Tag Archives: 1965

foto of the day. A110 and GTV6

Lovely photo sent by reader Michael Duque of his very nice Alfa GTV6 (named “Bella”) parked next to a very early 1965 Alpine A110 (almost looks like an A108 without the signature A110 fog lights). Oh and there’s a Corvette lurking in the background….for atmosphere!

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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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Yes, do you have a brochure for a 1965 Matra Djet?

Why, yes of course.

I love the Matra Djet, not just because it was a slightly odder looking, lesser successful, weirdo cousin of the Alpine A110; but because on its own right it is pretty damn wickedly cool!

src: the wonderful oldcarmanualproject

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foto of the day. 700 RS.

Hans Stuck behind the wheel of the BMW 700 RS, i believe from 1961 (?)

src: ausmotive

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Triumph GT6 (1966-1973).

Another week—-another car to discover and appreciate!  I’ve always had a huge soft spot for Triumphs, ever since growing up next to a neighbour who kept a very nice racing green TR6.  The Michelotti-designed Triumph GT6 had a design which was inspired by Le Mans class winning Triumph Spitfires of 1965.  The production Spitfire had been a successful road car, and this was its’ coupe variant.  In the glory days of British Leyland, of course (ahem)—-the GT6 was produced in three different generations, culminating finally in the MK3.

I’d never actually paid attention enough to distinguish the GT6 in the past from its Spitfire roadster counterpart—-but now that I take a good look at it; it really does have some classic design to it.  Somewhere in there, i see a poor man’s Aston or E-type….and a rich man’s MGB GT.  Nonetheless, i’ve added it to my short list of lustworthy british motors to roll after.

MK3

MK1

psychedelic 1970 US promo:

a much more intellectual UK promo:

Last but not least….this glorious photo of the original racing Spitfires (which inspired the design of the GT6) at the 1965 Le Mans next to an Alpine M63! Just superb.

srcs: littletriumphs, carblueprints, motorretronecronomviia, vtr

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focus: Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato.

the original Lancia Fulvia is a total legend……and adding to the legend is this rare, but fascinating rebodied Fulvia redone by Zagato and sold in Limited Edition.  A couple of years ago, i had a chance to by an unrestored one of these, but passed it up just due to the huge amount of cash it would have costed to get it back to shape.  One day though, when i have enough loot to swing around, i want a Fulvia HF and a Fulvia Sport Zagato in my garage…….together!

taken from the Ultimate Car Page:

“In April 1965 the first prototype was ready and it was Elio Zagato himself who conducted the road tests. Before the end of the year the production of the Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato was started. As can be seen in the second picture, the rear hatch could be opened slightly electrically to improve ventilation while driving. The first production were powered by a 1.2 litre V4 engines, pumping out a decent 80 bhp. In 1967 the displacement was increased to 1.3 litres. This larger engine was available in two states of tune, 87 bhp for the Sport 1.3 and 93 bhp for the Sport 1.3S. In 1970 the Fulvia Sport was slightly restyled and a 115 bhp 1.6 litre engine was added to the line-up.”

Here are some of my favourite Fulvia Sport Zagato photographs:

(CLICK TO ENLARGE THE FOTOS)

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History of F1 Grand Prix cars 1945-65: 6 part video.

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What a fantastic video this is, going through the Formula One Grand Prix cars between 1945 and 1965 only—-where they go through a summary of the GP cars of the time…..incredible drivers and legendary cars.

what a great way to ‘waste’ an hour…

part 1.

part 2.

part 3.

click here to go to the next page for the last 3 parts!

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