Classic Sports Cars

Lotus Elan (1962-74)
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Lotus Elan (1962-74)

The Lotus Elan was introduced in October 1962 at the British Motorshow. Elan was first launced as a roadster. An optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupe version in 1965. Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with two rear seats. Elan was the first Lotus road car to use the a steel backbone chassis, a technology that continued until 1995 on all Lotus road cars including the Europa, Excel and the Esprit.

Porsche 911 2.2 (1970-1971)
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Porsche 911 2.2 (1970-1971)

In the 1970 Porsche 911’s engine capacity was increased from 2.0 to 2.2 litres. The new 2.2-litre engine was used in all versions of the 911. With a bigger displacement, the engine produced more power and better top performance, but the torque gain also improved driveability at lower speeds.

Ferrari 308 GTB (1975-80)
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Ferrari 308 GTB (1975-80)

Ferrari 308 GTB was unveiled at the 1975 Paris Salon. This long awaited replacement for the Dino 246 GT model had a Pininfarina designed body with a pronounced wedge profile. Below a slim full width satin black front bumper was a rectangular egg-crate aluminium radiator grille. Numerous key design elements of the Dino 246 GT carried through into the new model. These included the scalloped door intakes, twin circular rear light assemblies, and the vertical concave rear screen bounded by buttressed sail panels. Ferrari 308 GTB’s shape was a modernisation of that of the Dino, with enough traces of its predecessor to provide a thread of continuity.

BMW 507 Roadster (1956-59)
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BMW 507 Roadster (1956-59)

The BMW 507 was launched to the public in 1955. The beautiful roadster attracted people’s attention the way BMW had hoped for. The long and sleek engine compartment, the cockpit perfectly tailored to the driver and passenger, the short and muscular rear end, stretched side lines and gently sweeping curves gave the car a timeless design.

Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1974-1977)
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Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1974-1977)

Lamborghini introduced Countach LP5000 prototype at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. The car was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio. Marcello Gandini was the same man who had also designed the Lamborghini Miura. The Countach prototype had a striking design. The car’s shape was wide and low, but not very long. One of the Countach’s trademarks were the scissor doors. The front hinged scissor doors were stylish, but there was also a practical reason. The car’s tubular spaceframe chassis meant that the door sills were very high and wide, which made it a bit difficult to get out of the car. And because of the width of the car, the conventional doors would have been impossible to use in a confined space.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) (1954-1957)
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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) (1954-1957)

The road version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was unveiled in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York. Series production began in Sindelfingen in August 1954 and the price was fixed at 29,000 Marks – a quite enormous sum at the time, especially when you compared the new model alongside the Mercedes-Benz 170 Vb – on sale at 7,900 Marks.