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Showing posts with label Automotives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Automotives. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Rare 1990s Ferrari Testarossa Spider: A Four-Wheeled Gem from Arcade Games

Rare GEMS - For those of you, game fans from the late 1980s to early 1990s, do you remember the arcade game titled OutRun which was first released in 1986 on the Sega platform? Well, the game invites us to compete with dexterity to pass many obstacles while driving a drop-top Testarossa – which in fact the model had not been made by this Italian prancing horse automaker at the time.
Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun is built by Pininfarina in 1990 and inspired with similar car existed on the 1986 arcade game titled OutRun. (Picture from: RM Sothebys)
Who would have thought that as Yu Suzuki and AM2's classic arcade OutRun grew famous at that time, it turned out that there was a rich fan who was interested in the roadster's design, which at first glance resembled the Ferrari sports car, and then commissioned Pininfarina to make it into real in 1990. They called it the Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun.
The similar car appeared on the 1986 arcade game titled OutRun, then inspired someone to turn it into the Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun through Pininfarina in 1990. (Picture from: Autogids.be)
As is well known, during that era, Pininfarina was known to handle a lot of work on building special models of prancing horses for special clients such as the Sultan of Brunei or his younger brother, Jefri Bolkiah. As far as we know, details are sketchy, but as many as seven units of the Testarossa Spiders were built by Pininfarina and went to the Sultan and his royal family.
Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun was commissioned by one of Pininfarina's 'important clients', who  rewarded the coachbuilder's hard work by never registering the car for road use or driving it. (Picture from: RM Sothebys)
The car we are discussing today is not actually one of the ex-Bruneian Ferraris. Instead, it was commissioned by another of Pininfarina's 'important clients', who rewarded the coachbuilder's hard work by never registering the car for road use or driving it, really.
Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun has a unique convertible top, and is still in very good condition, from the exterior to the engine with the odometer only 400 km. (Picture from: TopGear)
Who actually commissioned this Testarossa Spider OutRun? No one knows. As quoted by Top Gear, the only spider ever made with the prancing horse emblem was made specifically for Gianni Agnelli, the boss of the Italian automotive giant, Fiat, once they acquired Ferrari back then. It was a silver one with a blue roof.
Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun is powered by a 5-liter 12-cylinder inline engine which is said to be capable of providing an output of 375 horsepower with 470 Nm of torque. (Picture from: TopGear)
The unique car with a convertible roof is equipped with a 5-liter 12-cylinder inline engine, which is said to be capable of providing an output of 375 horsepower with 470 Nm of torque. With that much engine power, the Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun accelerates from rest to 100 kph in 5.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 290 kph.
Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun accelerates from rest to 100 kph in 5.7 seconds, and is driven up to a top speed of 290 kph. (Picture from: TopGear)
Some of you might be curious about the price. In early November 2022, this one-of-a-kind car was auctioned off by RM Sothebys in London. At the time, the car was still in very good condition, from the exterior to the engine, with a travel record on the odometer of only about 400 kilometers.
 
Not surprisingly, this prancing horse iconic roadster is highly coveted by automotive collectors. The Testarossa Spider OutRun was restored by Pininfarina and Ferrari in Maranello. After a fierce auction process, the red roadster was sold for £1.4 million or around Rp.26 billion. WOW!! It's a kind of precious four-wheeled gem.
This story not only brings nostalgia to those who grew up playing OutRun but also highlights the fascinating intersection of video game fantasy and real-world automotive excellence. The Ferrari Testarossa Spider OutRun stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of classic arcade games and the timeless allure of Ferrari's design and engineering. It reminds us that dreams, no matter how far-fetched, can sometimes become a reality in the most unexpected and magnificent ways. 😉 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PCGAMER | TOPGEAR | RM SOTHEBYS | WIKIPEDIA | AUTOGIDS | RED-HEADED ]
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Boano Torino's Legacy: The Iconic 1955 Chrysler Special Corsaire

