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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A unique-shaped Ferrari classic car called an 'Egg'

Maybe all this time you know the Ferraris as a sportscar with a sensational and sexy appearance, so that you might not recognize the figure of this classic Ferrari car. Indeed, this Ferrari sports car is one-of-a-kind in the world, and is called Ferrari Uovo, or Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo' for its full name. 
1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo' has shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YTkgqv)
Yes, indeed Ferrari Uovo has a unique looks and styling, or can be said to be eccentric. This car is a one-off project from an Italian coachbuilder named Carrozzeria Fontana, and based of a Ferrari 166MM classic car platform, after it crashed in its first attempt its original buyers, the Marzotto brothers, decoded to rebuild it in this form. And the result is a unique car shaped like an egg, or 'Uovo' in Italian.
Front three quarter of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
And sculptor Franco Reggiani who was the mastermind behind its special bodywork, and creating a shape he likened to that of a plane without wings. The good-looker raced for the first time in 1951 and powered by a 1.56-liter gasoline engine that produces up to 186 horsepower (138 kilowatts) of power and had a miliage of more than 341 miles (550 kilometers).
Dashboard view of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
Armed with the bodywork and aerodynamic drivetrain made the Uovo very competitive and took part in the Mille Miglia and Giro di Sicilia in 1951, where the car had the chance to lead the race, before it being damaged and finally unable to continue the race.
Rear right side view of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
If at that time Uovo did not experience severe damage, of course, most likely this car will be the winner in the two prestigious racing events, and maybe the results will be different. So maybe Ferrari will build more of these cars in the future. Even so, this classic Ferrari is still an historic iconic car, and makes it a special model for Ferrari collectors. 
And in August 2017, this car has been auctioned by RM. Sotheby's at an auction event at Moterey, California. Initially this car expected to sell at a price of US. $ 7 million, but in fact this car finally sold at a price of US. $4.5 million at the time and recorded as one of the world's most expensive cars. WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUN | INDEPENDENT]
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Monday, July 1, 2019

A weird-beautiful retro concept of Ares Maserati

Back to 2018, Ares Design seemed to pop up out of nowhere and suddenly come up with a rather stunning design, that can be said as the most beautiful and also out of the box concept they ever made.
2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YhY8p7)
They are called it in Italian as 'Wami ProgettoDue,' or 'Project Wami'. This project was inspired by the 1956 Maserati A6CGS Spyder classic figure with the body by Frua, but instead its figure looks like the details of that car were just Photoshopped onto a Miata.
Left side view of 2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YhY8p7)
“When it comes to fruition Project Wami will be the finest bespoke roadster and a true testament to Ares Design’s painstaking eye for detail,” Ares promises. We loved their last few designs, so hopefully, they take another stab, or three, at this one. 
Dashboard view of 2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design (it look has three pedals, but no shift lever is visible). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YhY8p7)
Ares says it will be made of lightweight and strong materials such as handcrafted aluminum, carbon fibre, and leather, which means it won’t be cheap either. The details are still very little, because the project seems to be in the early stages of development. 

But, the windshield is one part that is difficult to change, even if most of the body panels are changed. In the eyes of some people, Project Wami looks rather similar to Ferrari Portofino, which means might be it carries a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.
Right side view of 2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YhY8p7)
As qouted of driving.ca, at glance the interior looks okay, but there is something very strange here. Because, from the rendering images shows three pedals, it indicating that the car was adopted manual transmission system, but no shift lever is visible and also no detailed description where's those shift lever been hidden if it existed.
Dashboard revision view of 2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design (it look has shift lever now). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NrtV68)
But after we saw those retro concept car's cabin taken from the official site of Ares Design, it was clearly seen where the shift lever was placed (it looks like someone from Ares Design has made corrections to the previous image).
Interior revision view of 2018 Wami ProgettoDue or Project Wami by Ares Design (it look has shift lever now). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NrtV68)
The release date hasn’t been discussed, and neither has the powertrain or the car it’s based on. And also there's no further information whether there're Ares Design customers who willing to order this retro concept and built it into real car. Or might be You are interested to be the first one in having it? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARES DESIGN | DRIVING.CA]
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Here is the ancestral figure of sports car existed today

