Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Classic cars restauration tipes

Classic cars have more charisma, the experience to guide them are fascinating and you will make new friends. On the other hand, require more maintenance, and some parts are more expensive every day. Whether or not you will burn money.

If you still have the desire to take an old car, but all I have to hand are pictures, fantasies and virtual board of experts who have never sat his ass in a car these, you might want to read this post.

1) Arm yourself with information

Old cars need frequent maintenance. Therefore, the best friend of a Classic cars lover are skilled mechanics. Finding a honest is a real mission - the more complex model to find the dream itself. Picks are good to talk, love to talk ill of other professionals in the industry and if you do not understand the mechanics, will never be able to identify it.

Therefore, the prerequisite is to have an ancient knowledge of mechanics. Yes, I know you know how an engine works, the "how stuff works" is in your list of favorites, but we are talking about the real world. To begin to understand the peculiarities and difficulties and pleasures of each model, the best way is to follow the forums and "mailing lists" (such as Yahoo Groups and Google Groups) that bring together owners and enthusiasts. Accompany them give you a nice base over the month - and half word, hope you are a good listener: buy an antique is an exercise in patience, which begins (much) even before the search of a unit in accordance in your pocket.

The second tip is paper. The good old books, irreplaceable as sources of knowledge. Books of restoration and preparation are not just for those who want to get your hands dirty. To find these books on sites like, enough keywords such as "how to", "guide" or "book" followed by the name of the Classic cars or model you are looking for. Even if an Opal or Beetle, you will find books of mechanics, because the engines were designed and produced abroad. Read the reviews of those who have bought on their own page, and see if the owners recommend the purchase of another publication.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sport Cars the history

The sports cars traces its roots to early 20th century touring cars. These raced in early rallys, such as the Herkomer Cup, Prinz Heinrich Fahrt, and Monte Carlo.
The first sports cars are considered to be (though the term would not be coined until after World War One) the 3 litre made in 1910 Vauxhall 20 hp (15 kW) and 27/80PS Austro-Daimler (designed by Ferdinand Porsche).
These would shortly be joined by the French DFP (which became sporters after tuning by H.M. and W. O. Bentley) and the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. In the U.S. (where the type was variously called roadster, speedster, runabout, or raceabout, there was Apperson, Kissel, Marion, Midland, National, Overland, Stoddard-Dayton, and Thomas among small models (which today would be called sports cars), while Chadwick, Mercer, Stutz, and Simplex were among large ones (which might today be called sports sedans or grand tourers).
In 1921, Ballot premiered its 2LS, with a remarkable 75 hp (56 kW) DOHC two liter, designed by Ernest Henry (formerly of Peugeot's Grand Prix program), capable of 150 km/h (90 mph); at most, one hundred were built in four years. This was followed by the SOHC 2LT and 2LTS. The same year, Benz built a supercharged 28/95PS four for the Coppa Florio; Max Sailer won.
Simson in 1924 offered a Paul Henze-designed 60 hp (45 kW) DOHC 2 liter four, the Simson Supra Type S, in a long-wheelbase 120 km/h (60 mph) tourer and 115 km/h (71 mph) twin-carburettor sporter; only thirty were sold, against around three hundred of the SOHC model and 750 of the pushrod-six Type R. Duerkopp's Zoller-blown two liter in 1924, as well.
There was a clear cleavage by 1925. As four-seaters were more profitable, two-seaters increasingly turned over to specialst manufacturers, led by Alvis, Aston-Martin, and Frazer-Nash, with shoestring budgets, fanatic followers, and limited sales (today exemplified by Aston and Morgan): between 1921 and 1939, 350 Astons were built; 323 Frazer-Nashes in the period 1924-39.
By the end of the 1920s, AC produced a 2 liter six, the 3.5 liter Nazzaro had a three-valve OHC (only until 1922), while French makers Amilcar, Bignan, Hispano-Suiza, and Samson had the typical small four-cylinder sporters and Delage, Hotchkiss, and Chenard-Walcker the large tourers. Benz introduced the powerful SS and SSK, and Alfa Romeo, the Vittorio Jano-designed 6C.
Two companies would offer the first really reliable sports cars: Austin with the Seven and Morris Garages (MG) with the Midget. The Seven would quickly be "rodded" by numerous companies (as the Type 1 would be a generation later), including Bassett and Dingle (Hammersmith, London); in 1928, a Cozette blower was fitted to the Seven Super Sports, while Cecil Kimber fitted an 847 cc Minor engine, and sold more Midgets in the first year than MG's entire previous production.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lamborghini Cars


