For many years, the Bugatti line had separate vehicles for luxury and sport. In an effort to combine production and be within cost while still producing quality, the two forms were consolidated. The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux was primarily designed to be a passenger car, but still maintain the thrill of Bugatti race cars. The concept was to offer the desired quality of the sports car while keeping the benefit of passenger use.
The Type 57 carried a high performance chassis. The engine featured twin overhead camshafts with a displacement of 3.3 liters. It was set with 90 degree incline valves and central spark plugs. The performance offered 35 more horsepower than previous models. The Rudge Witworth wire wheels combined with fifteen inch drum brakes made this car a dream ride of its time. Although it was simplistic in design the Type 57 exuded complicated high quality craftsmanship.
The transmission was linked by way of bell housing to the engine, which was a new concept for this line of vehicle. Prior models had the engine and transmission separated. The type 57 was always being upgraded, especially where braking and suspension were concerned.
The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux featured a Dual Throat Updraft Stromberg UUR-2 Carburetor. The bore and stroke were at 72mm / 100mm. The 4-speed manual transmission could produce a top speed of 95mph. The suspension featured a rigid axle with semi-eliptic springs with Hartford Friction shock absorbers in the front, and Live Axle with a reversed quarter elliptic springs.
With the aluminum over steel frame, the 1938 Bugatti Type 57’s 3594 lbs was heavier than other vehicles of this time period. That being said, this machine was a maverick in performance and attraction. In many ways it shaped the modern vehicle of today, and holds a historic place in the automotive revolution.
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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.
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone Photos:
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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