The world automotive market share is enlivened by various types of cars, one of which is a sports car. Although very familiar with its name, but not many people know the ancestral figure of the sports car. The world's oldest sports car is known as the Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Torpedo which produced by Vauxhall, a British auto manufacturer in between 1911 to 1914.
Many highly regarded historians claim the Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Torpedo is the first ever sports car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
As quoted from the Mirror.co.uk pages, in its time the Vauxhall Sport Torpedo was able to drive at a speed of 129 kph (80 mph). Those performance numbers are obtained from its 4-cylinder four-litre monoblock engine capable of spraying power up to 25 bhp. At that time the automotive technology was in its infancy and the average road car would be lucky to hit half of the speed produced by this car.
The Vauxhall Prince Henry Sports Torpedo was capable of a top speed of more than 129 kph (80 mph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Perhaps because of those car's quick performance so that many highly regarded historians claiming the Prince Henry is the first ever sports car. Or in other words, it earned the moniker because it was essentially a re-bodied racing car, capable of being driven at high speeds while carrying four people and a boot-load of luggage.
The vintage car is to be sold for the first time in almost 50 years. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
However, it is not known for certain availability at the beginning of production, but in the intervals of several years the availability of the ancestors of sports cars in the world has been depleting. Even today there are only seven units left and become one of very rare automotive products.
This was a time that technology in cars was in its infancy. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
This car was developed by Vauxhall's engineer named Laurence Pomeroy, was given coachwork by Hoskison Ltd from Birmingham and was delivered new to the T.W. Badgery, a keen cyclist and businessman who works in the leather industry in Worcester.
The open-top Vauxhall was given coachwork by Hoskison Ltd of Birmingham and delivered new to T.W. Badgery. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Mr. Badgery ran the Vauxhall on castor oil second pressings from his leather factory and kept it until 1931, by which time the car enthusiast and his chauffeur, Witts, had clocked up an impressive 140,000 miles.
Its impressive performance was sourced from a 4-litre engine which developed 25bhp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Then the ownership of this car turned to Laurence Pomeroy Jr, whose dad was the famous Vauxhall designer and engineer who came up with the Prince Henry and He kept it until his death in 1966.

While the last owner of the car was known as Reg Long, an engineer from Lincolnshire who bought it in 1970 and died early in 2016. During the 46 years Mr Long owned the car, it has been driven around Europe and featured in numerous books and magazine features.
And finally, the 1914 Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Tornado was auctioned by the Bonhams auction house in London, England in 2016. At that time the car that was considered very rare was offered start at a price of £500,000 or Rp.8.8 billion. And reportedly, the car had sold for £516,700 (Rp.9.4 billion). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BONHAMS | MIRROR.CO.UK]
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Friday, June 14, 2019

10 most popular of Porsche sports cars

Porsche, one of the leading automotive manufacturers from Germany, is currently entering the age of 71 years since it was first founded by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche on June 9, 1948.
Ferry Porsche (centre), his father Ferdinand Porsche (right) and Erwin Komenda (left), 1948, in front of the 356 No. 1 in Gmünd. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IcKDll)
Of course, in that time frame, the German auto giant has a long journey in producing sports cars, ranging from small scale auto manufacturer up to becoming one of the icons of sports cars in the whole world. Besides that, Porsche also has a shiny reputation in the world's car racing.
And from the many models has produced, here are 10 of the most popular cars produced by Porsche.

1. Porsche 944 Turbo 
Of the many Porsches that were born to this world, the Porsche 944 Turbo model is worthy of being placed at the top as the most beautiful car ever made by Porsche. Yes, this Porsche 944 series was produced in the span of 1982-1991. And the 944 Turbo began production in 1985 up to 1991.
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XHxWEb)
This model uses a 2.5L engine that is mounted in front with a rear wheel drive system. The Porsche 944 Turbo engine is capable of producing 250bhp of power and is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km per hour in less than 6 seconds. Amazingly, those time record was printed by this car in the mid 1980s!

