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2015-10-02: Two early Abarths we captured on the Monterey Peninsula ..
Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe During the last couple of days, we have had some serious issues with our server. Fortunately, these have been largely resolved and we are happy to be back online. We would like to thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
To make it up to you, we have today added two early and lovely Abarths that we spotted on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this year. At Pebble Beach, this 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe captured the attention of many. This one-off show car was originally shown at the Turin Motor Show back in 1953 and disappeared from sight not long after. Some years ago, it was acquired by the current Canadian owner. A great enthusiast and clearly a talented mechanic, he took up the daunting task of restoring the unique Abarth himself, and in his own garage. As can be seen in our 13-shot gallery, the result was spectacular. Accordingly, it was awarded best in class and the Abarth was also the only post-War nominee for best of show.
Over at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, this Abarth 207A was exercised by its new owner. One of around ten produced in 1955, the diminutive machine combined the same Fiat-sourced engine with a new platform chassis and Boano body. This particular car debuted at the 1955 Sebring 12 Hours. As can been seen in this 29-shot gallery it feels still right at home on the racing track.

2015-09-28: Vanvooren Bugatti Type 57s and Walker LaGrande Duesenbergs ...
Bugatti Type 57 C Vanvooren Coupe Paris-based coach-builder Vanvooren clothed around 20 examples of the Type 57 Bugattis. The two featured today are among the finest of these and were part of the very last batch of Bugattis completed before the War. Commissioned by a particular demanding customer was this Vanvooren Coupe. He had not one but two bodies built for him to choose his favourite. The one he picked was an interpretation of the standard Atalante design, with some unique cues. Cherished throughout its life, the Type 57 C Vanvooren Coupe has survived in remarkable original condition as can be seen in this 21-shot gallery.
Possibly commissioned by an even more demanding customer, the French government, this Vanvooren Cabriolet is an even more impressive creation. Following a Figoni & Falaschi design, it was created as a gift for the Shah of Persia. Once destined for the scrapper, the spectacular Type 57 C Vanvooren Cabriolet has survived and is today owned by the Petersen Museum.
One of the most impressive sights at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was a line-up of all three Duesenbergs bodied by Walker with the fabulous LaGrande Convertible Coupe body, designed by J. Herbert Newport. Of these, two were fitted on the naturally aspirated Model J, while the third car featured the rarer and more powerful Model SJ underpinnings. This may very well have been the very first time that these three cars were lined-up together.

2015-09-25: Three Vignale bodied Ferraris that starred at Pebble Beach ...
Ferrari 250 S Vignale Coupe Before using Pinin Farina almost exclusively, Ferraris were clothed by other carrozzerie, the likes of Touring and Vignale. The latter employed Giovanni Michelotti as a stylist, who often came up with designs that were bolder than those of his rivals. Somewhat more understated were the lines he penned for the unique Ferrari 250 S Vignale Coupe. Created early in 1952, this is a particularly significant car as it is the first competition Ferrari to be powered by the three-litre version of the Colombo or short-block V12, which would go on to power some of the most legendary of Ferraris stright through to the 1960s. The writing was on the wall early as the 250 S won the Mille Miglia outright and also scored a victory in the Pescara 12 Hours. We captured this one-off Ferrari at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
It was not the only Vignale-bodied Ferrari to line-up along the Pacific coast. Another one-off, and one with a more typical Michelotto design, was this 340 Mexico Spyder. It is the final of the four cars built specifically for the Carrera Panamericana and the only fitted with open bodywork. Like many of the other Ferraris entered this year, it was not only shown but also driven in the Tour d'Elegance, with the drivers adorning matching helmets. All this and much more can be seen in this 22-shot gallery.
Using the same design language as the 340 Mexico was this 250 Europa Coupe. Shown at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, it was the very first 250 Europa built and also one of only two clothed by Vignale in this style. Both cars have recently been lovingly restored and can be seen in our 30-shot gallery.

2015-09-23: Two one-off V12-engined machines and Peugeot's latest Dakar racer ...
Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet Looking to rival the dominant German manufacturers and encouraged by a potential 1 million francs price offered by the French, Delahaye developed a V12-engined competition car during the second half of the 1930s. Against the odds, Delahaye actually succeeded and won the cash price. After the War, several of the competition cars were sold on to be bodied by France's leading coach-builders. One of these was entrusted to Franay, who created this fabulous Cabriolet body. Successfully shown at various events in period, the car was nevertheless separated from the Franay panels in favour of a replica of the cycle-fender body originally fitted. Fortunately, the Franay body was preserved and the current owner re-united the chassis and body. The Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet made its post-restoration at Pebble Beach last month, where it was awarded best in class, and was also nominated for the prestigious best of show award.
At the recent Goodwood Revival, Bruce McLaren's short but successful life was celebrated with a special parade. Among the stars on the track was the unique McLaren M5A BRM, which was one of the very first McLaren Formula 1 cars. The one-off machine was piloted on the occasion by Sir Jackie Stewart.
For the company's second assault at the Dakar Rally, Peugeot has created the 2008 DKR16. An evolution of this year's machine, it is slightly bigger and more powerful. The 2008 DKR16 will be raced by an all-star crew of Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Carlos Sainz.

2015-09-21: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shelby's successful 1965 season ...
AC Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe For Carroll Shelby, as a car manufacturer, the 1965 season was unquestionably the finest. His Ford-backed quest to end Ferrari's stronghold on GT racing and the prestigious World Championship for makes more than reaped its rewards that year. With the AC Shelby Cobra Daytona, Shelby had already clinched the coveted GT class win at Le Mans and in 1965, the team did one better by winning the World Championship with the slippery Cobra. Based on the familiar but not particularly aerodynamic Cobra roadsters, the Daytona Coupe featured a bespoke body, designed by former GM stylist Peter Brock. Only six examples were built, and raced with great success on both sides of the Atlantic. We reckon for the first time ever, all six were united earlier this month at the Goodwood Revival. This prompted us to re-do our Cobra Daytona article, which now boasts a detailed history of each of the six cars, and is illustrated by a 168-shot, showing the cars in events as diverse as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Tour Auto.
While campaigning the Cobra Daytona around the world, Shelby also developed the Mustang GT350 for Ford in 1965. Built to increase the sporting credentials of the recently introduced Mustang, the GT350 was offered both in road trim and the now highly sought after GT350 R competition version. To mark the legendary machine's 50th anniversary, we have also updated our article, which now features five different examples, including one of just two delivered to Europe.

2015-09-17: 2015 Goodwood Revival report with 430-shot gallery ...
2015 Goodwood Revival report with 430-shot gallery This weekend, the Goodwood Revival was staged at the time-warp Goodwood Motor Circuit. The 18th edition of the annual event, as always, featured some spectacular racing combined with goosebumps moments. Among the special celebrations this year were the 50th anniversary of World Championship win for Shelby and Ford by bringing together all six Cobra Daytonas for the first time and a tribute to Bruce McLaren with a special parade. A particular poignant moment was the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Another special feature was the Lavant Cup staged for drum-brake Ferraris only. In the regular groups, there was some great racing particularly in the two-driver St Mary Trophy and RAC TT Celebration races. Founding sponsor, Bonhams, again held an auction on Saturday afternoon, headlined by several Scarab racing cars and the Bentley S3 Continental offered by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Dressed in suitable attire, our photographers were at the Goodwood Motor Circuit from dawn till dusk for three days. The result is this comprehensive report, illustrated by a class-by-class 380-shot gallery from the event and a 50-shot gallery from the Bonhams sale, to make what is our largest ever Revival coverage.