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Monday, September 27, 2021

Aquilla Gullwing makes the bug feels like a butterfly

As the true automotive enthusiasts, of course, we like and want to have an exotic beauty car, but due to financial limitations or other reasons, sometimes we have to throw away the desire to own it.🤔

Understandably, the price of an exotic-beauty car is not cheap, most of them have a fantastic price tag. It's a shame if we then have to give up that desire without looking for other alternatives that may be in accordance with the financial capabilities we have.😁
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car, an exotic-sleek car with gullwing-style doors. (Picture from: ClassicCars)
Then maybe you will ask whether there is such an alternative? Is it true, there's an exotic-beauty car that can be owned without having to dig deep into our pockets. Yes, on this occasion we will talk about it. Especially if those of you are a fan of unique vintage Volkswagen cars such the Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquilla Gullwing kit car shown here is the 137th production car, which still uses the original paint color combination of ivory and beige. (Picture from: ClassicCars)
Just take a look the car image above! Who would have thought that the car was started its life as the Volkswagen Beetle of 1963? Well, in the hands of FiberFab, a Cupertino, Californian-based automotive company, the car figure who is familiarly known as 'The Bug or among the Indonesian VW fans known as VW 'Kodok' or 'The Frog' can be transformed into an exotic-beautiful like a butterfly.🦋
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car with its gullwing-style doors openned. (Picture from: ClassicCars)
The automotive company founded by Robert Mueller since 1964 had designed a kit car named Aquila Gullwing on the chassis of an exotic and exclusive BMW M1 in the 1980s. But then the kit could be assambled on the standard chassis of the VW Beetle to meet the demands of low-budget customers. And one of the results as you can see in the picture above, in a form of an exotic-sleek car with gullwing-style doors and without the trace of the VW Beetle at all.
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car has brown colored interior. (Picture from: Hemmings)
Although the original kit car price is no longer in the archives but that is enough to say it must have been relatively affordable, considering that the donor cars were readily available (and inexpensive) at the time.
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car is powered by a flat-four 1,200 cc engine which is only capable bursting the power of 40 hp only. (Picture from: Hemmings)
As quoted from the HeritagePartsCenter, the Californian company only made 150 cars wore the Aquila kit. And specifically for the vehicle shown here is the 137th production car, which still uses the original paint color combination of ivory and beige with brown interior.
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car is one of only 150 cars ever built in the 1980s. (Picture from: ClassicCars)
If from its appearance that is able to give the perfect impression of a supercar. But on the other hand, if you look at the engine, all expectations about the supercar madness will be disappeared at once, because from its Volkswagen flat-four 1,200 cc engine which is only capable bursting the power of 40 hp only. So in terms of performance the car remains like a bug rather than a butterfly.
The Volkswagen Beetle of 1963 wore the FiberFab's Aquila Gullwing kit car remains a bug rather than a butterfly in terms of performance(Picture from: ClassicCars)
So when you make a choice on a car like this, it seems that you have made the right choice, in addition to having a beautiful and exotic shape, it turns out that it's included into a type of scarce car and rarely seen by the public. Which is likely now and so on the price will soar to be expensive, the question is can you afford it now? 

As qouted of the ClassicCars, this unique shaped car creation has been sold at price of $13,900 at the Mecum Auction back in the 2014. 😭 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FIBERFAB | HEMMINGS | HERITAGEPARTSCENTER | CLASSICCARS | MECUM ]
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Sunday, September 26, 2021

The only one Italian-made Corvette

As already known that the name of the Chevrolet Corvette always known as an American muscular car, with a body design that is not less muscular and always be dreamed in its homeland. However, the charm of the V8 engine's Chevrolet Corvette mainstay just seems not enough to attract consumers in Europe, where the typical European car has a more beautiful design.
1963 Pininfarina Rondine Coupe made taken base of Chevrolet Corvette C2. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2jFF6th)
Then in 1963, one Chevrolet Corvette C2 had to undergo a makeover to be more pleasing to the eyes of Europeans. The result, Chevrolet in cooperation with Pininfarina, a famous Italian automotive coachbuilder that used to design a Ferrari, which later gave birth to the figure of Pininfarina Rondine Coupe.
Rear side view of 1963 Pininfarina Rondine Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2jFF6th)
Unlike the Corvette C2 which has a body made of fiberglass, Pininfarina Rondinne has a metal made exterior, which makes its weight so increase, and control is also changed completely. The car's front overhangs are more longer, and the Corvette's typical pop-up lights are eliminated, and on the back there is nothing resembling to the original car, and it is more like a Fiat 124.

