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Bentley Arnage

The ownership changes of famous marque of cars can be a little baffling at times. In 1980 Rolls-Royce motors was bought by Vickers; but by 1998 the Crewe factory, together with the rights...

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Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin had had a very chequered financial career with several rescues from economic catastrophe. However in 1947 an old established engineering and machine tools company called David Brown limited...

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Volkswagen Beetle

There is a common misconception that the Volkswagen Beetle was the invention of Ferdinand Porsche, with input from, of all people, Adolf Hitler. The dictator...

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BMW Z4

The predecessor to BMW's 2002 Z4 was, hardly surprisingly, the Z3 and this was another of those cars that dear Mr James Bond was good enough to publicise. Pierce Brosnan played our hero...

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Ford Thunderbird

In Native American mythology, the immortal Thunderbird was a depiction of immense strength and power and this pretty well summed up the Ford Thunderbird perfectly. It was big, powerful...

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Ferrari F50

Back in 1989 Ferrari unveiled a Pinninfarina designed wedge shaped concept car called the Mythos; a two-door open topped sports car with a rear mounted 4.9 litre 12 cylinder engine. This car...

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Lamborghini Gallardo

During the 1970s Lamborghini went through a very rough patch. There were several changes of ownership; but by 1998, like so many other marques before and since, it fell into the...

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Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is the original 'pony car'. This is an American term. It relates to cars which have a long bonnet, short boot, rear wheel drive, above-average performance and an economical...

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Plymouth Hemi Cuda

The 'pony' class of car in America referred to inexpensive, compact but sporty convertibles or coupes. Typically they had a long bonnet and a short boot line and a good choice...

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Chrysler Prowler

The Prowler was a two-door sports car launched in 1997. It certainly looked the part, with a sharply raked front-end, Indy style front wheels and visible suspension at the front. It looked...

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Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette was almost called a Chevy Opel. Would it have sold as many I wonder? However a public relations man named Myron E Scott, who was the originator of the All American...

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Shelby Cobra

Carroll Shelby was an airman; a chicken farmer; a racing driver; and inventor of the Shelby Cobra, probably the most copied car ever! He was a very brave and determined man. Despite...