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#1 Gary Davies

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 13:29

Is there room here for a thread about cars that are achingly, timelessly gorgeous? Cars that forever look 'just right'. Cars that provide evidence that good design is timeless.

 

My list would be long but near the top, perhaps at the very top, is Giorgetto Giugiaro's fabulous Alfa Romeo 105 and 115 series coupés.

 

This exquisite shape first saw daylight in 1963; that's 55 years ago... well over half a century. And is still looks fabulous.  This one is a 1973 2000GTV and I snapped it on the Willunga Hill Special Stage of the Adelaide Rally last Wednesday.

 

I hope others like it; to get to that spot I had to plough through some very long grass... and it's prime snake season in these parts!

 

Any other takers with this topic*.

 

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* V2 will no doubt recall instantly if there has been a similar topic similar to this and if so, I thank him in advance for redirecting this post.


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#2 Sterzo

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 13:51

The thread appears in the new threads list as "Achingly, timelessly gorgeous Gary Davies," and I came here to argue, but seeing that picture I cannot. Why did I buy a 2004 face-lift Alfa Romeo 156? Probably because it's the great granddaughter of that car above.

 

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#3 BRG

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 19:23

You get my vote, Gary.  That little coupe is top of the list of my classics collection - if I ever get round to starting it!

 

I had my worst rally accident in one of those when the Ordnance Survey caught me out bigtime and we ended in the ditch.  It would have been OK except for a small tree that had grown there.  We struck it square on the AR grill.  No injuries to the crew apart from bruises.  When the car was fully rebuilt and its test run came up, there was no drive.  The tree had shifted the engine and gearbox backward and punched out the diff, but that wasn't noticed during the repairs!  It was a good rally car - it came with twin Webers, 5 speed box, LSD, discs all round - all the stuff that you had to fit specially to a Ford Escort.  Pity about the tinworm....


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#4 bradbury west

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 20:13

Type 14 Lotus Elite. End of thread.....
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#5 ensign14

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 20:36

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#6 Bob Riebe

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 21:22

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#7 Doug Nye

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 21:30

Type 14 Lotus Elite. End of thread.....
Roger Lund


ABSOLUTELY - game, set, match...

...(although Ted Cutting's Aston Martin DBR1/300 body design - which for years I stupidly attributed to his predecessor Frank Feeley - is absolutely as good as we Brits ever made). Otherwise, for me, it has to be the 1962/63-series Ferrari 250GTO.

Amongst more recent cars, it took a while to grow on me but I really admire the grace of the McLaren F1GTR 'Longtail'...

DCN

#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 22:06

And among road cars...

The Peugeot 504 coupe.

#9 Bob Riebe

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 22:25

You get my vote, Gary.  That little coupe is top of the list of my classics collection - if I ever get round to starting it!

 

That little Alfa econo-box is the only compact car I ever really, really desired to own.

Its racing heritage cemented that.



#10 pmurray

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 23:54

Roger and Doug

 

I just felt I had to concur with your opinions.

 

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The yellow Elite can also be seen in its original colour https://forums.autos...pacific/page-14

 

and the white Elite, now at the end point of a four year restoration was subject of my enquiry to the group https://forums.autos...ly-lotus-elite/

 

Peter



#11 john aston

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:14

330LMB for me . And an Elan please . Much as I admire the Elite my heart belongs to the Elan. Or is it Emma Peel?

 

And early 911s just get better . The current ones with arses the size of Kim Kardashian are  bloated parodies . I am also totally immune to the charms of the ..ahem ..'iconic 'E-Type and have always thought the 911 a far nicer design . The E's absurdly priapic bonnet and oddly narrow track look worse with each passing year . 

 

And a Gordon Keeble GK1 please..      


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#12 Bloggsworth

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:04

Without doubt the Aston Martin DB7 - Were I rich I would, like Jo Bonnier, hang one on a wall...

 

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#13 RCH

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:07

"Lowdrag" E Type, CUT7 (rather than Lindner car) and the Samir Klat Lumsden/Sargent car. John Aston I agree the road car needs wider wheels to disguise narrow track. Ferrari TR61 and an honourable mention to the Lotus Elite. P212 Aston not too bad either. Single seaters? Nothing beats the 1961 "Shark Nose".