2. Porsche 356 
Porsche 356 is the first car built by Ferdinand Porsche and produced from 1948 up to 1965. This is a Porsche model with a design that can be said to be timeless model.
1957 Porsche 356 Speedster. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31r8o0q)
Dr. Porsche took the philosophy of the bee (which he designed by himself) and made a cool sports car after the second world war. Under the hood is hidden a 35bhp capacity engine capable of carrying the Porsche 356 up to speeds of 135 kilometers per hour.

3. Porsche 901
Porsche 901 is the first 911 Porsche. Then why is it called 901? Well, that's because the first batch of the real 911 was 901 until Peugeot raised an objection because it involved a trademark claimed by the French manufacturer. As is known, Peugeot registered all their product trademarks with a number '0' in the middle.
1964 Porsche 901 Pre-Dates 911. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2F4l4kg)
And there are only 82 units of Porsche 901 ever made and all of them are now very rare and are sought after by Porsche collectors.

4. Porsche 550 Spyder
Seeing Porsche 550 Spyder, of course our memories will immediately be carried over to the figure of James Dean (one of Hollywood handsome actors in the 1950s). Yes, behind the wheel of this car, the most popular Hollywood actor in his day died by an accident.
1956 Porsche 550 Spyder (replica). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XQcSf3)
Porsche 550 Spyder is a legend in the car racing community. This car is faster than the Porsche 356 model as well as the first Porsche car with a mid-engine range. And the Porsche 550 Spyder is one of the most famous sports cars in the world today.

5. Porsche 914
Porsche 914 was an entry level Porsche at that time. This model also opens a new market that allows more consumers to buy the Porsche brand.
1970 Porsche 914. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XLZvwm)
Porsche 914 uses a drive from the Volkswagen Beetle and has a sliced ??body with the Targa roof. Although its existence is not so appreciated in its time, and the car has become a favorite of fans around the world, especially those who like to take their cars to the race track every weekend.

6. Porsche 959
The Porsche 959 is undoubtedly the most powerful and most sophisticated car when it was launched in 1986. This car was produced until 1992. The Porsche 959 is a limited edition model, totaling only 345 units.
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KhrMI6)
This model is equipped with a 2.85 liter 6 cylinder engine powered by 444bhp. This machine can drive up to a top speed of 319 kilometers per hour. The might of the Porsche 959 was overshadowed by the Ferrari F40 who arrived afterwards.

7. Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT is known as the best manual gearbox ever made. Carrera GT has a V10 configured racing engine that is installed in the middle and wrapped in a carbon body. Carrera GT is only available in the targa model.
2004 Porsche Carrera GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WADpLG)
Porsche Carrera GT is a vehicle ridden by Hollywood actor Paul Walker while having an accident and died some time ago. Carrera GT was produced between 2003 and 2007. The total production was 1,270 units. This model is produced at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, Germany.

8. Porsche RS line
Porsche RS lines can be said as the car with the best driving sensation in the world. There was nothing bad since Porsche released the RS series, starting from Porsche 3.2 Carrera RS in the 1970s up to the first Porsche GT3 RS model in the 1990s and Porsche GT2 RS (widow maker) model a decade ago and the latest Porsche GT2 and GT3 RS models.
2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2IcJrhR)

9. Porsche Boxster
Porsche Boxster was produced from 1996 until now. This model is also known as the Cayman, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. This model is produced at Porsche factories in Stuttgart (Zuffenhausen), Germany (1996-present), Uusikaupunki, Finland (Valmet, 1997-2011), and Osnabruck, Germany (2012-present).
2008 Porsche Boxster Spyder. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KgynSS)
Porsche Boxster is an entery level sports car produced by Porsche, now one of the iconic sports cars in the world. Until now, Boxster has been produced in four generations. The latest Boxster model in 2017 is equipped with a 2.5L (2,397cc) engine powered by 366PS (361bhp) with 430 Nm of torque. This car has a top speed of 290 kilometers per hour. 

