The Wonderful Story of Alberto and his Fiat 500C Topolino Belvedere!

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10 years ago Alberto Valstrona had just celebrated his 75th birthday, and as a real Italian was of course accompanied by his whole family! Living in the beautiful village of Omegna, they had a great picnic that afternoon at the nearby Lake d’Orta. It was there that the memories of the good old days came flooding back to him. Being a car enthusiast he wanted to work at a project which proves his technical skills and not spend his days resting amongst the olive trees.

Alberto had nice memories of the Fiat Topolino Belvedère which he owned years ago. Driving slowly around the lake with Sofia tightly next to him. Despite himself but especially Sofia has grown a few inches wider over the years and the in their minds large Topolino now seemed a lot smaller. Still, Alberto thought a restoration object was a fine way of spending his days off. Sofia thought it was a good plan and sons Giuseppe and Salvatore would if necessary, assist their father if help was needed. So in whole northern Italy he looked around for the perfect Belvedere to restore. After rejecting several cars, in a came a grey car from the year 1954, and the restoration could begin.

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The Fiat was solid, complete and very original, a great starting point to be able to make a wonderful restoration. He did not take any risks and spent many hours on the tiny Topolino. Alberto decided not to over-restore the car, but bring it back in it’s original level, just as it seems the Fiat was just driven out of the factory. The under carriage has been in the hands of a restorer who gave all details extraordinary attention. Each part of this Fiat Topolino was judged, and treated with care by Alberto with his high quality requirements. Personally, we think the nice classic two-tone grey body colour and brown interior a perfect combination.

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After more than two years, the car was ready and Sofia was invited to enjoy the lake as they had done so many times. And indeed … the seats were still good but seemed to be a little tighter … It did not spoil the fun. In the following years regular tours were made, but of course only with good weather and an open roof.

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The feeling while driving is maybe only understood by the real enthusiast. Despite its small size and low power the Topolino gives a feeling of freedom and enjoyment, which is further enhanced by the full open roof. Space for children, dog and picnic basket is sufficient. In terms of investment, it is also positive and especially when considering that a restoration done at the same quality level as this car is offering, will cost much more money than our asking price. It is important to know that the Fiat drove only 2500 km car after its extensive restoration.

We know that there are cheaper Belvedères on the market, but better? We dare to doubt it. Do you really want value for money, something fun and super original? Then this Fiat Topolino 500C Belvedere has certainly have to come to your attention.

For the fans of the famous Mille Miglia: the car is eligible for this great Italian event and the cheapest possibility to take part!

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Is the V12 Vanquish the Last ‘True’ Aston Martin?

During the 52 years that Aston Martin sports cars were made at Newport Pagnell, just over 13,300 cars left the factory destined for customers all over the world. Among the many iconic models designed and built here are: DB4, DB5 & DB6, V8 Vantage, the William Towns Lagonda and the original Vanquish.

The factory at Newport Pagnell was a hotbed of hand craftsmanship and traditional skills. Rare and sought-after, these contributed to making Newport Pagnell such an iconic name in the automotive industry.

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Photo Credit: Aston Martin Works

In March 2008 the company announced a partnership with Magna Steyr to outsource manufacturing of over 2,000 cars annually to Graz, Austria. A move that alienated many loyal Aston Martin customers and fans. The car that marked the end of an era at Newport Pagnell was the V12 Vanquish, the last car came off the production line on 19 July, 2007. The Vanquish is deemed by many to be the last of the ‘true’ Aston Martin’s, handcrafted with pride in Britain and different from the generic, mass produced cars on the market.

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The last Aston Martin to be manufactured at Newport-Pagnell

Aston Martin announced that the manufacturing of their new car, the DBX, will take place in South Wales. This great news for the British automotive industry will create 750 highly skilled jobs, although it will be interesting to see if this factory can create the same iconic legacy as Newport Pagnell.

