The FJ40 is built for the most draconian conditions.This off-roader has not only endured the dirt, mud and snow but it has tread water for generations. Sought after in the past for its practicality and strength, coveted today for its reputation and resilience. The FJ40 has somehow steamed its way into the trendy consciousness as it is a hot commodity in this market. The off-road, mean machine is the ultimate boy’s toy. In the 68 years since it’s inception, over 10 million FJ40’s have been sold. Its popularity remains indisputable.
In its inauguration, the Lamborghini Miura SV was the fastest ever production car, and today, it’s thought to be the world’s first true supercar. It was a legendary car that put Lamborghini on the map and certainly on Ferrari’s map, as a true Italian rival. The Miura will be remembered for its rear mid-engined concept which paved the way for all future high-performance cars, as all supercars to this day deploy the mid-engine concept.
The Jaguar E-Type, a stunning car hailing from Britain in 1962. It was a car that charmed and dazzled the car manufacturing community with its uniqueness and beauty. Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Italian race car powerhouse, called it ‘’the most beautiful car ever made”. It was truly admired, so much so that Jaguar could hardly keep up with orders from all around the world. Even the founder of Jaguar, Sir William Lyons, drove his own car from Britain to Switzerland to be sold.
The 911 is a beautiful contradiction. It is gentle yet strong, handsome yet elegant and polite yet not to be messed with. Its not everyone’s cup of tea but for its admirers, that’s just the way they like it.
The 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is beloved amongst classic car enthusiasts and admirers alike for its graceful design and beastly performance. This Italian 2-door coupe was in fact one of the world’s first ever supercars when it was introduced back in 1967. It was named the Stradale, which in Italian meant, ‘road-going’ which highlighting its intended purpose of making a street legal supercar.
In 1978, BMW introduced its first ever sports car with aspirations of keeping up with the astounding innovations that were happening around the European continent. BMW took the decision to transcend its image of producing just family oriented cars into a reputable sports car powerhouse. Enter the M1!
American car making giant, Ford took their manufacturing prowess across the pond to England for the production of the MK series. The road legal MK III went on to be considered on the most important post-war cars in the historical Anglo/American collaboration. The MK III was essentially a detuned version of it’s racing counterparts. The car had a 4.7 litre V8 powered engine.
Ferrari has a reputation amongst laymen as a car company that makes fast and in your face cars, but with aficionados who know this manufacturer inside and out, they know that Ferrari is more than just that. This is a company that is habitually pushing boundaries, a company that consistently changes the way we think about what cars can be. They take us back to our childhood where we used to play with toy cars and pretend to be racers. When Ferrari introduced the F50 in 1995, they did exactly that by taking us back to an age where the imagination was lucid and unapologetic. The F50 is an embodiment of boyhood imagination and engineering ambition but look beyond the aesthetic and you’ll see this is not just a big shiny red toy.
The Corvette ZR-1 is Chevrolet’s beloved two-door coupe sports car. The reason it is beloved lies behind Chevrolet’s economic pitfalls of the decades before this cars inception. The 1990 ZR-1 was Chevrolet’s saving grace, so to speak. It provoked a lot of anticipation as the American car manufacturer was promising big things. However, these promises were met with considerable skepticism and doubt from within the wider auto industry, especially given that generally speaking, European enthusiasts never really respected American cars. Chevrolet’s decline only added fuel to the European opinion of cars from across the pond as, ‘all talk, no walk’. What happened to Chevrolet’s production of high performing cars?