ONE-OFF - The golden age of American dream cars, infused with the futuristic charm of jets and spaceships, marked an era of innovation and creativity in automotive design during the 1950s. One of the pivotal figures in this captivating narrative was the Italian coachbuilder Boano Torino, a name synonymous with elegance and originality.
The Chrysler Special Corsaire (sometimes referred to as Corvair II) features a sleek design, functional air ducts, and a powerful Chrysler V8 engine, solidifying its status as an instant icon. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
Founded in 1954 in Turin by Mario Boano and his son Gianpaolo, Boano Torino quickly rose to prominence through its unique approach to car design. Mario Boano, with his rich background in collaborating with renowned coachbuilders like Pininfarina and leading Ghia, laid the foundation for Boano's exceptional craftsmanship.
The Chrysler Special Corsaire designed by Gianpaolo Boano, and unveiled at the 1955 Paris Motor Show was a testament to Boano's innovative spirit. (Picture from: OldClassicCars)
The turning point for Boano came with the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM in 1954 commissioned by Juan Perón, showcasing Boano's prowess by achieving remarkable speeds and setting new standards in design. This success was followed by the creation of the Indianapolis for Henry Ford Jr., a masterpiece that captured the automotive world's imagination.
The Chrysler Special Corsaire is adorned with truly innovative design features, including functional air ducts. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
Furthrmore Boano's collaboration with Chrysler further solidified its reputation as an industry leader. The Chrysler Special Corsaire (sometimes referred to as Corvair II) unveiled at the 1955 Paris Motor Show was a testament to Boano's innovative spirit. With its sleek design, functional air ducts, and powerful Chrysler V8 engine, the Corsaire became an instant icon.
The most striking feature of the Chrysler Special Corsaire is its cantilevered roof, supported solely at the rear pillars. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
Gianpaolo Boano's design genius shone through in the Corsaire, captivating audiences and setting new trends in automotive aesthetics. The cantilevered roof, a striking feature of the Corsaire, highlighted Boano's ability to marry form and function seamlessly. | Yz_8Ap_IugI |
Despite Boano's dissolution in 1958, its legacy endured through Gianpaolo Boano's continued contributions to automotive design at Fiat. Today, Boano's creations remain timeless symbols of artistic ingenuity, captivating enthusiasts and historians with their elegance and innovation.
Besides the Chrysler Special Corsaire's rear pillar, its roof simply rests on the frameless curved windshield. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
As we celebrate Boano's legacy, we are reminded of the enduring impact of visionary designers in shaping the automotive landscape. Boano's story serves as an inspiration, urging us to push boundaries and redefine the artistry of automotive design for generations to come. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD | CARSTYLING.RU | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | OLDCLASSICCAR | VWVORTEX ]
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Monday, May 27, 2024

