Blast From The Past: This 1992 Clarkson Review Of The Viper Is Pure Bliss
As many of you may know, Clarkson hasn’t been the kindest when it comes to American cars. Having said that, there are exceptions. Cars like the Chevy Corvette Z06, and more recently, the Ford GT, have got him excited. The first-gen Dodge Viper sure as hell made the cut in his books. This 1992 review of Viper is classic Clarkson at his very best.
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1965 Shelby Carbon Cobra To Commemorate Six Decades Of An American Icon
Classic Recreations has come up with an 800-horsepower Shelby Cobra in full carbon attire for Shelby American’s 60th birthday. Only ten examples of the 800-horsepower two-seater will be produced. Each of these track-only cars will set you back a whopping $1.2 million.
Most Beautiful Cars In The World
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, design and style is an extremely subjective affair. Now coming up with a list of the most beautiful cars in the world was a real challenge.
There are practically hundreds if not thousands of fantastic-looking automobiles to have come out over the past century, but the 25 examples that I’ve listed in this post sure are some of the very best ones out there. They mainly include cars conceived by the big five Italian styling houses from the early ’50s through the 80s.
History Of The Ferrari Logo
Ferrari, a name that invokes a feeling of passion, exhilaration, and beauty. In the Automotive world, the Ferrari Brand sits at the top of the food chain and has its value that can be measured in gold. The brand has a rich racing pedigree and a very strong heritage that dates back to over a hundred years, and the heart of every Ferrari that has ever existed lies the prancing horse. The Ferrari badge is by far one of the most recognizable logos in the world, but what is the story behind it? Well, that’s exactly what you’re about to find out.
The Allure Of The Extreme; Is Your Chance To Appreciate The HYPERCAR In Its Purest Form
The Petersen Automotive Museum has confirmed a new exhibit that will discover the world of Hypercars, featuring some of the fastest and most exotic cars that money can buy, starting December 4, 2021. The Exhibit Hypercars: The Allure of the Extreme will rotate up to 30 vehicles over the coming 18 months to showcase what a Hypercar really stands for, and why they continue to entice the automotive community the world over.
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To Celebrate 60 Years of the Bond Franchise, the Petersen Museum has Launched Bond in Motion
With the latest bond film No Time to Die, there’s no time better time to look back at some of the most exciting Bond movie cars ever. Bond in Motion is the very first formal exhibition in the United States to display actual vehicles that featured in the James Bond film franchise.
The films were produced in conjunction with EON Productions and the Ian Fleming Foundation. The exhibition currently underway at the Petersen Automotive Museum commemorates the 60th anniversary of the 007 films, which began with the release of Dr.No, six decades ago back in 1962.
The Automotive Hall of Fame will Soon Have A New Home
The Automotive Hall of Fame is finally headed to its roots as Hall of Fame President William Chapin has made it official, announcing that the visitor destination will move from its current location in Dearborn, Michigan near Ford’s headquarters to Detroit, Michigan where America’s automotive history began. The announcement was made at the end of the induction ceremony and is apparently being done to better reflect the city’s ties to the history of the industry in the U.S. and to help in the city’s own resurgence.
It is ironic that for a city that’s regarded as the birthplace of the U.S. auto industry, Detroit has never been the site of the Automotive Hall of Fame. The shrine to the automotive segment was first built in New York before moving to Washington D.C., Midland, Michigan, and now in its current location in Dearborn. According to Chapman, the decision to move the shrine is also being done to accommodate the massive overhaul Ford is embarking on as it pertains to its headquarters. Since the Hall of Fame is close to the Blue Oval’s facilities, any changes that Ford plans to make, including building a new research and development center, will have an effect on the Hall of Fame’s grounds.
So the decision has been made to move the Hall of Fame to Detroit where it should’ve been in the first place. Details on its exact location in the city have yet to be revealed, but there are reports that the museum’s big decision makers are looking into securing a space on Woodward avenue. The museum’s current location is approximately 25,000 square feet.
Details about the timetable are unsettled, but the Hall of Fame’s move will likely be completed by the end of the decade.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
Back in the days when Ferrari developed engines quicker than they could do gearboxes or bodies, as per Enzo’s belief that those who rely on aerodynamics can’t put together proper engines, many memorable roadsters were built using the 4.0-liter Lampredi V-12 as the centerpiece. Other configurations sprouted from this 1951-designed powerplant as the company continued to use this layout all throughout the decade. One of the most emblematic models of the 340 series is the 340 MM, which appeared as an evolution of previous 340 iterations in 1953.
As with other Ferrari cars, MM stood for Mille Miglia, the race for which the car was originally conceived and which its forerunner, the 340 America, had won in 1951. In truth, the MM was the real replacement of the America, being a real step forward from the so-called 340 Mexico from which it evolved.
With only 11 examples built, the 340 MM is an extremely rare car, especially since both Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and Carrozzeria Vignale dealt with building spyder bodies while Pininfarina crafted the coupes. This means that nearly each example is unique in its own way. Couple this with the racing history of certain chassis and you get part of the reasoning behind the prices for which these cars change hands. One of the many in the myriad of Ferrari ultra-exotic rarities.
Continue reading to learn more about the 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Competition Vignale Spider.
Happy Thanksgiving to all the TopSpeed readers, we hope that your Turkey Day is off to a great start. We all know the importance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but this day is also a very special one for the automobile racing industry.
On this day, 118 years ago — in 1895 for those that don’t have a calculator handy — America’s first ever automotive race, the Chicago Times-Herald Race, took place. It was a 54-mile journey from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, IL and back, and it included just six cars at the starting line — two electric cars and three gasoline-powered cars.
