the Lamborghini LM002

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The Lamborghini been the first real SUV ever build. From 1986 to 1993 Lamborghini build 301 of these great cars, years before the word SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle ) was invented.

In the beginning the LM002 was powered by the 12 cylinder engine with 5167cc that was designed to power the Contact 5000QV and a manual 5-speed gearshift. Later you could order the Lamborghini LM002 with a V12 engine with 7200cc and around 600HP, an engine that was usually used in class 1 offshore racing boats. Now the six dual-throat Weber carburettors where changed to Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection . In this case the car was called LM004. This version was only available in the USA.
Even though it’s weight of 2700kg the car’s acceleration was breathtaking for it’s time, 0-100km/h in 7.8 seconds. It was fitted with a 290 liter fuel tank as consumption of the V12 was somewhere between 25 and 48 litres for 100 kilometres.
The 325mm tires where specially designed and produced for the LM002 by Pirelli. Quite a challenge at that time, as the enormous weight of the car with it’s top speed of 210km/h. They came in two versions. Either sand or mixed use. No other tires where available.
Interior all leather with matching wool carpets and an Alpine Power stereo system mounted in a roof console, power windows and air condition. Pretty much everything that was available in the late eighties.
The first car was delivered to H.R.H King Hassan of Morocco. Sylvester Stallone owned one, also Tina Turner, Van Halen, Malcom Forbes, Mike Tysson and Pablo Escobar, to name only a view.
Today, the LM002 is a very rare sight and lots of those cars are lost or hidden away in private collections. If you want to buy one they start at somewhere around 150.000€, not really a bargain, but at least you won’t be unnoticed when you drop off your kids at school.
The LM002 is one of our favourite cars, very crazy, lots of power and probably very complicated to repair…..we still love the LM002!
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the Marcos GT, an underestimated classic

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Except if you lived on another planet for 20 years, you are aware that classic cars are fashion and the demand is pretty high these days.

This mechanism, well known to traders and art collector, had a crazy impact on prices. Some shitty cars, for example a not-well-repainted Citroën Ami 6, were sold 33700€ last year in Monaco (expected not more than 6000€ by experts).

The problem is complicated for the real car enthusiast, and the same question appears for each of them: which classic car affordable can I buy???

So today, let’s talk about a forgotten and unrecognized classic car, less than 30000 € and with many qualities, a real GT: the MARCOS GT.

The Marcos GT was produced by Marcos Industry, a company co-founded by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin (designer of the famous Jaguar Lister Costin).

As many stories, this one starts in a Pub in England 1959. At this time, many races were club races and they decided to build an ultralight car to win this kind of races.

The prototype is made with a wood chassis (such as Morgan, crazy roast-beef) and Bill Moss won 9 of 10 races with the prototype. At this time, a young race driver called Jackie Stewart is impressed by the car and order one in 1960.

Starts a long story with financial problems for Marcos Industry, the company cannot find enough found and sells are too low to earn money.  But in 1964, Marcos comes back with a new car, still with wooden parts with the Marcos 1800, powered by a Volvo B18 engine 1783cc, 118 HP with 2 Weber carburetors and 772 kg!images-3

According to the press and race driver who tried it, this car is very good on track and also on open roads. A GT-Race car, with a aggressive driving position, very good handling, precise direction and fast, with enough power for the weight.

To reduce cost of the car, the engine change in 1967 for the Ford Kent 1599 cc (100 HP or 120 HP prepared by Lawrence Tune). Then in 1969, the V6 Ford 3 liters replace the 4 cylinders, and for US approval (reduction of engine pollution in the US in the 70’s), the V6 Ford is replaced by a V6 Volvo 3 liter 140 HP one year later. To reassure customers, the wood structure where replaced by steel on the V6 versions, increasing weight to 1065kg.

Nowadays, you can find a Marcos GT for less than 30 000 €, so less than the Ami 6 from Monte Carlo but it could be hard to find it in good conditions. Most of the cars are right hand drive, so you need to consider a conversion in addition of buying.  There is still some very good GT available ready to use.

images-5For the design, the shape is interesting, very close to 60’s Italian design (CF Bizzarrini) but with an English touch. It’s not discrete for sure and everybody has an opinion on the car, some like the look and some don’t.

The fact is that you can have a very good and reliable classic GT, that allows you to run on a racetrack on Saturday, enjoy little roads with Madame the Sunday and even go to work during the week if you have a parking with style.

With every engine, the car is interesting, but seems better in a lightweight configuration with the 1800 or 1600. Unfortunately, the car price will probably not increase in the future, due to lack of recognition, but maybe a crazy new rich guy from a small principality would buy it for 100 000€.

 

this article has been submitted by G.O.

The Midal Type 1

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The Midual Type 1 Motorcycle

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 10.55.27This is a custom build motorcycle developed, build and assembled in France. The first thing we stumbled about is it’s price. They are asking 140.000€. We think that is very, very expensive. But well, who cares about money.
The bike comes with a flat 2 cylinder engine ( like a BMW  )that puts 106HP on the road, 17 inch spoke wheels and a sweet Brembo brake system. All instrumentation has on the tank and you lots of nice looking leather a little bit all over the bike. It seems as they put an awe full amount of work into the development of this bike. We think it looks pretty ugly, heavy, fat….sorry, but no, we do not like the looks of this bike, but that’s personal.
Unfortunately we cannot tell you about it’s capabilities on the road. Performances should be pretty good, but then, if you spend this much money on a bike that’s the least you can expect…..and about it’s style, if you are into this bike and you think it’s pretty, they are capable of building 35 a year and you can order your’s here. We imagine there are lots of possibilities to modify colors, materials and probably exhaust system and other pieces to meet your personal taste as it’s all totally custom made, so your bike could be unique and very, very personal.
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