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Catalog 390 Handbook 390: 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst Pace Car
The 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst pace car, is one of 629 built and captures a slice of muscle car history just as the trend was nearing its end. It was developed by Hurst Performance, not Oldsmobile, making it the only Indy pace car not sponsored by an auto manufacturer. All the pace cars were Cameo White with paint striping that resembled the Indy race car scheme. The cars included factory air conditioning, dual exhaust, in-dash 8-track tape player, and the Hurst-Olds appearance package and all had rally suspension, dual exhaust, power front disc brakes, and a 3.23:1 axle ratio. A 270-horse Olds 455-inch Rocket V8 lurks under the hood. The big V8 is backed by a Turbo Hydra-matic 400, shifted through a Hurst dual gate set-up. Our cover car, from the Collection of LeMay-America's Car Museum, is one of only 220 that were delivered with a factory sunroof.

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Catalog 389 Handbook 389
1971 Maserati Ghibli SS

Many consider the Ghibli Giorgetto Guigiaro's masterpiece with its long, sweeping lines and dominant stance. This is quite a statement as the designer also penned the Alfa Giulia Sprint GT, Lotus Esprit, BMW M1, and the DeLorean DMC-12. The Ghibli took the 1966 Turin Motor Show by storm and was put into production in 1967.

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Catalog 388 Handbook 388
1988 Porsche 930 & 1961 Mercedes 300SL

The slantnose, or flachbau, is a rare high-performance icon. Only 278 factory slantnoses were produced in 1988, and a total factory output of 861 during its production run between 1982 and 1989. Due to the rare nature of the factory slantnose 930 M506 option, they generally command a 60- to 80-percent premium over the standard 930s produced in the same year.

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Catalog 387 Handbook 387
1956 Ford F100

Old trucks are hot, and fat-fendered models of the 1940s and '50s make especially wicked street rods. Building one that stands out can be a challenge, but owner Paul K. certainly has a show-stopper in his mesmerizing 1956 Ford F100.

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Catalog 386 Handbook 386
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

Flash back to 1964; the Beattles were breaking big, and James Bond was tooling around in an Aston Martin DB5 decked out with retractable machine guns, a bulletproof rear panel, and those awesome oil-slick sprayers.

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Catalog 385 Handbook 385
1967 Cadillac DeVille

The DeVille badge has been a four-wheeled status symbol since the '50s and the convertible has always made the biggest impression. Roll up in a Cadillac DeVille and you have truly arrived. The DeVille nameplate was a trim level early on, becoming its own model in 1959.

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Catalog 384 Handbook 384
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

In the Tri-Five years, 1955 to 1957, saying you wanted a Bel Air didn't narrow the field as much as one would expect. Available in a gaggle of flavors; coupe, sedan, convertible, and two wagons (Nomad & Townsman), Bel Air buyers could also choose from six engines, including three standard small-blocks.

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Catalog 383 Handbook 383
1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

Carroll Shelby was already dealing out the pain on the race track with his Ford-powered Cobras when the Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964. The ponycar was a sensation from the get-go and Shelby was chomping at the bit to fiddle and tweak one.

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Catalog 382 Handbook 382
2006 Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT is one of those cars that is so extreme, and so rare, that it's a miracle it ever made it to production. All kinds of tumblers had to align for the exotic two-seater to make it to the street.

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Catalog 381 Handbook 381
1957 BMW Isetta,
1958 Messerschmitt KR200,
1970 Subaru 360 Sambar

These Three Amigos come from different continents and decidedly different eras, but their diminutive dimensions bring them together on equal footing.

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Catalog 380 Handbook 380
1957 Buick Special Estate Wagon

The station wagon can thank the locomotive for its very being. In the 1920's the genre was created with the singular purpose of transporting people and their luggage to and from train stations. So adept at people moving, the station wagon survived the train's fall from grace.

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Catalog 379 Handbook 379
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

Flash back to 1964; the Beattles were breaking big, and James Bond was tooling around in an Aston Martin DB5 decked out with retractable machine guns, a bulletproof rear panel, and those awesome oil-slick sprayers.

