time bestseller … [Read more…]

Fiat 850 – 1964

Fiat 850 - 1964

This small rear-engined car was an important step in Fiat’s long march towards fully paid-up membership of the international car manufacturers’ club. The two-door Fiat 850 was introduced in 1964 to run alongside and eventually succeed the Fiat 600, that hugely successful Seicento city car produced between 1955 and 1969.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT/GTS – 1969

Ferrari Dino 246 GT-GTS - 1969

When is a Ferrari not a Ferrari? Answer — when it’s a Dino. Old Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo (aka Dino) was an accomplished engineer who was to be his father’s successor at Maranello, but sadly muscular dystrophy carried him off in 1955 at the age of 24. Enzo was heartbroken, but carried on ruling his … [Read more…]

Ferrari Daytona – 1968

Ferrari Daytona - 1968

Everyone calls it a Ferrari Daytona, but of course they’re wrong – it’s really the 365 GTB/4. Daytona it is, then. This late 1960s stunner was just that, representing a radical departure from everything that went before.

Ferrari 275 – 1964

Ferrari 275 – 1964

After production of the soaraway Ferrari 250 GTO ended in 1964, the 275 series arrived to delight admirers of the Prancing Horse. First to gallop was the shapely 275 GTB coupe with a flowing body designed by Pininfarina and produced by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The twin cam engine came with a choice of three or six … [Read more…]

Ferrari 250 GTO – 1962

Ferrari 250 GTO - 1962

This red car is a blue-chip investment — for in the excessive world of classic-car investment the Ferrari 250 GTO is as valuable as they come. It falls into that glamorous category of racers that can be driven on the road by those lucky enough to afford one. Actually it should never have made the … [Read more…]

Facel Vega II – 1961

Facel Vega II - 1961

This magnificent French car was boldly advertised as ‘the fastest four-seater coupe in the world’, and was Facel Vega’s last throw of the dice —the company was facing bankruptcy and hoped the Facel II would be a big winner. It was certainly an imposing hand-built car, and the use of American V8 engines ensured that … [Read more…]

Dodge Charger – 1966

Dodge Charger - 1966

Flex your biceps and leap into a 1966 Dodge Charger. It wasn’t the first muscle car on the block, but rather a hasty midyear introduction to compete in a market crowded with performance cars like the Pontiac GTO, Chevelle SS 396, Buick Gran Sport, Olds 442, Plymouth Barracuda and Ford Mustang.

De Tomaso Mangusta – 1967

De Tomaso Mangusta - 1967

It’s nearly as familiar a story as boy meets girl — racing driver decides to build ultimate roasters. And so it was when Argentinian racer Alejandro de Tomaso migrated from the USA to Italy with his American wife in the late 1950s. He played around with assorted racing cars but really wanted De Tomaso Automobili … [Read more…]