2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta
       
     
1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Safari Roadster
       
     
1991 Nissan Figaro
       
     
1952 Lagonda
       
     
2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
       
     
1966 Jaguar XKE
       
     
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta
       
     
2011 Ferrari 458 Italia Berlinetta

Scheduled Feature Car Date:  : January 7,  2018

Owner: Dennis Scremin

                       Car Description by Owner

In discussing the evolution of the Ferrari, the DuPont Registry recently identified 12 cars, the year introduced, the model, the horsepower and the 0-60 mph time. The results are summarized below

  Model                           bhp          0 -60 mph time (sec)

  1962 GTO California:    300             6.0

  1969 Dino 246 GT    :    192              7.1

  1984 288 GTO           :   400             4.9

  1984 Testarossa        :    390             5.2

  1987 F40                   :    471              3.8

   1995 F50                  :    520             3.6

   1999 360 Modena    :    400            4.3

   2003 Enzo                :    660            3.1

   2004 F430               :    483             3.6

   2010 599 GTO          :     661             3.1

   2011 458 Italia          :     562            3.0

   2014 LaFerrari         :     950            2.4

In Ferrari’s first official announcement of the 458 Italia, it was described as the successor of the F430, but arising from an entirely new design which incorporated technologies developed from the company’s experience in Formula 1. In their award categories, Top Gear Magazine named the 458 as “Car of the Year” and “Supercar of the Year” while Motor Trend Magazine awarded the 458 the title of “Best Driver’s Car in 2011.”

 In keeping with Ferrari tradition, the 458 body was designed by Pininfarina. The car’s exterior styling and features were designed for aerodynamic efficiency and produced a downforce of 309 lb at 124mph. In particular, the front grille features deformable winglets that lower at high speeds, in order to offer reduced drag. The only transmission available in a dual-clutch 7-speed with paddle shifters. There is no traditional manual transmission option which makes the 458 the first mainstream Ferrari model and the fourth road car after the Enzo, Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia not to be offered with Ferrari’s classic gated manual transmission. The 458 is a pleasure to drive at all times.

  

1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Safari Roadster
       
     
1957 Messerschmitt KR 201 Safari Roadster

Scheduled Feature CarL   February 4, 2018

Owner:  Art Himsl   

             Car Description by Owner                 

The “Kabrio” convertible was the rarest of the three styles of the 3-wheel Messerschmitt microcars. The designer of the Messerschmitt microcars was car was Fritz Fend who was an aeronautical engineer with the Messerschmitt company.

Fritz Fend's Kabinenroller (the Messerschmitt Cabin Scooter) design was used for the creation of three different 3-wheel microcars: The Messerschmitt KR175 (1953-1955), the KR200 (1955-1964) and the KR201 (1957).

The first two Kabinenroller models were produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt from 1953 to 1956 and then by Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau GMBH, Regensburg which was abbreviated as FMR  (1956-1964. ) FMR built the final Kabineneroller model KR201 in 1957..

In 1955, Messerschmitt replaced the KR175 with the KR200, and introduced  the “Kabrio” convertible top. The KR200 Kabrio model was released featuring a cloth convertible top and fixed side window frames. This was followed by the KR201 Roadster without window frames, using a folding cloth top, a windscreen, and removable side curtains.

While using the same basic frame as the KR175, the KR200 was an almost total redesign. Changes were made to the bodywork, most notably including wheel cutouts in the front fenders and to an improved canopy design. The rear suspension and engine mounting were reworked, and hydraulic shock absorbers were installed on all three wheels. Tire sizes were enlarged to 4.00×8. A larger engine with improved controls was added along with a means by which to reverse the vehicle. Going into reverse was accomplished, not by including a reverse gear in the transmission but by reversing the rotation of the engine itself. The tail section, with it's twin rows of ventilating louvers on the side, is forward hinged on the structure to expose the engine/ transmission unit and rear wheel.

The Kabinenroller frame was based on a central monocoque tub made from pressed steel sheet and tubular steel. The tub tapered upward from front to rear with a bulkhead at the back. The bulkhead supported a tubular steel subframe and acted as the firewall. The subframe supported the engine and the rear suspension. The engine cover was hinged to the monocoque structure. The fuel tank was in the top of the engine cover and fed the carburetor by gravity. The foot pedal, as did the handbrake, actuated mechanical cable-operated brakes to all 3 wheels. Extras that were offered were a spare wheel mounted inside the top of the hinged rear section, a jack, a cloth sun shade which covered the canopy's top, a clock, a sun visor, a luggage rack, a heater, and even a radio.