Inside, the car has a stock dashboard and seats, but attention to detail around the doors is exceptional. The door jams themselves are chromed and decorated panels are fitted. The greenhouse is quite bright due to the white leather upholstery and a large wraparound rear windscreen.
Because seeing the car's view which then triggered a fairly diverse responses, and finally made Chevrolet was reluctant to continue Pininfarina Rondine to the production line and now the only one ever made was sitting peacefully at the Corvette museum. *** [EKA[20092017] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET]
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Saturday, September 25, 2021

The most fiercest V12 engined supercar of Peugeot

~Technology Breakthrough~ One of the rarest supercars in history would be discussed today comes from one of the French car manufacturers, Peugeot. We'll go into details on examples of this particular supercar in a moment, but first, let's talk about the origins of the Peugeot 907 Concept.
2004 Peugeot 907 Concept car while sits on displat at the at the Musée de l'Aventure Peugeot-Sochaux, France. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The Peugeot 907 is a concept car built by Peugeot, and first revealed at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The concept car was created by the company's head of styling Gérard Welter and designer Jean Christophe Bolle Reddat to celebrate the opening of the company's new design center in Vélizy and the closure of the forty year old design studio in La Garenne.
2004 Peugeot 907 Concept car is powered by two 3.0-liter V6 engines are combined together to form a V12 with a burst the power of 507 hp and features a sequentially controlled 6-speed manual gearbox. (Picture from: Supercars)
It was one of three concept cars unveiled by Peugeot at the show, alongside the Quark and 1007 RC. And the Fleet News described the concept car as "Peugeot's answer to the Ferrari 575M Maranello before it was unveiled in September 2004, where these two cars have the similar design, which is both have a long snout. 
2004 Peugeot 907 Concept car has the interior in combination of brown leather and light grey alcantara and is used to cover both the interior and the seats. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The car concept was never designed for mass production, but rather was intended to be a prototype featuring Peugeot's new design techniques.
2004 Peugeot 907 Concept car was never designed for mass production, but rather was intended to be a prototype featuring Peugeot's new design techniques. (Picture from: Supercars)
The engine is mounted directly behind the front wheels, and side exhausts exit behind each of the front wheels. Unlike many concepts, the 907 can be driven like any other production car. Under the hood, two 3.0-liter V6 engines are combined together to form a V12 with a burst the power of 507 hp.
Then the monocoque body is made of carbon fiber and also uses four-wheel control arm suspension at all revolutions while a sequential shift transmission distributes power to the rear wheels. The windshield curves upward to form the roof, while the hood has see-through perspex inserts that reveal the engine's twelve intake trumpets. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FLEETNEWS | WIKIPEDIA | SUPERCARS | DRIVETRIBE ]
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Friday, September 24, 2021

Seen Dodge Firearrow Concept series

Indeed, it has become an almost indisputable certainty if a neat fusion of style between America and Italy is capable of producing a series of beautiful and iconic cars. And Dodge Firearrow is one example. 
1954 Dodge Firearrow II (left) posed along with the 1954 Dodge Firearrow IV (right). (Picture from: VintageRaceCars)
These concept cars were designed in the early 1950s by the Chrysler Corp design chief in the time, Virgil Exner and built by Carrozzeria Ghia, a Turin-based renowned coachbuilder. And no half-hearted, these Dodge's concept cars were made serially ranging from the model I to IV. Now, let's us talking about those Firearrow concepts as follows;

1. Dodge Firearrow I
In 1953, the first Firearrow concept came out of Chrysler's advanced styling studio and was a dummy. Later, three Firearrows followed led to Dual Ghias. The Firearrow I was a true roadster and painted in Red and Gray, while the interior was yellow with maroon piping. Its wheels were full wheel covers and the bodyside molding wrapped all of the ways around the car and has dual headlights.
1953 Dodge Firearrow I Concept sat alongside with Abarth Fiat 1100 (Ghia) at the 1953 Turin Motor show(Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
The Dodge Firearrow, a sleek, 34-inch-high sports roadster, is a new 'idea' car of the Dodge Division, hand-crafted by Ghia of Turin, Italy. At that time, William C. Newberg, president of Dodge, says that certain design features of the experimental body may well be reflected in future Dodge production models, but there are no present plans to produce the Firearrow.
1953 Dodge Firearrow I Concept was designed by the Chrysler Corp design chief in the time, Virgil Exner and built by Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
The car is shown for the first time on November 12, 1953, at Chrysler Corporation's annual new car press party in Detroit. And today, it is on display at Petersen’s Museum although the seats are now brown.