10. Porsche Cayenne
This is the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that can be said to save a Porsche from the brink of bankruptcy. The Cayenne began production in 2002 until now in Bratislava, Slovakia (Volkswagen Bratislava Plant) 2002-2016, Osnabruck, Germany (Volkswagen Osnabruck Plant) 2015-2017, and Bratislava, Slovakia, 2017 - until now.
2019 Porsche Cayenne. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2F771KS)
The first generation of this model was produced from 2003 to 2011, the second generation (2012-2017), and the third generation (2018-present). The last generation entered the production line in 2019. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A 1950s style Italian-made GT-car got a positive notice at Geneva

The world's largest automotive exhibition event, such as the Geneva International Motor Show is not only to be a place to showcase the automotive products from well-known brands, but also used by many small automotive manufacturers or maybe even previously unknown.
Fornasari GT 311 Gigi has shown off at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Dfqat7)
Yes, among the automotive products on display at the 2019 GIMS, there are several vehicles that seem quietly to attract the attention of visitors. Let's us take look at one of them, ie a pretty interesting concept car named Fornasari GT 311 Gigi made and designed by Fornisari Cars.
Left side view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PegfZB)
Have you ever known those automotive company? We are sure that most of you might doesn't know and might newly found out this time. This company is an Italian automotive company which was officially founded in 1999 by Giuseppe Fornasari with a group of friends supporters.

And actually the company was not a new name in the automotive world, after the adventure in the world of motorsport since the early '90s, with the Corvette purchased in America and the desire to prepare for racing.
Interior view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZbbDbb)
The world of racing and Gran Turismo is always the backdrop to the life of the promoter of this initiative, thanks to his father, Gigi, Alpha skilled pilot Maserati and fifties, who sent his son a passion for not only cars but also a wealth of technical knowledge and human resources. 

Back to the car. It might looks like a Ferrari, maybe the Jaguar, and has something of Aston Martin, or maybe it is a Mercedes. In any case, comes from fifties of last century. Yes, from its exterior actually looks like the 1950s GT but packed in a tweaked and power avatar.
Rear three quarter of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DfXqR3)
The company said that the concept of the car was designed since 2013 and newly in 2018 it was made into a real car like its current form. The design is, it can be said genuine, and while under its hood is there's  lay a 6.2 liter (some says it taken of Corvette V8) engine with 500 horse power maximum. It is understood that it had to be modified to accommodate this engine block in the body.
Rear view of Fornasari GT 311 Gigi. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2DfXqR3)
These old-school 1950s style GT-car is a 2-seater car which can be customized as coupe or convertible without changing the lightweight frame which speaks when travelling at higher speeds. By the customer demands, the car can be made of aluminum or composite material. The chassis is made ​​of steel alloyed with molybdenum (some believed there is chromium) and consists of 450 pipes or tubes.

The interior is dominated by aluminum, wood and leather, and clearly, everything is hand processed and merged together. There are options to choose the decoration and styling according to one’s taste in a variety of fabrics including rare wooden linings.
As quoted of eXtravaganzi, these old-school style GT-car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) in only 3.5 seconds and its gas pedal can be pushed up to reach max speed is 200 mph. And from the same sources, the car's price is estimated around $300,000. In our opinion that is a reasonable price for such a pretty car like this.

As closing and bonus as well, if you wanna see one of cars that have shapes look alike to those GT-car mentioned above named the 'Ferarri F430 Competizione,' which rebuilt based of 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlineta by Gullwing America in 2011. And what do you think? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FORNISARI CAR | TOP GEAR | ENUZE | EXTRAVAGANZI]
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Seeing the RG Nathalie, the new Rolland Gumpert's belle figure

If Apollo Automobili, the company built from the remnants of the Gumpert manufacturer continues to amaze people with the Intense Emozione. But Roland Gumpert himself is busy by working in the newest automotive company, and the following are the results.
A matte orange colored RG Nathalie model shown of at the Geneva International Motor Show 2019. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YZ3XJ7)
Yes, a new sportscar results from a partnership between Gumpert and the Chinese company Aiways named Gumpert Nathalie. This is a very impressive sports car, utilizing an advanced electric powertrain and having a form that might remind us a bit of the figure of the Audi Sport Quattro Concept.