Aston Martin still have a presence at Newport Pagnell, the same artisan skills that have been passed down through generations are still proudly maintained at Aston Martin Works. Aston Martin Works is now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable heritage restoration centre in the world. Many of the original tools that made the cars are still being used to service and restore them.

Do you consider the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish to be the last ‘True’ Aston Martin? Or are you excited for what the future may bring for the company? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale at DD Classics

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale

  • One owner from new
  • Only 7,708 miles
  • Considered by many to be the last ‘True’ Aston Martin
  • Handcrafted V12, 460 bhp engine coupled to a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox
  • 1 of 973 LHD manufactured

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish entered production in 2001, having been developed from the 1998 Project Vantage concept car. It marked a large step in Aston Martin’s vehicle engineering as the company combined a bonded aluminium chassis with their traditional craftsmanship. This was a new era for the Aston Martin brand.

In 2002 the V12 Vanquish became the latest Aston Martin to be driven by James Bond. Featuring as 007’s car in the 2002 film “Die Another Day”, earned the V12 Vanquish number 3 on the list of Best Film Cars Ever.

Aston Martin’s V12 Vanquish features an extremely rigid and safe body shell made from aluminium and carbon fibre, this shell was then fitted with hand-finished, Superformed aluminium panels. Under close examination it is clear that our Vanquish is still as perfectly straight as the day it left the factory.

Underneath the bonnet sits a 460bhp version of the Aston Martin V12 engine, hand crafted with pride by Stuart Bull. The engine delivers its power via a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox that is smooth and effortless, even under load. The engine bay is beautifully detailed and in immaculate condition. This is a spectacular vehicle to drive and is highly rated by our experienced staff.

Our car is fitted with unscathed 19” multi-spoke alloy wheels and a matching set of Yokohama tyres. A personal favourite of ours are the Aston Martin embossed red brake calipers that enhance the appearance of the car.

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish for sale at DD Classics is finished in a Royal Blue metallic coachwork with Light-stone Connolly hide, quilted inserts, Royal Blue Wilton carpets & matching top roll. Beautifully stitched leather piping completes the carpets and adds that extra touch of luxury. The Alcantara headlining remains in immaculate condition, the seats are fabulous and the carpets show no sign of wear. It is clear that our car has been lovingly maintained, having had only one owner from new. In that time span the vehicle has completed a mere 7,708 miles.

Considered by many to be a future classic, this is a fantastic investment opportunity for any car enthusiast.

The Aston Martin is available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call 0208 878 3355 to book an appointment.

Jaguar to recreate the famous Le Mans Winning XKSS sports car, each costing more than £1,000,000!

Originally Posted on The Telegraph by Paul Hudson available here: http://bit.ly/1RfV9Gy

Nine examples of Jaguar’s XKSS, the road version of the Le Mans-winning D-type, are being built to replace those destroyed during a fire at the factory after only 18 of 25 had been built

Jaguar has announced that it will build nine new examples of its famed XKSS sports car produced in 1957, each costing in excess of £1 million.

The XKSS was a roadgoing version of Jaguar’s D-type racing car, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in successive years from 1955 to 1957.

By that time the D-type had become obsolete so Jaguar boss Sir Williams Lyons took the inspired decision to convert 25 remaining D-type racers into road cars, with a taller windscreen and a door on the left for a passenger. The section of bodywork separating the two seats was also removed, along with the distinctive aerodynamic fin behind the driver.

The first deliveries of the new Jaguar XKSS will start in early 2017, with each car being hand-built at Jaguar Classic’s new Experimental Shop in Warwick.

It is referred to as a continuation car, as it is a faithful replica of a vehicle no longer in production and built according to the original blueprints.

The original 25 XKSS cars were earmarked for export to the USA, but only 16 were completed before a fire at Jaguar’s factory in Browns Lane, Coventry, destroyed the remaining nine.

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The XKSS had a taller screen than the D-type and lacked the racing car’s distinctive fin behind the driver

Now, 59 years later, those nine “lost” cars will be replaced, to be sold to what Jaguar describes as “a select group of established collectors and customers”.

