If I asked you to name an Aston Martin model that wasn’t built in the UK, your answer might refer to pre-2012 Rapides, or one of the shooting brakes put together by Beat Roos’ team in Frauenkappelen. But your answer probably won’t include another particular car that has never touched UK soil.
Here’s a lesser-known fact: you’re about three times more likely to see a Ferrari 365 Daytona than you are a 365 GTC/4. Just over 500 of the latter were manufactured in 1971/72, and less than 10% of these were UK-supplied right-hand drive examples.
OK. This isn’t a Gullwing. Though the advert says it is. And plenty of contemporary literature does too. But if you ever see a gull flapping its wings like these doors, be worried…
Manufacturing more than two million units of a vehicle model over a 17 year lifespan is impressive. Though to put that in context, Ford was rolling as many Model Ts off the production line every year in 1925…
If you’re in the motor trade and haven’t heard, Car Dealer Magazine’s ‘Bangers4BEN’ rally has been renamed. The Big BEN Rally will incorporate a near-1,300-mile round trip to Barcelona and back, from 13 – 16 October this year.
“Imagine for a moment that Gordon Murray has been given a budget of £400,000 by Autoglym to design a one-off Bristol Fighter to be used in an advertising campaign for its products, and which will eventually be given to David Beckham as a gift.”
“One amount of money; a variety of vehicles on the table. But which one would you choose? And why?”
“Perhaps surprisingly, the considerably cheaper Virage actually evolved into a car that was even rarer than the Bloxham-built supercar.”
“To say that original alloy-bodied Jaguar XK120 Roadsters are sought after is a huge understatement. About 240 were made at the British firm’s Holbrook Lane factory, and only around one in four of them are still believed to be in existence.”
“The Rolls-Royce Phantom V is not a small car. Even with a ‘standard’ body, it’s longer than a Maybach and wider than a Mosler. But for some people, that was apparently not quite big enough.”