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Showing posts with label Sportscar. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The most powered Porsche sportscar in the 1990s

When we were talking about the 1990s supercars, the first things that crossed the mind were McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJ220, and Porsche 959. However, it turns out that Porsche once had one forgotten sports car named the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion is one of the most powered sports cars in the 1990s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WHOleb)
Back in 2017, it was sold for $5,665,000 or approx Rp.7 billion in one of the Gooding & Company auction events. When offered the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion, it is still in a well-maintained state and has no defects or damage. The mileage of this vehicle has only reached 7,900 kilometers. So what makes this classic sportscar able to achieve so expensive selling prices?
One of the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion was sold for $5,665,000 at the Gooding & Company auction events in 2017. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ucs0DO)
As quoted of Carscoops, at that time, the Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturers should make several units of cars that were legal for use on the streets as one of the requirements to join endurance racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans. And the Porsche 911 GT1 made in 1996 which later became the Porsche's ticket to participate in the FIA GT Championship.
Left side view of the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This Porsche beautiful road-legal version, of which only 20 units were ever produced of its initial plan as much as 25 units. The car was designed with a wide frame and spoilers, and front lip. Its rear is inspired by Porsche 962, and front by Porsche 993 with elevated ground clearance, the suspension is softer, the gear and engine ratios are adjusted.
Compact interior vies of 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
Likewise, the interior also looks aggressive, especially the instrument panel that shows various indicators. This model is as fierce as the racing version, so it has the impression of being uncomfortable for use on the highway.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion used a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This street-legal car version is equipped with a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. The engine sector is capable of generating power up to 544 hp at 7,000 rpm, with torque reaching 600 Nm at 4,250 rpm. No wonder this car can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers in just 3.7 seconds. This car can also run up to 310 kilometers per hour.
The appearance and performance numbers of this car is quite impressive for a car from the 1990s, so it's not surprising in its heyday, this sports car was considered one of the most powerful cars of the era. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE THINGS |]
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Monday, March 30, 2020

An exotic 1940s Stanguellini Ala d'Oro sports cars

Looking at a row of racing cars of the 1940s that have a unique and unusual shape is very pleasant for us. Especially cars manufactured by Italian automotive manufacturers.

One of them was a racing car that could be said success in various racing events at the time named the Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Ala d’Oro (where Ala d'Oro is the Italian words means 'golden wing').
1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The cars were initially built by Fiat in 1934 and sold as the 508 S models. Then the exotic-styled roadster and coupe models were built based on the 508 S models done by Automobili Stanguellini, a small sports car maker based in Modena.
Front view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The company was founded by Vittorio Stanguellini. It was most active between 1946 and 1960 and continued to produce competition cars until 1981 when Vittorio Stanguellini died; thenceforth, the company devoted to vintage cars.
Rear side view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The first model known as the Stanguellini Sports Barchetta Ala d’Oro was born in 1943 out of the imagination of Francesco Stanguellini, a son of the company founder, Vittorio Stanguellini. The Italian company, despite its small size, enjoyed a glorious history of victories, even over its more famous 'cousins' at Ferrari.
1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
Francesco had a passion for race cars and was described as 'the engine wizard' by the press for his ability to build light and powerful cars by transforming other models’ frames and engines. One day he drew the first sketch of this splendid vehicle by using a 1,110cc 4-cylinder Fiat's engine. 
Left side view of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The engine was capable to burst power of up to 45hp and make it run to 185 kilometers per hour at top speed. So the cars which would win the Italian Sportscar Championship in 1946 and 1947.
Rearview of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The second sports models is the Stanguellini Sports Berlinetta Ala d’Oro equipped with a very special dynamic hardtop that was often used by drivers for endurance and road races such as the 1000 Miglia.
In 1946 it was purchased by Cornelio Corazza di Treviglio who re-registered it with RE 131665 plates, it is at this time that the car underwent the replacement of the engine (currently mounted) and was re-bodied by the Carrozzeria Ala d'Oro.

