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Friday, April 12, 2024

The Mystique of Meyrignac: Unraveling the Secrets of a Classic Car

The Mysterious Gems - Exploring the world of classic cars takes us on a thrilling adventure filled with tales of creativity and skill. Today, we uncover the fascinating story behind a unique sports car from the 1970s, born in the modest workshop of a talented French car enthusiast and unveiled at the prestigious 1977 Geneva Auto Show
The Meyrignac A110 Coupe, designed by Denis Meyrignac, utilized the chassis and mechanics of the Alpine A110 1600S Berlinette, debuting at the esteemed 1977 Geneva Auto Show. (Picture from: ClassicAndSportscar)
This exceptional creation, was conceived by Denis Meyrignac based on the chassis and mechanics of the Alpine A110 1600S Berlinette, named the Meyrignac A110 Coupe. What sets this car apart is not just its striking wedge-shaped design but also the engineering decisions behind it. 
The Meyrignac A110 Coupe showcased a distinctive wedge-shaped design typical of the 1970s era. (Picture from: LesAlpinistes)
Meyrignac's choice of a Renault engine, in compliance with environmental standards of that era, proved pivotal. It allowed the car to undergo necessary emissions testing, showcasing its efficiency and eco-friendliness. Despite these advancements, challenges arose, leading Meyrignac to store the prototype in his basement for years.
The Meyrignac A110 Coupe offers a unique cabin access experience with its upward-opening canopy design. (Picture from: Papier Plié in Pinterest)
Speculation about the car's specifications, including debates on its engine type and original color, fueled intrigue and captivated enthusiasts. The mystery surrounding its features added to its allure, garnering significant attention upon its rediscovery.
The Meyrignac A110 Coupe boasts a wide windshield that offers a low riding position and wide viewing angles for enhanced driving experience. (Picture from: RareFrenchSportscars)
Renault Classic recognized its historical value and embarked on a restoration journey to preserve the Meyrignac Alpine A110 Coupe's legacy, and still with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. The revival of this remarkable vehicle not only celebrated Meyrignac's craftsmanship but also highlighted his subsequent achievements in the automotive industry. 
Before making its re-appearance at the prestigious 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Meyrignac A110 Coupe underwent a thorough restoration process following years of abandonment. (Picture from: ClassicAndRecreationSportscars)
Its appearance at the prestigious 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed served as a testament to its enduring design and Meyrignac's lasting impact. This momentous event opened doors to a successful career, including opportunities with Renault Formula 1 and the esteemed SERA design studio.
The story of the Meyrignac Alpine A110 Coupe mirrors the passion and ingenuity of classic car enthusiasts worldwide. Its rediscovery and restoration stand as a tribute to innovation and the timeless allure of vintage automobiles. As we admire its sleek lines and timeless appeal, we're reminded of the rich history woven into every classic car's journey. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RARE FRENCH SPORTSCARS | CLASSIC AND SPORTSCAR | LESALPINISTES | CLASSIC AND RECREATION SPORTSCARS ]
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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Unraveling the Mystery: The Unique Story Behind the Michelotti Boudot Conrero Coupe

EID MUBARAK
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Extinct Gems - In the vibrant world of automotive history, Italy stands as a stalwart producer of exquisite cars, thanks to its lineage of renowned carriage makers. Names like Pininfarina, Boano, Ghia, Bertone, and Vignale have graced the automotive scene with atypical versions that stand apart from the offerings of major manufacturers. This rich heritage has given rise to a plethora of unique models in the Italian market, showcasing a blend of artistry and engineering prowess.
The Michelotti Boudot Conrero Coupe represents a fusion of French-Italian craftsmanship and ingenuity, and crafted through a collaboration between Giovanni Michelotti, Virgilio Conrero (who created the engine), and Roger Boudot (chassis elements) in 1962. (Picture from: LiveJournal)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