2. Dodge Firearrow II
The second series of roadster-styled concept car of Dodge itself is built on a 119-inch chassis and equipped with a Red Ram Hemi (241 cubic inch engine) combined with a four-speed Gyro-Torque semi-automatic gearbox, so then the car is claimed to be capable of spewing power up to 150 horsepower.
1954 Dodge Firearrow II Concept appeared with different front and rear sections than the previous model. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
It painted in yellow and looked a lot like Firearrow I, except the body side molding didn’t wrap around the car, chrome wire wheels replace the full hub caps, single headlights replaced the dual, and Firearrow I’s split bumper was changed.
Rear three-quarter view of the 1954 Dodge Firearrow II Concept(Picture from: OtoBlitz)
But, it retained the two-seats behind the dashboard and striking frameless windshield when it appeared in 1954.

3. Dodge Firearrow III
In 1954, the two-seat Firearrow Sport Coupe appeared and proclaimed as the third series of the Dodge's models. As with the earlier roadster, the metallic blue coupe was essentially a 1954 Dodge.
1954 Dodge Firearrow III Sports Coupe shown at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. (Picture from: Supercars.net
Dual headlights returned and now flanked a concave grille cut with narrow verticals. It also featured with the crash protection front and rear was provided by modest bumperettes. A wraparound backlight gave the Sport Coupe a particularly rakish aspect.
Rear three-quarter view of the 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Sports Coupe. (Picture from: Supercars.net
The third in a series of four unique Firearrow concept cars made, it has been said that this concept car had the skillful blending of the best ideas from Europe and the American design studios of Virgil Exner and brought an entirely new kind of beauty with a look of poised power.

4. Dodge Firearrow IV
The fourth series of Firearrow convertible arrived late in 1954. Despite being the series' first four-seater model, it shared many styling cues with the previous Sport Coupe model, or can be said, it was basically a soft-top version of the coupe.
1954 Dodge Firearrow IV four-seater convertible concept car and share the same design as the previous sports coupe version. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
The Dodge Firearrow IV was the only road-legal concept car that was actually prepared to enter the production line and adorn many car shows in the United States in 1954. And if you look at the specifications, this concept is similar to the Firearrow II which was also designed by Exner and built-in Turin by Ghia on a 119-inch chassis by using the same drivetrain.
1954 Dodge Firearrow IV convertible leather interior's with a black and white diamond pattern. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
The concave grille returned, though it now carried a grid treatment instead of the coupe's slim verticals. As for the convertible's leather interior, as it was a diamond pattern done in hard-to-ignore black and white, it was definitely an acquired taste. Additional sizzle was provided by the car's bright red body.
Rear three-quarter view of the 1954 Dodge Firearrow IV four-seater convertible. (Picture from: Automotivereport)
Although the Firearrows never made it into production, no one would let them die. And recently (on April 2020), the Dodge car enthusiast actually has the opportunity to have the Dodge Firearrow II and IV concepts through Mecum Auction. *** [EKA[13072020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | AUTOWEEK | SUPERCARS.NET]
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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

One of the unique retro concepts made by Pininfarina

One of the most interesting concept cars ever made by the famous Italian automotive design house, Pininfarina, is the one they built in early 1956, named Nash Rambler Palm Beach. It has a striking appearance, the Palm Beach is a new sports car concept and is a perfect replacement for the Nash-Healey model. And the Nash Rambler Palm Beach was introduced in early 1957, but unfortunately, it was never mass-produced.
1956 Nash Rambler Palm Beach by Pininfarina. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Uniquely, instead of being a mere "show car", Palm Beach turned out to be a prototype that made as a fully functional vehicle and can be driven normally, where's the car should be made its production version shortly after the car introduced to the market.