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Catalog 378 Handbook 378
1954 Kuzma-Offenhauser Midget Racer

Servicemen returning from WWII embraced the automobile in a transformational way. Their experiences in the field translated into tinkering on the home-front, and this mechanical curiosity provided the spark that ignited the hot rodding craze.

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Catalog 377 Handbook 377
1981 Porsche 911, 1980 Plymouth Arrow Sport

Opposites attract but this is out of control. Looking for the answer to, "what do a 1980 Plymouth Arrow Sport minitruck and a 1981 Porsche 911 have in common?"...here it is, compliments of Blake of Seattle, Washington. These two vehicles took very different roads to our cover but we are glad they made the trip.

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Catalog 376 Handbook 376
1964 Jaguar XKE Speedster

There's just something special about this Jag. Beyond the glistening engine, sizzling red interior, and its hunkered-down stance, this cat has a calming, transcendental vibe that just stays with you.

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Catalog 375 Handbook 375
1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa

First impressions are everything, and an industrious Enzo Ferrari made a big splash with the 166 Spyder Corsa. In the post-war years, car advertising was done at the track and the 166 was a rolling billboard like no other, a pure race machine whose V12 howl could be heard well before it flew past.

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Catalog 374 Handbook 374
1975 Ferrari 312T F1 & 1977 McLaren M23 F1

Building its legend at a piercing 12,500 rpm, the Ferrari 312T started life as a pure winner, bringing the Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' Championships to Ferrari Scuderia in its debut year; 1975.

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Catalog 372 Handbook 372
1965 Volkswagen Notchback 1500S & Double Cab

It would have been impossible to choose just one of these unique Volkswagens for our Handbook cover, so we decided to feature them both! And when the owner agreed to drive them to a nearby abandoned brewery for a photo and video shoot, we jumped at the chance.

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Catalog 371 Handbook 371
1938 Oldsmobile F38 Sedan

1938 saw America falling into a recession just as it seemed to be emerging from the Great Depression. Auto sales across all manufacturers tumbled. Oldsmobile was hit especially hard, turning out just half as many vehicles as in the previous year. The cars stand as a document of their pragmatic time.

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Catalog 370 Handbook 370
1951 Marmon-Herrington/Ford F1 Ranger

The use of four-wheel drive in light trucks broadened when Marmon-Herrington announced the Ranger in 1950. The trucks were constructed around Ford chassis and powerplants, shelled in modified F1 panel bodies, and featured Marmon-Herrington four wheel drive running gear.

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Catalog 369 Handbook 369
1951 White 3000

The White Motor Company has a long and storied history, dating to the late 1800's, when Rollin H. White patented a new design for a steam engine. White would eventually convince his father, founder of the White Sewing Machine Company, to allow use of a corner in one of his buildings to construct a car.

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Catalog 367 Handbook 367
1938 Alfa Romeo S11 Corto Spyder Especiale

Our Handbook 367 cover car redefines rarity. It is quite literally one-of-a kind. A rolling work of art built around a prototype, 1-of-3 engine, and wrapped in an entirely hand-built body. The saga began when owner David Smith was offered an unusual Alfa Romeo engine by an Italian broker.

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Catalog 366 Handbook 366
1966 427 AC Cobra

British manufacturer AC had, in its Ace model, created a sophisticated little sports car. It was aluminum bodied and light, and its suspension and chassis were well-tuned for spirited driving. However, when AC's lost its engine supplier, it appeared the Ace was doomed. Enter Carroll Shelby, the recently-retired American race driver.

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Catalog 365 Handbook 365
1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight Convertible

Packard automobiles were perceived as competitive among high-priced American luxury brands from 1899 until the demise of the marque in 1959. In 1930, Packard production was down sharply due to the Great Depression, making the cars of that model year scarce.