These two wonderful designs of the Ala d’Oro still lets the world's classic car enthusiast imagination soar until today. ***  [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ITALIAN WAYS | ROUTEVECCHIE | AQUARAMABEC | COACHBUILD]
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Seeing Lambo Athon concept that we've never been known before

It turns out that the Tesla Cybertruck was not the first vehicle to apply an unusual shape. At least the shape of the front fascia that is almost similar to the pull of sharp and tapered lines turned out to have also been a trend in the automotive industry in the 1970s to early 1980s.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone appeared with the front fascia designed in the pull of sharp and tapered lines. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39UzGjy)
Apparently, this also invited the interest of Lamborghini to design and make a concept car in 1980, which was named the Lamborghini Athon Concept. Like not wanting to lose from the others, the Italian car manufacturer which is famous for producing supercars has also once offered a radical concept and was named after an ancient Egyptian sun god.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone uses a 3-liter V8 engine, which is capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower only. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39XZhrT)
During the late 1970s, Automobili Lamborghini was having financial difficulties and slowly went into bankruptcy and made some car enthusiasts were surprised when the dream car was introduced. Indeed, not many people know about this Lamborghini concept car. For his time, the Athon's unique figure looked very futuristic. This Athon concept car was made based on  Lamborghini Silhouette P300 which was produced between 1976 and 1979 as many as 55 units.
Inside the cabin of Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone featured the futuristic-styled steering wheel and panels, so made it is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
Yes, the raging bull logoed premium car manufacturer then collaborated with its compatriot coachbuilder company Bertone to create a tapered-designed and accompanied with the futuristic-styled panels in its cabin, so made this Lamborghini concept car is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone was designed by Marc Deschamps, Marcello Gandini’s successor, and introduced at the 1980 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
But unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work due to the Athon isn't as fast as other Lambo models. Although the car concept uses a 3-liter V8 engine accompanied with the 5-speed manual transmission system, which is only capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower. With those engine powers, the car could reach top speeds of 70 miles per hour and could go from 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. So the car then made only one.
If you pay close attention, the steering wheel design of this car looks as if it is floating. All of that thanks to the accuracy of the design, if at a certain angle the steering wheel looks floating. In addition, the car gear lever also has a unique shape such as the folding knife handle, there's also a touchscreen instrumental panel and even a phone.

If you are wondering what happened to the Athon, it was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in 2011 and managed to fetch €347,200 ($392,700). At that moment, the car was in "absolutely original condition" and hopefully it remains the same to this day. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | THE THINGS | THE AUTOBODY REVIEW]
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Silhouette, the first Lambo featuring a removable roof

Development of V8 engined cars carried out by Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. does not stop with the Urraco model. It has not been able to produce the best model yet, although the development process has cost a lot of money including funds from Ferruccio himself and the company.

It was more crucial and critical that the company's finances at that time were not in good condition where the sales figures could not compensate for its large investments, even after the Urraco P300 model was introduced. Even worse, the factory was not in a position to consider replacing Urraco at that time.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Ferruccio still believes that the more mainstream models could succeed and make more money than the exotic V12 supercars, so he asked Bertone to redesign the Urraco P300 into a different looking car, so as to be able to drive sales to a level that would boost sales to a level that would finally create some decent return on the massive investment in the development of the V8 engined cars.

Then Bertone prepared the first prototype which was projected as the Urraco's successor. The prototype was displaying the extension of the round wheel arches and modified rear window, further development of this initial concept leads to the figure that came to be known as the very special Lamborghini Silhouette which was first shown to the public at the 1976 Geneva Auto Show.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was a targa-style version of the Urraco P300. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
The refurbished model still clearly showed its Urraco origins but took the original design several years into the future. The Silhouette would become the first production Lamborghini featuring a removable roof section creating a convertible model.

Only one downturn on this configuration is the removal of the rear seats and for the Lamborghini Silhouette, the configuration changes into two seats by making enough space to store its removable roof section in the rear, where those two removed seats located before.

Then in the interior of the Silhouette, there was a significant improvement over the previous Urraco model, such as the use of a magnificent new bucket seat, far more stylish with an aggressive exterior. But the use of standard fabrics is still used with a beautiful vertical line in the middle of the chair and backrest.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1976 Lamborghini Silhouette. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vwtvTS)
Although the interior was changed to a more ergonomic style with a new dashboard that tilted slightly towards the driver, the use of genuine leather for the interior is still optional for the Silhouette. Imagine being caught in some heavy rain with a cloth interior. It could be a problem if you didn’t bring those beach towels with you.

Shifting on the exterior, the impressive deep front spoiler with similar styled, squared-off wheel arch extensions as needed to cover the innovative telephone dial wheels shod with state of the art Pirelli P7 tires, 285 mm wide at the rear. Then the wheel size increased from the original 14 inches to a larger 15 inches, while the overall width of the rim rose to 11 inches at the rear.

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette used a V8 engine derived from the Urraco P300 is driven up to 265 hp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Then the entire suspension geometry was modified to keep those 285 mm of Italian rubber as flat as possible on the road and maintain full traction on the wide rear wheel at all times. The Miura inspired engine cover design from the Urraco was lost during the redesign, and a new tunnel back was introduced incorporating a rollover cage to comply with safety regulations for open-top cars.

