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1966 Pontiac GTO

The ‘goat’ brought real muscle that defined an era

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First production car with cylinder deactivation 1981 Cadillac Eldorado

When posing the question of which technological steps to take to improve vehicle fuel economy, the answers tend to fall on the side of engine downsizing.

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Jaguar dominates 1987 World Sportscar Championship

With much made both then and now of Jaguar’s 1988 and 1990 victories of the Le Mans 24 Hours, its utter domination of the 1987 World Sportscar Championship has been largely forgotten. Yet it was arguably a much bigger achievement than winning a single, albeit 24-hour, race.

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Aston Martin drivers Tony Brooks

Not a household name today, but Tony Brooks remains one of Aston Martin’s most accomplished drivers.

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1950 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage

Although still a current model name, Vantage goes back to the Fifties. We look at the history of the first that was based on the DB2.

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Friedrich Geiger - Gone but not forgotten

To many, he’s Mr Gullwing – though he wasn’t always credited

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1954 Nash Metropolitan

The vision of a fridge boss, built in the UK, but aimed as USA’s ‘second car’

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1976 Ford Prima Ghia Coupe

This compact concept was touted as a production car for the American market, but despite doing the car show rounds, it never saw production…

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1993 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti DTM

Alfa Romeo may be an also-ran in contemporary F1, but in 1993, the 155 V6 Ti rewrote history by winning the DTM championship in its first year of entry. With BMW and Audi withdrawing at the end of 1992, Alfa seized the opportunity to maximise the new-for-1993 FIA Class 1 touring-car rules.

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First car with rain-sensing wipers 1970 Citroën SM

Even before the application of windscreen wipers on automobiles, the need for a means to clear precipitation and muck from the windows of streetcars saw some interesting developments come to the fore. In 1903, Irish-born inventor JH Apjohn gained a UK patent for a mechanism that moved two brushes top to bottom to clear the windshield. Across the pond, US inventor Mary Anderson had to leave the front window down or stop to clear the snow from the panes on a streetcar ride during inclement weather. She came up with the idea of a swinging arm fitted with a rubber blade slotted through the window frame.

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Understanding the Jaguar XJ-S design

When I joined Jaguar in the mid-Seventies I was surprised to discover it was Malcolm Sayer who had initiated the XJ-S’s design since as a large grand tourer, it was a very different car from his most famous, the E-type.

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​Corona fizzy pop

Corona fizzy pop. Until 2019, the name of this Welsh carbonated drink evoked only childhood innocence.

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1961 Renault Dauphine Gordini

France’s rallying cry. Diminutive competition giant killer delivered a tail-happy ending

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Porsche 911 S 127 corners of the 1966 Freiburg to Schauinsland hill climb

A 911, clearly being driven with commitment, tackles one of the 127 corners of the Freiburg to Schauinsland hill climb. But this isn’t just any one of the many 911s that contested the Schauinsland climb until competitive events stopped after 1972. The driver is the Swabian, Eberhard Mahle, and in this 1966 photograph he’s well on the way to winning the European GT Hill Climb Championship and also the 911’s first international triumph. The irony is that if Huschke von Hanstein had prevailed, Eberhard wouldn’t have had a 911 to compete in.

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