After World War 2 jet engine technology developed rapidly. By the early 1950s combat aircraft were almost universally jet-powered and civilian air liners had started to follow suit. No power source had generated such excitement and it was thought the first car manufacturer to harness a smooth running gas turbine would reap major rewards.Read More
Between late 1953 and early 1955 customers wanting the ultimate Ferrari road car had two choices: a 375 Mille Miglia or 375 America. The 375 Mille Miglia was originally created for competition use but 10 of the 22 never went racing and were instead driven on the street. Those customers wanting something more refined than a thinly disguised track car could opt for…Read More
Adolfo Orsi took over at Maserati in 1937 with the firm deep in financial trouble. Orsi injected fresh capital and after World War 2 the company resumed competition activities with both single seater and sports cars.
To help fund this expensive racing programme Maserati would occasionally build road cars by special request. Until the late fifties most of…Read More
In the summer of 1955 Pinin Farina had been presented with an Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM racing car upon which they were given carte blanche to create a state-of-the-art concept.
The 6C 3000 CM had been Alfa Romeo’s works sports racing car for the 1953 season. It…Read More
At the end of 1953 Alfa Romeo closed their competition department. They would still support privateers with uprated parts for models like the 1900 but works involvement in motor racing came to an end when the 6C 3000 CM and 6C 3000 PR programmes were abandoned on cost grounds.
Two of the half dozen 6C 3000 CMs were…Read More
Aside from the odd coachbuilt machine created with rear seats at special request, until 1960 Ferrari had never offered a standard four-seat model.
The wait for a practical Ferrari with proper rear seats ended when the 250 GTE was unveiled at the Paris Salon in October 1960. It became Ferrari's biggest seller to date and 955 rolled…Read More
With the Tipo 158 and 159 Alfa Romeo had won the inaugural 1950 and 1951 Formula 1 World Championships for Drivers. In the absence of a Constructors crown (not introduced until 1958) the Drivers contest was the most prestigious title in motor sport.
For 1952 the F1 regulations restricted entrants to normally-aspirated two-litre engines. Alfa’s…Read More
At the Turin and Paris motor shows of 1956 Pinin Farina unveiled a trio of models that were at the cutting edge of aerodynamic understanding. Based on state-of-the-art underpinnings, the two Alfa Romeo Superflows and solitary Ferrari Superfast mixed space-age styling with competition-bred mechanicals.
First to arrive was the Alfa Romeo Superflow…Read More
Although Giacchino Colombo’s 60° V12 had powered Ferrari to a host of important Sports car victories between 1947 and 1949, similar domination in Grand Prix racing had proven elusive.
Grand Prix engines were permitted in two states of tune: either supercharged units of up to 1.5-litres or un-supercharged units of up to 4.5-litres.Read More