yes, more countries that didn't fare too
well in W.W.II, but seem to be doing just fine now in the automotive World.
The European car makers found the War
a pain in the butt, and really got back on track in the later 40s. Porsche made
some tanks and trucks, but would have much rather been building little open
wheel things. These were marques that dominated all the forms of serious motor
racing, Formula One and Le Mans for decades. And they got right back into it,
as did the
Brits who missed racing the last seven years. Funny how Britain and their old
enemies, became friendly again
on the track like nothing happened. Then by the 1950s, they started making street
machines. Germans first, but took Enzo and some Italians a bit longer, as they
were more interested in going racing, than driving around the countryside. Also,
speaking of allies and enemies, have you ever wondered about the ownership of
German cars? Like the percentage of ownership of Porsche and Mercedes Benz that
is Jewish? Don't they remember either? Anyway, here are a few of the classics
I have from Europe.
PORSCHE 356 SC
Classic Bathtub coupe. Flat four, rear engine
car. 1600 cc that turns out about 90 hp and can do about 110-115 mph.
The pre-runner of the 912 and then the 911. Styling hasn't changed much
in 50 years. This was the car that Ferdinand Porsche's son Ferry took
from drawing board to production. Race Car at heart. This was thenext
to last year of production.
BMW 2002 COUPE
The classic BMW along with the 3.0csi coupe.
Boxy, but a great race car in it's day running in B Sedan along with
my Datsun 510. In line Four with 1990 cc and about 140 bhp. Should have
a top speed of 120 mph. The original owner had the car from 1974 till
2001 when I bought it. Only 31,000 total miles, and everything is original.
A great car, no wonder Datsun copied it for their 510.
FERRARI TR 512 TESTAROSSA
European Version, constructed before they were
imported to America. 420 plus horsepower flat 12 engine which is 20 horsepower
more than the same year American version. Top speed close to 200 mph.
The engine is number 40, everything metric. Added the wing, just couldn't
leave it alone. Note the wheels, came off the F-50. (Sold this in 2005)
AUDI S4 TURBO
My practical car. Has stuff like a back seat,
trunk and a heater that works. After all that, it is also my fourth fastest
car. Started off life with twin KKK turbos, 8 pounds boost and 250 HP.
After a tad of computer, exhaust and intake work, it turns out about 340
HP and 18 pounds boost. Six speed, and a good handler. Being a Quattro,
it has all wheel all the time drive, 60/40 front to rear every minute.