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#51 Bob Riebe

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 18:52

The top less XKE race types I found to be rather nice.

 

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#52 PCC

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 18:53

I'm a bit surprised that no one has mentioned Chaparral. The 2A still makes my heart flutter. :love:

 

At the opposite end of the beauty spectrum, there's the 2J...



#53 Bob Riebe

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 19:37

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I always thought these were better looking race cars than street cars.


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#54 moffspeed

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 19:49

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!

Top photo doesn't do it for me. Modern over sized alloys, it just conjures up an image of your grandmother turning up at a family party in a micro skirt...

 

For me it would be the Alan Mann F3L and another vote for the BRM P153 - from memory there was a Motoring News photo of it on its debut - in a snowy Silverstone pitlane in bare aluminium, perfection. 

 

Oh, and slightly more obscure - one of Bob Tullius' Group 44 XJR-5 Jags in b.r.g. when being evaluated by TWR...


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#55 Bikr7549

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 20:19

Bob, Is the Bob Tullius picture taken at the entrance of echo canyon at Bridgehampton?

 

My top favorites have always been the Lancia Stratos, Ferrari 312B F1 car from 1970, the Matra MS670, and (of course) any 917. Guess my vintage shows...

 

Bob


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#56 retriever

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 21:30

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For me it would be the Alan Mann F3L and another vote for the BRM P153 - from memory there was a Motoring News photo of it on its debut - in a snowy Silverstone pitlane in bare aluminium, perfection. 

 

 

 

 

I think the best picture of the BRM P153 was one of the first pictures of it published posed by a brickwall at Bourne in unlettered plain green livery with just BRM badging. A beautiful piece of engineering, classic lines unspoiled by a sponsor's livery. 



#57 elansprint72

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 21:54

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#58 Bob Riebe

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 22:14

Bob, Is the Bob Tullius picture taken at the entrance of echo canyon at Bridgehampton?

 

My top favorites have always been the Lancia Stratos, Ferrari 312B F1 car from 1970, the Matra MS670, and (of course) any 917. Guess my vintage shows...

 

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#59 kayemod

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 23:21

The top less XKE race types I found to be rather nice.

 

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Hmm... No offence Bob, and each to his own and all that, but that one is definitely "in the eye of the beholder". On a scale of one to ten for beauty... well, I'd better keep my mouth shut.

 

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This to my mind is a lovely thing for a racing car, it looked even better in the flesh. It's another one styled by my then mate Jim Clarke, no longer at SM, but by this time, with FKS Fibreglass in Poole, Dorset, right next door to Penske's start-up in the small unit they took over from Graham McRae. FKS were a very clever little outfit, they did all the bodywork for Penske as well as Gulf back then in the early 80s, lots of really good and clever work for others in the car business as well. Jim was a really talented stylist, we were still in touch until a year or two ago, but sadly, I suspect he's no longer with us.


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#60 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 01:26

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:

Fox body Mustangs seem to come in numerous shapes. As well as sedans and wagons. The Mustang is,,, well boxy/ angular but to me not unattractive. And they are fairly light and  the 5 litre a good base for horsepower.  Or for more horsepower fitting an LS Chev! As it seems most Mustangs being raced have.

67-69 Camaros I never liked,, but these days for the right money I would love one. They are though quite bland inside. The Pontiac versions in that respect are a lot better. The frontal treatment on the Pontiacs is a little heavy but I have always like the look of them. Not much the Pontiac engines though, expensive to play with and heavy though can be made to go very well.



#61 404KF2

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 03:28

I am a big fan of this Pininfarina era:

 

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Photo courtesy of a friend in England who owns these, among others.



#62 Graham Clayton

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:26

I've always enjoyed the style of the pre-roll cage speedway speedcar - a combination of the body styling, chrome and a nice paint job:

 

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#63 charles r

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:20

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

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A beauty



#64 john aston

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:40

That's the picture - which is the only one I can remember. It also featured in Mark Hughes '1970' book, 2F - Tony - you are right as usual, no nose band . 

 

Whilst we are on single seaters ... Eagle Weslake was every bit as lovely as I had hoped when I saw it at Goodwood in '99 I think .

