Up Close: Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4


Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4

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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Up Close: BMW 2002 Turbo


BMW 2002 Turbo

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. This time around we’ll take a short ‘n sweet look at the BMW 2002 Turbo, arguably the spiritual grandfather of the M3.

The BMW 2002 Turbo lived a short life. Just 10 short months during 1972 and 1973. In total only 1,672 cars were produced. Today it is a highly prized collectors car, and should you see one you can be sure that the driver “knows his cars”. The 2002 Turbo has the distinction of being the first turbocharged production car, and in its day it had a bit of a reputation as a hooligan and a handful. The turbocharger didn’t make itself known until 4,500 rpm, and when it arrived it often did so unannouced and with a bit of a kick. The 1973 oil crisis was the undoing of the 2002 Turbo, when gasoline prices doubled practically overnight. All of a sudden a turbocharged car which offered 17 mph just wasn’t very appealing.
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Up Close: Toyota 2000GT


Toyota 2000GT

Up Close is a feature on diseno-art where the latest, greatest and most interesting vehicles are showcased an easy to digest way. That means lots of annotated pictures, and just the most interesting facts and cold hard numbers. Today we’re gonna take a cursory glance over the ultra-rare Toyota 2000GT. Arguably the grandfather of all modern Japanese sports cars.

If you’re in the market for a some rare Japanese machinery, then you can’t go far wrong with the gorgeous Toyota 2000GT. It’ll cost you more than most modern Italian supercars to get one of these beauties in your garage. But with prices still rising it’s a good investment for the future. As a bonus, while it’s sitting motionless in your humidity controlled, air-conditioned, hepa-filtered garage it’ll look better than almost any other classic car you can think of.
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Up Close: Lancia Stratos HF


Lancia Stratos HF

Up Close is a feature on diseno-art where the latest, greatest and most interesting vehicles are showcased an easy to digest way. That means lots of annotated pictures, and just the most interesting facts and cold hard numbers. This time around it’s the turn of the legendary Lancia Stratos HF to step into the spotlight.

Despite its iconic status, the Stratos wasn’t around for very long, and there weren’t that many built either. But something about its door-wedge shaped body, aircraft-like wrap-around windscreen and diminutive proportions made it an instant classic.
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Up Close: Supermarine Spitfire


Supermarine Spitfire

Now usually on Up Close you get a nice easy-to-digest infographic showing some sort of supercar, whether its old or new. But this time I’ve opted for something a little different. Feast your eyes on what is quite possibly the most elegant looking fighter aircraft ever built. Allied pilots who flew it, loved it. Including American ace William Dunn, who flew Spitfires, P-51s, Hurricanes, and P-47s. He called the Spitfire the “world’s greatest propeller driven flying machine”.

German pilots are also quoted as saying the Spitfire was their most feared opponent, followed by the P51 Mustang. How can something so deadly, so mercilessly efficient, also be so elegant and graceful?
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