The Roundup: January 2016

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting “the most beautiful car ever made,” a fiberglass classic from Studebaker, Chrysler’s dominating Darts and Barracuda’s, and more.

The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made

Sportscar Digest


In 1961, after a decade of domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Jaguar realized the necessity for a new automobile to replace its aging XK 150 model line. The result was Jaguar’s now legendary E-Type—a car that won the hearts of millions of sports car enthusiasts, celebrities and even caused a stir with the great Enzo Ferrari who would famously call it “the most beautiful car ever made.” Click here to check out this great profile Sports Car Digest put together on the 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 OTS.

Chrysler’s Dominating Darts and Barracudas



“In 1967 the Chrysler Corporation was bound and determined to use its 426ci Hemi engine to dominate as many classes of racing as it could find to cram its ‘elephant motor’ into,” writes Hot Rod Network’s Thom Taylor. “While the 426 Hemi had been available as a production option since 1965, Chrysler wanted to develop a factory-built, lightweight car to enhance winning in Super Stock drag racing.” And, boy, did they. Click here to read the full story.

Fiberglass First

The Old Motor


This month, The Old Motor brings readers a pictorial retrospective of the “Golden Ray,” a groundbreaking 1953 Studebaker that proved the workability and durability of fiberglass in modern auto-body construction. Click here to check it out.

This Moto Guzzi Grillo



From the garage of Italy’s Bruno Borghi—the proud owner of this wonderful 1932 race spec Moto Guzzi 250-cc—to the online pages of Petrolicious. This amazing motorcycle, also known as “The Cricket,” is a pure creation from the mind and racing expertise of Angelo and Vittorio Borghi. And unless you known Borghi personally and travel halfway around the world to his stunning garage, the only place to see it is by clicking here.

The Story Behind Alfa Romeo’s Quadrifoglio Emblem

Ran When Parked

A hot topic of debate among Alfa Romeo historians: Why did an Italian car company start using the very “Irishy” symbol of a four-leaf clover on their racing cars? Writing for Ran When Parked, Ronan Glon gets to the bottom of the story. Click here to read what he found.

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