Automobiles Extraordinaires : Mind stronger than Steel... (非常 is Chinese for : "exceptional", "extreme")
The Art of Automobile was born in the XXth century. Automotive Masterworks combine artistic inspiration, fine craftsmanship and mechanical sculpture. Today, bodywork and engine design are compared to Architecture : mastering proportions, volumes, true creators have invented the shape of modern automobiles, but they could also transcend the very nature of raw materials, melting law of physics and technlology in a new Art.
We are pleased to invite you to a stroll through the very best of automobile engineering and design, a kingdom where steel, aluminium and fuel unite to give birth to a new form of Life...
LAMBORGHINI Miura Spider ("one-off prototype", Geneva 1981)
FACEL-VEGA Facel II (1961)
Extremely rare (around 180 built, probably less than half this figure still in existence), this fine automobile is an Art masterwork of the XXth Century.
Cobra Daytona (1965) - an authentic car, pictured as it was found, with the exceptional patina of time.
Carabo (1968), by Nuccio Bertone. One of the most advanced designs of the XXth Century.
Maserati Boomerang (1972), by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The first prototype of the Lamborghini Countach (LP 500, 1971, picture above) was so innovative and revolutionnary that many experts thought that it would never be produced and sold. Marcello Gandini draw a true Art master piece.
The very first LP400 is almost identical to the LP500, except the side air intakes. This first Countach LP400 series - often nicknamed "periscopica" due to the shape carved in the roof for a "periscope-style rear mirro, never fitted..- are nowadays treasured and highly sought-after.
Lighter than the LP400 S, thanks to magnesium parts, finer and faster, the la LP400 "original version" is distinctively spectacular, and the only version without any fender extensions - this "broad version" appeared as LP400 "S", and all following versions were fitted with the broad bodywork, much less elegant. The first version remains a pure work of Art, with a huge importance on the History of Automobile.
The Chaparral 2E (1966), designed by engineer-driver Jim Hall, who "invented" - amongst other innovations, the mobile aerodinamic wing for racing cars.
The Chaparral 2D was the first car of the make to race in Europe.
The AVS Shadow, probably one of the most astonishing cars of the "CanAm" Championship.
Nos racing car has ever been so low..The intetion was to redeuce the drag by reducing the surface offered to air resistance. Suspensions springs are not helicoidal, but "hairpin" type, shcock abosrbers are "friction dampers" (as in the 30s-40s), pedals are horizontal, clutch is operated by hand...and Firestone developped special tires and wheels. Don Nichols and his engineer Trevor Harris have done an impressive innovation work.
Many details are totally new, like the position of water radiators..
This AVS Shadow MK1 was sold by Bonhams in 2006, foronly 100.000 $, a bargain for an important car.
Trevor Harris is not fainted-hearted - here on top of the Galles Indy 1983 that he designed.
Bucciali TA V12 (1932). No comment for such a mechanical masterpiece.
With the "600" (1963), Mercedes dared to challenge Rolls-Royce. Many experts agreeed that indeed they have succeeded. Styling by French designer Paul Bracq is sculptural.
The turbine-powered Rover-BRM (24 heures du Mans 1965) : a magical combination of futuristic technology, advanced styling.
Ferrari P4 (1966). Sensual curves, power, elegance: probably the most beautiful racing car by Ferrari ...The V12 engine claims 450 BHP, the hand-made aluminum bodywork is an Art Masterpiece.
Ferrari P6 (1968) by Leonardo Fioravanti for PininFarina: this prototype gave birth to the famous 365 GT4 BB
Daimler V12 "Double-Six". the engine was based on two stright-6 united by their cankshaft.. This car was the very first British car powered by a V12 engine.
Aston Martin DB2 : the most famous of the straight-6 Aston Martin breed. The engine was designed by Owen Bentley and his Team. The DB2
were amongst the fastest cars at the 24 H du Mans in the early fisties.
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (left : period picture. none of the 19 DB4GT Zagato are identical to each other.
Delahaye 135MS Coupé (Figoni & Falaschi).
The same car, at a more complete stage of construction.
V12 of the Jaguar XJ13 prototype : 5,3 litre, 540 BHP.
Ferrari 250 LM / 250 Le Mans Berlinetta (1963), #8165 in 1967 at the Daily-Express Trophy. One of the most beautiful race car ever made.
Maserati A6G CS : la pure Art Work by Pinin Farina.
Jaguar XJ 13
Bugatti 16 cylinder engine
The Bugatti EB110, dsigned by (former Lamorghini CHief engineer) Paolo Stanzani
(See Autodrome Bulletin N°16.)
The very first Ford GT (1964), that gave birth to the GT40.
Lola MK6 GT 1963, with Eric Broadley (rigth) ; the car was driven to the 24 H of Le Mans 1963...
The following year, Ford hired Broadley to design the Ford GT40, closely inspired by the Lola GT.
Notez les détails de finition assez approximatifs, typiques des autos de compétition, anglaises notamment, de cette époque. (Photos: The Lola Archive)
Bugatti 57C Atlantic.
Chaparral 2F, winner of the 1000 km of the Nurburgring in 66
The first Pagani (Zonda) on a race track..
Cisitalia 202 CMM "Savonuzzi", 1947-48
Lamborghini Countach LP400 1974
Ferrari Modulo (by Leonardo Fioravanti), PininFarina : l
(photo Edwin Van Nes)
Prototype CD-Grac, designed by by Jean Serge Aziosmanoff for the 24 H du Mans 1965.
Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 1959.
Aston Martin Bulldog
The V8, 5,3 L. engine of the Bulldog, designed par Tadek Marek was supercharged and delivered 700 BHP.
Maximum speed 307 Km/h - in theory, the Bulldog could achieve 380 km/h..
24H du Mans 1988 :
Just before the night came Roger Dorchy took the wheel of the WM-Peugeot powered by a supercharged V6 (two Garrett superchargers),
delivering 950 BHP. The car reaches 405 km/h, at the end of the Hunaudières straight...
The only Lamborghini ever seen at the 24 H du Mans in 1975 only took part in the practice session. It was an Islero.
Mercedes C101 Mercedes (1969) with Wankel engine (350 BHP).
A vry interesting exmaple of the Wankel technology is the Mazda Cosmo Sports (presented at Tokyo in 1964). Rare and original, this car is sought-after by collectors.
Much later, Mazda won the 24 heuresHdu Mans with the 787, powered by a 700 BHP Wankel engine.
The timeless LANCIA Flaminia GT 2-seater: design and Aluminium bodywork by Touring, the fine automobile "par excellence".
A partial view of Autodrome reserves.
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