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Catalog 364 Handbook 364
1954 Mercury Monterey Convertible

The Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company, launched in 1938, aimed to provide entry-level, upscale cars. It was slotted into the lineup between regular Ford-branded models, and Lincoln-branded luxury vehicles. "Monterey" was a full-size model introduced into the Mercury family in 1952.

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Catalog 362 Handbook 362
1962 Ferrari 250 GTC

Ferrari built its venerable "250" sports cars from 1953 to 1964. They were a commercial success from their early days, leading the manufacturer to increase its focus on production road cars.

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Catalog 361 Handbook 361
1964 Jaguar XKE

When the XKE debuted at the 1961 Geneva Auto Show, Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car ever made. The design was stunning, appearing more a racer than a production automobile. Indeed, the XKE (known in Europe as the E-Type) was based on Jaguar's Type D race machine.

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Catalog 360 Handbook 360
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

In 1961, just two years after becoming the 49th state, Alaska took delivery of its first (and only) Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The European Roadster finished proudly in Tobacco Brown must have been an exotic sight on the showroom floor.

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Catalog 358 Handbook 358
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

In 1961, just two years after becoming the 49th state, Alaska took delivery of its first (and only) Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The European Roadster finished proudly in Tobacco Brown must have been an exotic sight on the showroom floor.

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Catalog 357 Handbook 357
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1956 model year Cadillacs show the influence of famed GM designer Harley Earl at the top of his game. Early Eldorados were a chance for GM to experiment with designs and technology.


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Catalog 356 Handbook 356
1958 MGA 1500 Roadster

British Motor Corporation produced the MGA from 1955 to 1962. The cars were incredibly popular outside their home market, with the vast majority of the 100,000 units produced being exported.

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Catalog 354 Handbook 354
1977 McLaren M23

With 16 Grand Prix victories, plus two Drivers' and one Constructors' championship, the McLaren M23 stands as one of the most successful F1 machines of the 1970s. It debuted in the 1973 season, scoring a pole position on its first outing.

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Catalog 353 Handbook 353
Italian Motorcycle Trio

For Handbook 353, we are fortunate to feature not one, but three beautiful Italian motorcycles. These incredible bikes have varied histories, from race winners to industrialist's folly. Read more about them and enjoy the photos!

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Catalog 352 Handbook 352
1961 Chevrolet Impala

1961 marked a styling departure for full-size Chevrolet cars. The new look was clean and purposeful, projecting power and action-readiness. Boxy lines were softened by a curved roof that became affectionately known as the "bubble top."

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Catalog 351 Handbook 351
1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

964 is Porsche's internal designation for 911 models manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. Among the rarest of these is the Speedster, with just 936 examples built and sold.

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Catalog 349 Handbook 349
1970 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14, produced between 1955 and 1974, combined the chassis and mechanics of the Beetle with styling by Italian carrozzeria Ghia and bodywork by German coachbuilder Karmann.

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Catalog 348 Handbook 348
1966 Ford GT350H Mustang

In September of 1965 Shelby American struck up a deal with Hertz to offer the 1966 GT350H Mustang as a rental car. The program was a clever one for Ford and Shelby as it worked to promote the Shelby Mustang to potential buyers.

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Catalog 347 Handbook 347
1969 MGC-GT

Following decades of success with its popular four-cylinder sports cars, British automaker MG began experimenting with six-cylinder power in 1967 with its MGC model. MGC's were available in both roadster and GT Coupe body styles.

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Catalog 346 Handbook 346
1960 Renault 4CV

French manufacturer Renault produced its economy 4CV model between 1947 and 1961. In spite of initially sluggish interest, by 1960 (the model year of our cover car) sales of the 4CV had surpassed a million units.

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Catalog 345 Handbook 345
Ferrari F1-2000

The Ferrari F1-2000 was the company's 47th Formula 1 design. The car was a direct descendant of the F300 and F399 which was used in the previous two seasons, with some marked improvements.

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Catalog 344 Handbook 344
1968 Lamborghini Islero

In 1968, the Lamborghini Islero was introduced to the public at the Geneva Auto Show. It was a successor to the Italian automaker's 400GT model, and maintained that car's inner structure, wheelbase, and square-tube chassis.

