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Raphael Gerhard
Jalal Tawati
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04/25/2017 at 23:14. Facebook
IT'S V12 TIME
When we were kicking around ideas for the June issue we kept coming back to the subject of V12 engines. We each have our different tastes in cars here in the Classic Cars office, which can lead to lively discussions about what should go in the issue, but we all felt that V12 ownership was one of those luxuries that everyone should experience at least once in their life. Handily,...
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ITS V12 TIME When we were kicking around ideas for the June
Shay Whelan
Alan Palmer
Ian Miles
Classic Cars magazine
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04/25/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
Bet you haven't seen one of these before...

As well as racing successes - it's the only privateer Ferrari team to have won the Le Mans 24 Hours - Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team (NART) has, on occasion, produced some very exclusive road cars too, the best-known being the 275 GTB/4 NART Spider as seen in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Some years later, following success in the GT class...
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Bet you haven't seen one of these before
Joe McCarthy
Peter Jones
Classic Cars magazine
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04/24/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
Unrealised potential

There's every chance you've heard of the 1988 Alfa Romeo 164 Pro-Car already - that sole prototype created at the behest of Bernie Ecclestone, uniting Brabham Formula One technology within touring-car bodywork to create a Group B-style silhouette series for saloon cars (although Ecclestone's ulterior motive was to get more mainstream manufacturers building F1 engines)....
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Unrealised potential Theres every chance youve heard of the 1988 Alfa Romeo
Bill Richards
Roly Matthews
Mario Costa
Classic Cars magazine
Classic Cars magazine
04/23/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
SHIPSHAPE HISPANO
I didn't have time to count the 1024 brass rivets on this 1924 Hispano Suiza HC6 with boat tail bodywork in tulipwood, but I did spend a lot of time admiring it.

It's a recreation of a one-off originally built for André Dubonnet to contest the Targa Florio, where he came home sixth. The car was later wrecked in a garage collapse so this is our chance to enjoy what it would...
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SHIPSHAPE HISPANO I didnt have time to count the 1024 brass rivets
Andrew Collier
Andrew Saunders
Henri Räty
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04/22/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
Witness to greatness

This looks like a lot of fun to us, but with history like that, and its wonderfully patinated livery, we're not sure we'd risk punishing this Fiat 131 Abarth we found for sale on Silauto's stand at Techno Classica Essen.

Built in July 1976 for the 1977 season and originally registered 'TON 92973', it was one of 12 Fiat works rally cars - part of the team that won the...
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Witness to greatness This looks like a lot of fun to us
Ross Puglia
Nick Heaton
Sergey Karpov
Classic Cars magazine
Classic Cars magazine
04/21/2017 at 11:41. Facebook
BEST-LOOKING FERRARI?
It seems bizarre to think of it now, but time was when the Ferrari 250 Lusso wasn't highly sought after because it lacked the competition prowess that's intrinsic to Ferrari appeal.

And then car enthusiasts took a collective step back, eyed up its shapely flanks and reassessed it as a thing of artful beauty.

I'd still choose the taut purposefulness of the 250 GT SWB on...
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BESTLOOKING FERRARI It seems bizarre to think of it now but time
Joe McCarthy
Joe Elias
Alwyn Keepence
Classic Cars magazine
Classic Cars magazine
04/20/2017 at 11:00. Facebook
Taxi!

...because yes, that's what this remarkable BMW was for a while. And yes, despite that unusual grille, that's what it is - a 1951 BMW 340/2 Awtowelo, spotted at Techno Classica Essen.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, BMW's Eisenach factory found itself under East German Communist control, and for a brief moment, although the two factories' model ranges completely diverged, the...
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Taxi because yes thats what this remarkable BMW was for a while
Hannu Berger
Frederic Colombier
Alan Palmer
Would you restore it?

This 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet is pretty unique in never having been restored or modified, having spent 40 years in a museum.