This sports car is armed with 4 electric motors, each of which can produce power of 137 bhp and 170 lb-ft of torque. But they do not receive power from the battery. The Gumpert Nathalie actually uses a stack of hydrogen fuel cells.
Rear three quarter of Gumpert Nathalie is believed to be a near-production-spec model. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YZ3XJ7)
Aware of the lack of hydrogen fueling stations around the world, Gumpert and Aiways have implemented methanol modifiers. Then they collaborated with Serenergy, a Danish company to make a stack of methanol fuel cells, the results of which are claimed to provide more efficient electricity than standard hydrogen cells.
A racing model of Gumpert Nathalie also shown of at GIMS 2019 appeared in matte blue colored and the company's black-white racing livery. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YZ3XJ7) 
This system takes methanol and can divide it into carbon dioxide released into the air, while hydrogen is channeled to fuel cells. By using this setup, the car is reported to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 2.5 seconds and the top speed reaches 300 kph. Amazingly, this sports car is claimed to be able to travel a distance of 595 km when driven fast and more than 1,126 km when running normally.
Rear view of Gumpert Nathalie Racing model at Geneva International Motor Show 2109. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YZ3XJ7)
This sports car was first unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show held on January last year, where the car appeared in an attractive purple color. And now at the Geneva International Auto Show 2019, Gumpert brought a pair of Nathalie models and giving the European public their first taste of the innovative sports car.
The front fascia combines sharp lines, large air intakes, and DRL lights similar to the Aston Martin Vulcan. On the side there are matte black alloy wheels and body lines that resemble the Nissan GT-R. At the rear, these Nathalie sportscar is equipped with LED rear lights and additional lights underneath.
Aiways intends to start shipping the Gumpert Nathalie in 2019, but has yet to reveal the price (it’s likely to cost from approximately €400,000 or equivalent to $457,170). By considering all the technologies embedded in it, so this sportscar is certainly wouldn't sale on cheap price when it is produced later. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ROLLAND GUMPERT | CARNEWSA | NOTHERCARGUY | CARSCOOPS]
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

You've been lucky, if could be see one of these cars

Maybe you are wondering, why did we make the title of the article like that? This was intentional because it was to show how scarce the following cars were. So it is very rare for people to see it passing on the streets at this time.
The rarest 2007 Blastolene B-702, this unique shaped car inspired by the 1930s French car, designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tANCvJ)
Like the unique shaped car above named 2007 Blastolene B-702 or known as the best art-deco costumized car ever, it was designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. The following cars were rare, unloved, forgotten but somehow extremely cool and interesting models that deserve to be dragged into the light and shown to the public once more.

So, here they are – 6 classic sports cars you probably didn’t know ever existed.

1. Melkus RS 1000
The first sports car came from the eastern bloc communist countries which were known to be very closed during the cold war era. So it is very rare to hear the production of sports cars made by these countries. Until one day in the East Germany, there's an automotive engineer named Heinz Melkus designed a very capable and attractive sports coupe car and convinced the Wartburg factory to produce a limited number of these sports cars.
1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
By using the Wartburg 353 as a basis, Melkus designed and fabricated independent front and rear suspension, roll-bars and close ratio 5-speed gearbox. And then the 992 ccm engine was tuned to produce 68 hp and mounted behind the driver sending its power to rear wheels, instead to front like in its basis car Wartburg 353.

Melkus also designed and manufactured lightweight fiberglass body which featured modern design and low profile. The car was called Melkus RS 1000 and it was introduced for the first time in 1969. To be honest, for 1969s standards this was an extremely advanced sports car, however underpowered with just 68 hp of power.
Left side view of 1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
The production ended in 1979 after 101 cars were made. The Melkus RS 1000 was extremely expensive for East European standards which also explains why the car made in limited production. Most the sports cars were bought by the auto sports teams and raced in local championships.