Ferrari Reveals Secret Testarossa F90 Speciale After 18 Years

Mysterious Breed - The story of the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale is a tale of secrecy, luxury, and automotive passion. Unlike the iconic Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which graced the roads in 2019, the F90 Speciale has a unique origin story that adds to its allure. It all began in 1988 when the HH Sultan of Brunei (some said His Highness' youngest brother) approached Pininfarina with a vision: to create six exclusive supercars based on the Ferrari Testarossa.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The project was veiled in secrecy, catching Ferrari completely unaware of its existence. Behind closed doors, the Italian coachbuilder commenced work on this venture at its headquarters, culminating in a car that bore some resemblance to the Pininfarina Ethos Concept. This endeavor led to the creation of what would become the Ferrari F90 Speciale.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Fotki)
Branded as a symbol of Ferrari's trajectory into the 1990s, the F90 Speciale stayed true to its roots with the formidable 4.9-liter flat-12 engine from the Testarossa, boasting 396 horsepower and 490 Nm of torque, propelling the car's rear wheels with impressive force. The Ferrari F90 appears to be built on the Testarossa's chassis, identifiable by the chassis numbers of 83096, 86390, 86626, 86784, 87195 and 88171. Notably, the positions of the wheels and rearview mirrors also remained unchanged in this transition.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Despite its technical similarities to the Testarossa, the F90 Speciale's design was a departure from the norm. Enrico Fumia, then head of R&D at Pininfarina, spearheaded a unique aesthetic direction. The "Edge design," characterized by elliptical motifs, adorned the car's exterior, from taillights to rear wings. A distinctive feature was the roof glass panel that could slide over the rear window.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
In 2005, Ferrari acknowledged the existence of six F90 Speciale cars, hailing them as bolder creations than what they had previously ventured. While sightings of the F90 Speciale outside Brunei are rare, enthusiasts catch glimpses through online media and historic publications like the Cavallino magazine.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Enrico Fumia's legacy extends beyond the F90 Speciale, with designs for Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider displaying similarities in aesthetic approach. Yet, the allure of the F90 Speciale lies in its mystique, housed within Brunei's exclusive supercar collection. Enthusiasts can only hope for a day when one of these gems graces public view, captivating automotive aficionados worldwide.
As we reflect on the enduring legacy of the F90 Speciale, our curiosity naturally extends to the other treasures nestled within Brunei's esteemed car collection. The enticing allure of vehicles like the Ferrari F50 Bolide, Ferrari Mythos, and Ferrari FX, as several other jewels in the Sultan's garage, beckons automotive enthusiasts to delve deeper into this realm of automotive opulence and innovation. *** [EKA [02012020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | PUBLIC.FOTKI ]
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The BMW 503: An Underrated Classic Car from Germany

Rare ONES - Did you know that the BMW 503 is one of the early models created by the German automotive giant, yet it remains relatively unknown to the public? This elegant two-door 2+2 grand tourer was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959, a period when the world was recovering from the war and economies were starting to thrive again.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Cabriolet model of 1956) was an elegant two-door 2+2 grand tourer produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959. (Picture from: BMW Group Classic)
The story of the BMW 503 begins with American car dealer Max Hoffman's request to BMW to create a vehicle that could rival the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The 503 made its debut at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, where it was presented exclusively as a left-hand drive model.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Cabriolet model of 1956) was designed by the esteemed Count Albrecht Goert, and made its debut at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, where it was presented exclusively as a left-hand drive model. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Designed by the esteemed Count Albrecht Goertz, who also designed the iconic Datsun 240Z, the BMW 503 was sold alongside the 501 and 502 sedans. This model marked a significant departure from BMW's pre-war designs, characterized by its tall, narrow engine compartments and curvaceous fenders.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Cabriolet model of 1956) was a blend of modernity and elegance, featuring flush bodywork with matching doors and fenders. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The body of the BMW 503 was a blend of modernity and elegance, featuring flush bodywork with matching doors and fenders. The design included a long hood and a short cabin with four windows that could roll down, giving it the appearance of a cabriolet rather than a typical coupe. Its narrow, tall kidney grille paid homage to the last BMW coupes manufactured before World War II.
Inside, the BMW 503 was the epitome of luxury for its time. The interior boasted a clean and sophisticated design, complete with three round gauges and a metal dashboard. The dash was adorned with ivory-colored buttons that enhanced the car's luxurious feel. The cabin could comfortably accommodate four passengers, making it a practical yet stylish choice.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Coupe model of 1956) featured a narrow, tall kidney grille that paid homage to the last BMW coupes manufactured before World War II. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
At the time, buyers had the option of choosing between two different steering wheels. One design featured four spokes in an X pattern, while the other had two spokes reminiscent of an airplane's wings. The dashboard included three buttons concealed by a small lip, a unique feature at the time. A centrally located radio added to the car's modern amenities.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Coupe model of 1956) offered two steering wheel styles, one with four spokes in an X pattern, and featured a centrally located radio that added to the car's modern amenities. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Under the hood, the BMW 503 was powered by a robust 3.2-liter V8 engine capable of producing up to 140 horsepower. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which utilized a direct injection fuel system, BMW engineers opted for a more traditional carburetor system. This power was delivered to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox, providing a thrilling driving experience.
The other steering wheel had two spokes reminiscent of an airplane's wings and was complemented by three round gauges and a metal dashboard. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
The 503 was available in both coupe and cabriolet body styles, developed alongside the more famous BMW 507 roadster. Unfortunately, both the 503 and 507 were priced significantly higher than initially projected, which meant they did not recoup their development costs. During its production run from May 1956 to March 1959, only 413 units of the BMW 503 were built, including 139 cabriolets. Despite its prestige, the high price tag led to significant financial losses for BMW.
The BMW 503 (pictured in the Coupe model of 1956) was powered by a robust 3.2-liter V8 engine capable of producing up to 140 horsepower, which was delivered to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox, providing a thrilling driving experience. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
By the late 1950s, BMW faced financial difficulties, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The company managed to turn its fortunes around by focusing on producing smaller, more affordable cars like the Isetta. While these models did not have the power or luxury of the 503, they were more accessible to a broader market and played a crucial role in BMW's recovery.
The BMW 503 stands as a testament to the brand's dedication to innovation and luxury. It is a model that showcases the company's ability to blend style, performance, and elegance, even in challenging times. As we look back at the history of BMW, the 503 remains a symbol of resilience and ingenuity, reminding us of the brand's storied past and its journey towards becoming a leading name in the automotive world. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BMW GROUP CLASSIC | ULTIMATECARPAGE | AUTOFUN | CLASSICDRIVER | WIKIPEDIA | WAY | AUTOEVOLUTION ]
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Sunday, May 26, 2024

