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  • QUENTIN WILLSONS

    COOL CARS

  • QUENTIN WILLSONS

    COOL CARS

  • INTRODUCTION8_11

    AC Ace-Bristol12_15

    AC Cobra 42716_19

    AC 42820_23

    ALFA ROMEO1300 Junior Spider24_27

    AMC Pacer28_31

    ASTON MARTIN DB432_35

    ASTON MARTIN V836_39

    AUDI Quattro Sport40_43

    AUSTIN Mini Cooper44_47

    AUSTIN_HEALEYSprite Mk148_51

    AUSTIN_HEALEY 300052_55

    BENTLEYR_Type Continental56_59

    BENTLEY Flying Spur60_61

    CONTENTSLONDON, NEW YORK, MUNICH,

    MELBOURNE, DELHI

    PRODUCED FOR DORLING KINDERSLEY BYPHIL HUNT (EDITORIAL)

    MARK JOHNSON DAVIES (DESIGN)

    SENIOR EDITOREDWARD BUNTING

    SENIOR ART EDITORKEVIN RYAN

    MANAGING EDITORSHARON LUCAS

    SENIOR MANAGING ART EDITORDEREK COOMBES

    DTP DESIGNERSONIA CHARBONNIER

    PRODUCTION CONTROLLERBETHAN BLASE

    First published in Great Britain in 2001 by Dorling Kindersley Limited,80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL

    2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3

    Copyright Dorling Kindersley Limited, London

    Text copyright Quentin WillsonThe right of Quentin Willson to be identified as Writer of the Work has been

    asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs, and Patents Act 1988.

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in aretrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,

    or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.

    A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

    ISBN 0 7513 1281 9

    Colour reproduced by Colourscan, SingaporePrinted and bound by Printer Trento Srl, Italy

    See our complete catalogue atwww.dk.com

    Note on Specification BoxesEvery effort has been made to ensure that the information

    supplied in the specification boxes is accurate. Unless otherwise indicated,all figures pertain to the particular model in the specification box.

    Engine capacity for American cars is measured in cubic inches (cid).A.F.C. is an abbreviation for average fuel consumption.