George Barris' Masterpiece: The Timeless Appeal of the Oldsmobile Toronado 67X

EID MUBARAK
Before we begin, the team of writers would like to inform you, Trussty's loyal readers, that in the spirit of Eid ul-Fitr, we extend our warmest wishes of 'Happy Eid ul-Fitr 1 Syawal 1445 H. to all our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world.'
It's been a great pleasure being with you on this journey.
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CAR Masterpiece - Exploring the history of unique cars crafted by passionate automotive enthusiasts can be a fascinating journey through time. One such remarkable creation is a custom car model crafted by the renowned American autobuilder George Barris, which took center stage as a grand prize in a raffle organized by Imperial Oil Canada (Esso) in 1967.
The Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado, a custom car model by renowned American autobuilder George Barris, was crafted for Imperial Oil Canada (Esso) to commemorate Canada's centennial at Montreal's Expo 67. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
Designed to commemorate Canada's centennial at Montreal's Expo 67, Imperial Oil Canada (Esso) embarked on a journey of automotive innovation by partnering with Barris Kustom Industries to craft four bespoke 1967 Oldsmobile Toronados, later known as the Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado. These vehicles were envisioned as the epitome of family touring cars, seamlessly blending futuristic aesthetics with the prevailing trends of that era.
The Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado, built upon the 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado, epitomizes family touring cars by seamlessly blending futuristic aesthetics with era-defining trends. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
The Oldsmobile Toronado marked a significant milestone as the first front-wheel-drive American car since the 1937 Cord. Born in the wake of the iconic Batmobile, this automobile stands out as one of the most iconic creations of the 1960s. Skilled craftsmen at Barris Kustom meticulously transformed the Toronado by extending its wheelbase from 3022 to 3403 mm and the overall length from 5816 to 6121 mm, resulting in a visually striking and aerodynamically efficient masterpiece.
The Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado stands out as one of the most iconic creations of the 1960s, with its extended wheelbase from 3022 to 3403 mm and overall length from 5816 to 6121 mm, resulting in a visually striking and aerodynamically efficient masterpiece. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
The exterior enhancements exuded elegance, featuring convex fiberglass fenders, rectangular headlights, a hood adorned with eight exhaust pipes, and a sleek sloping fastback roof, all accentuated by chrome accents. These modifications not only elevated the car's aesthetic appeal but also contributed to its superior performance on the road.
The Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado's rear passenger compartment featured a curved sofa with a fold-out table. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
The spacious interior boasted swiveling front seats that could be turned to face the rear wrap-around lounge seat, providing occupants with a panoramic view of their surroundings. The elongated front and rear bumpers added a touch of aggression to the Toronado's appearance, complemented by oversized raised wheel wells that added a futuristic charm to the expansive seating area. The interior amenities included a pull-out table for rear passengers, dual radios, and an internal refrigerator, ensuring a luxurious and convenient driving experience.
The Oldsmobile Esso 67X Toronado, with its captivating Gold Metallic exterior and plush Tan interior, showcases Barris' unparalleled craftsmanship through meticulous customization. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
Finished in a captivating Gold Metallic exterior and a plush Tan interior, this meticulously customized Toronado serves as a testament to Barris' unparalleled craftsmanship. Every detail, from the unique wrap-around rear seating to the integrated writing desk, reflects a harmonious blend of innovation and luxury, solidifying its status as George Barris' crowning achievement.
Following Expo 67, the four Toronado 67Xs made their way to Esso gas stations, where they became the focal point of raffles offering enticing prizes like color televisions and cameras, with the grand prize being ownership of one of these iconic cars. Winners not only received the Toronado but also enjoyed additional perks such as complimentary gas, repairs, and insurance for a year, turning their dreams into reality.
The enduring legacy of the Toronado 67X lives on through the surviving examples, with one of them showcased at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria during Canada's 150th anniversary celebration in 2017. This lasting impact pays homage to the timeless allure and innovative spirit embodied by George Barris' remarkable creation, leaving an indelible mark on automotive history and captivating enthusiasts for generations to come. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VICTORIABUZZ | SCHMITT | AUTOMOTIVE-HERTITAGE | CARSTHATNEVERMADEITETC | CARSCOOPS | AUTOBLOG ]
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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Iconic Maserati 450S: A Triumph of Italian Automotive Excellence