In 1956, Messerschmitt was allowed to manufacture aircraft again and lost interest in Fend's microcars. He sold the Regenburg works to Fend who continued the production of the KR200 and his other vehicles. FMR was allowed to continue using the Messerschmitt name and logo on the KR200 and KR201. Retailing for around DM 2,500, the KR200 was considered an instant success with almost 12,000 built during its first year, which was the highest annual production for Kabinenroller models. A maximum speed in excess of 90 km/h (56 mph) despite a claimed power output of only 10 PS (7.4 kw; 9.9hp) reflected the vehicle's light weight and low aerodynamic drag.

               KR 201 Specifications/Performance:

                           Body and Chassis:

Class                                    Microcar

Layout                                  RMR

                                Body Style(s)                      

Tandem 2-seat three-wheeler with style options including:

       1. side-opening canopy:Saloon,

        2, Cabriolet,

        3, Open Roadster, depending on canopy style. 

 

                                  Dimensions:

Wheelbase: 7 9.9 ins            Overall width: 48.0 ins            

Track, front: 42.5 ins            Overall height: 47.2 ins

Overall length: 111.0 ins       Curb weight: 506 lbs

 

                        Engine and Drivetrain 

Single-cylinder Sachs air cooled, ported, two-stroke

Bore and stroke: 65 x 58 mm (2.56 x 2.28 in)

Output:  10HP

Four disc plate clutch

Four-speed transmission,with overall ration of:

Top 4.22; 3rd 6.06; 2nd 9.05; 1st 17.70

Reverse: ratios as above

Final drive: chain to rear wheel

The Transmission is a progressive, motorcycle type operated by cable from a short shift lever by your right leg. Pressing it forward, after declutching, gives you the next higher gear, pulling it back changes it down. Neutral is selected by a small fingertip release on the forward edge of the gear lever. Bottom gear is good for 12-15 mph, second to 30 mph and 3rd to about 40 mph. Top gear, on the flat, is good for 52-53 mph. To reverse the Messerschmitt, the ignition was turned off. The key was then pressed inward and the engine restarted. The motor was now running backward and the same 4 speeds are there in reverse. The microcar could now roll backwards.

 

1991 Nissan Figaro
       
     
1991 Nissan Figaro

Scheduled Feature Car:  April 7, 2018

Owner:   Sharon

         Car Description by Owner

Nissan only made the right-hand drive Figaro for one year – 1991, with a lottery system instituted for prospective purchasers.

The Figaro’s standard equipment included the white leather seats, CD player, air conditioning and a fixed-profile, slide-back, open roof. The special two-toned paint was designed to be extra waterproof and the colors were limited to four – Winter (Lapis Grey), Spring (Emerald Green), Summer (Pale Aqua) and Fall (Topaz Mist).

8,000 units were originally available, with an additional 12,000 added to production numbers to meet the demand for a total of 20,000.

My Emerald Green Figaro is production number #0000862.

I learned about the Figaro when one of my brothers was in Japan in 1991 and brought back the sales literature. Because Nissan never intended the car for export, there was no legal import created for the cars; registering the car in the US prior to the 25-year historical designation was tricky.

Most of the used ‘Figgy’s’ were exported to the UK (where Figaro clubs and mechanics abound) and Australia. This Figaro was exported from Japan to the UK in late 2007, and then exported from the UK to the US in early 2017.

                            Vital statistics:

Engine type – Transverse, in-line, three-cylinder, fuel-injected Turbo; alloy block-and-head; two valves per cylinder operated by a single overhead camshaft

Horsepower – 76 bhp at 6,000 rpm

Top speed – 97 mph

Transmission – Three-speed Automatic

Steel monocoque construction, with steel and composite two-door convertible body

Vented-disc front brakes/drum rear brakes

Rack-and-pinion power steering

Length – 147.2 inches

Width – 54.2 inches

Height – 53.7 inches

Wheelbase – 90.5 inches

Weight – 1,786 lbs.