While the engine is derived from the Urraco P300 but is driven up to 265 hp which means adding weight from the substantial modifications needed to the chassis to go roof-less, it does not mean that the Silhouette would stay behind the Urraco P300 when driving on the open road.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was kept in production for only two years, with a total at no more than 52 units from which only 27 to 31 are believed to have survived today. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Overall, this should be a good idea of ​​open-top driving a true Lamborghini very appealing to potential buyers, but the Silhouette couldn’t fulfill its high hopes. So it does not make the company's financial condition better, due to Lamborghini couldn’t convince customers to buy the Silhouette. And even worse is the fact that the company was unable to certify the Silhouette for sale in the United States, possibly the biggest market for this kind of Lamborghini.

The Lamborghini Silhouette was kept in production for only two years, with a total at no more than 52 units from which only 27 to 31 are believed to have survived today. And it is not surprising that this model is now included in one of the rare Lamborghini models so to get it requires more effort at a high cost too, just like the whole experience of the V8 engined car development that was carried out by the late Ferruccio back in the Seventies.
However, the development efforts of the V8 engined car by the Italian premium car manufacturer have not stopped at the Lamborghini Urraco and Silhouette even though production stopped in 1979. Then the last reincarnation of the V8 engined model was continued on the Lamborghini Jalpa which was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show 1981. And the final model of V8-engined car would show some decent production numbers outselling all its predecessors several times over. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAMBO CARS | SUPERCARS.NET]
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Gemballa Avalanche, an off-road version of Porsche 911

Design modifications often attract the attention of automotive enthusiasts. Because not only presents a design that is more okay and new, design modifications often provide inspiration for modification enthusiasts. But have you ever imagined if the Porsche 911 was modified to be an offroad car?

If you never imagine it, try to see this Porsche modification which is guaranteed to change the total look of the car to be cooler. Because with a touch of almost the entire body to make a German-born car this one is very different as a result of Gemballa's creations.
This fierce-look Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 dirt-monster concept made based on the Porsche 911. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QiRFZs)
Gemballa, one of the leading automotive tuners managed to modify the Porsche 911 by changing its appearance to a 4x4 off-road car. The results of the car modification became known as the Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 Concept.

However, the automotive tuner did not provide information about the change package embedded in the Porsche 911. However, the exterior design of the modified Porsche 911 looks like a rally car.

Call it on the bonnet which is replaced with a new bonnet with ventilation that can remove the heat from the engine properly. In addition, the part of the roof was changed in order to be able to cut the wind well.
The Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 Concept' body presenting a stronger impression in each corner by adding wide wings to the rear to add the tough impression. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QiRFZs)
Then, the composition is done on the body by presenting a stronger impression in each corner and adding wide wings to the rear to add the impression of being tough and able to cut the wind perfectly, so as to increase performance.






Gemballa sharpens its corporate strategy and provides an outlook on future models... We will be introducing numerous new models over the next 24 months and expanding our dealer network worldwide,” states Steffen Korbach, owner and CEO of Gemballa. New Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 and Tornado 4x4 He continues: “First and foremost, we will continue to focus on customizing and increasing the performance of Porsche models, but we are also open to other brands. The prototype of the Gemballa Avalanche 4.2 RS based on the Porsche 991, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, is now to be launched this year in an exclusive small series based on the Porsche 991 and 992. The performance data will outshine all comparable vehicles. In 2016, we already discussed the development of a 4x4 variant of the Porsche Cayenne as the Gemballa Tornado 4x4 and the Porsche 911 as the Gemballa Avalanche 4x4. Designs for both vehicles have been in the drawer for a long time.” Performance increase with over 1,000 HP in preparation The Luxury Customization Division is currently marketing very successfully the body kit conversion for the Porsche 991/992 under the name “GTR 8XX Evo-R BiTurbo” with an increase in performance to currently 818 bhp and 1,098 Nm and an acceleration of 2.3 seconds from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of over 370 km/h (230 mph). A performance variant with over 1,000 bhp is being worked on and will be launched in the summer. High investments in development and expansion of high quality standards “After years of consolidation, we are now preparing a major product offensive with new considerable investments,” says Steffen Korbach, adding: “A lot has changed in our sector. Stricter state guidelines and laws, new trends, and competition from vehicle manufacturers are having a massive impact on the vehicle customization business. We have worked long and hard and since 2010 have invested over 15 million Euro in modernizing the brand and improving product quality. All of this with the aim of standing out from the mainstream also in the future.” #gemballa
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Then the tuner also overhauled the legs of the car by replacing a new suspension and using tough tires that can be used in any terrain area, especially muddy lanes. This means that the car is deliberately designed to be able to devour all-terrain, even more so Gemballa Avalanche will carry the 4x4 wheel drive.