A gorgeous retro concept of Lincoln Indianapolis

ONE-OFF - Taking control of the Ford Motor Company in 1945, Henry Ford II embarked on a mission to modernize the company. He understood the importance of innovation and aimed to introduce groundbreaking designs that would set Ford apart. The Lincoln-Zephyr and Cosmopolitan were steps in this direction, but Ford had an even more radical vision for a new car to debut at the 1955 Turin Motor Show.
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept is displayed for the first time at the 1955 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
During the mid-20th century, collaborations between American car manufacturers and Italian design houses were common. These partnerships allowed for the blending of American engineering with Italian flair. Chrysler teamed up with Ghia, Packard with Bertone, and Hudson with Carrozzeria Touring. Ford, looking for a unique and striking design, approached Felice Mario Boano to create a revolutionary concept car.
Right side view of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: Hagerty)
Felice Mario Boano and his son, Gianpaolo Boano, were tasked with designing this new vehicle. The result was the Lincoln Indianapolis, an elegant and bold concept car that captured the essence of Ford's innovative spirit. Henry Ford II was impressed by the design and immediately approved its presentation at the Turin Motor Show.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: Hagerty)
In 2002, the Lincoln Indianapolis underwent a complete restoration. The restoration team meticulously followed Boano's original design, ensuring that the car's integrity and aesthetic were preserved. The exterior was painted a vibrant orange, while the interior was upholstered in black-and-white genuine leather, replicating the original look.
1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept is equipped with a V8 engine capable of producing more than 200 horsepower. (Picture from: Hagerty)
The car's historical and artistic value was recognized in 2006 when it was sold at Gooding & Company’s auction in Pebble Beach, California, for $1,375,000. This significant sale highlighted the car's importance in automotive history. Five years later, the Lincoln Indianapolis was sold again at RM’s Andrews Collection sale in Fort Worth for $1.21 million, further cementing its status as a valuable collector's item.
Rear three quarter of 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano retro concept. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
The story of the Lincoln Indianapolis is a testament to the visionary leadership of Henry Ford II and the creative genius of Felice Mario Boano. Their collaboration resulted in a car that not only showcased cutting-edge design and engineering but also captured the imagination of car enthusiasts around the world. The Lincoln Indianapolis remains a symbol of innovation and a celebrated piece of automotive history.
In reflecting on the journey of the Lincoln Indianapolis, we see a blend of ambition, creativity, and collaboration. These elements came together to produce a car that was not only ahead of its time but also remains iconic to this day. This story serves as a reminder of what can be achieved when visionaries push the boundaries of what is possible, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of automotive design. *** [EKA [13042020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HAGERTY ]
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Saturday, May 25, 2024