And it's rumoured, the car company has been revived by making the Melkus RS2000 and shown it for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

2. Kellison J6
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, fiberglass body construction stopped being high tech process exclusive to established manufacturers and became something you could do in your garage. This influenced numerous small companies to start offering their plastic bodies to be mounted on regular car chassis creating a unique and interesting design.

1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Srhoga)
There's an auto company named Kellison established in the early 1950s, the company produced several successful kits for installation on popular models, but in early 1960s the company introduced the J6. The J6 could be bought as a kit or a fully built car, making Kellison a boutique car manufacturer.

The J6 was based on Corvette frame but Kellison didn’t just re-body the ‘Vette. They moved the engine further back in the chassis, changed the suspension, installed larger brakes and different interior making J6 better handling and even faster since J6 body was somewhat lighter than stock Corvette.
Rear side view of 1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TmI7z0)
This conversion was pretty popular and over 500 bodies or cars were built. The J6 was very successful in hands of private racing teams since it offered Corvette power in better handling package.

3. ASA 1000 GT
This little Italian sports car was once considered the next big thing in the car industry when it was introduced in 1962. Then it known as “Ferrarina” (little Ferrari), the ASA 1000 GT was exactly that since it was built on tubular chassis with lightweight body and engine designed by then Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarinni.
1964 ASA 1000 GT 'Ferrarina' by Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TejVPv)
It had four-wheel disc brakes, sports suspension, and nicely trimmed interior. Under the hood was the 1.03-liter four cylinder engine capable to spew 93 hp of power. However, despite the big initial interest by the world's automotive customers, the car production stopped in 1967 after only 95 examples were built. Today, this Ferrarina is highly praised by collectors and car historians.

4. Matra Djet
Virtually unknown outside of France, Matra was a very innovative and influential car manufacturer in the country. Originally, the company was dedicated to airplane and military production but then it built cars and developed concepts for another French automotive manufacturers such as Renault, for example.
1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
In 1965, Matra took over the Djet project from racer Rene Bonnet and introduced it to the public as the first mid-engined production car in the world. In those days, the concept of mid-engined cars was reduced to racing prototypes and Matra decided to introduce similar cars for the road.
Rear side view of 1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
The car custom built chassis with diminutive Renault 8 engine may look slow today, but since the car only weighed 660 kg it was pretty fast in those day. Matra Djet was a very influential car since it showed the world a new engineering concept which was later accepted by all leading world's sports car manufacturers.

5. Cheetah
The global success of Shelby Cobra inspired many American race car builders to build a similar car which could compete on international level. From this perspective, nobody came close to beating the Cobra.
Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRR4h)
But Bill Thomas, a famous Chevrolet tuner and race car builder was a serious candidate. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the Cheetah was never given a proper chance. As you know, Chevrolet and GM pulled out of racing in 1963 but several independent race shops worked for GM`s back door programs in which the company supported the private racing teams with racing know-how or special racing parts.
Right side view of Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRcQl)
Bill Thomas’ shop was one of those outfits and he decided to build a Cobra competitor with Chevrolet power. That is how the Cheetah was born. Built on special lightweight chassis with a small block V8 moved as far back as possible and covered in a light fiberglass body, the Cheetah looked and performed as a race car.

Despite some overheating problems, the Cheetah was a remarkable performer and won some lower rank races and even the 1968 SCCA championship. Unfortunately, lack of support, mechanical problems and even a fire at the shop in California stopped the production after around 20 cars were built.

6. Marcos GT
The car produced from 1964 to 1971 and again from 1981 to 1990. Marcos GT was the most popular and interesting model from the British auto company named Marcos Engineering Ltd. Basically, a kit car built on custom chassis but with choice of engines, Marcos GT was relatively cheap but capable sports car with aggressive styling, low weight, and decent performance.
1967 Marcos GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TieY8a)
The GT could be had with numerous engines, mostly by Ford and lineup started with small 1.5 or 1.6-liter four-cylinders. However, if you want to experience full potential, the buyers needed to opt for 3.0-liter V6 from Ford or Volvo. For a brief period of time, Marcos GT was offered on the American market with Volvo`s straight six but not many cars were sold. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR-JUNKIE]
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