Only four of the cars actually finished, and the highest top speed during the race was a sluggish 7.5 mph. The winner, Frank Duryea, managed to complete the icy course in nine hours, netting a $5,000 prize in the process (about $140,000 by today’s dollar value), and the second-place finisher took another two hours to reach the start-finish marker, which was a boulder near the Museum of Science and Industry.
This rock is now legendary in the automotive racing industry, as it marks the beginning of one of the biggest industries in America. Each and every year, a group of 100, or so, exotic cars and motorcycles make their way to "The Rock" on Thanksgiving day to celebrate the race (weather permitting). And this year is no different. The celebration typically kicks off around 9 a.m.
So, if you have some extra time between cooking and stuffing your face with Turkey, you should swing by and check out some of the cars and see the most famous rock in racing history! For those that don’t know, "The Rock" is southwest of the Museum of Science and Industry. Simply take the Museum exit on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and look for the line cars; you can’t miss it.
Check out a map of the original race after the jump.
Lamborghini Gallardo was unveiled in 2003 and during its decade-long run, it was Lamborghini’s sales leader. Now — on November 25th. 2013 — ten years later, it’s time to say good-bye to an Icon in the supercar world, as the last Gallardo rolled off the production line.
The final Gallardo was number 14,022, and it was an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante variant draped in a Rosso Mars hue. The model will go to an unnamed private collector who will receive his car in the upcoming weeks.
To understand what a successful car the Gallardo was, you have to know that during its entire lifespan, Lamborghini sold a total of 30,000 units; nearly half of those were Gallardos. Also, before the Gallardo rolled into showrooms, the company sold a total of 250 units per year. The Gallardo’s presence drove sales numbers up to a total of 2,000 units per year.
With the Gallardo making its triumphant exit, Lambo will now focus on the supercar’s successor, which will be called either the Cabrera or Huracan.
Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.
Meet "the most important car."
We’ve covered our fair share of rare and historic classic cars here at TopSpeed, but this 1931 Voisin C20 MyLord takes the cake. Its level of beauty and class is only overshadowed by its rarity and appraised value. It is truly a gorgeous thing to behold.
Powered by an innovative sleeve-valve V-12 engine riding on an underslung chassis, the two-door coupe was built in France by automotive and aeronautics pioneer Gabriel Voisin who was more well-known for his achievements in the air than on the road. He did, however, start Avions Voisin, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive brands of the day.
The one-off MyLord was only a concept vehicle and never saw full production, making this example the only one in existence. It was treated to a full restoration before heading to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance auction block in 2010. One fortunate bidder took home the MyLord, leaving a $2,750,000 check in its place.
Click past the jump to learn more about the Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline
The Nissan GT-R is my hero. I was so amazed by the performance of the R35 generation of GT-R when launched that I modified the back of my Legacy 2.5GT to read “2.5GT-R” with an expensive and genuine GT-R emblem from Japan.
To put a badge from another car onto your own, as a grown man, is pretty pathetic in retrospect. But for the year or so that my Subaru was a 2.5GT-R, every time I saw the beveled red letters of that logo, I could not help but smile.
My car, I told myself, was sort of like a GT-R for people with dogs and cargo flexibility needs. I eventually grew up and mounted the GT-R emblem in prime position on my refrigerator, where it delights me even today.
Do not meet your heroes, they say. A lifetime spent worshiping a professional baseball pitcher, only to find out he is meaner than a rattlesnake and twice as deadly. Seeing the underbelly of any icon could ruin baseball altogether - if that was your life’s passion until seeing the bad parts up close.
I got to meet my hero last week via the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack. While the car defined my day, and has consumed my thoughts ever since, I am unable to form an opinion even a full week later.
This is rare for me. Love it or hate it, I generally get a good sense of a car’s merits and issues within a few minutes behind the wheel.
But the GT-R is very different. Our time together was more of a fling than going steady, but if I thought I loved the GT-R more than anything else in the world before I drove it, what do I think now?
Still hard to say. I do know that sitting down in the GT-R for the first time was very intense on a number of levels. The hoon before me had every setting in race mode, and, frankly, I was not prepared for the performance the GT-R offers its drivers every second it is on the roads.
So while I try to stop shaking with cold sweats after only a few full-throttle sessions, the GT-R is better than a hero to me. It was better than everything I had previously read or knew about the vehicle.
We are putting together the full Driven review for next week, but until then, please enjoy these TopSpeed First-Drive Video reviews of the 2014 Nissan GT-R.
Click past the jump to see me sweat it out while hitting 60-mph in a claimed 2.8 seconds.
By the early 1960s, the Corvette had triumphed over the Thunderbird and was now firmly America’s sports car for the second-gen’s arrival as a 1963 model. Car guys, pilots and engineers all over America had taken the lightweight-big engine formula to heart with their prized first-gen Corvettes, but now they wanted more performance by every measurement. Much more speed, in particular.
Chevrolet had similar ideas when brainstorming ways to replace the C1 as far back as 1957. The Q-Corvette concept was a working idea of a smaller, lighter and nimbler Corvette than ever before. Four-wheel discs were to be standard, and the car was could hold its own on a racetrack right off the showroom floor.
Over the C2’s relatively short time — until 1967 — this Corvette became the quickest factory machine ever in the quarter-mile with the 11.02 second time recorded by the 1967 Corvette L88 Sting Ray Convertible.
Click past the jump for the full history of the 1963-1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2, with highlights from two prize-winning concours examples.