The anorak: Ferrari 250 GTO #3589GT

Written by Kurt | Thursday, 29 March 2012 13:03
#3589GT in a field, photos by El Wayne

Now, normally I try to steer clear of the subject 'chassis numbers' and historic cars, as it can come over as mindbogglingly boring to normal people while at the same time being a futile attempt to sound interesting, when you are really not anything like that. But, for this post I make an exception as it is about a car with a very intriguing story. I mean, it is not often that you hear of a Ferrari 250 GTO that used to languish in a field for 15 years. Even though is a well-known story outside of the ferrarichat.com circle, it really is worth making a trip down memory lane to revisit chassis #3589GT in the various parts of its life. And what a life it was (is)! Just read on after the jump all will be explained.

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Question: what's the best car to pose in front of?

Written by Super User | Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:33
Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS

Universally liked, a 911 might be a very good candidate to answer the question, as is the case with this photo taken outside of the Zandvoort circuit along the dutch coastline in the summer of 1974. Especially so because the guy in the photo called 'Roland', poses with a Carrera 2.7 RS. I'm pretty sure this Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS is the real deal, considering it is highly unlikely that someone with a brand-new and expensive run-of-the-mill 911 would go through all the trouble to widen its arches and so on, while Porsche still produced the 2.7 RS for a good price in 1974. Questionable is, though, the taste of the original owner, red wheels on a green body? And what's with the red stripes on the hatch, roof and the rear duck-tail? Must've been a special order vehicle through Porsche's personalisation division (surely they had that already in 1974), I can't imagine Porsche would've put this on the option list. In a way though, it makes it unique, special, which must be the main arguement for being the best car to pose in front of. It certainly was in 1974, when the only thing more impressive to pose in front of would be some Ferraris or Lamborghinis, but then again those would make you look a bit of a tit. Those were poster cars for children, Porsches are for the real world, for normal guys, like Roland.

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Fiat 'beach cars'

Written by Super User | Wednesday, 21 March 2012 21:49

Realising that it is already a year ago that the Libyan uprising began it reminded me of their former leader's car collection (as you do if you're a car nut), it especially reminded me of Gaddafi's special (modern) Fiat 500 which was all over the paper's the day his compound was captured by the rebels. Anyhow, it's an odd little thing, being a convertible with no doors, but digging deeper into history you'll notice it's not the first time a Fiat like this was commissioned, nor is it the last. Here a quick overview of the Fiat 'beach cars'.

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Silberpfeile @ Goodwood

Written by Kurt | Friday, 17 February 2012 18:02

SilberpfeilePerhaps you already heard, but for those who didn't we have a great announcement; at the Goodwood Revival this year in September there will be an array of pre-war Silberpfeile racing around the Goodwood race course. Silberpfeile? Well, Silver Arrows, German pre-war race machinery of course. Audi (Auto Union) and Mercedes-Benz will bring a vast number of their beautiful machinery to the track. Not for a demonstration but to actually partake in a proper race at race speeds. Never since the 1939 Yugoslav Grand Prix were so many Silberpfeile seen together in one single race. As you might understand, even for the average petrolhead this is a special moment, imagine (or better not) what this event will do to my trousers and those of other hard-line car anoraks! Mercedes-Benz will bring their W25, W125, W154 and W165 cars while Audi will bring some Auto Union C- and D-Types. The cars will be up against other period machinery like ERAs, MGs, Rileys and, let's hope, some of the pre-war Alfa Romeos and Maseratis turn up as well.

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The marketplace: 1973 Mazda RX-2

Written by Super User | Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:43

rx2Perhaps I've mentioned it before on here but I have a slight obsession with rotary-engined Mazdas from the 70s. Be it R100s, RX-3s or RX5s I like them, mainly because of the the awesomely silly engine sound that comes with a rotary engine. During an ebay search I stumbled upon the following listing on Ebay USA; a practically rust-free and rather low-mileage RX-2. Just look at that clean engine bay and boot and the top-notch interior with original three-spoke steering wheel. I've seen worse! Wouldn't this be a fantastic change compared to an obiquitous MG B or Triumph Spitfire? Probably, more reliable and fun as well (I mean who doesn't like a high-revving engine from time to time). Perhaps though, for a comparison with those sporty machines Mazdas RX-3 offering might be better suited. Mainly because the RX-2 was originally conceived as a family car. Most of them were sedans, this coupe is an exception.

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