Tony O’Keeffe of Jaguar Land Rover Classic said: “A number of continuation XKSS cars have been sold already, more than half, but we wanted to ensure some cars were made available to the public.”

Original cars, whose owners included film idol Steve McQueen, rarely come up for sale but are conservatively valued at more than £10 million.

O’Keeffe said that he knew of a genuine original car currently for sale privately at $18 million (£12.7 million) and that they are so rare and coveted that you’ll never find them at auction.

The XKSS isn’t the first Jaguar continuation. In May 2014 it announced a run of six Lightweight E-type racers to complement the 12 original cars that left the Browns Lane factory in 1963, bringing the total amount of genuine lightweight E-types to 18, the number that was originally intended. It has applied the same logic for the new XKSS and intends to build on the expertise gained during construction of the continuation E-types, which were all sold before production commenced.

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For their £1.1 million or thereabouts, owners of the nine new XKSS cars will be able to specify items used on the original such as a luggage rack on the boot and a tonneau cover

Like the original, each XKSS will have a 3.4-litre, straight-six engine developing 250bhp. Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as the first 16 made in 1957, with every aspect fully certified by Jaguar.

Other famous continuation cars include the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, as well as the Ford GT40 and AC Cobra.

In mid-March, Jaguar Land Rover renamed its Heritage business as Jaguar Land Rover Classic. It is a division of JLR’s Special Operations and is dedicated to providing cars, services, parts and experiences to owners and fans of classic Jaguars and Land Rovers around the world.

Tim Hannig, the director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar’s history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.

“Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.

“Our continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”

If the six exquisite Lightweight E-types produced last year are anything to go by, that £1 million price tag has to be something of a bargain.

Classic Jaguar’s For Sale at DD Classics

Currently sitting proudly in our London Classic Car Showroom are two beautiful Jaguar’s from different era’s of the iconic brand’s life. Click through to our website for more information.

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A True British Icon… the Aston Martin DB5

The story of Aston Martin’s rise from a two-man operation working from a small London workshop to a globally respected marque has been long, colourful and often dramatic.

A rich and prestigious heritage defines Aston Martin as something truly unique within automotive history. At DD Classics we love the Aston Martin brand, our staff naturally fill with excitement when one of these iconic cars enter our showroom. We currently stock an eclectic range of Aston Martin’s, ranging from the stunning DB5, to the rarer V8 Vantage Zagato and the slightly more modern Vanquish to name a few.

Robert Bramford and Lionel Martin founded the company ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd’, in 1913. 1914 saw the birth of the ‘Aston Martin’, the brand that would go on and become synonymous with style, luxury and elegance. The Aston Martin name came following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire.Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.

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Photograph: Aston Martin Heritage

Aston Martin’s instantly recognisable ‘wings’ has been synonymous with the company since 1927, when the original AM logo was replaced. Over the course of the 20th century a variety of adjustments were made to the design as the wings incorporated contemporary cues from each era.

The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer that was made by Aston Martin and designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera.

Known around the world, the Aston Martin DB5 is often billed as the most famous car ever produced, thanks to the deadly Silver-Birch DB5 that was used by James Bond in Goldfinger which became many schoolboy’s dream carThis signalled the start of an eleven film relationship spanning over fifty years!

Coloured in the distinctive Silver Birch ‘Goldfinger’ saw sales of the DB5 increase and with it, the profile of the company.

DD Classics are proud to offer a stunning example of the world’s most sought-after motor car. We currently have a superb, matching numbers DB5 finished beautifully in the iconic shade of Silver Birch complemented with a Navy Blue Connolly hide. Fitted with a 5 Speed ZF gearbox it is sure to offer the best of driving experiences to any classic car enthusiast. This is more than just a collectors car, it is a vehicle that is ready to be enjoyed.

Please visit our website for more information, email us at: media@ddclassics.com or call to book an appointment.

