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LORRAINE DIETRICH

LORRAINE DIETRICH

LORRAINE-DIETRICH was one of the motoring history’s pioneering brands, and ranked amongst the top half-dozen makes in the early 1900s. Its origins began in 1897 when railway carriage manufacturers De Dietrich started building cars at its plant in Lunéville, a subdivision of the Lorraine region of France. But in 1904 an autonomous division of the…

MARCH 78 B

MARCH 78 B

British constructor March Engineering was founded in 1969 to provide chassis for customers competing in all racing categories and was very successful through the Seventies and Eighties. The name MARCH was chosen by using initials from the first or last names of its four founder members – Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin…

MASERATI 150S

MASERATI 150S

In 1955, the Italian manufacturer MASERATI sought to attract rich privateer racers with the 150S that was developed to compete against German and British rivals in championship sports car racing. The popular 1,5-litre category was the target market but the chassis could be altered to create different wheelbases and the engine could easily be enlarged…

MASERATI 6CM

MASERATI 6CM

Specialist Italian manufacturer MASERATI  spent much of its early existence building single-seater racing cars for privateer teams, and at the 1936 Milan Motor Show introduced the 6CM, an amalgam of the successful 4CM voiturette (‘small car’) and V8R1 grand prix cars. Voiturette rules limited engine capacity to 1,5 litres and the 6CM’s in-line, six-cylinder, twin-cam…

MCLAREN F1

MCLAREN F1

South African Gordon Murray, a long-time Formula One designer, spent many successful years with McLAREN during which time he the pitched the idea of building the ultimate road car. Murray’s concept, formulated in his youth, centred around a three-seater sports car with a naturally-aspirated engine to increase reliability and driver control. McLaren Automotive gave the…

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL GULLWING

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL GULLWING

One of the most iconic cars ever made, the MERCEDES-BENZ Gullwing first appeared at the 1954 New York Motor Show. It was developed from the highly successful 1952 300SL racing sports car, whose low-slung spaceframe construction was partly the reason the adoption of distinctive, upward-opening doors. But the Gullwing was also notable for being the…

MERCEDES- BENZ ROADSTER

MERCEDES- BENZ ROADSTER

Following the launch of the iconic 300SL Gullwing in New York in 1954, MERCEDES-BENZ introduced a Roadster at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show, effectively replacing the coupé in the process. The Roadster was visually similar but had larger fenders, different headlamps, a smaller grille and a chrome strip down the side. The open-top body was…

MERCEDES-BENZ 540K CABRIOLET

MERCEDES-BENZ 540K CABRIOLET

In the 1930s, the supercharged MERCEDES-BENZ 500K’s imposing styling and unparalleled performance was perfect for exploiting Germany’s growing network of autobahns. In 1936 it gave way to the 540K with its 5,4-litre engine and a maximum power output of 134 kilowatts, enough to propel these majestic 2,3-ton cars to over 160 kilometres per hour. This…

MERCEDES – BENZ S-TYPE (W06)

MERCEDES – BENZ S-TYPE (W06)

Following the formation of Daimler-Benz in 1926, the MERCEDES-BENZ brand name was first used on the Type-S. Otherwise known as the 26/120/180 model, it was a derivative of the K Series. It was released as a sporty elegant car and was expensive, fast and exhilarating to drive, epitomising the magnificence of the vintage era. Only…

SHELBY COBRA GT350

SHELBY COBRA GT350

In the late Sixties,  Ford wanted to race its successful Mustang ‘Pony Car’ and approached famed racer and Cobra sports car builder Carroll Shelby to develop the car. Body-wise, frontal changes included a glass fibre bonnet with twin air scoops and pin fasteners and a larger grille. At the rear, louvres were fitted along with…

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