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The founder of Austin Healey, Donald Healey, was known for subtly incorporating his initials into the design of his cars. For example, the badge on the Austin Healey 3000 Mk III features a “DH” in its center

There was a significant disagreement between Tim Birkin and W.O. Bentley, the founder of Bentley Motors, regarding the use of superchargers in the Bentley Blower. W.O. Bentley believed in naturally aspirated engines and was opposed to forced induction. This led to Birkin financing the supercharger project himself.

A Jowett Javeline won the Monte Carlo Rally in its category in 1949 and the Spa 24-hour that same year. In 1952 it would win the award for best closed car in the International RAC Rally.

The Mc Laren MP4-12C has a power output of 592 hp and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds, being able to reach speeds of over 200 mph. It won’t be in La Clásica, of course…

The FIAT 124 Sport Rider, designed by Pininfarina, was presented at the Turin Auto Show in 1966. Since then, it was produced until 1985. A few years later the brand started a collaboration with Mazda and its MX-5, but that’s another story.

The Sunbeam Alpine won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1965. In addition, its catapult to fame was boosted by its presence in the 007 movie “Dr. No”, driven by Sean Connery.

The nickname “Pagoda”, in Mercedes Pagoda, comes from the unique shape of the hardtop roof, which features a slight concave curve reminiscent of traditional Asian pagodas. It’s a design element that sets the car apart from other models of its era.

The Maserati Merak was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, an Italian designer associated with Italdesign. Giugiaro was also hired by SEAT to relaunch the brand with the first Ibiza in the 80s. And he succeeded.

The Dino Ferrari is named “Dino” after Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, who died of muscular dystrophy on June 30, 1956 at the age of 24. It was a tribute from Enzo to his only legitimate son.

The Renault 8, produced from 1961 to 1973, was a small compact family car with rear engine and rear-wheel drive, which also had a successful presence in rallies.

The Triumph TR5, introduced in 1968, was sold in the U.S. under the TR250 designation. This model incorporated twin carburetors, instead of fuel injection, due to US emissions regulations.

The Turbo version of the BMW 2002, was taken to the “Bundestag” for displaying the “turbo” sticker on the front spoiler arranged mirrorwise (like ambulances). Finally, BMW opted to offer the stickers as an accessory to its owners.

The Jaguar XK 120 OTS began its journey in 1948 with serious problems to meet its high demand. The first 240 units were built using parts from other models and even from Aston Martin, from which it took the differential.

The Austin-Healey MKIII had two small rear seats in a 2+2 configuration, unlike its predecessors, giving it a little more versatility.

Porsche focused much of its efforts on the performance of the 911 RS2.7 by reducing its weight. The Porsche 911 RS2.7 weighed only 1,043 kilograms.

The BMW 2002 is often credited with popularizing the concept of the “sports sedan.” It combined the practicality of a compact four-door sedan with sporty performance, setting a trend that many other automakers would follow

The Lamborghini Diablo was named after a famous bull that fought in the 19th century. Lamborghini often named its cars after bulls or bullfighting-related terms.

The success of the Lancia Fulvia in rallying laid the foundation for Lancia’s reputation as a dominant force in rally racing, which continued with cars like the “Lancia Stratos” and “Lancia Delta Integrale”.

The Lotus Elan S3 Roadster was produced between 1966 and 1968, reaching 1,200 units. It was the first car launched by Lotus Cars with a steel platform and fiberglass body.

The Ford Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” starred one of the most exiting and long-lasting car chasing scences ever filmed: 10 minutes and 53 seconds!

The Porsche 356 SC was produced from 1963 to 1965, making it one of the last iterations of the 356 series before Porsche introduced the 911.

The Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 gained fame for its appearance in the iconic 1969 film “The Italian Job.” It was one of the cars used in the famous chase scene through the streets of Turin, Italy.

The Chevrolet Corvette C1, was presented as a concept in 1953 at the “General Motors Motorama Show”, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. From there to stardom it was all one.

The Ferrari 308 GT4 was designed by the famous Italian design house Bertone, making it one of the few Ferraris not designed by Pininfarina

The Mercedes 300 SL, in its convertible “roadster” edition, was produced between 1957 and 1963. Only 1,858 of this iconinc vehicle rolled off the Mercedes factory.

The Jaguar XJ6, introduced in late 60s, was often associated with British royalty. Queen Elizabeth II was known to have owned several Jaguars, including various XJ models.

The Daimler SP250 was the last model to be launched by Daimler before its parent company, the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA), sold it to Jaguar Cars in 1960.

The Dino brand was created by Ferrari as a separate sub-brand in the late 1960s and early 1970s to produce smaller, more affordable sports cars

As the name suggests, the Triumph Spitfire MkIV was the fourth and final iteration of the Triumph Spitfire series. Some 70,000 units were produced from 1970 to 1974.

The Sunbeam Tiger Mk1A was exclusively offered as a convertible with a soft top, and is often considered the most desirable among collectors.

The McLaren MP4-12C is a remarkable “supercar” that marked McLaren Automotive’s return to the production car market. It was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2010.

The Maserati Merak, produced between 1972 and 1983, made appearances in several movies, such as “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Day of the Jackal”. Only 1,800 units rolled off the factory.

The Porsche 2.7 was one of the first 911 models to feature impact bumpers, which were designed to comply with stricter safety regulations in the United States.

The Morgan Plus Four has been in production for over 70 years, with the original model introduced in 1950. It is one of the longest-running production cars in automotive history.

The BMW 3.0 CSi was often referred to as a “Bavarian beauty” due to its sleek and timeless design by Wilhelm Hofmeister

The MGB GT, produced by Morris Garages, was designed by Pininfarina. It displayed a hatchback design, with a well-balanced layout combining sports and family use

Over the years, the Mercedes Pagoda has been owned by several celebrities and notable figures, including John Lennon of The Beatles, who owned a white 1965 230SL.

The “Blower” in Bentley Blower refers to the car’s supercharger, which was quite an innovative feature at the time. It helped increase engine power and performance significantly

The final classic Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, on July 30, 2003, marking the end of an era for this iconic and charming car, of which 21,529,464 units were produced

Austin-Healey was a British sports car maker established in 1952 through a joint venture between the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and the Donald Healey Motor Company (Healey)

The Volvo P1800, produced by the Swedish company between 1961 and 1973, was designed under the supervision of Pietro Frua, when his studio was a subsidiary company of the Italian manufacturer Ghia

The Jaguar E-Type topped the list of the 100 most beautiful cars ever produced according to online voting by experts and enthusiasts published by “The Daily Telegraph” newspaper in 2008

Of the 94,619 Triumph TR6 units produced between 1968 and 1976, more than 85,000 were sold outside the United Kingdom.

The Triumph TR2 was born as a result of company boss Sir John Black’s inability to acquire the Morgan Motor Company to produce an “affordable” two-seater sports car.

“Duetto”, on the Alfa Romero Spider Duetto, was a designation emerging from a public participation process placed by the Italian manufacturer