NEVS Emily GT: Winding Road of SAAB's Legacy With a 600-Mile Range

The Rise of the Legend - The automotive world is abuzz with the revival of SAAB's legacy through the NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) Emily GT. This remarkable electric GT car not only pays homage to SAAB's heritage but also propels the brand into a new era of electric innovation. The extraordinary car creation from Trollhättan, Sweden, made its debut at the eCarExpo in Gothenburg from December 1st to 3rd, 2023.
This remarkable NEVS Emily GT not only honors SAAB's heritage but also propels the brand into a new era of electric innovation. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Led by a team of seasoned engineers and industry experts, the development of the Emily GT represents a fusion of Swedish craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. At the helm of the Emily GT project is Peter Dahl, a veteran engineer with decades of experience at SAAB Automotive. Dahl's expertise and vision have been instrumental in shaping the Emily GT into a formidable contender in the electric vehicle market. With a team of 350 dedicated professionals, Dahl has overseen the development of a car that embodies performance, sustainability, and luxury.
The NEVS Emily GT featuring four ProteanDrive In-Wheel Motors that deliver a combined output of 480 horsepower. (Picture from: BlsckXperience)
One of the key highlights of the NEVS Emily GT is its powertrain, featuring four ProteanDrive In-Wheel Motors that deliver a combined output of 480 horsepower. This impressive power output propels the Emily GT from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, showcasing its performance prowess. Additionally, the Emily GT boasts a range of 620 miles (998 km) on a single charge, thanks to its spacious interior and a battery capacity of up to 175 kWh.
Attendees at SLD2023 were thrilled to get a first look at the NEVS Emily GT Prototype. (Picture from: SAAB Planet)
Beyond its impressive performance figures, the Emily GT prioritizes sustainability without compromising on luxury and comfort. The interior of the Emily GT is designed to accommodate five occupants, with premium materials and state-of-the-art technology enhancing the driving experience. Furthermore, NEVS has incorporated advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride for all passengers.
The NEVS Emily GT embodies Swedish design elegance, seamlessly blending sleek aesthetics with cutting-edge technology to create a sophisticated and innovative head-turner on the road. (Picture from: BlsckXperience)
Looking ahead, NEVS aims to transition the Emily GT from prototype to production, combining performance, sustainability, and luxury. CEO Nina Selander's optimism about the Emily GT's market reception reflects confidence in NEVS' ability to deliver. Despite NEVS' decision to enter hibernation and cease product development activities since April 2023, strategic partnerships and global collaborations remain crucial for NEVS to shape the Emily GT's trajectory.
Stepping inside reveals a spacious and elegant cabin blending comfort, technology, high-quality materials, plush seating, and intuitive controls, creating an inviting atmosphere for both driver and passengers. (Picture from: BlsckXperience)
A recent partnership with EV Electra, a prominent Middle Eastern company based in Montreal, Canada, underscores NEVS' commitment to advancing electric mobility globally. EV Electra's interest in NEVS' projects, including the Emily GT and the PONS autonomous shuttle, highlights the industry's recognition of NEVS' innovative approach.
Revolutionary rear end design: NEVS Emily's distinctive LED lights steal the spotlight. (Picture from: BlsckXperience)
In a show of commitment, EV Electra reportedly acquired an Italian factory post-Emily GT acquisition, as quoted by Autoblog in April 2024. This strategic move showcases NEVS' ability to turn innovative ideas into reality. Keep an eye on EV Electra's endeavors to transform electric performance with the Emily GT, leading towards a brighter and more sustainable automotive future.
In conclusion, the Emily GT represents more than just a car; it embodies a legacy reborn and a vision for a sustainable automotive future. With its blend of performance, innovation, and global collaboration, the Emily GT is poised to leave a lasting impact on the electric vehicle market. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SAAB PLANET | NEVS | EVELECTRA | TOPGEAR | CARSCOOPS | AUTOBLOG ]
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