When you envision sports cars there are a few names that readily come to mind. Among the top of the list is the Lamborghini. One such model that was a good speedster and performance jackpot is the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone. This model featured a 3.9 V12 engine. The engine was mid-mounted and had a 82 / 62 bore and stroke. The displacement of the engine was a cool 3929 cc.
The compression ratio for performance was at 9.5:1, and 350HP and 7,000 rpm. For its day, this beauty offered a sheer pristine ride and was a rival to be counted on against competitors. With a fuel feed of four Weber downdraught carburetors and two overhead cams per cylinder bank it is hard to imagine a more perfect combination.
The Miura P400 sported a 5-speed manual and rear wheel drive. Both front and rear suspension had lower and upper wishbones with coil springs and a stabilizing bar. The rack and pinion steering combined with hydraulic operation Girling disc brakes caps off the wonder of this amazing machinery.
The 2-door coupe is common among high performance vehicles, and this particular model with coachwork by Bertone left for little to be desired. From build to output, this baby took nothing for granted. It was known as the flagship of the Lamborghini line, and is a well respected vehicle of its time.
From the mid-engine transverse layout was very different from Lamborghini cars of previous years. The V12 engine also was unique in that it merged with the differential and transmission. This allowed for little space to be found in the well designed final product. Auto enthusiasts were impressed by the showing when it was first displayed, and collectors today still appreciate the value and quality of a spectacular sports car.
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Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) is considered to be a sign of style and elegance. It is a symbol of the well-to-do. These automobiles have been in business for many years producing top quality craftsmanship throughout several models of automobile. One such exquisite example is the 1937 BMW 319.This was a popular roadster in its day, but was also available as a sedan and convertible. This car was known primarily for its speed. This beauty was said to top at 81mph, and was at least equal in performance to its British competitors.
The evolution of the BMW Dixi designed by coachman and engineer Peter Szymanowski, was a car built for speed while keeping the traditional coach work of the pre-war era. The BMW 319 was easy to spot with three chrome strips strategically placed on the side grills of the bonnet.
Featuring a 1,911 cc OHV inline six cylinder engine was just the thing that the 319 needed to secure its popularity. Some of the other mentionable features of this gem include a four speed manual transmission and wheel drum brakes on all four tires. Both front and rear suspension were of semi-elliptic leaf spring design. It also features a wheelbase of 2,400 mm which made it a beauty to drive from the straight away to the curve.
The 1937 BMW 319 outdid its predecessor with the increased engine capacity, and has since been the base for many production models designed by BMW. Those who have a car of this caliber are reluctant to let it go. For those who have had the opportunity to see it up close, or better yet, take it for a spin – hats off to you. Throughout the course of automotive greatness, there have been several models that will be remembered for years to come, and the BMW 319 with its double Solex carburetors has certainly made the list.
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The 1920 Bugatti Type 23 was an upgrade from the successful Type 13. This particular car has a historical significance in that it was the first full production multi-valve automobile produced. The Type 23 experienced a very successful run through 1926. During this time, over 2,000 models were assembled. What was it that made the Bugatti Type 23 so successful?
To begin, it feature an inline 4 engine with 4 valves per cylinder. The component placement also showed variation from the standard Bugatti build. The carburetor was found on the left, while the exhaust was located to the right side. The Type 23 can be easily identified by its H section front axle and lack of front brakes.
The 1496cc engine produced power at 30bhp, and could maintain a top speed of 70mph. The revolutions of most engines was 4000 RPM with a few that could produce 4500 RPM. A front beveled camshaft and overhead cam were standard for this type vehicle. Operating with a wet multi-plate clutch this beauty would reliably turn out a top performance.
The 1920 Bugatti Type 23 extended the wheel base of its predecessor the Type 13. The original wheel base was at 2.0m or 78.75in, the Type 23 measured in at 2.5m or 100.4in. This allowed for faster pacing and control around track corners. This Bugatti was often referred to as the “little thoroughbred” and rightly so.
Drivers of this car were certainly of a special breed, as it required hand cranking, had no speedometer, and was all sports car. The chronograph to the left of the steering wheel could help drivers gauge where in the world they were and get an approximate speed. The excellent steering and road holding capabilities made this Bugatti the car of its time. It was revolutionary to the automotive industry, and though it had a few flaws, the overall success of the car is commendable.
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