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Thinking Out Loud with a little detective work. So what do we have here? A very early 911 Turbo 3.0 from 1974

December 29, 2015 in German / What I Found Today

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

Thinking out loud, so please bear with me. Let’s see, what do we have here? A very early example of a 911 Turbo (930) 3.0 from 1974, but since we don’t have any other solid info to go on we’re just going to have to go on what we can see here and wing it (no pun intended, thank you very much..). First production year for the long hoods and this one has some fender flares bulging out over extra wide RSR Fuchs (which didn’t exactly make it to production in such widths, unfortunately). A sunroof, so obviously a street car, along with IROC Series bumpers and rear whale tail with unpainted rubber lip. So, basically an IROC bodied race car for the street with full interior, headlights, sunroof, wipers and center caps, with power coming in way of forced induction. Not the first 911 Turbo street car, though, because that honor would go to this very special one from 1973, of course.

First 930

Why have we never seen someone build a replica of this?

“Enjoying Your Alfa”, by Arturo M. Reitz

December 27, 2015 in Italian / What I Found Today

Arturo Reitz

Find on the following page a great supplemental reading titled, “Enjoying Your Alfa” that the then head of Alfa Romeo’s U.S. division sent out to new car owners starting in 1963. A true Alfa enthusiast to the core, Arturo M. Reitz even threw in a key fob to go with his personal note. We don’t know if current president John Elkann has any plans to do the same, but if his brother Lapo has any say in it, things could get interesting. A special thanks to Velocissima.com for posting this on their site:

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High School Dreaming- October 1986 VW & Porsche Featuring Neuspeed GTI

November 23, 2015 in German / Tuner / What I Found Today

While I was never into body kits, wings or body painted wheels and mirrors on my GTI, this Neuspeed car epitomized every performance modification I ever wanted on my ’86. I remember staring at this article from the October 1986 issue of VW & Porsche during classes in high school for whole periods at a time, day dreaming about how much terror I could be bringing to Mulholland Drive with the thing if I didn’t have to be in class at the time…

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Blessed by Balboni: 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series III For Sale

November 13, 2015 in Auction / For Sale / Italian / What I Found Today

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While I briefly referred to this 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S in another story the other day about a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial coming up for sale in the same auction (December 10th in New York), I’m thinking this one deserves a closer inspection, after all.

First of all, when looking at all the flat and angular lines and shapes of this car (that incidentally represents poster material for virtually every car obsessed youth growing up in the 80’s), one has to wonder… Continue reading →

Driving on a big puffy white cloud- The Citroën DS19

November 5, 2015 in Factory Photos / French / What I Found Today

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Some photos of the classically quirky and genius Citroën DS seen during assembly at their Quai de Javel, Paris factory in 1955. These guys must have had their hands full, as the model’s debut was a hit at the Paris Motor Show in October of the same year where they took 750 orders within the first 45 minutes and over 12,000 by the end of that day. So, what exactly was it that made them so special?  Continue reading →