Gas mileage – 35 mpg

Original price in 1991 - $12,987.00 USD

1952 Lagonda
       
     
1952 Lagonda

Scheduled Feature Car: May 5, 2018

Owner:  David Foster

Photo Courtesy: Sara Patanroi

         

            Car Description by Owner

Lagonda was founded as a company in 1906 in Staines, Surrey, by a Scottish-American, Wilbur Gunn (1859–1920), a former opera singer. Gunn became a British national in 1891 and worked as a speed boat and motorcycle engineer in Staines, England. He named the company after the Shawnee settlement "Lagonda" in modern-day Springfield, Ohio, the town of his birth. Lagonda produced numerous luxury touring and sports cars in between the wars, but the company fell upon hard times in spite of the quality of it's engineering and design.

David Brown acquired Aston Martin after World War II for its sports cars and Lagonda for its

W.O.Bentley-designed engines. (Bentley quit shortly after Brown bought the company.) The 2.6Litre, with Bentley engine and coachwork designed by Frank Feeley, was the first Lagonda model created after the acquisition. The Feeley touch is evident in the curvaceous aluminum on ash bodies that were constructed as a separate structure and mounted by four bolts to a cruciform chassis with a 4-wheel independent suspension. A total of 510 cars were produced, including 124 drophead coupés, from 1948-1953. It is powered by a dual overhead camshaft 2580cc inline 6-cylinder engine, shared with the Aston Martin DB2/4 design of the time.  New, it could do 0-60 in 18.8 seconds and had a top speed of 84 mph. This example was bodied by Tickford, at the time still separate from Aston Martin, and was completed in January 1952.

This car had been stored in a barn by its second owner from 1962 onwards. In 2004 it was purchased in very poor condition by a Scottish doctor who restored it over the next 10 years. In 2014 the current owners were looking to acquire an Aston Martin DB2/4, but saw this car and fell in love with the styling. They arranged for it to be imported from Yorkshire, U.K. to California. It is believed to be one of approximately 30 remaining cars world wide as many Lagonda 2.6 Litre cars were cannibalized for their drive trains to outfit the more popular DB2/4 Aston Martins.

Since David Brown's acquisition of the two companies, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., has launched a new ultra luxury Lagonda model approximately every 30 years, with the 1960's DB4 based Lagonda Rapide, the 1980's William Towns designed "wedge" Lagonda and the recent 2014 Lagonda Taraf.

This car is driven regularly throughout the year, and in 2016 was the official Mayoral car for the Carmel Centenary Celebrations.

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2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
       
     
2004 Lamborghini Gallardo

Scheduled Feature Car:   August 4, 2018

Owner : Frank Cunningham

                             Car Description by Owner                     

It is the said the Gallardo is the model that saved Automobili Lamborghini. Built starting in 2003 and with slight modifications to 2013. It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with a total of 14,022 being built throughout this 10 year period.

I purchased this car in November of 2016 in the LA area, with just over 18,000 miles on it. I drove it to the San Francisco Bay through the Big Sur in the first storm of the series that eventually damaged and closed Highway 1.

I have had the pleasure of having this Gallardo signed by the most famous test driver, Valentino Balboni, for whom a Gallardo model, the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, is named after.

Mr. Balboni was employed with Automobili Lamborghini from 1968 to 2008 and as a factory test driver. Mr. Balboni, has driven about 80% of all Lamgorghini's ever made, which most likely includes this car.

                Specifications: 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo

Giallo Midas (three-layer yellow - Special Option Color)

Engine Type: 10 cylinders V 90°, DOHC 4 valves, 18° crankpin offset

Displacement:  4961 cc

Bore and Stroke:  Ø 82.5 mm x 92.8 mm

Intake system:  Variable geometry

Valve gear:  Chain driven, intake and exhaust continuously variable Valve timing, electronically controlled

Compression ratio:  11:1

Maximum power:  367 kW (500 hp) at 7800 rpm

Maximum torque:  510 Nm at 4500 rpm

6 Speed Manual Transmission

Drive:  Full time all wheel drive

Cooling system:  Two water radiators + gearbox oil cooler + engine oil cooler

Lubrication system:  Dry sump

Frame:  Structural aluminum space-frame, aluminum extruded parts,  aluminum cast joint elements.

Body:  Aluminum panels with thermoplastic "hang on" parts

Interior: Full Leather- Bi Color; Carbon Fiber Up-Grades

Full Carbon Fiber Package ( Mirrors, rear wing, headlight base, interior, door panels, odometer panel) Has the reverse leather steering wheel with suede headliner. Has Momo hand brake. Wheels are original OEM Lamborghini wheels custom painted.

1966 Jaguar XKE
       
     
1966 Jaguar XKE

Scheduled Feature Car:  May 4, 2019 

Owner:  Barry Cohen