Iso Rivolta was an Italian pioneering automotive brand of the 50s and 60s. It was a family business led by Renzo Rivolta.
Time and circumstances were not kind to Iso Rivolta, despite being a legendary Italian marque.
An Italian Garage - an independent Italian production studio, specializing in automotive videos has created "The Iso Rivolta Chronicles" - an 8-episode story about this pioneering and unlucky brand.
The official channels to check it out are: Read More
In 1970, after several years of underwhelming performances, Ferrari introduced the 312 B model to Formula One. For the first three years, it provided a moderately successful return for the Scuderia, but by 1973 they were being overtaken once again. It was becoming clear that some of the handling issues that plagued the 312 B3 chassis could not be designed out, so it was time for a more significant redesign.
For 1974, Ferrari made big changes. First was signing Niki Lauda away from BRM. The second was the development of the 312 T in preparation for the 1975 Formula One season. Read More
A while back, we wrote about how Honda used miniaturization with the RC166 to create a 6 cylinder 250 cc Grand Prix bike in order to compete with the two strokes. But they weren't the first to attempt this approach. Moto Guzzi had given it a shot over a decade earlier.
Moto Guzzi is largely known today for their dogged commitment to the longitudinal V-Twin engine on all their bikes. That clearly wasn't always the case. The Moto Guzzi V8, also known as the Otto (for 'eight') motorcycle, was designed by Giulio Cesare Carcano, specifically for the Moto Guzzi Grand Prix racing team for the 1955-57 seasons. The Moto Guzzi Otto motorcycle and its engine represent a unique and historically significant engineering milestone. Read More
Last week, we looked at the Turbina concept, which was Fiat's attempt to showcase their technology, including a strong understanding of aerodynamics, especially for the era. Fiat wasn't the only one.
In 1953, Alfa Romeo entered into a collaboration with Bertone with the intent of exploring aero, and specifically reducing drag as much as possible. The collaboration resulted in 3 cars over three years - the BAT 5 in 1953, the BAT 7 in 1954, and finally the BAT 9 in 1955. Read More
There are many cars out there that, while some find sexy, could be considered polarizing - but few cars are more likely to make people’s ‘most desire’, or ‘most beautiful’ list than the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale.
The Stradale (Italian for ‘road-going’) mid-engined car was based on the Autodelta Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 racing car. The road-going car was designed by Franco Scaglione and built by Carrozzeria Marazzi. It was introduced to the pubic at the 1967 Turin Motorshow, not surprisingly to critical acclaim. Despite the incredibly favorable response, only a total of 18 models of the Tipo 33 Stradale were made. Read More
The gorgeous, quintessentially Italian Maserati 450S was pushed from idea into existence by, believe it or not, an American. In 1956, American business man Tony Parravano approached Maserati to build a new V8 for him, to use in the chassis of his Kurtis Indy Car. Maserati had previously been working on a project named Tipo 54, with the number representing the year 1954. That first car was powered by a V6, but the intent was to ultimately put a bigger engine in it. Before they got to it, the project was shelved. Parravano's request compelled Maserati to resurrect that chassis and use it as the test bed for development of the American client's V8. Read More
Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera was an automobile coachbuilder established in 1926. It was founded by Felice Bianchi Anderloni, who had previously worked for Isotta-Fraschini as a test driver, as well as the Italian operations of Peugeot. The company was built as off of what was once Carrozzeria Falco by Anderloni and Gaetano Ponzoni. They adopted the name Touring shortly after.
The company started to produce custom built automotive bodywork with two core mantras form the very beginning: sporting elegance and lightness. Early customers were car makers Isotta Fraschini and Alfa Romeo. The ‘Superleggera’ (Super lightweight) construction system - patented in 1936 - consists of a structure made up of thin steel tubes that forms the body’s shape, then hand-hammered alloy panels are attached to cover the framework, adding extra strength.
We have a sneaking suspicion this one is going to quickly become a remindere of the bikes we've forgotten. Bear in mind, we have no pretense that this is the definitive list. What we do know with certainty is that it's debatable.
So here's the deal: It's not necessarily just about looks, and it's not just about performance. It's about the experience and feeling these bikes give you.
The rules for this batch are simple: Factory, production bikes, not racers - that's an article for another day! And nothing newer than 1985.
Here's our go at it: Read More
Most of you, our readers, are very familiar with the general make-up of endurance racing. While today, nearly all endurance racing occurs on closed circuit type courses like Daytona, Sebring, and others.Even street circuits like Lemans are, for all intents and purposes, converted to fully closed circuits for the race events. Most racing that occurs on public roads today are rally style events. But for years, in parallel to track based events, some endurance events were held on public roads, like the Carrera Panamericana, Targa Florio and perhaps the most recognized, the Mille Miglia.
The Mille Miglia (MM) took place 24 times between 1927 to 1957, with several years off as an impact of World War II. While the Targa Florio pre-dates the first MM, it didn't take long for the MM to become the most famous testing ground of GT sports cars. Read More
In 1965, Honda used an inline six cylinder motorcycle to contest the 250 cc motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship. It was built at the time as a viable solution to compete against similar displacement two stroke power plants.
As was covered in this article on the Honda RC 166, the small six-cylinder engine proved quite capable. Interestingly, the idea of an inline six cylinder motorcycle for production use did not quickly follow. Until Benelli decided to build the Sei. Read More