#14 2F-001

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:13

Ford P68, anyone?

 

I'll add my name to the list of lovers of that Alfa. And the Lotus 14 (Elite), quite naturally.

 

As for single-seaters... aside from the obvious Lotus 79, I say Ralt RH6 in its original green/white livery.



#15 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:38

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WHY did they have to do that to what was the best looking Mustang ever made. The car is on ugly pills!



#16 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:49

330LMB for me . And an Elan please . Much as I admire the Elite my heart belongs to the Elan. Or is it Emma Peel?

 

And early 911s just get better . The current ones with arses the size of Kim Kardashian are  bloated parodies . I am also totally immune to the charms of the ..ahem ..'iconic 'E-Type and have always thought the 911 a far nicer design . The E's absurdly priapic bonnet and oddly narrow track look worse with each passing year . 

 

And a Gordon Keeble GK1 please..      

Sorry but the VW6 looks wise is not even in the race compared with D and E type silouhetts.   But I do agree the stupidly narrow track lets them right down.

The late 70s and 80s GTV Alfas are a very pretty thing as well and fun to drive.  I never want to own one as they are,,, Italian and rust in damp wind!

The original Datsun Z car too is a pretty thing but again they rust!! First shape RX7 are still pretty, just that horrid noise spoils them.

And late 60s to mid 70s Vettes grab me. As do some of the later ones. Once upon a time I wanted a big block 70 as my ultimate car. I still love the look but they are not a practical car!!!



#17 Glengavel

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:28

An Alfa Romeo 105 coupe would be my classic of choice if I had the time, money and space. I did have both an original Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce, and the face-lift version; the former was in my mind much better looking. I also fancied the Fiat Dino Coupe, the Lamborghini Miura and the Iso Grifo. As for home-grown examples, both the Jaguar XJ13 and XJ220 are hard to beat.

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#18 GTMRacer

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:49

ABSOLUTELY - game, set, match...

...(although Ted Cutting's Aston Martin DBR1/300 body design - which for years I stupidly attributed to his predecessor Frank Feeley - is absolutely as good as we Brits ever made). Otherwise, for me, it has to be the 1962/63-series Ferrari 250GTO.

Amongst more recent cars, it took a while to grow on me but I really admire the grace of the McLaren F1GTR 'Longtail'...

DCN

I have to agree, I saw Fabrizio Violati and Tommy Brorsson in 250GTO and Elite respectively at Zolder in the Early 90's and that sealed it for me, even though they were bested that day by the incredible Denis Welch in his very rapid Healey,  (he was in Parc Ferme for a loooong time that day....)  Then there was a brand new F40 in the paddock later, ticking away... the 16 year old me was speechless...

Road car runner up is the Muira, blame The Italian job for that.



#19 jeffbee

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 14:31

The F1 cars weren't much cop, but this is a gem.

 

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#20 john winfield

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 17:01

GTO, Miura, ATS all lovely. Nearly as pretty as the Alpine A110!

 

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#21 jeffbee

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 17:16

Yep.  The Alpine was a work of pure genius.



#22 RogerFrench

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 17:29

Type 35 Bugatti, W125 Mercedes-Benz, Maserati 250F (1957), Lotus Elite, Jaguar E-type (lightweight).

#23 Bob Riebe

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 18:53

ABSOLUTELY - game, set, match...
, for me, it has to be the 1962/63-series Ferrari 250GTO.
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DCN

As nice as the GTO was, some of the customized  ones shown in the Ferrari book, from forty years ago I no longer have, were, to me, much better looking.

Sadly, from what  have read they have all been "restored",  a foo-foo term for made part of same crap, same pile, back to original shape.



#24 funformula

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 18:54

My choice is a head to head between the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and the Lancia Stratos...breathtaking from any angle.

 

In the more affordable range I have a soft spot for the Lotus Evora.



#25 Bob Riebe

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 19:02

WHY did they have to do that to what was the best looking Mustang ever made. The car is on ugly pills!

Really now, stop squinting.

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#26 Bob Riebe

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 19:11

I like the style of the last one also.

