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Ford GT Honors Historic Le Mans Run With Heritage Edition Livery

This 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport By Ghia Is Unparalleled Italian Design

Sweet Sixteen! 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 At Monterey

“Secret Weapon” 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Gets Six Car Run

1964, Shelby, Cobra, Secret Weapon

Not so much a secret anymore, Carroll Shelby’s “Secret Weapon” will return for a six car run. Originally designed for the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans the car only made it as far as a single prototype, but would never race. Now Shelby looks to handle some “unfinished business” by finally producing the all-aluminum, 427 powered, Daytona Coupe race cars.

Fitted with a NASCAR inspired 427 the Daytona was destined to be Shelby’s “Secret Weapon” at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it would never have the chance to race. The truck carrying the Daytona was involved in an accident damaging the car too much to be repaired in time and by the 1965 race the car was back with the 289 engine.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Competes For First Time

Chevrolet, ZR2, Colorado

Since the invention of cars we’ve had racing and with racing has come automotive innovation. For example, the rearview mirror born out of necessity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, Chevrolet’s Colorado ZR2 competes in “the longest off-road race in the United States,” Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race presented by FOX. Not only is this a race in the traditional sense, but it will act as a test-bed for Chevrolet Performance.

The ZR2 is a production model, albeit with some modifications such as: a roll cage, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank and racing seats with safety harnesses. However, it does remain stock with the ZR2’s 3.6L V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Original Venice Crew To Make 36 Continuation ’65 Mustang GT350Rs

Ford, Mustang

The trio of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton aka The Venice Crew, may sound like a doo-wop group from the 1950s, but they’re three of the original Shelby American employees. And while it’s been over 50 years since the trio helped make history, they stand to do it again when they produce 36 1965 2+2 Mustangs. The 36 Shelby GT350Rs will be officially-licensed continuation cars built at the Shelby American World Headquarters. The cars will reflect the design elements Peter had imagined back in the 60s but was unable to make a reality due to various production factors.

[Photography: Original Venice Crew Mustangs.]

BMW’s Z4 Concept Is Pure Sex On Wheels

BMW, Z4, Concept

Debuting at Pebble Beach this BMW Z4 concept offers a sneak peak of what BMW has in store for their future line of roadsters. Though not itself going into production, the concept is the blueprint for the production model which will roll out of the course of 2018.

Via BMW:

The sporty and progressive BMW Concept Z4 encapsulates the BMW Group’s vision of a modern roadster. “The BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion,” adds van Hooydonk.

The BMW Concept Z4 adopts classical roadster design cues, such as a long wheelbase, a low-slung, stretched silhouette and a compact rear end, wraps them in a fresh, confident package and enriches them with the contemporary BMW design language. A shorter bonnet and crisp overhangs ensure the driver sits closer to the centre of the car than in previous BMW roadsters. This gives the new proportions a focused, sporty and agile feel. The outline of the car follows a distinct wedge shape, which fills the BMW Concept Z4 with dynamism before it even pulls away. The large domes stretching out rearwards from the cabin elegantly integrate the function of rollover bars and provide a sporting conclusion to the low-to-the-road silhouette at the rear.

T-Tops With Tony Taylor | Brought To You By Havoline

1982 Fiat Spider 2000

If you’re a regular Fast N’ Loud viewer, you’ve seen us crank out more than 100 projects over the last five years. But what you don’t see on TV are the hundreds of other cars that come through Gas Monkey Garage, either to be sold at auction or just a quick flip. Some of these cars that roll through are just too good to not show off. Enter: “T-Tops with Tony Taylor” brought to you by Havoline. Every month, Tony will showcase one of off his top picks (hence the name T-Tops) from our collection here at Gas Monkey Garage. Here, we bring you our first installment of Tony’s T-Tops for your enjoyment.

This 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport By Ghia Is Unparalleled Italian Design

Abarth, Ghia, Pebble Beach, Sotheby's

Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, all well-known in automotive history and all aptly named for their founders. Joining those men in early 20th century Italy was one, Giacinto Ghia; a name you’ve undoubtedly heard, but as a footnote to the others.

Ghia was an Italian designer and founder of Carrozzeria Ghia in 1916, one of Italy’s premiere design and coachbuilding houses of the time. While the Ghia name would be applied to automobiles of their own creation, the firm would rise to fame designing and contributing for other manufacturers. And for that reason, the Ghia name would never carry the weight of Ferrari or Lamborghini, but would rival them all the same in impact on the history of Italian automobiles.

This 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia is one of the finest examples of that design. Abarth, having just launched in 1949 would team with Ghia looking to make a splash in a major way. Built on one of the last four Abarth 205 competition chassis, this is the only one with a body by Ghia. It was first exhibited in 1953 at the Turin Salon and again in 1954 at the New York Auto Show, having changed owners. The new owner had hoped to get the car into production, but it never came to fruition and the car was eventually lost through time.

It was re-discovered in Maryland in 1982 where it was sitting idly in a barn, a literal barn find. From there the car would move through a couple owners before being painstakingly restored to its original glory through photos, articles and original documents. All the work would pay off when this 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia would when its class at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and be nominated for best in show. It returns to Pebble Beach this year seeking a new owner at auction where it is expected to go anywhere between $750,000 and a million dollars.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

Buckcherry Stops In GMG To Tour The Facility, Talk About Cars

Buckcherry, Gas Monkey, Richard Rawlings

Prior to their gig at Gas Monkey Live the guys of Buckcherry swung by GMG to checkout the collection of cars, talk some shop and just downright hang. As it would turn out, frontman Josh Todd knows a thing or two about cars and racing, even doing a little bit of the latter in go karts in his free time…When the band has any.

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