Tag Archives: 1960s

A220 V8 prototype.

This thing is out of this world.  Quite honestly one of the most stunning race cars i’ve ever seen.  One of 2 surviving Alpine A220 V8 prototypes developed, but never raced.  On display now at Retromobile 2013.   Currently privately owned, according to Renault Classic.

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src:  Renault Classic

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video of the day. Ford styling and the experimental car.

What a great video from 1964; made by Ford explaining some of their recent concepts and ideas; including the pretty futuristic and influential (at the time) Ford Cougar II.

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centerfold: 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA.

gutted. lusty. restored. wow.  all it needs is a little bit of dirt…

src: alfaholics via coolerthanbefore

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trans-am.

i love these vintage programs from the original races; this one is from 1969 Lime Rock….from Progcovers


 

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BBC: “Grand Prix – The Killer Years” (4 Parts)

This is a fascinating show which was aired in the UK by BBC.  Split into 4 parts on YouTube; it documents some of the safety issues and concerns in 1950+ F1 racing.  There is some great footage, accompanied by sad and disturbing accident footage—-however it is overall, much much more interesting than just an accident compilation.  Well worth watching if you are into F1 history as I have become…

The part in Part 3 where Nick Drake’s music comes on in the background, while they are on Jim Clark’s onboard is just one of the most special pieces of a show i can remember in recent memory—-superb.

(Thanks to John Patterson for pointing this video series out!)

 

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Lancia Flavia 2000 HF.

more of it!  love this car, don’t see/read/hear much about it at all either.

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NSU Ro80. weird or wonderful?

I can never really decide.  The design of the NSU Ro80 always leaves me feeling weird….on one side, i find its proportions to be utterly fascinating and awkward (in a good way)…..on the other side, i find it to be very dysfunctional and awkward (in a bad way).

There is no denying, however, that the Ro80 was WAY ahead when it came to design….considering it was originally launched in 1967 (wow).  A very modern design….which surely influenced alot of cars after it….especially AUDI, the company that some of NSU warped into…

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supercar of the day. Mangusta.

one of the most evil, rare, influential, and fascinating supercars ever….the DeTomaso Mangusta (1966-1971)


401 Mangustas were built, about 200 of the european version, with 4 headlamps and Ford 289 Cu.In. engine, and the rest are USA version, with 2 “pop up” headlamps and less powerful Ford 302 engines. One car was built with Chevrolet engine. There are reported to be fewer than 120 left in existence, according to the 2 available registry databases.

more information on the Mangusta: http://www.mangustainternational.com/home.php

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concept car wasteland: 1968 Chevrolet Astro II (XP 880)

Well, so all these rumours around about how a C7 Corvette is gonna be mid-engined (if GM even survives their current downfall!), but hey Chevy already tried some concepts with that!  This 1968 Chevrolet Astro II XP-880 (not to be confused with the morbid Chevy Astro van of the 80s/90s) is amazing in pretty much every way.  It’s got a gorgeous body, hinting at some of the 70s Corvettes—but far overreaching them in nearly every respect.  This is the Corvette Chevrolet SHOULD have built….but never did sadly.  It looks inspired by the Miura and Ford GTs of the 60s, but has its own character….another one lost in the archives of the wasteland.

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