In most series that feature coupes and convertibles, these are the most sought-after body styles. But one exception to the rule is the famous Chevy Nomad, described by one authority as ‘the prettiest station wagon ever made’. This may display just a trace of hyperbole, but there’s no doubting the enduring appeal of this handsome … [Read more…]
Back in 1942 when World War II rudely interrupted American car production, the massive Buick Limited models were the most expensive this mid-market company produced, riding sedately on the longest wheelbase and having lavish interiors. The ‘Limited’ designation was appropriate, as these exclusive limousines and touring sedans sold in small numbers.
Carl Borgward was an innovative German engineer who made his mark in the 1920s with the Blitzkarren (Lightning Cart) — a tiny three wheeled delivery van. Cars followed in the 1930s and production was resumed after World War II with the Borgward Hansa 1500, a striking modern saloon car that made its debut in 1949 … [Read more…]
In the aftermath of World War II the extraordinary Isetta made an appearance — a tiny minicar capable of meeting the need for affordable transport at a time when raw materials (and money) were scarce. This unmistakable vehicle was introduced in 1953 and with its hinged front, teardrop shape and small proportions was unlike anything … [Read more…]
The Bentley Continental S1 had done well for Rolls-Royce — as did the companion Silver Shadow I — but times they were a-changing. In particular, the bell tolled for the venerable straight-six F-head, for Rolls introduced a 6.2 liter aluminum V8 that immediately went into uprated Bentley S2s and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud IIs.
The ‘Big Healey’ appeared in 1956 when the 100-6 was introduced, continuing in production for a dozen years. The name was coined to differentiate between large and small Austin-Healeys after the Frogeye Sprite appeared, applying retrospectively to the 100-6 as well as the Austin-Healey 3000 that superseded it (with the number of cylinders replaced by … [Read more…]
Sliding into the car that carries the registration plate XSK 497 is to sit in (and hopefully drive) the most valuable Aston Martin in the world — the DBR1/2, which still participates in classic road races. The ‘R’ stands for Racing, and the DBR wasn’t remotely like the company’s production models, though experience gained in … [Read more…]