Tag Archives: 60s

foto of the day. Jarama.

I love how funky the Lamborghini Jarama is—and I love that it doesn’t look like any other Lamborghini.  Designed by Gandini, It had cartoonish looks:  dintinctly conventional looking body panels set to a bizarrely low-slung, frankenstein set of proportions.  All in all, i think this may be one of the most underappreciated Lamborghinis ever made—along with my personal favourite: the Islero 

src:  RM

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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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art of the day. vintage Elite manual.

I respect most Lotus models, but don’t really love them—-except the original Elite! what a car.

This is a vintage Lotus Elite manual.

source: ocmp

btw, here’s another nice vintage Advertisement for the ELITE.

 

 

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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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foto of the day #2. AMG 300 SEL.

the unbelievably sinister and brutal 1969 Mercedes-Benz AMG 300 SEL 6.8


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Man who has owned 400 cars.

I found this interesting—-mainly because he is not a wealthy, powerful, man—-but because he’s a regular bloke who just likes mass produced attainable cars!  Fascinating.

Mr Riddick’s least favourite models have lasted barely a week – his record was returning a car days after buying it because it didn’t fit in his garage.

Every single one has been a mass market vehicle as the retired building firm owner has no interest in luxury or sports cars and did not want to appear flash in front of clients.

‘I passed my driver’s licence in 1959 and bought an Austin A40 for £500. I was the first on the street to have a car and it just snowballed from there,’ said Mr Riddick, 67, who lives with his wife, Glen, in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

‘My wife doesn’t mind,’ he said. ‘It was just my hobby, I didn’t chase other women or drink – I just spent money on cars.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1359134/Paul-Riddick-The-man-owned-400-budget-cars.html#ixzz1En9PsQ2d

 

 

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lesser known car of the day: Isuzu Bellett GT/GTR

i love finding cool older cars which I am not familiar with….which i really start digging.  The as-posted-the-other-day Isuzu 117 Coupe is one of those cars; and here is another one by the obscure, underdog, and defunct japanese carmaker Isuzu.  Isuzu still makes commercial trucks, engines, and transport materials; however they stopped making cars in the past decade.

I have a soft spot for 60s Japanese cars, especially built by underdog companies like Isuzu; because i feel it represents a time in the japanese automotive industry where they had passion for what they were trying to make.  Sure they were copying the italian style of the 60s (Alfa, Lancia, Fiat….) however those cars were cool; so they were in turn copying cool cars, but with their own japanese twist which made for some very cool, small coupes and sedans.  The perfect example of this is the Isuzu Bellett GT and GTR Coupe.  I have to say that i really love the chunky round shape of this coupe; it is very unique even for its time.  I love the light curve on the roofline.  I’ve never seen one in person, but i hope to.  I found a few used i Japan, and they sell for between $20-30k now.

“The GT-R, more specifically GT Type-R (for “racing”), was a racing version of the GT, also available to individual customers. First presented in September 1969, the GT-R featured a 1.6 L DOHC engine from the 117 Coupe, power brakes and numerous other modifications. It was visually different from other Belletts primarily by a specific paint scheme, which included a completely black hood. The GT-R achieved many successes in racing, and has gained its own fan community. Only about 1,400 GT-Rs were manufactured.

Though the GT-R was one of the first cars to be called “GT-R”, the Nissan Skyline GT-R was in fact earlier, with the PGC10 GT-R being released six months beforehand, in March 1969. The Holden Torana GTR was released in October 1969. However, there was a Bridgestone GTR motorbike which predates all of these. It is also worth noting that Isuzu used the Type-R designation long before Honda adopted it.” (WP)

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foto of the day. camaro.

Dunno much about the foto…except that it’s a vintage Camaro…which looks like trans-am racing spec and  that i so dig it.

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spotted!

So lately i’ve been commuting by the NYC subway for work every morning.  I gotta say that i really miss driving to work (although my previous commute from Brooklyn to Long Island was pretty UN-inspiring).

But i did see this today on my walk to the subway!

Citroen Service Van! Not sure what year or the story behind it…saw the owner get out, but didn’t get a chance to speak with him…if i see him again, i’ll be sure to ask.

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foto of the day. Islero.

along with the Lamborghini Espada, this Lamborghini Islero is one of my absolute favourite Lamborghinis ever made.  It followed the original 350GT and 400GT as a reskinned version of those. The styling on this is gorgeous….the first time i saw one in person, i was blown away.   Gorgeous.  Ferrari? Who needs old Ferraris……i’d happily take me an Espada and an Islero for a fraction of the price…

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foto of the day.

from the Coronado Festival Of Speed.


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art of the day.

Made by Jass84 on DeviantArt.

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foto of the day. 12022009.

Porsche 356 Outlaw.

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70s car commercial compilations!

These are just great! So entertaining.  These are compilations of various car commercials from the 60s and 70s…….

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BRM P261

as driven by Sir Jackie Stewart circa 1966!

Definitely one of my ALL TIME favourite F1 cars….amazing.

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Roger Moore scenes with Lamborghini Islero

One of the MOST beautiful Lamborghinis to my eyes is the ISLERO.  2nd only to the ESPADA (see banner).  Here is a youtube video compiling all the scenes with Roger Moore driving around in an Islero in the film “The Man Who Haunted Himself”

Glorious car it was……

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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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Mercedes progress on gullwing coupe revival

Well, it’s undoubtedly one of the great icons in automotive history, the famous Gullwing Mercedes coupes of the 50s.  We all know that Mercedes has been testing prototypes of the car very openly…and although very concealed, have provided insight into the direction MB are headed in…

Below are some ‘new’ sketches found on the Top Gear site, along with a couple original spy photos and what Top Gear claim, are the ‘actual’ interior shots of the production car.   Either way, the car looks fantastic.  Can’t wait to see the final product.

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more pictures after the push—– Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Wallpaper.

no words are needed, except:

CLICK THROUGH PIC 2 TIMES TO GET HI-RES VERSION!

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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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Porsche Targa Florio online flipbook.

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This is one of the coolest and most beautifully made webpages on the the net….it’s nothing new, they launched this sometime in the last couple of years.  But it’s truly a great read, with lots of info about the race, the cars, and including some great photos.

LINK: http://www.porsche.com/all/targaflorio/uk.aspx

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