 

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You could do more with the basic Mustang shapes, for custom reasons, than any other pony car and as much as  I dislike the over-sized wheels todays youts are so in love with this one looks good.

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For those who like round and smooth, the Alan Mann designed Fords were about as good as it gets!


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#27 Doug Nye

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 19:59

Oops - dammit - I entirely forgot my all-time Alfa favourite - the Franco Scaglione-styled T33 Stradale.  

 

Now THAT is the definitive heavy-breathers' body shape in automotive form.   :love:

 

Its single-seater equivalent? Dan and Len's 1967 Eagle-Weslake V12 - with Tony Southgate's sharp-nosed Yardley-liveried BRM P160 a very close second...

 

DCN



#28 charles r

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 21:20

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#29 Bob Riebe

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 21:29

Oops - dammit - I entirely forgot my all-time Alfa favourite - the Franco Scaglione-styled T33 Stradale.  

DCN

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#30 charles r

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 21:32

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Two 3 litre beauties


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#31 Terry Walker

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:34

105 1750 GTV my all time favourite gorgeous - I owned one for 17 years. 

 

Then Ferrari Monza 1950s. (which alas I have never owned)


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#32 charles r

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:55

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Gorgeous Jordan 191



#33 stuartbrs

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:01

So many...

 

Race cars - Lotus 97, BMW E30 M3 in JPS Livery, Porsche 917, Ferrari P4, BRM P160, Gold Leaf Lotus 72.

 

Road cars - Lamborghini Muira, Porsche 928 GTS (better in the flesh than in photos), Lancia Fulvia, 80`s Alfa GTV, Ferrari 288GTO (perfection). 68 Camaro SS

 

Controversial -  I tried to make myself like E-Types for years, and I realise I dont. I love Group A Fox GT Mustangs (DJR, Pinepac etc), I own a road one, the kindest thing any of my friends have ever said about it was "gruesome". I also have an A4 B8 Audi wagon and I think it is beautiful. I had listed the Mini Cooper S but realised that I love them but they couldn't really be described as gorgeous... I also DESPISE classic american cars with oversize chrome or modern wheels. And while we`re at it, why arent buildings called built?  :stoned:



#34 AAGR

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:42

Lancia Stratos rally car, please. Oh yes - it must have Alitalia sponsorship colours ....



#35 Bloggsworth

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:51

Maserati 200S, BRMs P25 and P261 are very high on the list.

 

It was the empty wheel arches which put me off the E Type, it lacked the elegance of the Elan.



#36 john winfield

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:42

Its single-seater equivalent? Dan and Len's 1967 Eagle-Weslake V12 - with Tony Southgate's sharp-nosed Yardley-liveried BRM P160 a very close second...

 

DCN

 

That BRM P160 fits the bill for me, someone who usually drools over a 1970 Ferrari 312B. As shown in Charles' picture, there's something about Tony Southgate's combination of exaggerated curves, with the flared fuel tanks, juxtaposed with the sharp, leading edge of that never-ending shovel nose. Beautiful. The blunter nose doesn't quite do it for me.  And it helps that the P160 won races too; that always adds to the appeal!



#37 john winfield

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:48

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Gorgeous Jordan 191

 

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Charles, I can't see it, sorry! But your avatar! Is that Chris Amon in a 1972 Matra MS120D? Now you're talking. A real beauty. Well, jolie-laide perhaps. 



#38 charles r

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:23

Beauty...eye...beholder...??!!

 

Charles, I can't see it, sorry! But your avatar! Is that Chris Amon in a 1972 Matra MS120D? Now you're talking. A real beauty. Well, jolie-laide perhaps. 

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Yes John it is and jolie-laide is a very good description! A lovely car.



#39 Charlieman

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:24

Beauty...eye...beholder...??!!

 

Charles, I can't see it, sorry! But your avatar! Is that Chris Amon in a 1972 Matra MS120D? Now you're talking. A real beauty. Well, jolie-laide perhaps. 

I think the Jordan is simple and efficient -- maybe elegant. There are a surprising number of aerodynamic elements on the front wing, but it looks like it was designed as a single entity.



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#40 GTMRacer

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 12:43

Now I have had a think...