 

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The Amazing Story Behind the Exceptionally Rare Isdera Imperator 108i

If you haven’t heard of the car manufacturer “Isdera”, do not worry, you won’t be the only one!

Isdera are a privately run company based in Germany, they are manufacturers of extremely rare high performance cars, with each vehicle being hand built by a small team of craftsmen. Fascinatingly, the only way you will be able to order a new Isdera is by phoning the CEO directly!

Their first car, the Spyder 033, was unveiled in 1982. Some other vehicles from the company’s history are the 1985 Spyder 033-16, 1987 Spyder 036i and the Commendatore 112i. However, most of their adulation is born out of the incredible Isdera Imperator 108i.

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Eberhard Schulz, the founder of Isdera and the man behind the Imperator, was formerly employed by Porsche’s development department and he also worked as a design engineer at Mercedes. With the blessing and financial support of Mercedes, his engineering company developed a mid-engined supercar study called Mercedes CW311. Despite being reluctant to put the CW311 into production itself, Mercedes-Benz allowed Schulz for produce the vehicle under his own brand, and so, the Isdera Imperator 108i was born

Isdera Imperator’s were built in exceptionally scarce numbers, during a production run between 1984-1993 only 30 examples were ever produced making them a highly sought after commodity in the collectible car world.

Despite its futuristic exterior design, the technology this car employed was not too radical, whilst never the fastest supercar of its day, it was certainly one of the rarest and most intriguing – and quick enough to be an emperor of the autobahn.

The striking gullwing coachwork on a tubular steel chassis is powered by the highly regarded Mercedes-Benz M119 5-Litre V8. The combination of super-lightweight construction and outrageous power, results in astounding performance.

Isdera Imperator 108i Statistics

Year of production All versions: 1984-93
No. produced All versions: 30 units
Size (L / W / H / WB) mm 4220 / 1835 / 1135 / 2485
Layout
Mid-engined, Rwd
Engine V8, dohc, 4v/cyl.
Engine capacity 5547 cc
Power 390 hp
Torque 387 lbft
Gearbox 5M
Suspensions All: double-wishbones
Tires (F/R) 285/40VR15 / 345/35VR15
Weight 1350 kg (dry)
Top speed 176 mph*
0-60 mph
5.0 sec*
0-100 mph
10.8 sec*

 

Isdera Imperator 108i For Sale

If you have never seen an Isdera Imperator 108i, DD Classics are lucky enough to offer you this exemplary piece of automotive history. The 1992 Imperator 108i in our London showroom could well be the lowest mileage example in existence as it has cared for dutifully in a museum collection.

 

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Named After Enzo Ferrari’s Son, the Dino Has an Incredible History

DD Classics Ferrari Dino for sale in London

The Dino 246 GT, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in spring, 1969, arrived at a key time for Ferrari. It would not be ready for some months  (after delays, they had been building the 206GT for less than a year). Named after Enzo Ferrari’s deceased son Dino and earlier racing cars carrying the same name, the Ferrari Dino was extremely anticipated by the automotive world.

Ferrari always knew what they had to do. The Dino needed more power to match the performance of Porsche and increasing competition from other “mini-supercars”. The Maranello factory and the associated Scaglietti body works had to be geared up for a larger scale of production, not to the standards of mass production but targeted doubling their annual record of 740 cars in 1965.

The first objective was tackled by adopting a 2.4 litre version of the V6 engine using a cast iron block, a departure from Ferrari’s usual practice of an alloy block with shrunken in steel cylinder liners.

Though, at first glance, virtually identical to the first production Dino, the 246GT had a 2.3in longer wheelbase and was 3.7in longer overall. The new 2,419cc engine  was supported by four main bearings and the light-alloy cylinder heads had double overhead camshafts driven by chains. In this application, with Weber 40DCF carburettors, it produced 195bhp, which was as additional 15bhp.

The bigger engine sliced off 1.2 seconds off its 0-60mph best and would top 148mph in ideal conditions.