⛔ THE LEGEND 💣 - Maserati, the iconic Italian automotive brand steeped in history since 1914 and now part of Fiat, is a name synonymous with luxury, performance, and style. Over the years, Maserati has produced a myriad of car models, showcasing its prowess in both the consumer market and the high-stakes world of racing.
1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe was handbuilt by Zagato in Italy by following the Costin specifications. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
One standout creation from Maserati's rich history is the Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe, a race car crafted to compete in the 1957 World Sportscar Championship, representing Italy's automotive excellence on the global stage.
1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe uses a 8-cylinder, 4.5 liter engine able to spew up to 400 hp of power. (Picture from: Supercars)
Originally conceived as a barchetta in 1956 and piloted by racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio in Buenos Aires, the car underwent a transformation in 1957 under the design genius of British automotive designer Frank Costin. The result was a stunning coupe variant, handcrafted by Zagato in Italy to precise Costin specifications, thus earning its distinctive hyphenated name.

Zagato's craftsmanship shone through in the coupe's lightweight aluminum body, adding a mere 65 kg compared to its barchetta counterpart. This emphasis on lightweight construction contributed significantly to the car's performance, making it a formidable contender on the racing circuit.
Interior view of the Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe, as seen during Maserati's centenary celebration back in 2015. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Dubbed 'Il Mostro' (The Monster) by Zagato, the car earned this moniker due to its striking design, meticulously honed for optimal functionality, paired with a potent 8-cylinder, 4.5-liter engine generating a staggering 400 hp.
 
The Maserati 450S took on formidable rivals like Ferrari and Jaguar at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, piloted by the legendary Stirling Moss and Harry Schell. Despite starting from second place, the car showcased its speed, leading the race for several laps with a top speed of 320 kph. However, an unfortunate engine failure prevented it from finishing the race.
1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe changed into a road-legal car after purchased by an American car fans named Byron Staver in 1958. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Post-Le Mans, the car underwent a transformation, becoming road-legal under the ownership of American enthusiast Byron Staver, who tastefully repainted it in elegant black, departing from its original 'rosso corsa' hue.

Renumbered as 4512 by Maserati
and further refined by Fantuzzi, the coupe exchanged hands over the years, finding a temporary home at the Rosso Bianco Museum in Germany from 1978 to 2002. Resurrected by Maserati collector Alfredo Brener in 2002 after restoration in Italy, the car stands as a testament to Maserati and Zagato's enduring legacy in automotive excellence.
Later this 1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe inspired the new car named Maserati Zagato Mostro in 2015. (Picture from: Aeromobilia)
In a poignant tribute to its heritage, Maserati unveiled the Maserati Zagato Mostro supercar in 2015, drawing inspiration from the iconic Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe, a fitting homage to a timeless masterpiece that continues to captivate enthusiasts worldwide.
The journey of the Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato Coupe encapsulates the intersection of artistry, engineering, and racing prowess, showcasing the enduring allure of Italian automotive craftsmanship through the annals of time. *** [EKA [09112020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING | SUPERCARS] AUTOMOTIVPRESS.FR | GOODWOOD ROAD&RACING | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Monday, April 8, 2024