The Nash Rambler Palm Beach is built on a wheelbase of 101.5 inches, with a height of only 49.7 inches, a width of almost 68 inches and an overall length of 176 inches. The exterior of Palm Beach features a round central air intake surrounded by two unique oval-shaped air holes.
Left side view of the 1956 Nash Rambler Palm Beach by Pininfarina. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Its front looks were so elegant and combined with stylish plastic headlights. These lines are meticulously carved and don't use a lot of chrome, which when compared with other cars of the era, makes Palm Beach look so unique and futuristic.
Interior view of the 1956 Nash Rambler Palm Beach by Pininfarina. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Despite being a sports car, Palm Beach has plenty of room for two passengers and plenty of room for luggage. All major mechanical components, including the start system with the popular clutch pedal, come from Rambler with a wheelbase of 100 inches. This clutch pedal system replaces the starter button below the clutch pedal.
Engine view of the 1956 Nash Rambler Palm Beach by Pininfarina. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
And its engine, Nash Rambler Palm Beach relies on a six-cylinder flathead engine capable of producing power of 82 hp at 3,800 rpm, with 138-ft.lbs of torque at 1,600 rpm. Because the low hood does not allow enough space to accommodate the manufacturer's size carburetor, and Weber's carburetor is used instead.

The Palm Beach's interior is laid out nicely, featuring individually adjustable bucket seats, covered with cowhide with large cushions placed between them. Large map bags are placed at each door, while a long, thin gearshift lever is mounted on the floor, operating a three-speed manual transmission.
The Nash Rambler Palm Beach is actually a very interesting luxury sports car concept, unfortunately, when the car finishes its debut, the American Motors Company (AMC) which has acquired Rambler is no longer interested in showing sports cars in their vehicle lineup. Palm Beach eventually became a show car that AMC brought to various auto shows as an additional attraction, but it never put it into the production line. *** [EKA[26112021] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OLDCONCEPTCARS]
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Here's the almost forgotten Iso's unique GT car

~Nice blend~ Before the 2nd World War, Renzo Rivolta already had a successful fridge manufacturing business named Isothermos. And in the 1940s, the company's business sector turned to the production of scooters under the Iso brand. In the motorized vehicles production then developed into the production of the small-engined bubble car called Isetta in between 1953 and 1955 (although the production under licensed in other countries continued until 1964).
The Iso Grifo 90 was appeared with a sleek body lines and intended to mark the Iso's brand reviving in the 1991. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Although there is a delay in the production of the next car. It seems that the company has been steady in a four-wheeled vehicle production sector which at that time was producing very different cars named Iso Rivolta, which appeared as a rear-wheel drive salon, two-doors, four seats, is powered by the Chevrolet-owned V8 OHV engine with a capacity of 5,359 cc. The car was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini with a bodywork carried out by Carrozzeria Bertone and had been set to be a trend for the future of the ISO brand.
The Iso Grifo 90 is designed by Marcello Gandini with the chassis and powertrain developed by Gian Paolo Dellara. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Not long after, the company's factory based in Milan made the Grifo model, then the Fidia appeared in 1967. The last production car from Iso was the Lele. In 1966 Renzo Rivolta, the man behind the company passed away and his son Piero took the company's control.😭
The Iso Grifo 90 has certain changes to the interior so that the potential customers would feel like they were sitting in a very special car. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
Entering the 1970s, the company made a bad move, when deciding to race in the Formula One with Frank Williams, it was an improper decision because carried out when the company's financial condition was not good due to the global situation at the time was in the middle of the oil crisis. The combination of these events caused the fall of the Iso brand in 1975.
The Iso Grifo 90 prototype is based on the Corvette C5 Z06 with the aluminium body was fitted to a tubular steel chassis frame, so it weighs only 1,200 kg. (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
In the late 80s, Piero Rivolta and Piero Sala thought the time was right to introduce the brand back into the market with a new GT. He contacted Gian Paolo Dallara to develop its chassis and powertrain and Marcello Gandini to design its outline, which clearly showed all the styling cues of the 90s. The model was named Iso Grifo 90. The prototype was presented to the press in 1991 and it was meant to be produced in a limited series starting from 1994.
The Iso Grifo 90 prototype is powered by a front mounted turbocharged 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 engine (tuned by Callaway). (Picture from: OldCarConcept)
What was actually presented, though, only just a prototype, with neither an engine nor a normal interior. Not even the wheels on the car could spin. However, a lack of funds forced the automaker to suspend project development. 

