HISPANO- SUIZA / A MIX OF INFLUENCES

HISPANO- SUIZA / A MIX OF INFLUENCES

A mix of influences, a dash of beauty, a hearty pinch of clever engineering, and you have yourself a Hispano-Suiza.

One of my favorite car manufacturers (well, frankly of many) and I just can’t quite put a finger on why. Is it because the name beckons an odd curiosity as to its origins? Is it the clear beauty, luxury, and integrity evident in its design? Is because it sports one of the more entertaining of hood mascots?

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AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 / THE MOST BELOVED OF THE BIG HEALEYS

AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 / THE MOST BELOVED OF THE BIG HEALEYS

Earmarked as one of the most popular ‘Big Healeys’ the Austin Healey 3000 still captivates the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Considered one of the most popular British Race cars of the 1960s, the 3000 was the British Motor Company’s solution to the American market’s demand for an affordable fast, reliable, and styled car.

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LOVE, LUST, & TORPEDOES / WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ROLLS-ROYCE

LOVE, LUST, & TORPEDOES / WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ROLLS-ROYCE

What does a whisper, German torpedoes, an adulterous courtship, and the Baron Montagu have to do with one of the world’s top luxury vehicles? A lot actually, and most specifically the trademark hood ornament of Rolls Royce. The “Spirit of Ecstasy.”

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THE BUBBLE CAR THAT COULD FLY / WELL NOT QUITE

THE BUBBLE CAR THAT COULD FLY / WELL NOT QUITE

Maybe more accurate to say this charismatic bubble car had its origins to thank from flight technology? The Messerschmitt KR175 and KR200 beginnings are due in part to a clever and resourceful aeronautical engineer employed at Messerschmitt AG Corporation, Fritz Fend.

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