Motor vehicles I like.
Which motor vehicle I like and why.
As in other areas of life that reflect how we feel about ourselves we all have very individual taste in motor vehicles. What brings us pleasure is not always based on looks either.
Personally I fall in love with Porsche crankshafts, ZF gearbox lay shafts or a well finished camshaft bucket may take my breath away as much as the car itself. For me it is engineering that is beautiful to behold.
Choices of cars to choose from has become unending. If you watch "Top Gear" you may have seen the number of options available on various wheelbase chassis of the Ford Transit runs into the millions!
Throughout time small and large vehicles have become icons in their age, the Austin 7 or "Chummy" leaps to mind, and no small wonder. The car was tiny, yet remarkable in what it could perform.
From motorised bicycles to the 720 horsepower Mercedes Benz sports car released recently we all have favourite vehicles, so here are some of mine.
I have chosen a selection of old and new vehicles that I like and why I like them, feel free to add yours in the comments.
The stunning 2011 Ford Fiesta
The Jensen Interceptor SP111.
- An enormous two door in the grand touring style. Simply oodles of horsepower from the 7 litre Chrysler V8 with hemispherical combustion chambers and fuel injection.
- The spacious and luxurious interior with huge electric leather seats.
- Beautiful to look at with it's fluted bonnet and sides, and huge glass area with wrap-around rear window.
The new Ford Fiesta.
- It's fuel economy, driveability, ease of use, innovation and build quality to start with.
- The practical layout of the interior.
- Seating and creature comforts.
- Looks. The new model looks sensational.
- Handling. The base model handles very well, the suspension options makes it glue itself to the road.
The 1968 1750 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce.
- An almost perfectly balanced high speed sports car that was totally comfortable crawling around the inner city or being raced on the weekend.
- A beautiful body by Bertone that still looks wonderful today.
- A responsive motor with plenty of torque that revved willingly.
- One of the nicest gearboxes and drive-trains you will ever encounter.
- Wonderful brakes that are very accurate to apply at high speeds.
I used my Veloce as an inter-city road car. I chose to drive instead of flying when I bought this!
Audi R8 interior
There are a lot of very fine vehicles in this price range, so what sets the Audi apart from the others?
- Styling. The 8 is a design masterpiece. From it's headlight "eyebrows" to it's beautiful rear tailights it is a stunning piece of engineering excellence.
- Drive. On the road the joy of being an extension to such a great vehicle means if you can drive, the car is up to it even in the worst of driving conditions. Like having a body extension to drive!
- Handling With 4 wheel drive, and all sorts of over-riding suspension and brake control the Audi goes around corners like a slot car.
- Brakes. The standard brakes are sensational with the option of carbon fibre for racing conditions available.
- Hand finished. The Audi R8 is a hand finished product that is fully tested under race conditions before being released from the factory. They shake these cars down!
- Manufacture. The Audi R8 is made by Quattro the wholly owned subsidiary of Audi in only one location, the factory at Neckarsulm in Germany.
The Austin 7 were made in England in 1922 and became a legend. Known affectionately as the "baby Austin" they are still raced today in many different parts of the world including Australia which has the wonderful Austin 7 owners club right here in Melbourne. The site is a source of great racing photos, information about Austin 7 body types, spare parts events and more. If you are a fan, take a look.
These economical little cars served the English family of four like a small tardis.
Simple to service, easy to repair and very reliable, it was then, what the Austin/Morris mini was to become so many years later before BMW bought the brand and produced the mini you see today which is a very much more expensive car than the early mini was of course. The soft top 4 seat version was known as the Chummy, and examples in pristine condition still survive all over the globe.
Do you have a car that you love? Tell me about it in the comments below.