But unfortunately, the special Porsche automotive tuner did not provide complete information about the release date or production of the modified Porsche 911. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GEMBALLA | AUTOBLOG | HYPERBEAST]
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Urraco, 1970s-style V8-engined Lamborghini sports car

In the early 1970s, Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. was seen actively developing V8-engined cars, this can be seen in the development of the Lamborghini Urraco model and was also intended to rival its compatriot manufacturer iconic model, Ferrari Dino.
Lamborghini Urrapco designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
And Lamborghini Urraco is a 2+2 mid-engined sports car designed by Marcello Gandini, who at that time was still working at the Carrozzeria Bertone. In its time, this model was arguably the milestone of the birth of a cheap 'raging bull' logoed sports car. Due to the consumers could get this sports car at a cheaper price than the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Dino at the time.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Lamborghini Urraco. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
Besides that, this model was produced specifically for the Italian automotive market, which at that time intended to avoid the heavy tax imposed on cars with engines with a capacity of over 2.0-liter. However, the Sant'Agata-based premium car manufacturer also offers the model with an engine above 2.0-liter.
Rear side view of Lamborghini Urraco. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
The Lamborghini Urraco has a sleek body with the pop-up typical headlights of the 1970s and uses several V8 engine options, including 2.0 liters, 2.5 liters or 3.0 liters with an output range of 180 - 247 horsepower. The maximum speed that could be reached by the Urraco is 260 kph for its highest variant.
The raging bull logoed automotive manufacturer produced the Urraco model in the period between 1973 to 1979 with only 66 units having been built and introduced for the first time at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. Today, the Lamborghini Urraco is sat among the scarce, exorbitant priced sports cars, and one of the most sought after by the collectors and fans of classic Italian sports cars. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP SPEED]
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The most sophisticated Porsche sportscar of 1980s

Now, We're back to Porsche again. The Porsche 918 Spyder might be the car with the best technological achievements ever built by Porsche to date. Even so, long before the 918 Spyder was invented, this German manufacturer apparently had created a supercar concept that also carried the high technology of its day.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort said to be the most advanced car of the 1980s(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q8XkRB)
The car is a Porsche 959, and it was known as one of the high-tech supercars that were successfully created by Porsche AG in 1986. The car was originally named Gruppe B because it was planned to be used as a racing car at the Group B rally, and began construction in 1981. However, when the prototype was completed in 1987, it turned out that the Group B rally had been disbanded in 1986.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TLf6N8)
This car was used for research before it was decided to be produced. The Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturer produced this supercar model in a limited number, which was only 337 units (including 37 prototypes and preproduction models) between 1986 and 1989.

This car is produced in two versions, namely Sport and Komfort, where the Sport version is a car made specifically for racing purposes while the Komfort is the legal road version. Because of the high demand for this car, in 1992 and 1993, Porsche made eight more 959 cars, which were built from parts in Zuffenhausen.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q8XkRB)
The Porsche 959 is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system. The machine is capable of spewing power output of up to 530 horsepower. Armed with its wild engine power, the Porsche 959 is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. A pretty impressive performance, isn't?   

As for achievements, this car is very well known in the racing world because it is probably the only sports car that has ever won the Dakar Rally and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also recorded as the holder of the highest top speed record (197 mph) before being taken over by the Ferrari F40.
This supercar is reportedly never officially imported into the United States or other countries so that it is a fairly rare car. The difficulty of finding the existence of this sophisticated supercar also had contributed to making the selling prices of the used Porsche 959 cars in exorbitant. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Friday, March 13, 2020

