Category Archives: CARZ


The Testarossa name, which means “red head” in Italian, comes from the red-painted cam covers on the flat-12 engine.[7] The double entendre with a red-headed woman was intentional – Ferrari and Pininfarina regularly use descriptive terms related to a female’s body when describing the style of their automobiles. As Ferrari’s range-topper during the 1980s, the car made appearances in numerous video games, most notably the […]


The XP-755 Mako Shark concept car was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of General Motors Styling and Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark. The ’61 Corvette tail was given […]


Other than a couple of competition prepared cars, there was only ever one bespoke 308 GT4 Speciale produced in period. Built in 1976 and shown at that years Turin Salon, the Bertone-designed 308 GT4 Rainbow was a unique show car of questionable beauty but an intriguing concept nevertheless. Featuring lines clearly influenced by the Alfa […]


In 1985, Oldsmobile took a G-body based 442 and made it into the famed FE3X , aka Darth Vader. This car had special ground effects, a 5-speed manual transmission, Recaro seating, and modified suspension. The Oldsmobile FE3-X concept car program that was headed up by GM Engineering and Bill Porterfield.


Bertone stunned the world at the 1970 Turin Motorshow with their Stratos Zero design. Nuccio Bertone initially wanted to call the ultra-compact wedge-shape design Stratoline because of its space-ship-like appearance. Not much on the Stratos concept was conventional, except for the fact that the wheels were round. Fitted low and midships in the chassis was […]


The Cheetah was Lamborghini‘s first attempt at an off-road vehicle. It was built on contract from Mobility Technology International, which in turn was contracted by the US military to design and build a new all-terrain vehicle. The basis of the design came from MTI, and was largely a copy of FMC‘s XR311 prototype developed for […]


In 1987, a new version of the Esprit was introduced, incorporating rounder styling cues given by designer Peter Stevens of McLaren F1 fame. A new Lotus patented process was introduced to create the new body called the VARI (Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection) process, which offered more advantages than the previous hand laid process. Kevlar reinforcement […]


The Turbo Interceptor Driven by the Wraith was the Dodge M4S concept car, which cost and estimated $1,500,000. The Dodge M4S was powered by a Mopar 2.2 Inline “Trans” four cylinder engine with a Cosworth 16-valve, twin-cam cylinder head that produced over 400 horsepower thanks to twin Garrett T25 turbochargers. The abreviation M4S stood for […]


The Aston Martin Bulldog, styled by William Towns, was a one-off testbed vehicle produced by Aston Martin in 1979. Originally, it had been intended to be a limited run of about 25. The code name for the project was DP K9, named after a Doctor Who character. It was built in the UK, but is […]


The Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon built by Aston Martin of Newport Pagnell, England, between 1976 and 1989. A total of 645 examples were produced at an average selling price of £150,000. The name was derived from the Lagonda marque that Aston Martin had purchased in 1947. The car was designed by […]