There was no getting away from making a RHD version of the car if the UK market potential was to be tapped effectively, but this required a total redesign of the chassis frame for the 246GT as the 206 was slightly offset to the right.

When the Dino 246GT first entered the UK market, it was priced competitively, the original price in 1970 was £5,485! The car was well accepted on the British market, where 488 of the GT’s 2,487 total production were sold.

DD Classics currently have two Ferrari Dino’s for sale at their London Classic Car Dealership, the LHD and RHD version.

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1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT For Sale in London

DD Classics Ferrari Dino for sale in London

  • Offered with the most comprehensive history file we have ever seen on a Dino at DD Classics
  • Original Handbook
  • Original Parts Manual
  • Original Sales Brochure
  • Chassis Number: 246GT4892

Our Ferrari, which is an E-series 246 GT Dino, was originally delivered to the United States. It has been a recent recipient of a full restoration, the car is finished beautifully in quintessential Ferrari red over a beige interior with Daytona-style seats and black contrasting inserts, the classic combination is visually striking and aesthetically pleasing to any classic car enthusiast. The odometer currently shows 76,950 miles.

Offered with an original set of manuals, including the original handbook, parts manual and sales brochure add tremendous historical value to the classic car. Accompanying the Dino is the most comprehensive file we have ever seen on a 246GT at DD Classics, the original documents will nostalgically transport you back to 1972, where you can methodically map out the wonderful life the Dino has had. The extensive file chronicles a large portion of its life, containing service and restoration receipts, along with numerous photographs. Also supplied with the car is the original Ferrari jack, and tool kit.

Briefly, the technical specification is as follows; 195 hp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine with three Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear unequal-length A-arm suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.

Many consider the Dino to be one of Ferrari’s greatest cars, not only for its looks but also for the wonderful driving experience it provides. The Dino helped Ferrari realize that rear-mid-engined cars were here to stay, and it spawned a wonderful series of cars that continues through today as Ferrari’s most popular line of sports cars.

Beautifully restored, this Dino GT truly needs nothing and is ready to be enjoyed.

This classic Ferrari is available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment. DD Classics are happy to offer finance, subject to approval.

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Read the Fascinating History of Bristol Cars

History of Bristol Cars

The journey to car manufacturing was quite a long one for the Bristol company, initially started by self-made entrepreneur Sir George White, Bristol first began life as ‘Bristol Tramway’s’. The company introduced the first electric tramway’s to the United Kingdom in 1898, this foresight pioneered modern transportation. In 1910, George White turned his attention to the skies and founded the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The Bristol aircraft distinguished themselves in both World Wars, and by 1944 the company’s workforce had swollen dramatically.

The Company employed 70,000 and he knew that he must plan for the time when the voracious wartime demand for Bristol aircraft and aircraft engines would suddenly end. As early as 1941, papers had been drawn up proposing to start a automobile company.

The first Bristol to go into production, the 400 was a close-coupled two door saloon inspired by the pre-war 326 and 328 BMWs but benefitting from the metallurgical advances of WW2 aviation. Low aerodynamic drag, high mechanical efficiency and modest weight meant it proved a successful rally car, with a top speed of 95.7mph and a six cylinder 2 litre engine that was unusually efficient for its time.

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Bristol 400. Photograph: Steve McKelvie

Between 1947 and 1955 the car division produced six vehicles (the type 400 to the 406) powered by Bristol-built 2 litre engines. Complying with tough aircraft standards, using aircraft construction methods and under strict aircraft-style quality inspection, they quickly gained a reputation of being among the finest cars in the world.

Over these years Bristol cars won several sporting accolades A Bristol 450 racing car won the 2 litre class at Reims in 1953 and Bristol 450s came first, second and third in their class at Le Mans in 1954 and 1955.

In the late 1950’s, believing bigger is better the British government forced the merger of aircraft manufacturers. This meant Bristol Motor Cars were marked for closure, however, the company was bought in September 1960 by George S.M. White the chairman and effective founder.