Since then the car model hasn't been seen the daylight until in 2007, when the mock-up for the original model is found by Federico Bonomelli, the owner of the "Mako-Shark" multi material producer which also known as the Iso Rivolta collector and decided to produce the car. Together with his brother, he redesigned the car and got approval from Piero Rivolta to produce 12 units of the Iso Grifo 90.
Federico Bonomelli posed along with one of the classic and rare cars of his owned, the Iso Grifo 7Litri. (Picture from: AutoClassMagazine)
The new prototype is based on the Corvette C5 Z06 with the aluminium body was fitted to a tubular steel chassis frame, so it weighs only 1,200 kg. It powered by a front mounted turbocharged 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 engine (tuned by Callaway) with 490 hp driving the rear wheels through a six-speed gearbox coupled with the Brembo's brake system and differential locking. The car was predicted to exceed 300 kph and need a mere 4.5 seconds to reach 100 kph.
The rolling prototype of the Iso Grifo 90 was completed in 2010. However, the economic crisis hit at the time, made the initial enthusiasm for the project had waned, so Federico Bonomelli decided not to build 12 cars of the rest. It seems that the Iso's modern GT car model is very unlucky, and had biggest problem is the unsuitable time.😐 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARTYPE | OLDCONCEPTCARS | AUTOCLASSMAGAZINE | CURVES-MAGAZIN | CALLAWAY | DYLER ]
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Monday, September 20, 2021

Arese RH95 revealed to celebrate the Touring's 95th anniversary

~Fresh from oven~ As automotive enthusiasts already know, that the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the Milan-based automotive company was founded by Felice Bianchi Anderloni in 1926, and has become renowned for its beautiful design and patented 'superleggera' construction method. Now in the year of 2021, the Italian coachbuilder has turned 95 years old, and to mark the anniversary momment, so the company revealed a supercar called the Touring Superleggera Arese RH95.
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is built based on the Ferrari's V8 engined sportscar by the Touring Superleggera to mark the company's 95th anniversary in this year. (Picture from: Slash&Gear)
The supercar name is taken from a suburb area of Milan where the company originates and is domicile, and was presented as a sporty 2-seater car, and known also as the first originally mid-engined one made by the brand. The possibility of the beautiful supercar will be built using a donor car is based on the Ferrari 488 Pista or Ferrari F8 Tributo.
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is presented as a sporty 2-seater car with unique scissor doors, and known also as the first originally mid-engined one made by the brand. (Picture from: Slash&Gear)
And the Milan-based coachbuilder also said, that the Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is inspired by the previous company model of the Aero 3 and the unforgettable Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. This car has a carbon fiber body, muscular hood, sleek headlights, unique scissors-type doors, and is equipped with sporty alloy wheels. Then there are several air scoops at the front, roof and sides. While at the rear, there are slim taillights coupled with the dual exhaust tips.
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 has a cabin filled with 2 luxurious sporty seats trimmed in tricolor leather, a center console that divides the driver and passenger areas, followed by a minimalist dashboard with buttons on it, and a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel. (Picture from: Slash&Gear)
From the image of the finished supercar painted in Verde Pino color with silver accents, it also looks to has a cabin filled with 2 luxurious sporty seats trimmed in tricolor leather. Then there is a center console that divides the driver and passenger areas, followed by a minimalist dashboard with buttons on it, and a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with a flat bottom. Meanwhile, to support the safety factor, this supercar is also equipped with several airbags that are stored neatly in the cabin area.
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is is powered by a Euro 6 compliant 4.2 liter V8 engine that capable spew out a maximum power of 670 hp and a peak torque of 760 Nm coupled with 7-speed DCT gearbox. (Picture from: Slash&Gear)
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 is powered by a Euro 6 compliant 4.2 liter V8 engine that capable spew out a maximum power of 670 hp and a peak torque of 760 Nm coupled with 7-speed DCT gearbox. And for its performance, it said that the supercar able to accelarate from 0-100 km/h in just 3 seconds befor reachs a top speed of 330 kph.
The Touring Superleggera Arese RH95 will be made in limited numbers of 18 units only. However details on the price of this supercar have not been revealed yet, and it is estimated that the price could be twice as high as the donor car and the customers can supply their own donor car for this beautiful Italian-made supercar. Due to it is a bespoke supercar, so the pricing details will be revealed after the interested customers make an order in advance. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EVO.CO.UK | ID.MOTOR1 | SLASH&GEAR ]
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