Castle Three Motor Company, a British company based in Alnwick, Northumberland, have just released a series of sketches showing their retro-inspired rival to the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Funding for the car has been provided via crowd-funding on CrowdCube. However the goal of £200, 000 wasn’t met in the time required. Instead Castle Three Motor Company ended up with £30,000 from almost 70 investors. Despite the obvious shortfall, the company have bravely chosen to power on with the car’s development.
The Castle Three Motor Company’s return to business marks a revival for a company who built 350 three-wheeled cars between 1919 and 1922. The new car has some of the retro style of the original, however it also has a contemporary feel highlighted by its clean lines and LED lighting.
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At this year’s SEMA show, Fuller Hot Rods showed up with a ’32 Ford Roadster built for JET-HOT, a company specialising in high-performance coatings for hot things – like headers and exhaust systems.
The Double Down hot rod project began several years earlier when Bryan Fuller happened to meet Emmett Burton at a Cars and Coffee event, they got talking and Fuller ended up in Burton’s house looking at his collection of 30 vehicles, all at different stages of construction.
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Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) have just put the finishing touches to a bespoke Jaguar E-Type modification/restoration project commissioned by the car’s owner, American Paul Branstad. Prior to the complete overhaul by CMC, the car had been involved in what was described as “a heavy front impact”.
The car is a 1968 Series 1 4.2 litre, left hand drive, open 2 seater which rolled off the Coventry production line on April 17th. After production the car was shipped immediately to Jaguar Cars in New York, USA, but the receiving dealer is not known. However nowadays it shares only an outward resemblance to the original vehicle, having been stretched by four and a half inches during its restomod.
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In the series 10 things you probably didn’t know about… We’ll reveal some amazing and unusual facts about various cars, bikes, boats and aircraft. In this edition we’ll take a peek at the legend which is the Volkswagen Beetle. Whether you Love it or hate it, everyone’s heard of it. There are probably tribesmen in the Amazon rainforest who could draw a pretty good facimile using a stick and some monkey poop.
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Up Close is a feature on diseno-art where the latest, greatest and most interesting vehicles from history are showcased an easy to digest way. That means lots of annotated pictures, and just the most interesting facts and cold hard numbers. Today its the turn of the Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 to get the short, sharp Up Close treatment.
The Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 was the replacement model for the 275 GTB/4. The Daytona name was given to the car after a 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona by a Ferrari 330P4 race car. The Daytona was a front-engined supercar powered by a 4.4 litre DOHC V12. The five-speed manual transmission was mounted over the rear axle for optimal weight distribution, and a four-wheel independent suspension featured wishbones and coil springs.
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The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique is a head-turning, jaw dropping, concept created by the Italian designer Alan Guerzoni. It is the antithesis to the restrained styling of the Bugatti Veyron. It’s like a steampunk supercar for the 21st century.
The concept takes most of its inspiration from the 1935 Type 57SC Atlantic coupe. That’s to say both cars are very swoopy and elegant. The Bugatti 12.4 Atlantique concept has a streamlined body, suicide doors, a long, low hood, and an aerodynamic tail. Like the Veyron it features a prominent two-tone color scheme with chrome highlights. Highlights include some delicious LED lights, rear-view cameras mounted on stalks coming out of the front wheel arches, and side-exit exhausts.
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The Ghia De Tomaso 2000 Competizione was a one-off race car concept built by Ghia and based on a De Tomaso Vallelunga chassis. The car was first displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1966, before making further appearances at other major automotive events.
Powering the Ghia De Tomaso 2000 Competizione was a 1.6 litre Ford 120E four cylinder engine. The engine was a tuned version of the 104-hp powerplant used in the De Tomaso Vallelunga. The 4-speed transmission was a Volkswagen case with Colotti gearsets.
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Take a look at this. What do you see? Mustang? Definatley. A bit of SRT Challenger? Maybe. Corvette? No. Well truth be told, despite its appearance, its none of them, and all of them. The Equus Bass 770 from US-based company Equus Automotive is a classically-styled supercar with 21-st Century underpinnings. It borrows the best bits from numerous muscle cars from the past and present.
The chassis of the Equus Bass 770 is a custom-built aluminium unit which has been engineered to be light and strong. Not only that but its layout allows the engine to be mounted in a front-mid position for better weight distribution. And talking about the engine. The Equus Bass 770 is powered by a 6.2 litre supercharged V8 from the Corvette ZR1. It produces 640 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm, and 605 lb-ft of torque from 3,800 rpm. The Equus’ top speed cracks the magic 200 mph, while the 0-60 mph run is over in just 3.4 seconds.
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Almost 25 years since the last Lister rolled off the production line, the British manufacturer is back. The company has been reorganized and rebranded. It’s now called Lister Motor Company Ltd. The rebirth includes an investment in a new, state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, which includes CNC machining, 3D scanning and Catia design, all of which will enable the return of a modern version of the famous Lister ‘Knobbly’ Jaguar of the ’50s.
Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs have all been re-commissioned, and many of the team involved in the original 1950’s project with Lister Cars have been called back into service, including Martin Murray, Colin (Chippy) Crisp, Graham (Curley) Hutton, Laurence Pearce and even Brian Lister himself. Heading up the manufacturing project is Mark Hallam, technical director at George Lister Engineering and Jerry Booen of D Type Developments will also be assisting with the project. The cars will be built to be identical to those of 1958, and will be race-ready ‘out of the box’ to race with BHL-C (C for Continuation) chassis insignia and up to FIA/HTP Appendix K specification.
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Over a year ago, Touring Superleggera wowed the crowds at the Geneva Motor Show with a one-off supercar based on the Alfa Romeo 8c. Called the Carrozzeria Touring Disco Volante Concept, the car was a modern interpretation of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante from the 1950s. At the time Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera said they were considering a very limited production run. Well it turns out they were serious.
The transition from one-off prototype to limited production vehicle seems to have been fairly uneventful. The only noticable changes are slightly different wing mirrors, and different headlights. That’s it.
The 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring Superleggera is built with the official endorsement of Alfa Romeo. Importantly, that means Alfa Romeo dealerships are qualified for maintenance and service of the car, while Touring Superleggera provides them with repair instructions and parts for the Touring-designed components and systems.
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