Saturday, April 30, 2011

British, German and American sport car legends.

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT in 1960, and the Zagato version was a model revamped by an automotive factory in Italy by the same name.

Design: Quite innovative for its time, the DB4 featured a long, rounded hood. Surprisingly, the demand for the car was quite low, and only 20 units were produced.

Performance: Considering that it was released in 1960, its performance was pretty impressive. The car could accelerate from from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, and it had a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).

Chick Factor: Medium. Women with class will certainly know how to appreciate this jewel of a car. It costs almost $1 million these days, by the way.

Mercedes-Benz-300-SL-Coupe-FA-DO-1024x768

The 300SL represents the perfect mixture of form and function, and is a surviving testament to German engineering excellence in 1954 when this car stunned the world at the New York Auto Show. It is undeniably pretty, but in a restrained sort of way–very disciplined, very Prussian. It was the fastest car in its day, partially because it was also the first production car to use fuel injection, and partially because of its super light tubular frame, which made the use of those idiosyncratic ‘Gullwing’ doors necessary. By today’s standards, it is not the most brilliant car in the world to drive, but taking into account its effect on the future of automobiles, the SL certainly deserves to be at least this high on the list.

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This was the first, and in many ways, still the only real American sports car, and in the 1960s, the Stingray was everything red, white, and blue all rolled into one. It was loud, showy, and shamelessly self-aggrandizing. It was muscle bound, torquey, and was about as refined as a bowl of chili cheese fries. One of the truly remarkable things about the car, though, was its small block V8, which managed to give a small car all the performance of a larger engine in a compact package. The car was still no star in the corners, but that’s okay. Route 66 doesn’t have many corners, nor does a one-finger salute, and those were the two things the Stingray was made for

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