ALFA ROMEO 33 STRADALE
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is easily one of the top ten cars of all time, and it’s certainly one of the top 5 of the 1960′s. The car made it’s first appearance at the 1967 Turin Motorshow and was responsible for quite literally blowing the mind of every automotive journalist in attendance.
When it went on sale in early 1968 it was the most expensive car in the world, at a cost of $17,000 USD (the average cost of a new car at the time was under $2,800 USD) only 18 of them were ever made, partially due to the cost and partially due to Alfa Romeo’s desire to keep the car exclusive.
The 33 Stradale was fitted with a 2.0 litre V8 that was an engineering revelation in 1967, it had fuel injection, 4 ignition coils, 16 spark plugs, 4 chain-driven camshafts, a red line of 10,000RPM, a race spec horsepower rating of just over 270hp, a 0-60mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.
An Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale in good condition would fetch well over $3,000,000 USD at auction (price estimate from 2011) however this is merely academic as they almost never change hands.
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The Pagani Huayra (pronounced: wai-rah) is an Italian mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani. Succeeding the company’s previous offering, the Zonda, it will cost £849,000 ($1,300,000). It is named after Huayra-tata, which means “God of the winds” in Quechua, the official language of the Inca Empire. The Huayra was named “The Hypercar of the Year 2012” by Top Gear magazine and received a very positive review when tested by Richard Hammond on Top Gear. The Huayra is currently the fastest road-legal and streetworthy car ever to go round the Top Gear Test Track, setting a time of 1 minute 13.8 seconds on street legal, Zonda R-derived Trofeo tyres, beating the previous record of 1 minute 15.1 seconds set by the Ariel Atom V8 in January 2011.
|Body and chassis
||Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
||Mercedes-AMG bi-turbo M158 5980 cc V12
||2,795 mm (110.0 in)
||4,605 mm (181.3 in)
||2,036 mm (80.2 in)
||1,169 mm (46.0 in)
||1,350 kg (3,000 lb) (dry)
Porsche Type 64
The Porsche 64, also known as the Type 64 and Type 60K10, is considered by many to be the first automobile from what was to become the Porsche company, as a true design precursor to the production model of after the war. The model number comes from the fact that it was built mainly from design drawings for the Type-64 “record car”. Most mechanical parts came from the 38 prototype series. The chassis was heavily reinforced and the engine also reworked to produce around 100 horse power. The Type-64 was only a drawing until the three racers were built. The body was also a compromise in that the cab had to look like a KdF car, but the rest was ‘record’ car. The VW beetle was the Type-60, and the name the “60K10” means body design 10 for the Type-60 Beetle. Its flat-four engine produced 50 bhp and gave a top speed of around 160 km/h (99 mph).
The body design was made by the Porsche Büro after wind tunnel tests for a planned V10 sports car that never came into existence, the Type 114. Dr. Porsche promoted the idea to enter the car into the 1939 Berlin-Rome race as a public relations ploy. Three cars were made in hand shaped aluminium by the bodywork company Reutter. One was destroyed early in World War II. The two remaining were used by the Porsche family. Eventually they only used one of them and put the other in storage. In May 1945 American troops discovered the one put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until the engine gave up and it was scrapped. The last remaining Porsche 64 was owned by Ferry Porsche who had it restored by Battista Farina in 1947. In 1949 it was sold to the Austrian motorcycle racer Otto Mathé and with it he won the Alpine