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Catalog 343 Handbook 343
1971 Tyrrell F1

The Tyrrell group expanded from racing into car construction in 1970, and experienced great success in the early 70s, winning three drivers' championships and one constructors' championship with Jackie Stewart.

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Catalog 342 Handbook 342
1932 Auburn 8-100A

Our cover car comes to us from our friends at LeMay - America's Car Museum. This Auburn, a 1932 8-100A, is sometimes referred to as a "Baby Duesenberg". The car is widely regarded as a masterpiece of automotive design.

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Catalog 341 Handbook 341
1941 Cadillac Convertible Coupe

Delivered on November 5, 1940 to the Norfolk Motor Company of Norfolk Virginia, this L94L Cadillac Series 6267D convertible coupe is an example of the year's "Big Band-style" combination of grace and performance.

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Catalog 340 Handbook 340
1957 Packard Clipper

Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit produced automobiles from 1899-1958. The company is known for bringing a number of innovations to market, including the H-pattern shift design, AC, and the first production 12-cylinder engine.

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Catalog 339 Handbook 339
1906 Cadillac Model M Tulip Tourer

1906 was Cadillac's biggest sales year to date, and the company boasted over 14,000 single-cylinder cars in use at that time. This Leland and Falconer-built Model M is one of those one-cylinder wonders.

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Catalog 338 Handbook 338
Three Vintage Race Cars

For this cover shoot, we were fortunate to have three vintage race cars from the 20's and 30's on-site! We're pleased to be able to share them with you.

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Catalog 337 Handbook 337
1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000QV

With one of the most iconic profiles in automotive history, the Lamborghini Countach is instantly recognizable. First produced in 1974, it's wedge-shaped body set the design standard for many high performance cars to come.

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Catalog 336 Handbook 336
1940 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon

Our beautiful cover car is a 1940 Deluxe model. It's powered by a 239ci Mercury V-8, which puts out around 95 horsepower. Shifting is manual through a column-mounted three-speed. Only 8,730 were made, making this one rare woody!

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Catalog 335 Handbook 335
1973 Porsche 911S

The Porsche 911 is the longest-running production sports car of all time. It has gone undergone continuous development since its introduction in 1963, though the core concept has remained largely unchanged.

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Catalog 334 Handbook 334
1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod

When this 1937 Ford Coupe powered by a 468ci big block pulled into our garage, it shook the entire building, bringing associates running to see what had arrived. Ford could have never fathomed something like this.

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Catalog 333 Handbook 333
1963 VW Transporter-Samba

The Volkswagen Transporter was introduced by Volkswagen in 1950 as its second car model. Transporters were an early forerunner of modern cargo and passenger vans, spawning a number of competitors like Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet.

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Catalog 332 Handbook 332
1979 Lola T298

England-based Lola Cars International began by manufacturing small, front-engined sports racers, and eventually branched out into producing cars for Formula One, World Endurance Championship, Can Am, and IMSA GTP.

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Catalog 331 Handbook 331
1972 Datsun 510, "Datzilla"

When the Datsun 510 was introduced to the U.S. market in 1968, it was a bargain "econobox", designed to compete with the popular VW Beetle. Few could imagine that it would eventually be a championship-winning race car.

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Catalog 330 Handbook 330
2005 Brock Coupe

Peter Brock himself was hired to redesign this "modern Daytona Coupe" using the same aerodynamic principles used on the originals. The resulting car can hold its own with most any contemporary "supercar" on the market.

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Catalog 329 Handbook 329
1954 Packard

1954 was a slow sales year for Packard. Before its new 1955 V-8 models were introduced, a young Packard stylist (25 year-old Ed Cunningham) decided to test a new color combination to perk up the company's conservative image.

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Catalog 328 Handbook 328
1976 Datsun 280Z Coupe

The 240Z concept was conceived, designed, and built specifically for the U.S. market. Subsequent 260Z and 280Z models offered cosmetic, mechanical, and safety upgrades to this original design.

