Porsche has always been associated with speed, power, and performance. When the racing industry modified its requirements for auto design, Porsche quickly complied with the 1960 Porsche RS60. The FIA requirements mandated more interior room, a more pronounced windshield, and bigger doors. These requirements resulted in the RS60, which incorporated a longer and wider wheelbase. The expansion of the steel chassis created a heavier vehicle, so to compensate for the added weight, a smaller tire diameter was incorporated.
The RS60 was available in 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 liter engines which made it adaptable to the Formula Racing. The most common engine type utilized was the 1.5 liter Type 547/3 engine. This was a quad cam engine normally aspirated with 5 speed manual transmission. The Twin Weber 46IDM1 carburetors helped to maximize peak fuel flow for blistering times of the day. The aluminum body sits atop a steel spaceframe with alterations made to minimize excess weight.
The double wishbone suspension was very popular among racing vehicles of the time. The RS60 also featured front and rear magneseum drum brakes. With close to an 87 inch wheel base, this little power house gave everything expected of a Porsche in terms of performance. The top speed reached by this beautiful racing machine is 143 mph, which for the time period was considered to be fast.
Racing and auto enthusiasts can truly appreciate the magnitude of a performance machine with the status of Porsche. The name itself embodies automotive excellence. The Porsche RS60 encountered such success that it was later modified further and offered as the RS61. Though it did not offer much in the way of new or innovative technology to the automobile industry, it is a successful advancement in the world of racing. The 1960 Porsche RS60 provided serious competition to the Ferraris and Mazarattis it competed against.
To say that the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Alloy California Spider Competizione is rare would be quite the understatement, only twelve of these beauties were produced. The overall weight was lightened by using light gauge aluminum in place of the usual steel hard body casing, allowing for faster trip times. The Spider is a sleek and sophisticated convertible that is sure to please any auto enthusiast.
In addition to the lighter framing, other features that make the Spider a car to dream about include racing camshafts with a higher lift and velocity stacked 40DCL/3 Weber carburetors. The 128F engine was frequently found on the California Spider, and boasted an impressive 7300 rpm with 262 hp.
A few of the Spiders had external Tipo 168 spark plugs. There were many performance enhancements squeezed in to reach maximum potential of this hot vehicle. One model produced sported the 168B engine and pushed out 280 hp in 7000 rpm. This was in part due to bigger valves and a raised compression head.
The 1960 Spider featured a double wishbone front suspension with coil springs, and all wheel Dunlop disc brakes. When this marvel of machinery was defined, all accounting was taken into producing a car built for speed. Nothing was forfeited in design or performance technique, and the long wheel base became a classic that lived up to and exceeded Ferrari standards. Anyone would be fortunate to feel the pulse of the engine and the thrill of the drive offered by this masterpiece.
The 1960 Plymouth XNR is one of the most unique and driver-centric vehicles ever built. This concept car was produced by Ghia and designed in 1959. The Plymouth XNR was debuted at the 1960 concept car show. Virgil Exner, chief design engineer at Chrysler designed and named the vehicle after himself.
The 1960 Plymouth XNR was able to hold two people but was truly designed to be a a one person vehicle. The body style was a bold departure from other cars produced during the same time frame. Boasting a very asymmetrical design with flared fins running down the driver’s side hood and trunk. The Plymouth XNR had a single curved windshield to protect the driver only. A fold up windshield was available if a second person was in the car. The passenger seat was lower than the driver’s which offered the passenger some protection from the elements while prominently displaying the driver of this beautiful car.
The 1960 Plymouth XNR’s frame was built with a grille design that was unique and consisted of the bumper all in one connected piece. The rear bumper was styled in an “X-motif” design to be visually appealing while reminding others of the car’s name and designer.
The car’s engine has a remarkable 250 horsepower and 208 pound per foot of torque. The XNR is capable of reaching a top speed out at 151 miles per hour, which was a feat of engineering for a car prodcued in this time frame. This solid steel vehicle had a wheelbase of 106 inches with the overhang stretching it to a length of 195 inches and only 43 inches tall at the highest point. Only one red XNR was all that was ever built. The interior was appointed with a luxurious black leather and chrome accented pieces for the instrument panel.