Tag: sports car

The Icon of the 60s: 1970 Lamborghini Miura Classic
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11 March 2011

Back in the 1960s, the sports car industry in Italy was monopolized by supercar giants like Ferrari and Maserati. Ferruccio Lamborghini entered the industry in 1963 specializing in the same type of sports car produced by Ferrari; the grand touring race cars. As much as he adored Ferraris, he disliked the fact that the sport cars were built for competition purposes and he would like to build sports cars suitable for normal road users.

Ferruccio finally hit the jackpot with his 1966 creation, the Lamborghini Miura. It was the sports car that defined the success of the company for years to come. Debuting into the market with only an engine on the rolling chassis, the mid-engine prototype P400 left many spectators at the 1965 Turin Salon Auto Show in awe.

The story of how the name Miura came about to represent this impressive sports car is also an intriguing piece. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a Taurus himself, was so taken by the strong and fierce nature of the Miura fighting bull at a ranch that he decided to name the model and placed the bull as the emblem for Lamborghini.

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Classic Cars 1961 TVR Grantura MK2
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02 September 2010

The TVR line of automobiles was perhaps one of the most unique types of vehicle ever assembled. The line began officially in 1957 when Ray Saidel first displayed his TVR concept at the New York Auto Show that year. His initial design, along with some practical improvements, led to the Grantura line becoming a big player in the auto industry for decades.

One of the most appealing aspects of the TVR Grantura is that not a lot were produced. Although there were many different types of TVR made, only a few hundred would be released every year. The most sought after model today - though ironically not the rarest - is the 1961 TVR Grantura MKII, the first release of the second series of TVR.

There was a lot about the Grantura that made it stand out from its competition. This two-door coupe wasn’t exactly a sports car, wasn’t exactly a roadster, wasn’t a luxury automobile, and certainly wasn’t intended for family use. It was odd, unique and in demand with car enthusiasts.

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Classic Car Review: 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster
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28 August 2010

Classic Car Review: 1956 Porsche 356 SpeedsterOne of the untold stories of the early sports car era is that most of the world’s high-end models were coming straight out of a Europe but selling only in America. Not that the Europeans didn’t love their sports cars as much as anyone else, but America was the better market for these expensive toys, and the Porsche 356 line was absolutely huge in the states for a few years.

The Porsche 356 was in production from 1948 until 1965 and remains one of the Porsche’s most popular models. The most popular from the 356 era was the 1956 model – the Type 1 (T1) 356A Speedster roadster.

Realistically, there weren’t that many changes in the 1956 model from previous years – just a few nips, tucks and improvements. However, it was the culmination of the entire genre built into one car that really made a lasting impression on any and everyone who owned a 1956 Porsche Speedster.

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World's Fastest Sports Cars - 1967 Sting Ray Corvette
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26 July 2010

World's Fastest Sports Cars - 1967 Sting Ray CorvetteThe first Chevrolet Corvette was introduced to the world in 1953. Chevy had made a name for itself by producing reliable and affordable automobiles, and their Corvette model was an attempt to give car lovers a faster, sleeker, more attractive sports car for the road. In 1963, Chevy really went all out with their Sting Ray model, and 1967’s Sting Ray Corvette is considered the best of the lot.

There’s some confusion about Chevy’s Corvette line. Some sports car enthusiasts still can’t figure out what qualifies as a Sting Ray, or a Stingray, which is a slightly later vintage.

Furthermore, there is debate whether or not all Corvettes could carry either name. Simply put, the Sting Ray was a model of Corvette available from 1963 until 1967, and the Stingray Corvette was in production from 1969 until 1976. The Sting Ray and Stingray are different generation cars (C2 and C3). Popular consensus says that every other Corvette is just that – a Corvette.

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