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Catalog 327 Handbook 327
1972 Lola T290

Lola T290 (chassis #HU007) was invoiced on January 3, 1972 from the factory to Jo Bonnier, Lola's European agent. It was sold to the Osella Racing Team in Italy and fitted with a 2-litre Abarth engine.

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Catalog 326 Handbook 326
1964 FIA Cobra

This outstanding Cobra replica is one of only seven made by Contemporary Classic Motor Car Company in the 289-FIA body style, which differs from their 427 Cobra cousins in several notable ways including fender flares and unique dash layout.

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Catalog 325 Handbook 325
1947 MGTC

The storied British automaker, MG Cars (founded in 1924), is most noted for its two-seat, open sports cars. At the end of World War II, MG was one of the first manufacturers to resume production, and the TC series was off the line quickly.

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Catalog 324 Handbook 324
1953 Kurtis 500s

Frank Kurtis began building cars at an early age. His father repaired automobiles and horse-drawn buggies. The family later moved to Los Angeles, CA where Frank got a job working with Don Lee Cadillac (after lying about his age).

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Catalog 323 Handbook 323
1966 Ford GT40

The legendary Ford GT40 came to be after a failed attempt by Henry Ford II to purchase Ferrari. Discouraged by the deal-gone-bad, Ford instructed his company's racing division to build a car that could beat Ferrari.

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Catalog 322 Handbook 322
1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

The 2002 was the first mass-produced, turbocharged car made inside Europe. 1,672 of the cars were built between 1973 and 1975. Unfortunately, none were officially destined for America, making this a highly coveted version of the iconic BMW.

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Catalog 321 Handbook 321
1964 Webster Sports Racer

During the 1950s, Marvin Webster was actively involved in midget and quarter-midget racing. His son served driver duties, and the duo ascended to a quarter-midget National Championship in 1958.

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Catalog 320 Handbook 320
1947 Ford Tractor

With a series of tractors, which he began manufacturing in 1917, Ford was also the man who "took the farmer to the fields." These mechanical marvels were a huge leap forward over traditional farming methods.

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Catalog 319 Handbook 319
1967 McLaren Can-Am

The M6A was developed on a very abbreviated timeline as McLaren's entry into the 1967 Can-Am season. It was an all-new design, created to replace the M1, which was proving outdated next to its competitors.

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Catalog 317 Handbook 317
1958 Porsche Speedster

The iconic Porsche 356 "Speedster" was introduced in late 1954 and produced through 1965. Max Hoffman, the only US importer of Porsches at the time, had urged the company to create an affordable, open-top 356.

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Catalog 316 Handbook 316
1958 Pontiac Bonneville

1958 was General Motors' 50th Anniversary and its designers were in fine form. The Pontiac Bonneville of that year was big, covered in chrome, and completely over-the-top; in other words, the quintessential 50's American car.

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Catalog 315 Handbook 315
1967 VW Beetle

The iconic Beetle (known as the Volkswagen Type 1) was first produced in 1938. This rear-engined, air-cooled wonder car went through numerous design changes and enjoyed improvements as technology advanced over the years.

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Catalog 314 Handbook 314
1943 Ford 3-Window Coupe

This stunning hot rod has been dubbed "Absolute Madness" by its owner, and we can't think of a more appropriate name. Built by Hot Rod Fabrication in Auburn, Washington, this 1934 Ford 3-Window is about as wild as they come.

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Catalog 313 Handbook 313
1948 Buick Roadmaster

There were few cars like the Roadmaster in 1948. Known for their interior luxury, streamliner styling, and smooth operation, these cars elicited an emotional response from the post-war buying public, and continue to do so today.

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Catalog 312 Handbook 312
1913 Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the first decade of the 20th century. Childhood friends William Harley and Arthur Davidson worked together to create their first "motorcycle bicycle" and it was finished in 1903.