Without the financial and practical assistance of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Bristol Cars could no longer develop its own engines. It turned instead to specially built Canadian Chrysler V8s, ensuring a product of exceptional quality and restrained beauty, but with the heart of a lion.

In March 2011, to the general distress of the motor industry and Bristol owners alike, it was announced that Bristol Cars had been placed into administration and vehicle production had been stopped. The company was purchased by KamKorp and since 2011, the company has restored and sold all models of the marque brand whilst the development of a new model continues. For the meantime Bristol Cars are resigned to being a great British Classic!

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Bristol 408 Saloon For Sale At DD Classics
  • Two-door Coupe
  • Top Speed: 122 MPH (Declared by factory)
  • Acceleration: 0-60 / 9.9 seconds (Declared by factory)

The Bristol 408 was a luxury British car made between 1963 and 1966, Mechanically the Bristol 408 was identical to is predecessor the 407, which had been a major departure for Bristol with its use of a Chrysler V8 Engine and automatic transmission.

Offered here is a beautiful example of the Bristol 408 which has had an incredible amount of care lavished on it to ensure it presents in top condition and is mechanically reliable and always on the button, ready for the long journey ahead, rain or shine. The owner has taken a great deal of pride in this lovely Bristol and is reluctantly only parting with it due to health problems.

The specification is a perfect combination for a Bristol, handsomely finished in Oxford Blue with black leather interior and unusually the car has air conditioning and a sliding metal sunroof which are highly desirable options, hardly ever seen.

An engine rebuild has very recently been carried out amongst other works and accompanying the car is en extremely comprehensive history file detailing the works carried out on the vehicle and giving a great insight into the fastidiousness of ownership enjoyed by its custodians.

Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.

 

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Travel Back To The Future and Learn the History Behind the DeLorean DMC-12

Delorean DMC-12 1981 For Sale at DD Classics

The DeLorean DMC-12 looks every bit as intoxicating now as it did back in the 1980s, stainless steel panels and all. While very much a product of its time, there are few cars – at any price point – that remain quite so iconic and instantly recognisable to all who see it. Sadly, there’s no flux capacitor and the DMC-12 doesn’t come with a helpful white-coated Doc to assist with maintenance and it won’t actually time travel.

The DMC-12 is a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company. The DeLorean DMC-12 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design who also designed the Lotus Esprit and the original Volkswagen Golf. This model was commonly referred to simply as the DeLorean because it was the only model ever produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. The car features gull-wing doors, an innovative fibre glass chassis and underbody structure, along with a brushed stainless steel body. John DeLorean was 6ft 4in tall and he designed the car to comfortably fit someone of his stature too.

The first prototype appeared in October 1976, and production officially began in 1981 in Dunmurry, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Originally, the company intended to manufacture the vehicle in Puerto Rico, however, the Northern Ireland Development Agency offered £100 million towards its construction. As it was a time of political and social unrest for the country, many citizens were left unemployed, the lined up to apply for jobs at the factory. The workers were largely inexperienced, but were paid premium wages and supplied with the best equipment available. The first DMC-12 rolled off the production line on 21st January 1981 until approximately 9,000 DMC-12s were made and manufacturing stopped.

The DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in late 1982 following John DeLorean’s arrest in October of that year on drug trafficking charges. He was later found not guilty, but it was too late for the DMC-12 to remain in production.

The DeLorean was catapulted into mainstream culture in 1985 with the release of Back To The Future, sadly, it was too late for the young company.

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DD Classics DeLorean DMC-12 For Sale

This magnificent example has the customary Stainless Steel exterior complimented with an impeccably kept grey leather interior. It has been driven just 9,097 miles and comes equipped with many options including factory air conditioning. Accompanying this investment-grade DeLorean is its original owner’s manual, a collection of brochures and magazines, a DeLorean biography, a compilation of newspaper clippings going back as far as the early 1980’s and more.

