Rare Sports Car 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola

1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola. Photo by Richard Lentinello




Rare Sports Car Z-102 Cupola

In March of 2016, a showing of a very rare 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupola was at the Show Concours de Sport at Amelia Island. Amelia Island is part of the Sea Islands chain of barrier islands, on the U.S. state of Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Car manufacturer Pegaso was best recognized for producing trucks and buses, however, Pegaso likewise developed high-end cars from 1951-’58. The specific amount produced (thought to be 80) stays something of a secret, however, just 2 “Cupola” designs, with a unique and large-scale back window, side exhausts and partly skirted fenders, were ever developed. Of these, chassis 0102 150 0121, an automobile initially revealed at the 1953 New york city Motor Show, is the sole survivor, and, on Sunday, the spectacular yellow coupe, now owned by the Louwman Museum, took Best of Show Concours de Sport at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

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Muscle for the Cupola stemmed from a commonly aspirated, double-overhead camshaft, 2.5-liter 90-degree V-8, graded at 165 hp and 136 pound-feet of torque. It was moved by means of a five-speed, not an automatic gearbox. The automobile’s small overall size and fairly light weight (listed below 2,900 pounds) would have provided enjoyable action, and the vehicle did contend at the 1954 La Carrera Panamerican competition when owned by Dominican President Rafael Trujillo.

The automobile was still in Trujillo’s ownership during the time of his May 1961 murder, and its location for the next twenty years happen to be something of a puzzle (even though it was supposedly taken by the authorities trailing Trujillo’s demise). By the mid-1980s, the automobile, currently painted silver, became part of Peter Kaus’s Rosso Bianco collection, and in 2006 it was purchased by Evert Louwman and the Louwman Museum in The Hague, Netherlands. During 2015, the automobile came out off a six-year renewal and had its public appearance at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, from where it was presented the BMW Group Prize.

The automobile’s revolutionary designing had not been drafted by a solitary designer; alternatively, Spanish pupils had been requested to illustrate what automobiles might appear like in the future, and the emerging style hints were given birth to by in-house coachbuilder Enasa. For exhibit in New york city, undercarriage 0102 150 0121 was repainted in the exact same livery viewed on Amelia Island, down to the red tires.

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Past Auto Innovations that Failed




Some Auto Innovations that Failed

The auto industry has constantly been a hotbed of creativity. Companies were frequently supplying brand-new capabilities to get an advantage on their competitors.

While that means people now have the enjoyment of amazing sound systems, powered windows, as well as heated seats. But, there were a handful of “innovations” that didn’t turn out altogether so nicely.

However, here are a few failed innovations you most likely would not discover on the most recent models.

The Fuller Dymaxion

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The Fuller Dymaxion was a vehicle that never became developed and was simply a partial model of the Omni-Medium Transport. This model was built in the early 1930’s, and was demonstrated at the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Buckminster Fuller, who created this vehicular “melon”, at no time actually wanted the auto to come to assembly. He characterized it as a sketch of a possible forthcoming undertaking.

The Dymaxion operated with three wheels, using 2 drive wheels on the front and 1 steering wheel in the rear. This made handling incredibly tricky, and Fuller confined the operating to his workers only.

Like the Amphicar, the Dymaxion was likely meant to become a multi-purpose vehicle. Without a doubt, because of this it would undoubtedly do nothing very well. Imagine if ypu will, the fact that it would result in an irritating car and a remarkably life-threatening airship.

The Amphicar

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You reasoned it, the Amphicar, another example of auto innovation is actually an automobile that was also a watercraft. The Amphicar was neither a good car nor a good vessel. A particular owner was even quoted by amphicar.com as sharing, “We like to think of it as the fastest car on the water and fastest boat on the road”.

The inspiration for the Amphicar was a desire to get around traffic congestion by crossing bodies consisting of water. Catch on? It did not!

Of course, there were undoubtedly challenges almost at once after departing the water, the motor vehicle would leak. This led to the owner desiring quick servicing, but this was not the sole problem.

Also, the Amphicar happened to be fitted with dual screws under the hind bumper, yet absolutely no special rudder. Steering is actually by the front end wheels solely, rendering it less-than-maneuverable.

Despite the fact that it failed to really deal with the issue of traffic jams, almost 4000 Amphicars were actually built and marketed.

The Amphicars short production run was in the ’60s, and it yet has a devoted following even with the apparent downsides.

On Amazon.com, there is a fine list of auto innovation literature.

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Unique auto designs from the past, up for auction

 

1960-La Principessa

You have plenty of time to prepare for this auction coming up in August, 2016, this is a rare oportunity to win some “bragging rights”….

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Some history about a Fiat Spider 2000

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Do you enjoy auto history? Some cars have very interesting back grounds…

The Spider, due to its convoluted American sales history, was known as the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Fiat 2000 Spider and Pininfarina Spider Azzura. It was sold in the United States between 1968 and 1985…

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What in the heck happened to “front bench seats”

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If I remeber correctly, and I do, the bench seats were very uncomfortable in long trips and not very “sexy”….

At its core, the decline of bench seats was simply one of consumer preference and safety. If Chevrolet’s stats apply to a larger audience, around 90 percent of people wanted a sportier look and their own personal space at the front of the car. They got it, too.

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Greenwich Concours show coming next month, 06-03-16

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Greenwich, Connecticut, losts of early history here, not only for the State, but some interesting auto history…..

The 2016 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 20th anniversary with three days of programs on June 3-5. Concours Americana is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 and Concours International for Sunday, June 5, both 10am to 5pm, at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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A preview of the upcoming Spring Classic auto auction in Indiana

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This Mecum auction company appears to be doing a number of auto auctions on a yearly basis…..

The Mecum Original Spring Classic 2016 auction will be held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Dana Mecum’s 29th annual Spring Classic sale will be headlined by muscle cars, Corvettes and individual collections among an estimated 2,000 vehicles at the five-day Indy event.

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Auction report on the Mecum Kissimmee 2016

 

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Here is more value information on car/sports car according the auction results, this auction was held in January, 2016….

Kissimmee 2016 was, by a margin of 17%, Mecum’s highest grossing Kissimmee sale. Car count remained essentially unchanged but the caliber of the cars on offer, and sold, is apparent from the record average transaction (up 19.6% from last year) and sale total even though the median transaction was just $480 (1.9%) more than last year.

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The Salon Prive – Woodstock, England – September 2016

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This will be a 3-day event, well catered to the very wealthy (I believe), plus about 80 supercars and 5,000 guest….

Salon Prive’s three-day format returns in 2016, commencing with the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance Judging Day on Thursday 1st September. The celebrations continue with the Boodles Ladies’ Day on Friday 2nd September along with the Salon Prive Sale, before the Salon Prive Supercar Show finale on Saturday 3rd September.

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Sports Car racing in the 1960’s – some history

Racing in the early 60s

Some would say the 1960’s were the good old days, for me they were….

In 1962 I was a junior in high school and living in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, a small anthracite coal mining town, on the Susquehanna River in north east Pennsylvania.

During the previous three summers my father would take my brothers and me to the Giants’ Despair Hillclimb just outside Wilkes-Barre where motorsports legends like Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske and Oscar Koveleski raced their Ferraris and Porsches. It was then I fell in love with sports car racing.

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