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Catalog 311 Handbook 311
1942 Ford Coupe

Ford actually halted its car and truck lines in February of 1942 to begin war production, but not before a short run of cars was built (this one included). The '42s featured a new, three-part grille, a lowered stance, and softer suspension.

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Catalog 310 Handbook 310
1987 Porsche 930

Porsche introduced its first production turbocharged 911 in 1974. Turbo Carreras arrived in USA in late 1974 (as '75 models) and continued through 1976. In 1977, Porsche imported the same car badged simply "Turbo".

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Catalog 309 Handbook 309
1984 Porsche 962C Werks Race Car

The Porsche 962 was introduced in 1984 as a replacement for the 956. As with all "sports prototype" class racers, the 962's were allowed a great deal of flexibility within certain rule parameters. The cars had a great deal of success.

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Catalog 308 Handbook 308
1949 Kurtis KK2000 Sprint Car

Frank Kurtis became obsessed with automobiles at an early age. His father was a blacksmith who often repaired horse buggies and automobiles. By the 1930's Frank was designing and building his own race cars in his home garage.

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Catalog 307 Handbook 307
1926 Indian Scout #AG 267

The first Indian motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1901 to 1953. During the 1910s Indian became the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, largely on the success of the Scout and the Chief.

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Catalog 306 Handbook 306
1963 AA/GD Dragster

Tacoma, Washington native Walt Austin has been a hot rod guy since the early days of the hobby. When he attended his first drag race in 1954, and won it with a friend's car, Walt was hooked for life. What resulted was Walt Austin Racing.

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Catalog 305 Handbook 305
1950 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible

Chrysler was the last of the Big Three to restyle its cars after World War II, in 1949. These so-called "second series" Chrysler cars shared bodies with Dodge and DeSoto. In 1950, the New Yorker was the deluxe model in Chrysler's lineup.

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Catalog 304 Handbook 304
1953 Siata 208CS Spyder

Founded in 1926 by Giorgio Ambrosini, Siata was an Italian company that modified and provided aftermarket products for Fiats. In the late 1940's, Siata began to manufacture and market Fiat-based automobiles under its own name.

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Catalog 303 Handbook 303
1964 Chevelle Malibu SS

Our cover car was originally purchased by the current owner when he was in high school, way back in 1983. As sometimes happens, his Chevelle project was put on hold for years while the owner focused on family.

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Catalog 302 Handbook 302
1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada

Tuscan-born Giotto Bizzarrini was descended from a long line of engineers. Automobiles were always a passion, and as his thesis project at the University of Pisa, Bizzarrini built an entire, running car!

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Catalog 301 Handbook 301
1966 Gurney Eagle Grand Prix

The legendary American racer Dan Gurney saw success in sports car, Formula 1, Indy, and endurance events. He's been a driver, car manufacturer, and team owner at racing's highest levels since 1958.

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Catalog 300 Handbook 300
1959 Chrysler 300E

The Chrysler 300E typifies the American automobile of the late 1950's. Long, low, big fins, and acres of sheet metal. By the end of the fifties, the Chrysler 300 had established itself as a performance legend.

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Catalog 299 Handbook 299
1954 Bel Air Station Wagon

This wonderful wagon is part of the LeMay collection. It's a 1954 Chevy Bel Air in the Townsman "tin woody" style. Tin woodies were so-named because they were faux painted to simulate wood trim pieces.

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Catalog 298 Handbook 298
1978 Porsche 911C

When our long time customer Doctor Bill moved into a new house he noticed a green Porsche in the neighbor's garage. Being a long time car guy and Porsche owner he wandered over to introduce himself.

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Catalog 296 Handbook 296
1972 Chevy Suburban

The 1972 Chevrolet Suburban is an SUV from another era. Big motor, big body, meant to carry big families to the woods for big fun! Richard Griot certainly understood that concept when he found this 'Burb and undertook a one-year, full restoration.

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Catalog 295 Handbook 295
1956 Dodge La Femme

In 1955, Dodge unveiled the La Femme model in an attempt to appeal to women who might be seeking to expand their independence to the open road. 1955 models even included a matching purse!