The first Lamborghini car was produced in 1964, the Lamborghini 350 GT model, which combined a chassis designed by Dallara with a V12 engine designed by Bizzarrini. The car was quite successful and was produced until 1968, after it was renovated in 1966.
In 1966 it launched the legendary Lamborghini Miura, designed by Bertone and Luigi also equipped with a powerful V12 engine. Also this model has been a tremendous sales success, being produced until 1973.
However, in 1968 had been presented the Lamborghini Islero, to replace the 400 GT, which had emerged as the development of the 350GT. Also in 1968 appeared the Lamborghini Espada, the first car brand with a capacity of four people. Two years later was replaced by Islero Lamborghini Jarama.

In 1972 the Lamborghini Urraco allowed the Italian brand into the super-segment of small cars.
Later that year, Lamborghini sold 51 percent of its shares to a Swiss businessman, with the remaining 49 percent is to be delivered to another Swiss in 1974.
In between, in 1973 the Miura was replaced by another model that also made history in the world of sports car characteristics, the Lamborghini Countach. This car had a very angular, aerodynamic design and was equipped with a powerful rear engine of 4000 cc and 12 cylinders in V The car was produced with these characteristics until 1988, when the engine started to have an engine capacity of 5000cc.
However, the company was in financial difficulties for a long and in 1981 was sold to brothers Mimram, which revitalized the brand.
Accordingly, in the year 1981 came the Lamborghini Jalpa, which was based on Urraco, and in 1982 the Lamborghini LM002, new to the brand, since it was a vehicle ALLROAD. This jeep was equipped with an engine Countach.
In 1987, the U.S. brand Chrysler bought Lamborghini and, in addition to replacement of the Countach, began to prepare an engine to power F1 cars. The debut of this car race was in 1989, but never succeeded.
Since the replacement of the Countach, the Diablo was presented in 1990 with great success, remaining in production beyond the year 2000.


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Ferrari Sport Cars

Ferrari Cars

Ferrari left the horse black It Had Been the done on plane Baracca, However, he added a yellow background because it was the symbolic color of his hometown, Modena.One of the hallmarks of Ferrari's your color "rosso corsa" (red race). The use of color Began in the '20s, When the entity would be called the FIA, it was Necessary That the names of Italian red would have to present the French blue, white and German Português green.The prancing horse has not always Been Identified to the Ferrari brand only: Fabio Taglioni used it on his Ducati motorcycle.Taglioni's father was fact a companion of Baracca and Fought with hin in the 91 th Aero Squadron, but while the fame of the Ferrari Grew, Ducati abandoned the horse; this May Have Been the result of a private agreement Between the two brands.In 1940 Alfa Romeo is absorbed by Mussolini's government and used as a flagship of his government.
By this time the Scuderia Ferrari cars Prevented from entering competitions, going to build airplane parts and machine parts.With the end of World War II and the fall of Mussolini and founded the Ferrari brand, with the launch of ITS first model of the road in 1947. The model Launched this year was the Ferrari 125 Sport with a 1500 cc V12 engine.In 1951 the Ferrari gets his first victory in Formula One and in 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio won the world championship behind the wheel of a Ferrari. Also this was a sad year for Enzo Ferrari with the death of his son Dino.In 1961 the teams started getting tough for Ferrari, after internal Conflicts That led to the departure of Several board members.Ferrari, still managed to reach a large number of victories in competition and raise his name.In the 60 Ford tried to buy Ferrari, with a view to motor racing. But this attempt failed and Ford established the Ford GT40 That Got Away with the dominance of Ferrari in the 24 hours of Le Mans, Which lasted from 1960 until 1965.As a result of financial problems was going through That Ferrari, Fiat,  Ferrari Acquired part of it in 1965 Increased to 50% in 1969.To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ferrari, was released in 1987, the Ferrari F40, Which is the fastest road car in the world by height.In 1988 Enzo Ferrari Died at the age of 90 years and in That Same year, Fiat Increased STI control to 90%.In 1997 Ferrari acquires 50% of Maserati to Fiat, and Shall have full control of the brand in 1999. Ferrari Maserati used STIs luxury division until 2005, When he would return control to FIAT.Ferrari continued to Achieve great things in racing, failed to win the Formula One constructors' category, from 1999 to 2004 with drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello.Ferrari in 2003 in memory of ITS founder, Enzo Ferrari launches a supercar based on the technology used in Formula 1.
The prancing horse is now a trademark of Ferrari.


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Monday, September 19, 2011