 

I really adored the functional Ferrari 312T, but possibly because Lauda and Regazzoni were driving ,and  because it made a sublime noise . But the most perfect looking F1 car -and despite Mansell being in the cockpit - was the perfectly proportioned 640/641 Ferrari. It marked the end of the era when F1 cars were simply elegant - but , sadly , also was the template for the future , on both road and track,  with its paddle shift box . In my book that made it not without culpability as I mourn the loss of the  heel and toe gearchange effected by a well educated right foot.       



#65 charles r

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:14

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The subsequent external water pipe rather spoilt the aesthetic, but still looking good in George Eaton's version.


Edited by charles r, 07 December 2018 - 08:15.


#66 2F-001

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:35

I’d forgotten how good the P153 looked - particularly in pre-soapbox colours; thanks all for posting images.

The 641 - mentioned above by John - is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, isn’t it?

One particular memory I have of finally seeing the Eagle (at Goodwood) was the fabricated front upper wishbones; the lines of tell-tale scallop shapes where the welding had been ground and polished down were so fine, neat and regular, they looked as though they had been drawn on with a stencil and a rapidograph.



#67 charles r

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:03

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A cool couple.

 

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#68 john aston

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:44

I’d forgotten how good the P153 looked - particularly in pre-soapbox colours; thanks all for posting images.

The 641 - mentioned above by John - is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, isn’t it?

One particular memory I have of finally seeing the Eagle (at Goodwood) was the fabricated front upper wishbones; the lines of tell-tale scallop shapes where the welding had been ground and polished down were so fine, neat and regular, they looked as though they had been drawn on with a stencil and a rapidograph.

It is - as you will be able to read about in Low Flying this month -I reviewed John Barnard's book.



#69 MarkBisset

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 11:02

When I borrowed Automobile Year 18 from the school library for the first time I opened it on the page of Jochen Rindt zipping thru the grassy, Zandvoort dunes in a Lotus 72- that's my single seater pick but I feel guilty not voting for a 250F, Dans Eagle Mk1 Weslake, or perhaps more oddly Leo Geoghegan's ex-Clark Lotus 39 Repco '740' 2.5 or Kevin Bartlett's Mildren Alfa T33 2.5.

The Ferrari 512S featured large in that Auto year too- it's just at that point that wind tunnels and aerodynamicists started to replace stylists- the 512S I thought was just a bit more curvy than Michelle Risely who was easily the school bus spunkmuffin
at the time.

For decades the Ferrari Dino 246 GT, also in AY18 was my favourite road car, in part because the nice salesman at WH Lowes in Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, Melbourne's importer/purveyor of Ferraris useter let me sit in one every now and again- and then the McLaren F1 came along and stole my heart...

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#70 PCC

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:01

I am a big fan of this Pininfarina era:

 

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Photo courtesy of a friend in England who owns these, among others.

And I'm a big fan of that photo - wonderfully atmospheric.



#71 Garsted

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:08

I can't believe we have got this far and nobody has mentioned the Lotus 33 ( a little jewel of a car) or the Ferrari 330P4

 

Steve



#72 charles r

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 14:05

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Patience!



#73 moffspeed

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 15:33

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Patience!

 

If Ford ran the GT40 this was surely the Ferrari P20...  ;)



#74 charles r

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 15:42

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#75 Cynic2

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 19:11

With the mentions of Alfa Romeos here I’m somewhat surprised no one has brought up the pre-War 8C 2900, the Touring-bodied Spyder on the short chassis in particular.

 

 For those who know the cars, I think 412018 is the best of the lot, with 412014 very, very close behind (there are minor differences in the headlights and the trim piece).   Almost 40 years ago I saw 412018 in its original light grey paint with red trim, just at dusk, in a very light mist. I think it was owned by Bill Serri at the time.

 

I thought then this was the most beautiful car I’d ever seen or probably ever would see.  I still do.

 

The grey car is chassis 412018;  the black car is chassis 412014.

 

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#76 E1pix

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 19:28

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Wow, that machine above the yellow thingie is surely something.

