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November 8, 1866 – Herbert Austin, founder of Austin Motor Company, is born

November 8, 1866 – Herbert Austin, founder of Austin Motor Company, is born

In the annals of automotive history, Herbert Austin stands as a visionary whose legacy continues to reverberate through the world of automobiles. As the founder of the Austin Motor Company, he played a pivotal role in shaping the British automotive industry during the early 20th century. His company’s journey, from a humble beginning to eventual merger with Morris, is a fascinating tale of innovation, competition, and corporate consolidation. Herbert Austin was born on November 8, 1866 in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England. His early years were marked by a fascination with engineering and a penchant for experimentation. This passion for mechanics...

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A spot of English T, English Model T that is....

A spot of English T, English Model T that is....

The Ford Motor Company began  intercontinental production on this day in 1911 when the first English Ford Model T left a factory in Trafford Park, Manchester, England, the first Ford assembly plant outside of North America. Three years after production started here, Britain’s received its first moving assembly line at the plant. This allowed the factory to pump out more than 20 Ford Model T cars per hour.  An expansion of the plant after World War I significantly increased manufacturing capabilities. By the beginning of the 1920s, 41 percent of all registered cars in Britain were Fords. To further improve...

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This "Billionaire’s Ferrari" is going to Auction

This "Billionaire’s Ferrari" is going to Auction

A rare, bright-red Ferrari 250 GTO that initially sold for $6,000 in 1964 could soon be auctioned for $60m. The record auction price for an automobile is the US$143 million (€135 million) paid for a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé at RM Sotheby’s last year. But there were only two of those cars built, and the other one is staying put at the company’s museum in Stuttgart, Germany. So, for stratospheric auction results in the near future, the Ferrari 250 GTO racer, of which 36 were made, is the firm focus.  A 1962 example of the 250 GTO is...

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FOR SALE: LS-powered Datsun 240Z NASA ST2 Race Car

FOR SALE:  LS-powered Datsun 240Z NASA ST2 Race Car

NASA ROLL CAGE # 011546“Clean Title in Hand” Can be converted to street, currently registered on NY historical plates.Description:240Z NASA ST2 Race Car (011546) Class Data:• Class: NASA ST2• Track: NOLA Motorsport Park with NASA/ Circuit Grand Bayou @ NPR with GCRSEngine:• Manufacturer: Chevy• Type: LS1 V-8• Dyno: Dynojet, chassis dyno• Displacement: 346CI• Horsepower: 317 Rwhp• Torque: 346 Rwtq• Rev Limiter: Set @ 6400/ Shifted at 6000• Balancer: SLP/ With Underdrive pulley• Camshaft: GM LS6• Timing set: SLP• Valves: Stock Ls1• Valve Train: Stock Roller• Valve Springs Comp Cam Hi Po .600” TravelFuel System:• Fuel Cell• Capacity: 15• Fuel Pump:...

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Max Speed Limits Around The World, Mapped

Max Speed Limits Around The World, Mapped

In both miles per hour and kilometers per hour, you can see the US states and countries around the world that let you literally put the pedal to the metal. Floor it, baby! For my U.S. customers, If you like to live dangerously, and feel the wind blowing through your hair in a convertible cruising at 85 miles per hour, then you may want to move to Texas. The Middle East, Montana and Texas, most of Europe and Argentina are among the places you should consider driving in if you're a speed demon. Or you can just go to Germany for...

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