We are proud to offer this low-mile, exceptional DMC-12 to the most particular collector, investor or enthusiast who appreciates low miles and superior condition.

 

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Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK III and Mini Cooper 1275 S Barn Finds To Be Restored by DD Classics.

Aston Martin DB 2/4 Barn Find To Be Restored by DD Classics.

The prospect of discovering an old rare car in need of a little love is alluring to all of us. Barn finds are considered to be perhaps the most exciting times for any classic car enthusiast, even for Daniel Donovan of DD Classics who holds over 40+ years of market experience.

Recently Daniel has found two beautiful classic cars, an Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk III and a Mini Cooper 1275 S. These cars have travelled all the way from New Zealand to be refreshed and added to his extensive car collection at DD Classics. Previously, these vehicles belonged to a top New Zealand scientist who, as time passed became sadly unable to maintain their condition. Both the Aston Martin and the Cooper S are in very good working mechanical order, having been just extensively re-commissioned. However, as the years slowly eroded away so did the aesthetic brilliance of these fantastic classic cars, leaving them mostly original, unmolested but with a delightful patina. Interested parties can see the various stages of the cars rebirth and return to their former glory on the new DD Classics Blog.

 

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A Brief History of the Fiat 500 and Fiat Abarth

1972 Fiat 500 History

In a post war world, the market demanded economy cars that were reliable and inexpensive to run. The first model, a front engine 2-door coupe was released in 1949; however, it wasn’t until 1957 that the popular rear- engine model became available. Thanks to its diminutive size the Fiat proved to be enormously practical and successful on the European continent. Tuning company Abarth, famously produced sport model, they managed to squeeze extra power from the engine and optimise its potential. Sadly, production of the 500 ended in 1975; however, in 2007 on the 50th anniversary of the rear-engine Fiat 500 the company released a new model featuring a distinctive “retro” style.

Karl Alberto Abarth was born on November 15 1908, in Vienna, Austria, under the astrological symbol of the scorpion that would later become the company’s famous logo. In 1958, Abarth created the masterpiece that spread his name around the world, the Fiat 500 Abarth. Although the car featured near-standard bodywork, the 479 cc engine’s compression ratio was increased (from 6.55:1 to 10.5:1), a Weber 26 IMB carburettor was fitted, and the intake and fuel systems were optimised. Together with a tuned Abarth exhaust, power was now up to 26 bhp (from 13 bhp). The cars diminutive proportions belie very clever packaging and the little car could carry four in comfort. It’s a quirky car to drive, with an air-cooled, 600cc, twin-cylinder, rear mounted engine and a non-synchromesh ‘crash’ gearbox, like a true vintage.

Abarth had proven that small runabouts could be used as the basis for fast and reliable racing cars, and for them, a new phrase was coined: “small but wicked.” The relationship between the companies was solidified when Fiat financially rewarded Abarth depending on the amount of racing victories achieved. After notching up an incredible run of victories the Fiat-Abarth partnership become known across the world and their relationship continues to flourish in the modern Fiat Abarth range.

DD Classics 1972 Fiat Abarth 595 Evocation For Sale

Extensively modified, this charismatic little car lives up to the promise of its outward appearance by delivering a scintillating sensory package of old school motoring pleasure. The, now bored out to 700cc motor, ported and with special pistons as well as a lightened flywheel, certainly produces the goods. With the rasping exhaust note turning as many heads as the careful facsimile of Abarth styling, smiles per mile are guaranteed. Running on new alloy wheels with fresh tyres, backed up by new disc brakes, the car is ready for the road and available for immediate delivery.

DD Classics 1972 Fiat 500 For Sale

 The Fiat 500 has become one of the most endearing cars of all time. Today it’s impossible to drive a classic Fiat 500 without attracting admiring glances, especially in this striking green example with matching interior detail. The interior is upholstered with pristine black leather and the contrasting white steering wheel will ensure your vehicle will stand out.