But are you sure that it has gone out of production? It's still under 'current model range' at TVR:s official site.
The TVR website that hasn't been updated since summer 07?
Today's Trivia : The second-newest car on the list is the Fiat Nuova 500, featured today.
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Ferrari 330 P4
- The Ferrari 'P' series were prototype racing cars from the 60s and 70s. The P4 was a V12-powered endurance racer; and only 3 were built. A fourth, a P3/4, was a P3's body with a P4's engine. Today each P4 is worth more than $10 million.
1967 was the year of the P4's production. Indeed, they took part in the 67 24 Hours of Daytona, and set the racing world alight when the P3/4, a P4 and a 412P all crossed the finishing line in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively, beating the Ford GT40s. The P4 had poor aerodynamics compared to competitors.
Of the 3 P4s, one remains entirely original today, one was converted into a 350 Can am, and the third was also converted to a 350 Can am but was converted back to a P4 Spyder and currently lives in a French car museum. "Where is a smilie dribbling when you need it
", said one vote comment.
Fiat Nuova 500
- The head designer of the Fiat Nuova 500 was Frank Stephenson, who also designed the new MINI, although Roberto Giolito (of Fiat Stile Centre) played a large part in the design. The car is less than a year old; having been launched in July 2007. For the launch, the car was displayed in the city-centre squares of 30 different Italian cities.
The 500 is Fiat's entry into the niche 'fashion car' market, competing against the Mini and New Beetle for sales. It also is another step into the 'small car' market for Fiat. The 500 has 7 airbags and a 5-star EuroNCAP rating. Indeed, Fiat claim it has been engineered to get a 6th star when EuroNCAP introduce the 6 stars rating.
Rumours have it that the 500 will make it to the US in 2010., by which point we should also have an Abarth 'sport' version, a convertible, and a possible estate. If that isn't bad enough, there are rumours of a 4x4 SUV version. Within 3 weeks of the 500's launch, though, the entire year's production had sold out. It is European Car of the Year 2007 and CAR magazine's CoTY 2007, amongst other accolades. "Best retro car yet to be made", said one commenter, and "Retro! Perfect in every way", said another.
Ford Mustang g1
- Yes, we had the Shelby Mustang yesterday, and today we have the car on which it was based - the first Ford Mustang. In the first 18 months on the market, the Mustang sold 1 million units and invented a new class of its own - the pony car. The Mustang has been in production since 1964 and has no plans to stop soon.
"An American icon, everyone knows what this car looks like." said one commenter. The design - the long hood and short deck of a sports car, combined with a compact sedan on the inside - is a classic. The Mustang was conceived by Donald N. Frey, Ford product manager. The design was decided by a design contest between Ford branches, with Lincoln-Mercury's David Ash and John Oros being the winners. They had penned a four-seater, though, so the design was adapted.
Parts for the Mustang were taken from the Ford range, to keep the price low. Indeed, the suggested retail price was $2,368, and being an affordable sports car has remained part of the Mustang ethos. The 'stang has led on to many offspring - Shelby, Roush, Saleen and Steeda have all modified the Mustang in its five generations. The Mustang's most famous silver screen appearance was with Steve McQueen at the wheel in the film Bullitt.
Lincoln Continental (1964)
- The 1964 Continental has its roots in the 1961 redesign, which was penned by Elwood Engel. The design was originally designed to be the replacement to the Ford Thunderbird, but Robert McNamara, President of Ford in 1960, had it enlarged and altered and sent over to Lincoln. The Continental was two feet shorter than the previous Continental.
The Continental's most recognisable feature was 'suicide' rear doors, which was a purely practical decision as Ford engineers kept having trouble with the front seat belts when the doors were conventionally arranged. The 1964 Continental had three inches added to the wheelbase, for rear passenger legroom, and a squared-off roofline.
The most famous Continental, though, is famous for all the wrong reasons. A 1961 Continental convertible was turned into a limousine by Hess and Eisenhart, and purchased by the United States Secret Service. It was in this car that John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. This car is now on display in the Henry Ford Museum, in Dearborn, Michigan, although a few years ago it was in France (and shown on Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure season 1).