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Catalog 294 Handbook 294
1958 Chevy Impala Convertible

The Impala model line was introduced in 1958 as an upmarket trim package for Chevrolet Bel Air coupes and convertibles. This particular Impala convertible is a beautiful restoration, and we're pleased to be able to share it with you.

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Catalog 292 Handbook 292
1953 Custom Corvette Roadster

The car was purchased new in 1953 and subsequently wrecked by its original owner. In 1959, it was sold to well-known customizer, Buster Dobbs who installed a small-block 283ci V-8 with three 2-barrel carbs in his Knoxville, Tennessee shop.

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Catalog 291 Handbook 291
1961 Ford Thunderbird

Our cover car is a great 1961 Thunderbird, and illustrates the model line's metamorphosis to four-seat sedan. Designer Bill Boyer sought to achieve a youthful look, and succeeded with the car's aircraft-reminiscent body, and missile-like shapes.

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Catalog 290 Handbook 290
1960 Lotus Elite

Colin Chapman had a brilliant moment in his career when he designed the Lotus Elite, which rocked the world when it arrived on the scene in 1958. The entire car is built on a fiberglass monocoque body and chassis.

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Catalog 289 Handbook 289
1954-1958 Corvettes

Some guys have all the luck! This enthusiast's collection is enough to make any Corvette fan green with envy. Thanks to our customer for letting us share part of his amazing Corvette collection with you!

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Catalog 287 Handbook 287
1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix

The 1961 Dart was still quite large, but priced to compete with entry-level Plymouths, Fords, and Chevrolets. The line-leading Dart Phoenix was built on a 118" wheelbase, slightly shorter than full size Dodges of the time.

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Catalog 286 Handbook 286
1935 ERA R2B "Romulus"

This incredible 1935 ERA R2B, "Romulus", was bought by Prince Chula of Thailand and campaigned for his White Mouse team. The car, painted light "Bira" blue, and adorned with white mouse insignia, achieved good results throughout 1935.

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Catalog 285 Handbook 285
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

We are fortunate to be able to share with you this amazing 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, and pleased to announce that the car won the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show Award using Griot's Garage Car Care products!

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Catalog 284 Handbook 284
1977 Porsche 935

The 935 represented the final evolution of the legendary 911 Carerra. These point-and-shoot race cars absolutely dominated their class from the outset. Sporting chassis #9 this particular 935 is the most original in existence.

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Catalog 283 Handbook 283
2007 Porsche GT3 RS

The 911 GT3 RS was introduced by Porsche in 2003. The RS (Rennsport, or "Motorsport") is lighter than the standard GT3, owing to a polycarbonate rear window and a carbon fiber hood and wing. The 3.6 liter engine puts out 415 horses.

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Catalog 282 Handbook 282
1946 Mercury Woody

The owner of this wonderful car found it in the Laguna Beach, California classified ads shortly after it had endured a flash flood. There was a water line at the middle of the doors and he spent days cleaning the mud.

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Catalog 281 Handbook 281
1953 Kaiser Frazer Dragon

In 1945, California industrialist Henry J. Kaiser partnered with automobile executive Joe Frazer to respond to the American consumer's postwar demand for cars, mounting the last real American challenge to Detroit's "Big Three" automakers.

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Catalog 280 Handbook 280
1972 BMW 3.0 CS Batmobile

Our cover car is a one-of-a-kind automobile, a seamless blend of modern and vintage BMW that is equally at home on the track and the concours lawn. It's not every day you see a stock 1972 3.0 CS, completely stripped and rebuilt!

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Catalog 279 Handbook 279
1970 Chevelle SS 396

Our cover car is a sought-after 1970 SS model, ordered from the factory in a custom color typically only found on Camaros, Hugger Orange. A big block 396 engine, regulated by a 4-speed transmission, delivers over 350 horsepower.

