The development of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL began in 1950, when Mercedes-Benz began to think about a return to racing. In June 1951, the Board decided to resume participation in racing events from 1952 on, and gave the final orders for the construction of the 300 SL. This car was not sold to the public, it was built just for racing.
Alfa Romeo have opened its historical museum in Arese, Milan, Italy to the public. The Museo storico Alfa Romeo is home to the most significant pieces in Alfa Romeo’s historic collection. The museum’s layout emphasises the identifying features that belong to the Alfa Romeo DNA.
Lotus unveiled the new Lotus 3-Eleven, the quickest and most expensive series production Lotus road car ever. Designed as an uncompromised manifestation of the Lotus spirit, the new car is focused on providing an undiluted driving experience, and underlines the company’s ability to deliver legendary handling and blistering speed.
In spring 1995, BMW M GmbH introduced a rather special version when it launched a strictly limited edition as the BMW M3 GT Coupe for homologation. BMW M3 GT Coupe was produced only in a limited edition of 350 cars.
Toyota unveiled the Toyota Celica at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1970. Toyota Celica was a two-door sports car designed to offer styling and driving enjoyment. The car had a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Celica shared its platform with Toyota Carina. Offered first only as a 2-door coupe, a Liftback model arrived in 1973.
In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.
Citroen DS made its debut at the 1955 Paris Motor Show on Thursday 6 October. The model’s avant-garde body design set a new benchmark immediately. Some 12,000 DS 19 models were sold that day, but by the end of the Paris Motor Show ten days later, some 80,000 firm orders had been taken.
Third-generation Audi 80 was launched in 1986. Design boss Hartmut Warkuß and his team had draped the Audi 80 B3 in a smooth and rounded body with a discreet wedge shape. This body distinguished itself with harmonious design solutions and a drag coefficient of just 0.29 – a colossal advance compared to 0.41 for the B2.
The 1993 Chevrolet Camaro lineup included two models: base sport coupe powered by a 160-horsepower 3.4-liter version of GM’s V6 and the Z28 with the Corvette’s 5.7-liter LT1 small-block V8 underrated at 275 horsepower.
In May 1986, Nissan launched the coupe version, known as the GTS. In August 1987, after a minor change, the GTS-R appeared. Nissan Skyline 2000GTS-R was sold as a limited edition with just 800 cars built. These cars were needed for the homologation for Group A Touring Car racing.