;-)

#77 Bob Riebe

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 02:22

For me the original Lola Coupe and the Ferrari P2 were the beginning of the sexy rear-engined prototypes and the P2/3 was the first really sexy Ferrari.

 

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#78 JacnGille

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 03:27

For a road car I'll go with a Ferrari Lusso or the first generation Acura NSX. For a racing sports car the Chaparral 2E or Porsche 917LH and for F1 the Gurney Eagle.



#79 2F-001

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 14:48

I'm with you on the 2E!

 

(Actually, pre-Laguna Seca the 2H was a rather elegant thing...)



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Posted 08 December 2018 - 17:34

The Maserati A6G Zagato, An  automobile I refer to as horny (in a sexual way)  am I allowed to say that  :drunk:  without any one taking offence ? the world has gone mad !

 

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#81 elansprint72

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 20:21

Wow, that machine above the yellow thingie is surely something.

;-)

Long live the Brickie!  ;-)



#82 MarshalMike

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Posted 08 December 2018 - 22:55

3 for me that couldn't be bettered;

Maserati 250F

Eagle Westlake

and very left field, the original gull wing Ginetta Junior.



#83 Terry Walker

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:39

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#84 charles r

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:59

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#85 charles r

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:01

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#86 charles r

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#87 charles r

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#88 charles r

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#89 charles r

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#90 10kDA

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 19:02

Don't get me started...

 

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#91 doc knutsen

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 19:07

For me, nothing beats the original green-liveried TWR Jaguar XJR-6. Such purity of line and proportions that are juuust right. Closely followed by  Chevron B16, Lola T70 MkIIIB GT and Ferrari P4.  As for single seaters, it's between the BRM P261 and Lotus 79, with a very honourable mention for the Jordan 191. And may I add a special award for the timeless shape of the long-nose "single-seater" 1955 D-type. Yes please....

Road cars? Clearly, it has to be the 105 Bertone coupe range...


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#92 Bob Riebe

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 20:06

I am putting this here because I always liked the 1968 Dodge Charger but disliked the rear window sails and recessed grill.

I have thought if I were bucks up I would customize one to Charger 500 style, well this dude did. 

The rear window is off of a Chevy Vega, just like the customized Ferrari GTOs, some times buyer knows best.

Wagon wheels suck though.

https://www.hotrod.c...-homebuilt-500/

 

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#93 KBY191

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Posted Yesterday, 03:28

I'm in the same boat as Roger French. The bodywork on a Maserati 250F is so much more than the simple convenience of draping some panels over the mechanical bits.

I would include the Lancia-Ferrari, Talbot Lago and Knobbly Lister Jaguar too, but that would mean leaving something equally fabulous out. 

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#94 404KF2

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I am putting this here because I always liked the 1968 Dodge Charger but disliked the rear window sails and recessed grill.

I have thought if I were bucks up I would customize one to Charger 500 style, well this dude did. 

The rear window is off of a Chevy Vega, just like the customized Ferrari GTOs, some times buyer knows best.

Wagon wheels suck though.

https://www.hotrod.c...-homebuilt-500/

 

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Wow, that's just weird.  And in Manitoba too!  I like flying buttresses.



#95 Ray Bell

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Posted Yesterday, 04:30

Manitoba's just the place...

 

For the straight-line speed and for those electric exhaust cutouts.



#96 David Birchall

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Posted Yesterday, 05:53

Very flat Manitoba...



#97 nicanary

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Posted Yesterday, 11:15

Very flat Manitoba...

I can just hear Noel Coward saying that.



#98 charles r

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Posted Yesterday, 12:30

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#99 alansart

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For me, nothing beats the original green-liveried TWR Jaguar XJR-6. Such purity of line and proportions that are juuust right 

 

On it's debut at Mosport Park in 1985 :)

 

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4061456682_29ec95f607_z.jpg?zz=1Martin Brundle - Jaguar by Alan Raine, on Flickr

4060726866_6223185d14_z.jpg?zz=1Mike Thackwell - Jaguar by Alan Raine, on Flickr



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#100 2F-001

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Posted Yesterday, 15:19

I didn't think the Group C Jags were as attractive again until the XJR14.