Monday, December 31, 2012
While this past year's event featured nearly 60 great cars, it was still something of a letdown following the huge success of that first year. But the sophomore jinx didn't disappoint those who did show up. For the next week I'll show you the rest of the cars that made it to that event but which I hadn't posted already.
Friday, December 28, 2012
In the mid 1960s Aston Martin was faced with the problem of replacing the legendary DB5. Not only was this a quality touring car with speed, performance and luxury, it was also the car driven by secret agent James Bond, first in the classic film Goldfinger.
Aston Martin knew they needed to come up with something worthy of that iconic movie hero. They first turned to the renowned design house of Touring of Milan for ideas. The proposals were rejected and so the firm turned in house to find a replacement.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Like the other two of those premium manufacturers, the things that made Peerless a success also led to its ultimate downfall. The cars were so well built that people would be able to drive them for a decade or more. While the big Detroit firms were turning out cars that people wanted to "upgrade," Peerless machines would run at a near flawless rate, far outliving most other manufacturer's products.
A lack of repeat customers wasn't the only reason Peerless closed its doors. The company also failed to keep up with changing trends in styling, making even their newer models look out of date. Throw in the Great Depression and people were not buying what they were selling. Peerless shuttered their doors in 1931.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The dual overhead cam inline six was first introduced in 1948 and proved to be so successful that it was not only their mainstay engine through the 1970s but has remained the basis for most every Jaguar power plant.
With growing sales, the folks at Jaguar continued to tweak their product, adding power to the engine, all the way up to a 3.8 liter with up to 265 horse power, improving handling, "cushing" up the comfort levels inside and making minor sculpting enhancements to the body. The cars continued to sell and sell well.
But with Jaguar's racing success in other events the company made a decision in the early 1960s to create a sports car to not only replace the aging XK Series but one that could better compete against those foreign powers to the south. Enter the E Type.
Shown here is one of the last XK Series cars, a 150 with the 3.8 liter engine. By the time this was rolled out the styling was rapidly getting showing its age. Today, though, looking at this beautiful car brings back visions of long spring rides through the English countryside.