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Catalog 277 Handbook 277
1947 Dodge D-24

This beautiful 1947 Dodge D-24 comes to us from the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington. Originally Opal Grey in color, it has been refinished in striking red. The car retains it's orginal interior and 230 ci straight-six powerplant.

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Catalog 276 Handbook 276
1977 Porsche 935K

This particular car scored more championship points than any other contemporary 935! It was the first factory built 935 to be supplied to the Kremer Brothers for modification, and one of two that they ran in 1977 and 1978.

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Catalog 275 Handbook 275
1953 Studebaker Commander Custom

Here is the car Studebaker should have made... but never did! This unique car started life as a 1956 Golden Hawk hardtop. It was damaged in a barn collapse in 1979, and shortly thereafter the roof was removed.

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Catalog 273 Handbook 273
1956 Chevrolet Belair

This 1956 Chevy Belair is the definition of "eye candy". The flawless paint and miles of chrome pull you in. The attention to detail and spot-on fit and finish fulfill the promise and keep you staring in amazement.

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Catalog 272 Handbook 272
1948 Daimler DE36 Drop Head Coupe

Not to be confused with the German automotive leviathan of the same name, the Daimler Company of the U.K. is Britain's oldest automotive marque. Daimlers served as primary transportation for the British Royal Family well into the 1950's.

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Catalog 271 Handbook 271
1934 Alfa Romeo Typo P3 & 1932 Alpha Romeo 8C2300

In 1934 there were seven P3's made, and six of those cars were also used for the 1935 season... this was one of the six. It received extensive modifications by the Scuderia, including replacing the rigid front axle with a Dubonnet independent system.

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1957 Ferarri Scaglietti Spyder

This is the first prototype of the famed Testa Rossa which, in Italian, means "red head". Completed in early 1957, it was returned to the factory after its first two races, converted to the final 1957 Testa Rossa engine/transmission combination.

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Catalog 269 Handbook 269
1937 Fiat Topolino

First built in 1936 the Topolino, which translates to "mouse", was built for the masses. It was, in fact, the smallest mass-produced car in the world at the time with a wheelbase of 78" and weighing only 1,175 pounds.

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Catalog 268 Handbook 268
1958 Austin Healey 100-6 BN-6

I found this car last summer at the All British Field Meet, where Griot's Garage was the car care sponsor. Originally built in the United Kingdom by Donald Healey, this beauty is one of just 3578 and is finished in her original Colorado Red color.

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Catalog 267 Handbook 267
1957 Chevrolet Belair

The 1957 Chevy is an instantly-recognizable classic. The distinctive fins, swooping exterior brightwork, and muscular profile have made the car popular with customizers almost since its release.

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS

The 60s Camaro is one of those American muscle cars with nearly universal appeal. When our customer Detective Fred built this custom, Torch-Red Camaro Rally Sport, the entire concept was based on power and drivability.

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1959 Buick Invicta

the late 50s in American car design is known for fins. This General Motors Buick Motor Division Invicta is no exception, except that the fins are horizontal, much like the Chevy Impala of the same era.

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Intermeccanica Speedster

Founded in Turin, Italy, Intermeccanica Custom Coach Builders has created vehicles since 1959. They have produced custom and kit equipment for Renault, Simca, Peugeot and others. Their first Porsche Speedster was developed in the mid 70s.

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Catalog 263 Handbook 263
1964 BMW R50/2 & 1968 R69/S

60s-era R BMW motorcycles are built like tanks. The frame is a double-loop of heavy tubes that cradle the boxer engine. A single plate clutch, mounted on a flywheel is like that of an automobile. The suspension system uses a true "Earles fork".

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Catalog 262 Handbook 262
1988 BMW E30 M3

The M3 was introduced in 1988 with a 2.3 liter engine making 195 hp. The main reason BMW produced this road car was to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing. The E30 M3 is considered to be the world's most successful road race car.

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1966 Batmobile

When I was growing up I had two fathers. One drove my Great Grandfather's Medium Green Ford LTD; the other woke me up every morning with his 1975 Ferrari 308GT4.

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