Performance Saloon Car History

Performance Saloon Car History

Here we tell the stories of a number of extremely unusual, interesting events and developments in the Saloon car world  – evaluated by their tech content or by nature of the occasion.  From shoehorning a Suzuki engine into a Fiat 500, to replaying the Bullitt car sequence, not in a Mustang but in a Z28 Camaro on the deserted streets of a newly laid suburb.

The Firenza V8 Can Am Road Test

The Real Story About How A Road Test Mislead Generations Of Petrolheads The Firenza V8 or Can Am as we prefer to call it, is just one of those cars we as petrolheads honour as being something really special from back in the day. It carries with

The Blydenstein Project

The GM “Little Block” and the Magic 1273 Work on the GM's small four of the 60's an 70's continues...but this time on a larger capacity version of the engine. Whilst based on the work done on the magic 1088 I have not simply built a larger capacity version of

1963… Then Ten Years Of Thunder

Defining events seldom come in greater numbers…it’s 1963…. the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stereo, FM radio, Drive-in movies and Roadhouses, JFK and the (very hot) Cold War, Boeing 707,s, The race to the moon, Martin Luther King’s dream… and a portent of springbok rugby, H.O. de Villiers the school rugby captain… It was a hugely

Part 1 | The Lotus Cortina MK 1 | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on. #1 In our list of early performance cars THE LOTUS CORTINA MK 1 A

Part 2 | The Pontiac GTO | 1963 – Ten Years of Thunder

I have selected the top ten from the era -  mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice is based on my heartfelt memories of the times … and some may be a surprise… read on.  2nd Place In our list of early performance cars THE PONTIAC GTO You Be

Part 3 The Top Ten | The Renault R8 Gordini.

I have selected the top ten from the era – mid 1963 to end 1973. The choice based on my heartfelt memories of the times…and some may be a surprise… read on #3 - In our list of early Performance cars.... The Renault R8 Gordini. 1296cc R8 GORDINIS IN THEIR

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 1 of 2

This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI COOPER S

Part 4 The Top Ten | Mini Cooper S | Part 2 of 2

The Competition Legacy This is # 4 in the top ten Performance Saloon cars of the 1963 – 1973 era. The Cooper S range of Minis opened a new world of performance for small saloon cars and set in motion a track  and rally heritage shattering previous convention. #4 THE MINI

Firenza Can Am

THE CHEVROLET FIRENZA CAN AM WAKING FROM A DEEP SLEEP Part One This series of posts can best be read in conjunction with other blog articles on this site:            ‘NO OPTION BUT TO OPTION’….And… ‘FORDOMINATION PART 3' These stories give a picture of the macro GM status

The Bazooka

The 70's were a simpler times for enthusiasts. Chips were edible, maps were used to find directions and flashing a bit rude. Tuning an engine was a visceral experience...one smelled petrol, listened to the engine, read the sparkplugs and felt the pulse. In This article we go back to those times and do it

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