The last Bugatti Type 101 by Virgil Exner

As stated in the previous article, regarding the rise of the French premium car manufacturers in the post-war period. At that time the manufacturer in difficult times and tried to regain a place of honor in the world automotive industry through its famous model, Bugatti Type 101.
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia was was designed by Virgil Exner and built by the Italian coachbuilder Ghia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TR4c79)
These models were built using the basis of the legendary Bugatti Type 57 Pre-War model. In total there were 7 chassis of Type 57 Pre-War built and bodied by three different coachbuilders, such as Gangloff, Guilloré, and Antem before the company sank into bankruptcy.
Sketch of the Bugatti Type 101C Ghia is made by Virgil Exner. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
The last Type 101 was designed by Virgil Exner then built by the Italian coachbuilder Ghia atop the legendary Type 57 Pre-War chassis with the chassis number of 101-506 and later known as Bugatti Type 101C Ghia. It was exhibited at the 1965 Turin Motor Show in an attempt to revive the brand, but financing could not be arranged and production plans were scrapped. In the end, the car sold to Exner, and he owned the car for many years.
This Bugatti Type 101C Ghia was exhibited for the first time at the 1965 Turin Motor Show in an attempt to revive the brand(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
It all began in December 1963, when Virgil Exner in Esquire published a series of seven design proposals to revive classic cars (mostly Americans) drawn according to modern tastes. Where four models in-between successfully transformed into a full-size car by Virgil Exner himself, namely Stutz Blackhawk, Duesenberg Model D, Mercer-Cobra and this Bugatti Type 101C Ghia.
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia also featured the sporty high-class dashboard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
For the Bugatti case, he then sent the chassis he bought in 1961 to Ghia, to realize the car figure in accordance with his previous design. Then at the Ghia atelier, the Type 101 chassis were shortened by a full 460mm and the steel bodywork with Virgil’s design was placed on it with only minor changes, namely the side-mounted exhaust pipes and raked windshield (which gave place to a tasteful split windscreen).
The 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia used a slightly updated version of the 3,257 cc straight-8 supercharged engine, producing around 200 hp(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
After 6 months of work, the work was completed presented at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, at that time there were 50 buyers signed up for the car, and said Elvis Presley the most notorious among them.
The rear-design of 1965 Bugatti Type 101C Ghia is also very "sexy," with the slim and high rear end. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vGRcct)
Unfortunately, Exner fell into financial problems before the production could start and the project was aborted, the car is taken as a part of the payment for debts. Exner was obliged to sell the car to Thomas Barett III, who after that sold it to Irving Tushinsky and subsequently to Mr. Anderson. 

The Blackhawk Behring Museum bought it in about 1984 and sold it in December 1988 to General William Lyon, its current owner who also owns the famous Type 10 Petit Pur-Sang, the first real Bugatti which Ettore built in the basement of his house while working as a manager for Deutz, two years before the foundation of his factory. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTO.HOWSTUFFWORKS | DRIVETRIBE | WIKIPEDIA | CARSTYLING.RU | ALLCARINDEX | SPECIALCARSTORE]
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Monday, March 9, 2020

The unique torpedo-likened car of the 1960s

You are certainly familiar with an Italian designer named Giovanni Michelotti, who works more as an independent designer and has designed many famous vehicles from various world-renowned automaker brands. 
1968 DAF 55 Siluro designed by Giovanni Michelotti made its first debut at the 1968 Geneva Motorshow. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39myrJQ)
One of the concept vehicles ever designed by him is the DAF 55 Siluro (the name derived from an Italian word which roughly means 'Torpedo'), due to the car has a unique design with long sloping silhouette lines that runs on both sides of the exterior and hood.
1968 DAF 55 Siluro has a unique design with long sloping silhouette lines that runs on both sides of the exterior and hood. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
The DAF 55 Siluro made its first debut at the 1968 Geneva Motorshow and has not seen in public since then until the last appearance at the 2005 AutoRAI held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Yes, after being sat silently for almost 37 years, The car was later re-appeared as memorabilia for Giovanni Michelotti, who was known to have died suddenly in 1980.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1968 DAF 55 Siluro. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
Before starting to design this Siluro, Michelotti had worked as a consultant for the Dutch automotive company, DAF. During his work, he is known to have designed cars made by Dutch manufacturers such as DAF 44 and 55.
1968 DAF 55 Siluro is used 1,108 cc inline four-cylinder engine coupled with DAF's unique Variomatic Transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
One of the most remarkable features embedded in the figure of this tiny sedan is an automatic transmission system called Variomatic Transmission, which allows the car to run at the same speed in forward or reverse conditions.

The DAF Siluro is built based on the DAF 55 Coupe platform with a capacity of four passengers, used a 1,108 cc inline four-cylinder engine, capable of producing power of 50 bhp at 5,000 rpm. This engine is combined with DAF's unique Variomatic Transmission system.
Rearview of 1968 DAF 55 Siluro. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Iukr53)
DAF manufacturing production has stopped a few years ago. When it was rediscovered, Siluro was in poor condition and needed a lot of repairs. Because many of the Siluro parts were made by Michelotti, restoring this prototype car became a pretty heavy task. However, thanks to generous sponsors, DAF Siluro was finally returned to its original condition.
At present, DAF Siluro's unique car is stored and displayed permanently at the DAF Museum, which is located at Tongelresestraat 27, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET | UNIQUE CARS AND PARTS]
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