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.
The Maserati name has long been associated with speed, performance, and fortitude. However, not every car produced was an instant success. One such example is the A6G which was first introduce in 1947. This model was not well received, and turned out poor performance, and lacked in style. This was in part due to a 1.5 Liter engine that could only muster a mere 65 hp. Not what one wants when in a racing machine. This was a great place to begin though, and with some tweaking, the 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider turned out to be a sweet little ride.
In 1951, the A6 went through a few modifications to improve its likeability. For starters, the single overhead cam was replaced by a 2.0 liter displacement that helped to improve the hp rating to 100. This was an improvement, but still not the best tasting candy on the market, so back to the drawing board for more modification.
The coachwork by Pinin Farina for the Berlina, the Coupe by Vignale, and the Spider models by Frua gave new life to the A6, but this was still not enough to have the 2nd wave of the A6 be the success that was hoped for. Only 16 were produced in this phase of the operation. With forward thinking, aspects of the automobile were taken to heart and a prize was conceived.
The phrase “third time is a charm” really came through for the Maserati with its third stab at the A6G/2000. A few things happened here that truly made the car a success. Although it was never a speed demon, the design of the car took on a classic racing look. The addition of the DOHC valve train and a dual-spark engine with natural aspiration helped to increase output to near 200hp. The 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder was later replaced by the 3500 GT, but it is still a classic car to appreciate.
The 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe is a super-rare concept car. Only 34 of these Ferrari’s were produced, in three different series. Nearly all of the body work performed on these vehicles was performed by Pinin Farina. Although some of the 410s look alike, the truth is no two cars are exactly the same.
Some of the most notable features on the 410 Superamerica Coupe include a 4.9L, 340 horsepower V-12 engine that is located in the front of the vehicle, from Lampredi. This engine was race-derived, and capable of going a whopping 261kmh, or 162 miles per hour. The vehicle is rear-wheel-drive, and is powered by a manual, 4-speed transmission. There is an independent front-end suspension, double-wishbones and two coil springs and hydraulic disc brakes all around. The Superamerica III of this year contained triple Weber carburetors, which gave it even more power.
The 1957 410 Superamerica Coupe came in two body styles: a 2-door coupe and a 2-door roadster. Total vehicle weight was around 1247kg, or 2749 pounds. Inside the 410, the driver is surrounded by leather. The instrument panel consists of five different gauges, complete with indicator lights for various functions on the vehicle. The lightweight steel tubes that made up each frame were constructed by Sergio Scaglietti, as was each aluminum panel on the vehicle. In fact, the aluminum was hand-formed, meaning each vehicle was a masterpiece.
The original asking price for the 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe at the 1957 New York Auto Show was $16,800. This was an outrageous price, as it was more than two times as much as similar vehicles by other manufacturers. At an auction in January, 2012, this vehicle sold for over $1.8 million dollars. The value of a fully restored model can be as much as $2.25 million dollars.
Although the 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe is ultra-expensive, its handcrafted design and painstaking attention to detail on each of the 34 vehicles made is sure to turn heads even a half-century later.