British / English / Great automotive failures / Triumph

Great Automotive Failures: Triumph TR7 & TR8

The classic British roadster conjures many stereotyped thoughts in the minds of automotive aficionados. Think for a moment of a cool Clint Eastwood motoring around Carmel in his Jaguar XK-150 in “Play Misty For Me.” On the other hand, there are those who would point out that you probably would never see Clint bent under … Continue reading

1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / Editorial / English / Fiat / German / Italian / Japanese / Lancia / Lotus / Porsche / Toyota

Moderately Priced Mid-Engined Cars

Automotive manufacturers have understood the advantages of placing a car’s engine in the middle (or, behind the driver and ahead of the rear wheels) for some time. By placing the engine there, the weight balance of the car can be made much more even over the front and rear axles. This allows (in most cases) … Continue reading

British / English / Formula One / Lotus / Race oddity

Race Oddity: Lotus 56 “turbine car”

Turbine powered automobiles have been tried and tested many times as a replacement to the conventional piston engine. Essentially a jet-engine mated to a mechanical drive shaft, turbines allow a vast power curve and relative simplicity. The idea became gained popularity in the late 1950’s “Jet Age” and was experimented with heavily by Chrysler in … Continue reading

1990s / British / Caterham / English / Great automotive failures

Great Automotive Failures: Caterham 21

The Lotus 7 has long been a living legend in the sports car world. Since its debut in 1957, Colin Chapman’s diminutive roadster has been one of the gold-standards by which automotive agility and sheer driving pleasure is judged against. By 1973, Lotus sold off the rights to manufacture the design to their primary distributor, … Continue reading

1980s / English / Mini

>Mini Moke.

> Contrary to what its looks may suggest, the Mini Moke is actually a factory-produced car, not a kit car. Introduced in the 1960s, it’s based on the original Mini and was originally developped to pitch to the British Army who showed very little interest in it. It instead appealed to folks who lived near … Continue reading