There have always been concerns when a much revered car is re-packaged as a convertible; these stem from questions over the rigidity of the car when it ‘loses’ its roof and the subsequent change in performance. Although car makers have been, in recent years, getting better at dealing with this problem, many could have been forgiven for questioning Ferrari when they launched the 458 Spider – a hardtop convertible based on the outstanding 458 Italia coupe.
In days gone by, the status symbol of the super rich took the shape of a supercar, but with every Premier League footballer now owning a garage full, the allure of these has diminished. Owning your own private jet became the next ‘in-thing’, but with concerns over air travel in the modern world, this too has fallen away.
There may not be another driving experience like it. In this day and age of mass production, carbon fibre bodies and cars bursting at the seams with modern technology, the Morgan Plus 4 harks back to a simpler, purer, driving experience.
People fall out of love with driving because of computers controlling their driving, clever gear boxes dictating changes and braking systems removing the need for any skill or judgement.
Bentley Continental GT Speed // Image: Andrew Xu, Flickr
In our previous piece in our showcase car series, on the Porsche 911 Turbo, we examined the history of the car from conception to its modern inception. This is perhaps slightly harder to do when the car in question only came into existence in 2003, for that is when the world welcomed the magnificent Bentley Continental GT to the roads.
Porsche 911 Turbo in motion // Image: Axion23, Flickr
In 1973 Porsche unveiled a new car at the prestigious Motor Show in Frankfurt. In the land of its birth, Porsche brought forth the Porsche 911 Turbo and, from that moment on, a ‘legend’ was born. Learn all about the Porsche 911 Turbo in these words below.
Claimed by some to be the finest car of all time, the esteemed McLaren F1 is to go to auction this month, expected to fetch upwards of £7m.
The 1995 chassis 031, having only completed 1004 miles, will be sold at the Goodings sale on August 16 and 17. The auction takes place during the annual Pebble Beach classic car gathering in California.