Ordered new by a Rhineland industrialist for his son, it was confiscated by the Allies during World War Two and spend the rest of the conflict locked in a garage in southern Germany. After the war, it was taken back to the US by a military...
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Would you restore it This 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet is pretty
Wendell Milburn
Peter Jones
Curtis Milner
HIGH SPEED
When we drove this Monteverdi High Speed 375L back in 2013 it was dark blue and very much in used, pre-restoration condition with worn-through carpets, bits hanging off the dashboard, pickled chrome and various paint and body issues. But you know what, it was still magnificent, still oozed exclusive glamour.

I first saw it when it made a fleeting visit to our classic car night at...
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HIGH SPEED When we drove this Monteverdi High Speed 375L back in
Jonathan Morgan
Peter Macmillan
Richard Eugene Crispin
Three-pointed great

We thought it was a Bentley at first - it's the green paint that does it - but then the prominent three-pointed star on its prow caused a double-take.

This enormous beast is the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K La Baule Transformable by Saoutchik, exhibited on Eberard Thiessen's stand at Techno Classica Essen.

Named after a glamorous resort on the French Atlantic coast, the 630K...
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Threepointed great We thought it was a Bentley at first its the
Nancy L. Demarais
Andrew Hedley
Guy Ruin
THE HALO EFFECT
The boot badge on this 1955 fixedhead coupé says 'JAGUAR XK140. WINNER LE MANS 1951-53', referring to victories in the 1951 and 1953 24 Hours races with the C-type race car.

Porsche, Lotus and many others have badged or stickered road cars to boast of race track success, while others have relied on less direct visual associations to make the buyer feel that they're getting...
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THE HALO EFFECT The boot badge on this 1955 fixedhead coupé says
Jimmy Rosen
Kevin Johnson
Bill Richards
Out of the Goldfisch bowl...

BMW celebrated 40 years of its luxury-flagship 7-series at this year's Techno Classica Essen, by unearthing examples of every generation including the so-called 'Goldfisch' prototype.

After releasing the 750iL - BMW's first V12 of the postwar era - its engineers wondered what the next step might be. A 16-cylinder engine - formed by mating two V8s to a common...
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Out of the Goldfisch bowl BMW celebrated 40 years of its luxuryflagship
Tom Brearton
Stu Clegg
James Goldsworthy
A TOUCH OF GLAS
This Glas 1204 Convertible was built in 1963, three years before the foundering company was bought by BMW. Pity, its 1189cc four cylinder engine with a belt-driven overhead cam engine made a handy 53bhp, enough to push its 775kg along at 87mph.

Just one of the varied treats at this year's Techno Classica Essen.
A TOUCH OF GLAS This Glas 1204 Convertible was built in 1963
Hans Steinz
Wendell Milburn
Alan Palmer
More than just GTIs.

The car park at Techno Classica Essen is always great for a wander round, making for a small free classic car show in itself.

This year, we happened upon these three handily-parked and very Eighties takes on the VW Golf GTI recipe. They're also all rather rare.

That red car is a G60 Rallye. Effectively Volkswagen's answer to the Lancia Delta Integrale, it's got a...
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More than just GTIs The car park at Techno Classica Essen is
Richie H T Freeman
Jay Behr
Jeff Murphy
YOU'RE NICKED!
This 1962 Triumph TR4 served time as a police car for Southend on Sea Constabulary.

What's the coolest police car you've seen, or been pulled over by?
YOURE NICKED This 1962 Triumph TR4 served time as a police car
Allan Stimpson
Derek Harrison
Gary Phillips
From Austins to Aston Martins, you never know what will show up for an informal evening of classic car chat and good food.
From Austins to Aston Martins you never know what will show up

Classic car night at the Ace Cafe

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Bill Baughman
Rich Servidio
Bill Baughman
Alby Taglia
Alby Taglia
A BMW for Connoisseurs.

At the recent Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, we happened upon this scruffy but utterly fascinating BMW for sale at Memory Lane Cars. It would need a fair amount of work - the rust was bubbling through its wheelarches after all - but we couldn't take our eyes off it.

It's a Hartge H5. Rarer than either an E34 M5 or even its Alpina rival, it's a...
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A BMW for Connoisseurs At the recent Practical Classics Classic Car Restoration
Adam's Car Stuff'n'That
Narek Papazyan
Gentil Gomes Da Costa