  • BMW 50762_65

    BMW 3.0CSL66_69

    BMW M170_73

    BUICK Roadmaster (1949)74_77

    BUICK Roadmaster (1957)78_81

    BUICK Limited Riviera (1958)82_85

    BUICK Riviera (1964)86_89

    BUICK Riviera (1971)90_93

    CADILLAC Series 6294_97

    CADILLACEldorado Convertible (1953)98_101

    CADILLAC Convertible102_105

    CADILLAC Eldorado (1976)106_109

    CADILLAC Seville110_113

    CHEVROLET Corvette (1954)114_117

    CHEVROLET Bel Air (1957)118_121

    CHEVROLETBel Air Nomad (1957)122_123

    CHEVROLET 3100 Stepside124_125

    CHEVROLET Impala126_129

    CHEVROLETCorvette Sting Ray (1966)130_133

    CHEVROLET Corvair Monza134_137

    CHEVROLETCamaro RS Convertible138_141

    CHEVROLETCorvette Stingray (1969)142_145

    CHEVROLET Monte Carlo146_147

    CHEVROLET Nova SS148_149

    CHEVROLET Camaro SS396150_153

    CHRYSLER Imperial154_157

    CHRYSLER New Yorker158_161

    CHRYSLER 300F (1960)162_165

    CHRYSLER 300L (1965)166_169

    CITRON Traction Avant170_173

    CITRON 2CV174_177

    CITRON DS 21 Decapotable178_181

    CITRON SM182_185

    CONTINENTAL Mark II186_189

    DAIMLER SP250 Dart190_193

    DATSUN Fairlady 1600194_195

  • DATSUN 240Z196_199

    DELOREAN DMC 12200_203

    DESOTO Custom204_207

    DE TOMASO Pantera GT5208_211

    DODGE Custom Royal Lancer212_215

    DODGE Charger R/T216_219

    EDSEL Bermuda220_223

    EDSEL Corsair224_227

    FACEL Vega II228_231

    FERRARI 250 GT SWB232_235

    FERRARI 275 GTB/4 236

    FERRARI Daytona237

    FERRARI Dino 246 GT238_241

    FERRARI365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer 242_245

    FERRARI 308 GTB246

    FERRARI 400 GT247

    FERRARI Testarossa 248_251

    FIAT 500D252_255

    FORD GT40256_259

    FORD Thunderbird (1955)260_263

    FORD Fairlane 500 Skyliner264_267

    FORD Falcon268_269

    FORD Galaxie 500XL Sunliner270_273

    FORD Thunderbird (1962)274_277

    FORD Mustang (1965)278_281

    FORDShelby Mustang GT500 (1967)282_285

    GORDON Keeble GT286_287

    HOLDEN FX288_291

    HUDSON Super Six292_293

    HUDSON Hornet294_297

    JAGUAR XK120298_301

    JAGUAR C_Type302_305

    JAGUAR XK150306_307

    JAGUAR E_Type308_311

    JENSEN Interceptor312_313

    KAISER Darrin314_317

    KAISER Henry J. Corsair318_319

    LAMBORGHINI Miura320_323

    LAMBORGHINICountach 5000S324_327

    LANCIA Aurelia B24 Spider328_331

    LANCIA Stratos332_335

    LINCOLN Capri336_339

    LINCOLN Continental (1964)340_343

    LINCOLNContinental Mark IV (1972)344_347

    LOTUS Elite348_351

    LOTUS Elan Sprint352_353

    MASERATI Ghibli354_357

    MASERATI Kyalami358_359

  • MAZDA RX7360_363

    MERCEDES 300SL Gullwing364_367

    MERCEDES 280SL368_371

    MERCURY Monterey372_375

    MERCURY Cougar376_379

    MG TC Midget380_383

    MGA384_385

    MGB386_387

    MORGAN Plus Four388_391

    MORRISMinor MM Convertible392_395

    NSU RO80396_397

    OLDSMOBILE Starfire398_401

    OLDSMOBILE Toronado402_405

    OLDSMOBILE 4-4-2406_409

    PACKARD Hawk410_411

    PANHARD PL17 Tigre412_413

    PEUGEOT 203414_417

    PLYMOUTH Fury418_421

    PLYMOUTH Barracuda (1964)422_425

    PLYMOUTH Cuda (1970)426_429

    PONTIAC Chieftain430_433

    PONTIAC Bonneville434_437

    PONTIAC GTO 438_441

    PONTIAC Trans Am 442_445

    PORSCHE 356B446_449

    PORSCHE Carrera 911 RS450_451

    RAMBLER Ambassador452_455

    RENAULT_Alpine A110 Berlinette456_459

    ROLLS_ROYCESilver Cloud III460_463

    SAAB 99 Turbo464_465

    SIMCAAronde Plein Ciel466_469

    STUDEBAKER Avanti470_471

    SUNBEAM Tiger472_473

    TOYOTA 2000GT474_475

    TRIUMPH TR2476_479

    TRIUMPH TR6480_483

    TUCKER Torpedo484_487

    VOLKSWAGENBeetle Karmann488_491

    VOLKSWAGEN Golf GTi492_493

    VOLVO P1800494_495

    WILLYS Jeep MB496_499

    INDEX500_509

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 511

  • As I write, there really has never been a better time to buy a classic car.Since the epic market crash of the late-80s, prices of old cars havebeen edging inexorably downwards. Over the last decade some of themost charismatic cars in the world have shed up to three-quarters of theironce much-vaunted values, leaving the market looking like a buyersDisneyland. Cars like Ferrari Daytonas, early E-Types, pagoda roofMercedes SLs, Facel Vegas, Alfa Spiders, and Austin Healeys have all seenthousands (in the case of the Daytona, hundreds of thousands) peeledaway from their once-stratospheric asking-prices.

    In fact the market is stiff with cars that owe their owners twice, sometimesthree times what theyve invested. You dont have to look hard to find AstonMartin V8s for sale at 15,000 with 30,000 worth of invoices in the boot,

    or shiny MkII Jags advertised at 10,000, complete with bills for 50,000ground-up restorations. In the last two years Ive often wondered if

    things can get any cheaper, and they always have. Every month pricesfall a little more and another icon becomes ever more

    compelling. Never has the old car marketrepresented so much value for money to so few.And the sheer quality of some of the cars onoffer has to be seen to be believed.

    Trawl through some classic magazines or visit acouple of old car auctions and youll see scoresof mint, beautifully restored, and exquisitelydetailed cars going begging. Some have had somuch money and time lavished upon them thattheyre literally better than new, while others

    8 IN T RO D U C T I O N

    INTRODUCTION

  • have been gently restored so that their age and patina are sympatheticallypreserved. Most will come with comprehensive history files,documented ownership records, and proven provenance, but, moreimportantly, all offer the old car enthusiast serious buying opportunitiesand startling value for money.

    And when you do start scanning those small ads, youll be presented witha raft of urgent and exciting possibilities. Majestic Rolls-Royce SilverClouds for the price of a new Ford Focus, a Ferrari 330 GT for less thana new BMW 5 Series, MGAs and TR3s advertised for second-hand FordFiesta money, and Porsche 356s for the same price as a high-mileage AudiA4. If you recall what they used to command, and then add on what theirowners have spent since, buying them in this bottom market istantamount to theft. These are cars that not only have real character andallure, theyll also turn half-a-hundred admiring heads every time you takethem out. And thats really what our infatuation with old cars is all about a deep-rooted desire to be different and separate.

    Prices of classic cars may be at their lowest point for 10 years, buttheir appeal continues unabated. The profit-hungry investors havedisappeared to lick their wounds, leaving the market in thecareful hands of passionate enthusiasts who want toown old cars not for gain, but for pure, unalloyedpleasure. And despite the financial rollercoaster, oldcars are still considered fashion icons and designeraccessories. Theyre still to be found gracing TV andprint adverts, music videos, and Hollywood films,still seen as desirable, sexy, and cool. Ask a gorgeousblonde if shed rather be seen in a modern MazdaMX-5 or at the wheel of a 70s Mercedes 350SL.If she has a heart, shell always take the Benz.

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  • 10 IN T RO D U C T I O N

    And shell choose it because it says so much more. More about hertaste, discrimination, and style than a whole caravan of burnishedBMWs. You see, like old houses and old furniture, old cars send outa very special message. They say that youre different, sensitive, andcerebral, that you prefer not to be seen as obvious and predictableby your choice of car,