Copper Elegance: Exploring the Unique Design of Exemplar I

ONE-OFF - In the world of automotive history, one particular car stands out as a testament to the enduring allure of copper, brass, and bronze in car design. The 1967 Exemplar I Concept is a unique creation that aimed to restore the prestige of these materials in an era dominated by steel and chrome.
The 1967 Exemplar I Concept is a unique creation that aimed to restore the prestige of copper, brass, and bronze materials in an era dominated by steel and chrome. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
During the Brass Era, which spanned from 1896 to 1915, copper, brass, and bronze were integral to car construction. However, as mass production techniques evolved, these materials were gradually replaced by steel, nickel plating, and enamel. Chrome emerged as the go-to coating, defining the aesthetic of cars for decades.
The Exemplar I was designed by Mario Revelli de Beaumont and built by Carrozzeria Coggiola, it was first shown to the world at the 1968 New York Auto Show. (Picture from: Silodrome)
The resurgence of copper in automotive design began in 1964 when the Copper Development Association collaborated with Carrozzeria Sibona-Bassano to create the 1964 Mercer-Cobra designed by Virgil M. Exner Sr. and his son, Virgil M. Exner Jr. Despite its attention-grabbing design, the industry did not immediately embrace copper on a large scale.
The 1967 Exemplar I Concept built based on Buick Riviera Gran Sport, and showcased a futuristic design ahead of its time, resembling vehicles from the mid-1970s rather than the late 1960s. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
The turning point came in 1967 with the unveiling of Exemplar I. Funded by the Bridgeport Brass Company and the Copper Development Association, this car was a reimagined 1967 Buick Riviera Gran Sport, featuring a modern body designed by Mario Revelli de Beaumont and built by Carrozzeria Coggiola in Turin, Italy.
Inside the cabin, copper plating is prominently featured, extending to the car's exterior as well. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
The Exemplar I showcased a futuristic design ahead of its time, resembling vehicles from the mid-1970s rather than the late 1960s. Its innovative features included dual radiators and a front-mounted spare tire, challenging traditional automotive norms.
The interior of Exemplar I was equally striking, adorned with copper-plated elements from center consoles to trim pieces. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
The interior of Exemplar I was equally striking, adorned with copper-plated elements from center consoles to trim pieces. However, the excessive use of copper somewhat overshadowed the car's groundbreaking design, leading to mixed reactions.
Under the hood, you'll find the spare wheel at the front, along with dual radiators and a significant presence of copper plating and components, showcasing the material's importance. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
Following its debut at the 1968 New York Auto Show, Exemplar I embarked on a nationwide tour, captivating audiences with its unique blend of style and material innovation. However, due to regulatory constraints, the car could not be registered for road use in the United States.
The Exemplar I serves as a fascinating chapter in automotive history, highlighting the ongoing quest for innovation and the enduring appeal of unconventional materials in car design. (Picture from: BringATrailer)
Fortunately, the car found a savior in Herman Steinkraus, president of the Bridgeport Brass Company, who purchased it to preserve its legacy. After decades in private ownership, the car underwent restoration and is now (in April 2024) offered for sale, registered and ready for the road in Vermont as a 1967 Buick Riviera.
The story of Exemplar I serves as a fascinating chapter in automotive history, highlighting the ongoing quest for innovation and the enduring appeal of unconventional materials in car design. Its journey from show car to road-legal masterpiece underscores the timeless allure of craftsmanship and creativity in the automotive world. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BRINGATRAILER | SILODROME | AUTOEVOLUTION | CONCEPTCARZ ]
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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Reviving Glory: The Remarkable Resurrection of a Luxurious Classic Car!

Time Capsule - In 2007, a remarkable event unfolded in the automotive world as a Plymouth Belvedere, fondly known as Miss Belvedere, emerged from a time capsule where it had been frozen since 1957. This event captivated the hearts of classic car enthusiasts worldwide, showcasing the enduring appeal of vintage automobiles.
In 1957, Miss Belvedere deliberately buried by Virgil Exner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Pictures from:RailroadJack in Flickr)
Back in 1957, Virgil Exner made a deliberate decision to bury Miss Belvedere, intending for it to be unearthed years later as a testament to the automotive aesthetics of that era. Fast forward to 2007, the unveiling of Miss Belvedere in Tulsa, Oklahoma, marked a nostalgic journey into the past, highlighting the automotive ingenuity of the mid-20th century.
In 1957, Miss Belvedere deliberately buried by Virgil Exner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Pictures from: FacingMountain)
Despite being buried under layers of concrete for decades, Miss Belvedere emerged with a patina of dirt and rust, a testament to its resilience against the elements. Surprisingly, the rust had not compromised the structural integrity of the car, showcasing the quality of craftsmanship inherent in vehicles of that time.
Miss Belvedere shortly after getting out of her grave in 2007. (Pictures from: PinkNantucket)
The unveiling revealed a car that, despite its weathered appearance, still retained much of its original beauty. The rust, though visually apparent, had not penetrated deep enough to cause irreparable damage, showcasing the durability of vintage automotive design.
Miss Belvedere shortly after getting out of her grave in 2007. (Pictures from: TheJournalRecord)
Efforts to bring Miss Belvedere back to life were met with technical challenges, particularly in getting the engine to start due to fuel system issues. However, with the expertise of restoration professionals from Graveyard Cars, the car was successfully transported to a garage for restoration.
Miss Belvedere in 2009, and as it looks today. (Picture from: Hemmings Daily)
The resurrection of Miss Belvedere serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of classic cars and the dedication of enthusiasts to preserve automotive history. The phrase "It's Alive!" resonates, akin to the iconic scene from Frankenstein, as Miss Belvedere was revived from its slumber.
Today, Miss Belvedere resides at Wayne Lensing's Historic Auto Museum in Roscoe, Illinois, where it continues to captivate visitors with its timeless allure and historical significance. Its journey from a buried time capsule to a meticulously restored masterpiece is a testament to the passion and craftsmanship that define the world of classic cars. *** [EKA [31012015] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HISTORICAUTOATTRACTIONS | FACINGMOUNTAIN | HEMMINGS DAILY | PINKNANTUCKET | THEJOURNALRECORD ]
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Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Untold Story of Lou Fageol’s Dual-Powered Porsche Marvels

