Robb Design Portfolio: Silver Bullet

1960 Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder In 1960, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile—motor racing’s governing body—ruled that competitive automobiles should have wider cockpits and taller windshields. To accommodate this regulation change, Porsche widened the space frame and slightly lengthened the wheelbase of its Type 718–series RSK. The new car, known as the Type 718 […]

Car of the Year 2009: No. 3: BMW M3

Shifting Gearboxes The BMW M3 is the dark horse that almost took this year’s title. None of our judges expected the top-level 3 Series to blow them away with its perfectly balanced combination of engine performance, handling prowess, and what can only be described as the best automated shifter on the planet. BMW’s long-reviled sequential […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Ritzy, Glitzy Spider

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB “The client is not always right,” Enzo Ferrari once remarked. However, in 1957, when Hollywood, Calif., Ferrari dealer John von Neumann requested that Ferrari build a versatile car that could conquer the road as easily as it competed on the track, the Italian sports-car manufacturer conceded that this customer […]

21 Ultimate Gifts: Mean Meets Green

THE GIFT  One 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, a 638 hp American sports car. One 2010 Fisker Karma, a plug-in hybrid American sport sedan. Participation in the Quail Rally, a two-day driving event on northern California’s Monterey Peninsula. Transportation to Monterey and access to all events during Monterey Car Week, August 10 to 16, 2009. One […]

Robb Design Portfolio: Dressed for Success

1948 Delahaye 135MS Faget-Varnet Cabriolet Christian Dior knew not only how to sketch dresses, but also how to draw crowds. The French designer used to tempt passersby into his Parisian fashion house by parking attractive automobiles in front of the store. Clothed in a monocoque body designed by Faget-Varnet (a businessman-designer partnership that produced only […]

Robb Design Portfolio: French Curves

1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS by Figoni & Falaschi Parisian fashion houses produce couture the same way that Giuseppe Figoni, the artist behind the Figoni & Falaschi coachbuilding partnership, once designed cars. In 1937, Figoni created a unique body for a Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS. Chassis number 90107, clad in aluminum, is the only known Talbot-Lago to feature four […]

2009 Luxury Preview: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will not officially be available until March, the first convertible supercar in the series of 150 was sold at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey, Calif., in August. Bugatti donated the proceeds to charity, but there is nothing altruistic about the car itself: The Veyron remains a […]

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