Ferrari 206 Dino. I completely forgot the Fulvia, shameful considering my father had many and raced a S1.... Porsche 908 in gulf colours, Alfa 2300 8C, Ferrari 340 (Carrera Panamerica 1-2-3 livery)

Maserati 300S, McLaren MP4/4. oh, the list could go on and on!   :drunk:



#41 Allan Lupton

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 13:13

This thread shows what we all know which is that beauty is in the eye (and opinion) of the beholder.

Some of the (no doubt excellent) cars pictured above are pig-ugly to my view, and if I were to post anything that I think fills the thread title, I'd expect to provoke disagreement.



#42 DouglasM

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 13:19

Bentley S2 Continental Mulliner 2 door coupe, preferably burgundy with tan leather interior. Sorry, no photo, I wore it out looking at it! 



#43 Charlieman

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 13:45

Derek Bennett's Clubmans cars were brutally styled. But the Chevron B8 looks gorgeous forever.



#44 kayemod

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 13:46

An Alfa Romeo 105 coupe would be my classic of choice if I had the time, money and space. I did have both an original Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce, and the face-lift version; the former was in my mind much better looking. I also fancied the Fiat Dino Coupe, the Lamborghini Miura and the Iso Grifo. As for home-grown examples, both the Jaguar XJ13 and XJ220 are hard to beat.

 

As a confessed Alfista, almost anything from their output, road or race, does it for me, this thread didn't need to go much beyond the first post, apart from the Alfa6, they all have it as far as I'm concerned.

 

I recall an incident about 10 years ago, I'd just got out of my 159 in a Waitrose car park. An ancient old lady loading shopping into her huge Lexus tottered over. "That's a beautiful car young man (!!!), what is it?" As many Alfa owners will confirm, nothing gets released from a junction or drive like showing an Alfa front end to oncoming drivers, it impresses my wife, who calls it "the Alfa effect". Makes me feel sorry for BMW and Range Rover owners, who I'm told suffer the opposite experience.

 

For me, fitness for purpose and design integrity is beauty. Two of the cars that look most "right" to me are Jaguar Mk 2s, early Porsche 911s, and McLaren M8 CanAms. Everyone will laugh, but my favourite Lotus was the 18, though the 79 in JPS livery runs it  close.


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#45 PCC

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 14:16

...and McLaren M8 CanAms.

And a McLaren M6 in Penske pinstripes was no slouch either, young man.



#46 Sterzo

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 14:49

Everyone will laugh, but my favourite Lotus was the 18...

 

Beautiful in its simplicity and proportions.  We should have been bewailing the loss of the stylish front engined racing cars, but in '59 Costin (Lister) and Fantuzzi (Dino) went for bloated-curvaceous, and the 18's functional outline outshone them.
 



#47 kayemod

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 15:35

Derek Bennett's Clubmans cars were brutally styled. But the Chevron B8 looks gorgeous forever.

 

I liked the B8, but the B16 was the real looker. Both cars were styled by Jim Clarke at Specialised Mouldings, he also did the Lola T70, though "beautiful" is stretching things a little for that one, purposeful maybe. My beloved McLaren M8s were SM creations bodywise as well, as were some of the others already mentioned here. It doesn't matter too much what designers draw, it's those who translate their drawings into three dimensions who should get much of the credit.



#48 alansart

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 16:09

I liked the B8, but the B16 was the real looker. Both cars were styled by Jim Clarke at Specialised Mouldings, he also did the Lola T70, though "beautiful" is stretching things a little for that one, purposeful maybe. My beloved McLaren M8s were SM creations bodywise as well, as were some of the others already mentioned here. It doesn't matter too much what designers draw, it's those who translate their drawings into three dimensions who should get much of the credit.

I love them both, but the B16 gets my vote :)

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#49 john aston

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 16:17

BRM P160 - lovely yes , but the real looker was the P153 in its original livery of BRM dark greeny/ grey/ blue (depending on light) with orange noseband . It echoed the Dunlop Groundhog which was the creature logo for the eponymous tyre



#50 2F-001

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 17:19

P153 - orange nose fins yes, but did it ever appear with a nose-band (before its debut as a soap packet)?