Forgotten Icons - Louis J. Fageol from Cleveland, Ohio, internationally known as Lou Fageol left an indelible mark on the world of racing with his Porsche innovative and daring creations. While Porsche enthusiasts often marvel at the evolution of the brand's iconic sports cars, it's figures like Fageol who add a touch of rebellious flair to the narrative.
Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche constructed from airplane drop tanks on a box channel frame with Porsche suspension bits, while attended at Pebble Beach April 1955 shows. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
Fageol's journey into automotive notoriety began with his fascination for dual-engine setups. This obsession stemmed from his father's legacy, Frank Fageol, was a co-founder of the Fageol Motors Company (along with his brother William) whose pioneered the concept of twin-engine buses in the early 20th century.
The original Fageol's car with 356 coupe body and '51-2 Packard grille in early August 1953 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, during SCCA races held as part of the annual Seattle Seafair celebration. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
Among Frank's notable achievements was the development of a twin-engined bus, which he sold under the Twin Coach Company name. This familial connection to engineering excellence laid the groundwork for Lou's audacious experiments with Porsche cars.
Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche with a flip top entry while raced at the 400 km race of Albany, and finished second with the unlimited class all-wheel-drive sports car. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
One of Lou Fageol's most striking creations was the Twin-engined Porsche racer. Unlike anything seen before, these cars were a testament to Fageol's ingenuity and willingness to push boundaries. The idea of marrying two Porsche engines to enhance performance was both bold and brilliant.
Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche racer with a small sided, and flip top entries. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
The impact of Fageol's creations reverberated through racing circuits, where they earned a reputation for intimidating even seasoned competitors. His dual-engine Porsche not only showcased technical prowess but also hinted at the future of four-wheel-drive sports cars.
Interior view of Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
Fageol's innovations didn't stop there. He continued to refine his designs, culminating in a second car featuring a lightweight pipe frame and aluminum body—a true embodiment of racing aesthetics fused with engineering excellence. This car, powered by two Porsche 1500 Super engines, marked a pinnacle in Fageol's career.
Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche powered by two Porsche 1500 Super engines (in pictured was its front engine), marked a pinnacle in Fageol's career. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
One notable event that highlighted the capabilities of Fageol's creations was the 400 km race in Albany, where his all-wheel-drive sports car secured a commendable second-place finish. The car's design, reminiscent of Pininfarina prototypes, underscored Fageol's ability to blend performance with aesthetics seamlessly.
Lou Fageol's second radical twin-engined Porsche powered by two Porsche 1500 Super engines (in pictured was its rear engine), marked a pinnacle in Fageol's career. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
Despite the passage of time, the legacy of Lou Fageol lives on in the annals of automotive history. His pioneering spirit and relentless pursuit of innovation continue to inspire generations of engineers and enthusiasts alike. Fageol's contributions to the evolution of Porsche racing remain a testament to the enduring allure of pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible on the track.
Lou Fageol's radical twin-engined Porsche featuring a lightweight pipe frame and aluminum body—a true embodiment of racing aesthetics fused with engineering excellence. (Picture from: JustACarGuy)
In retrospect, Lou Fageol's journey serves as a reminder that true innovation knows no bounds. As we celebrate the legacy of Porsche and its trailblazers, let us not forget the mavericks like Fageol, whose passion and daring paved the way for the remarkable machines we admire today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EXCELLENCE-MAG | ZWISCHENGAS | JUSTACARGUY | JALOPNIK | RESERVATORY6 ]
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