Lamborghini Finally Create A Countach Equal

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We all know Lamborghini are the brand to beat when it comes to designing a car equivalent of Hannibal Lector, but since the mighty Countach in the late seventies, their cars – although still maniac serial killer machines – lost some of the Countach’s originality. Lamborghini set the bar so high, they shot themselves in the foot, as even they couldn’t create an equal with the Diablo. The world was shocked when the Countach hit the roads, but every car since has been expected to be a little crazy.

Well now Lamborghini have designed a car worthy of Countach status in design concept, originality and flare. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s a car – front on it resembles something from Battle Star Galactica.

Meet the Egoista, it’s name translated as ‘selfish’.  It’s monstrous, it’s ugly, it’s anti-social, it runs on the blood from stillborn kittens… it possesses all…

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Back to the Future

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Here’s a couple of old Toyota concept cars I find rather interesting but never knew about until today.

First the 4500GT. What! That’s a Toyota? Shocking, I know. What’s even more surprising is that it’s from 1989! That’s nearly a quarter of a century ago! I still think it looks pretty modern. Unfortunately it never made it into production, instead it just showcased Toyota’s 1UZ-FE V8 engine which would then later be used in the Soarer/SC400. I still can’t get over the design. With hindsight you could that it was way ahead of its time. I can’t think of many other shooting breaks from the late 80s/early 90s. Most of the ones I’m aware of came out in recent years.

Second is the FXS Concept. The name stands for “Future eXperimental Sports car” so while this was shown in 2001, there’s still hope 12 years later. Maybe. Well, it is…

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History of the DeLorean

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In 1974, the John Z. DeLorean Corporation was established, and in 1975 the DeLorean Motor Company came into being. That same year, DeLorean created the Composite Technology Corporation to develop new construction materials, some of which would be used in his dream car. What would be in that dream car? DeLorean said it should be “fun to drive, safe to operate, and long-lasting.” And of course it should have super-cool gullwing doors. And what could be longer-lasting than unpainted stainless steel for the body?

Photo Credit: Paul F Aubin

Source: About.com Exotic Cars

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013

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The love for the old is something totally comprehensible. We will always like new things, buying the latest gadget fills us with happiness and pride. At the same time we will always feel nostalgic for all things old; and if not all then at least for a number of them. Old cars is the ideal example to explain our dedication to objects that were once representing the best of our efforts but nowadays are nothing more than a good memory. It is true; we can’t see many people driving around London or New York with their first cars which they bought when they entered college! In most of the times actually their first car could have been turned into piles of metal that were later recycled.

Still, some things never grow old especially when they were made with great care and represented once innovation and entrepreneurship. Vintage and antique cars are exhibited in a big number of auto shows dedicated to their everlasting charms. People are willing to spend large sums of money in order to acquire a car that has been out of production since decades, a car that seems to belong to a different era.

The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance is probably the most prestigious motor show of antique cars. It is a charity event that manages to raise big sums of money from buyers eager to spend even a small fortune for a car that once dominated the streets but it is today almost a museum exhibit! Why is that? I would say it is probably nostalgia for the times that passed (and the cars that were once made).

Alfa Romeo 8C

Mercedes Benz 300SL

BMW 507, 1957

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Lamborghini Countach LP400, 1976

The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance was founded in 1950 and it never stopped presenting to the world the best cars destined to charm us till… eternity (or almost!). Various new models of cars were also presented on this charitable event combining in that way the classic with the modern as I can easily assume that the guests of this automotive show must be pretty demanding. Talking about new cars, it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to check on BMW’s latest models which certainly bring the best of innovation and tecnology for your pleasure and only…

 

And the winner is….

Winner of the Show: 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve

This year’s winner was the 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve, a car that certainly looks to me like the cars Hollywood stars are driving in one of those Scorsese films which are dealing with New York in the 1930’s-1950’s and so on… It looks an antique, it is an antique and finally, it used to be a…taxi in Puerto Rico! Yes, it’s true but times are changing and now its lucky owner probably has different plans for this unique and classic car.

In total, 248 cars were presented from 12 countries. Some worth mentioning were the BMW 507, the 1957 Aston Martin DBR2, the 1965 Porsche 911, the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS, the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage or the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 Touring Corto Spider among many more…

1965 Porsche 911 Coupe

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS

Ferrari 250 GT LWB, 1958

1979 BMW Gruppe 5 Turbo

Various special events entertained the guest during the three days of this auto show and I couldn’t but have mentioned here the Jaguar cocktail party along with Playboy Magazine. Jay Leno was there too. Given the opportunity, Jaguar presented to the world its brand new Jaguar Concept 7 Project with the American television host driving himself the car. Jaguar, Playboy girls and a number of VIP’s surely made a hell of a party! And if you are wondering, yes, the Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun was there too…

BMW 507, Quite possibly the most beautiful BMW ever made.

To sum up, we have all collected things from time to time. I don’t know how it would feel to collect antique cars though; a rather expensive hobby for me, however, I totally understand what makes someone to wish desperately to buy one of these old little miracles that still survive today. We can feel nostalgic about periods of time that we lived; it happens all the time with our childhood years basically. I would only add though that occasionally we can become even more nostalgic for time periods that we haven’t lived. Trying to imagine how it could have been back in those days, we can create worlds that never existed but still bring comfort to our minds. Maybe this is the driving force after all for all of us drawn by the classic things that belong to a different, even remote, era…