In the world of exotic cars, the names Ferrari and Lamborghini are top of mind. It takes a more exposed and sophisticated enthusiast to recognize the name of Bizzarrini. But don't think for a moment his lack of broad name recognition is any indication of the quality of his work. Quite the contrary. As a matter of fact, in different periods over the years, Bizzarrini actually did work - critically memorable work - for both Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini.Read More
Today's list is the 10 Best American concept cars. In this case, best does not necessarily always mean the most visually attractive, or most desirable to send to production. In some cases it's the best because of the gravity it imposed, either on the manufacturer, or even the industry. So as always, feel free to comment with your agreements and disagreements. Enjoy.Read More
Pete Brock is nothing short of a prolific designer, but that aside, he is a true car guy. At age 16, he saved up money to buy and work on a 1949 MG. He proceeded to paint it white so the car would match the livery of the US international racing colors.
Brock originally enrolled as an engineer at Stanford University. He later dropped out and enrolled in the renowned school for many of the world's top automotive designers, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
At only 21 years old, Brock returned to California. He started working for Max Balchowski building cars for Hollywood movies during the day, and working on his mid-50s Cooper race car at night. In 1961 Carroll Shelby was opening The Carroll Shelby School of High-Performance Driving. Pete Brock was Carroll Shelby's first paid employee. While at Shelby American, he created the logos, merchandise, ads, and car liveries. He designed the Shelby-specific pieces added to Mustangs to transform them into GT350s. He designed several race cars for Shelby including the DeTomaso P70, and perhaps most significantly, the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.Read More
You're probably heard of Pininfarina, which for decades has been responsible for styling some of the most beautiful cars, primarily Ferraris. It's far less likely you've heard the name Leonardo Fioravanti. But if you're reading this, you know his work.
Career car designers likely have worked on several cars over their career. A great car designer has worked on one you know and love. A truly prolific one has penned 2 or 3 that stand out -- for which they are well know. Fioravanti is credited with a few models you might be familiar with. Like the 246 Dino. The Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer. The Ferrari Daytona 365GTB. The Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 (predecessor to the Ferrari 400). The Ferrari 308 GTB. The Ferrari Testarossa. Oh, and the Ferrari 288 GTO. And a little classic known as the Ferrari F40.Read More