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  • The Mini appeared in 1959, and brought with a revolution for the automobile industry. This compat model was the brain child of Sir Alec Issigonis. Sold by different brands, it would bear the markings of Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Leyland, Innocenti, before eventually finishing up with Rover. When the latter was purchased in 1994 by BMW, it continued its...

  • When it appeared at the Paris show of 1955, the Citroën DS had the effect of a bombshell. Developed under the code name VGD (Véhicule de Grande Diffusion, Large Circulation Vehicle), it brought to the market original ideas such as its hydropneumatics suspension. A simplified version was presented following a push by Pierre Bercot, head of the company. It...

  • When it appeared at the Paris show of 1955, the Citroën DS had the effect of a bombshell. Developed under the code name VGD (Véhicule de Grande Diffusion, Large Circulation Vehicle), it brought to the market original ideas such as its hydropneumatics suspension. A simplified version was presented following a push by Pierre Bercot, head of the company. It...

  • The Citroën Traction came with a number of technological breakthroughs. When it came out in 1938, it abandoned the idea of propulsion that gave it front-wheel drive, its structure was monohulled, its brakes hydraulic, and its suspension was equipped with 4 independent wheels. The handling and technological advancements of the 11CV suddenly put all its...

  • The Targa Florio is one of the oldest, most dangerous, sinewy racing circuits in the world. It has more than 1000 bends, in other words a turn every 90 metres. In 1973, Martini Racing placed their 911 RSR on the track, shedding as much weight from it as they could using fibreglass. The competition-grade pneumatics and its 2.7 litre engine pushed to 210...

  • This Porsche 911 joined the world back in 1973, with the ambition of becoming part of the European GT championship. The objective was to beat its Ferrari rival who, with its 365 GTB Daytona was equipped with an engine twice the size of the German's. The base of the car was a 911 S that had already proven itself in rallies. The weight was reduced to a...

  • The Renault 5 Turbo, the sports version of the urban Renault, was entirely rethought. Its purpose was to validate the 400 units necessary to accredit it for rally-driving. Its Cléon Fonte engine was redesigned by Alpine. With its newly-installed turbo, it could reach 160 hp, and had 1.4 liters. The positioning of the propulsion unit was changed, placing...

  • In 1981, for the twelfth film in the James Bond franchise, Citroën jumped at the opportunity to plug their famous 2CV. Four special cars were used for the film. This series was based on the 2CV6, inheriting square front lights and disk brakes, and coloured a Helios yellow. 1000 cars were produced, 500 of which were for France, the other 500 for the...

  • The HY saw the light of day in 1948. Post-war France needed utility vehicles to rebuild the country and boost the economy. It was under the guidance of Pierre Boulanger that the car was born, with the main priority being practicality, solidity, and reusing existing parts from the brand. Its development was started back during the war in the greatest...

  • Caroll Shelby was a Texan pilot who was forced to stop his career in 1960 at the age of 37, due to health concerns. Thus began a dream of his to produce the ultimate American sports car, capable of competing with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. First, the chassis, that he found with the English manufacturer AC Bristol. Associated to a Ford V8, the car...

  • When the 57 project started, it was Jean, Etore Bugatti's son, who was in charge of the team of designers for the brand. The Coupé SC was a car in its own category, the most expensive of the brand. Its weight was reduced and the aero dynamicity was redesigned to achieve a top speed of 210 km/h. The aluminium panels used for the bodywork were held together...

  • The Mini appeared in 1959, and brought with a revolution for the automobile industry. This compat model was the brain child of Sir Alec Issigonis. Sold by different brands, it would bear the markings of Austin, Morris, Wolseley, Leyland, Innocenti, before eventually finishing up with Rover. When the latter was purchased in 1994 by BMW, it continued its...

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