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1930 Brough Superior SS80 De Luxe

  • Guaranteed to reach top speeds of 80 mph
  • 988cc J.A.P. sidevalve engine

In the early 1920s, George Brough of Brough Superior in Nottingham, United Kingdom, released the Brough Superior SS80 (Super Sports), the motorcycle that would skyrocket his company to fame. Described by The Motor Cycle as “The Rolls-Royce of Motor Cycles,” a Brough Superior set a standard for motorcycle production for many years to come. Guaranteed to reach a top speed of 80 mph or customers could get their money back, the SS80 was not only fast, but one of the first superbikes. The Brough Superior remains one of the most sough-out motorcycles to this day.

Although based on a common platform, each motorcycle produced was different and built to the customer’s desires. Early models, such as this 1930 SS80, used the 988cc J.A.P. sidevalve engine, but seeking a more reliable and quieter engine, the company transferred to the Matchless V-twin sidevalve in 1935. Comfort and style were a top priority for the company who used only the best leather for their seats, often shaping the seats for the individual client. The meticulousness in design meant that it was precise at both high and low speeds, a rare achievement at the time.

George Brough became famous as a competition rider on his SS80 he nicknamed “Spit and Polish,” because of the immaculate finish he always maintained. Brough went on to become the first sidevalver to reach 100 mph on the Brooklands track in Surrey, England. He later won 51 out of 52 races on this bike, only losing once due to a flat tire.

T.E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, was an avid lover of Brough Superiors, having purchased eight Broughs in his lifetime. He was known to travel 500 to 700 miles per day on his motorcycle, visiting friends from Winston Churchill to Nancy Astor, until a fatal accident on his SS100 Brough in 1935.

When purchased, this SS80 De Luxe included a fully sprung rear wheel, bottom link front forks, a patented rolling stand, pillion footrests, a spring frame, and a specially tuned engine. Originally owned by popular motor journalist and Temple Press Ltd. Managing Director, Eric Adlington, it has been restored to its original condition by Vic Olson.

Factory Five GTM Supercar

The Smith Brothers founded Factory Five Racing in Wareham, Massachusetts in 1995 with one big idea: to create a 427 Cobra component car that could transform from a set of parts to a drivable car in just a few weekends, and only cost about $20,000. Twenty years later, Factory Five now has seven different builds and the popularity of these vehicles is expanding. These “build-it-yourself” cars, which are assembled by the purchaser or by a professional third party, are completely customizable, making each car unique to its owner.

The GTM Supercar is one of the most popular builds because of its potential power and stylish design.  It is a V-8 powered mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive car with a composite body shell and aluminum and proprietary steel tube frame chassis. In 2007, a prototype GTM LS7 reached a speed of 0-60 in 3.0 seconds and a ¼ mile time of 11 seconds at 134 mph, beating test speeds of European Supercars like the Ferrari 599 GTO, and Ferrari Enzo. The car’s chassis and all components are engineered in-house, and items such as A/C, power windows, and a complete interior are also available upgrades. The component car kit provides everything needed to build a basic car, except for select running gear parts taken from a 1997-2004 C5 Corvette. The major Corvette parts include the engine, front and rear control arms, suspension and brakes, and fuel tanks. The transaxle comes from a Porsche 911. It is estimated that this car can be built within 600 hours and cost in total about $50,000 – a small sum for a supercar of this caliber!

2006 Ford GT

  • Top speed of 205 mph
  • 0-60 in 3.3 seconds
  • 4 liter V-8 all-aluminum engine

 In 2005, Ford released the highly anticipated successor to the world winning Ford GT40. From the moment the first of these custom-built cars were delivered in late 2004, the GT turned the supercar world upside-down with its exotic styling, supercharged 550 hp V-8, and a top speed of over 200 mph.

Produced for only two years, the GT began as a concept car designed in anticipation of Ford’s centennial year. The supercar was based on the GT40, the consecutive four-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans between 1966 and 1969, which included a 1-2-3 finish in 1966. The GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, but bigger, wider, and 3 inches taller. However, there is no similarity in structure between the two.

The mid-mounted 5.4 liter V-8 engine is all-aluminum with a Lysholm twin screw-type supercharger.  A dry sump oiling system is used to allow for the engine to sit low in the car’s frame. The car generates 550 hp at 6500 rpm giving the GT the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. Its main competitor boasted similar power and speed: the impressive Porsche Carrera GT.

The production run of 4,038 GTs ended on September 21, 2006, falling almost 400 short from the number originally planned. A redesigned version of the vehicle will be released in 2017.

1993 Jaguar XJ220

  • Top speed of 217.1 mph
  • 542 hp 3.5 liter (3498cc) twin turbocharged V-6
  • 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds
  • 197” long, 87” wide

The Jaguar XJ220 is a revolutionary two-seater supercar produced by British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar from 1992 to 1994 in collaboration with the specialist automotive and race engineering company Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR).  Similar to the 1968 Lamborghini Muira, the XJ220 was designed by a group of Jaguar employees in their spare time. The XJ220 cemented its history in 1992 as the fastest production car of the time when it travelled at a top speed of 217.1 mph driven by 1990 Le Mans winner Martin Brundle.

The XJ220 was based off of a well-received concept car that Jaguar showed at the 1988 British International Motor Show which contained a 530 hp V-12 engine. When Jaguar announced that it would be making 350 cars, approximately 1,400 individuals rushed to put down a £50,000 deposit. However, when the production version ended up using a 542 hp 3.5 liter (3498cc) twin turbocharged V-6 instead of the V-12, many individuals were disappointed and fought to get their deposit back. In the end, despite less than 300 cars being built, Jaguar was left with 150 unwanted cars which were sold off at half the original price. Now, this car is extremely rare, with only a handful remaining in the United States.

Despite the smaller than intended engine, the Jaguar still pushed every limit. Its Jaguar/TWR JV6 engine had a bore and stroke of 94 mm x 84 mm, dry sump lubrication, and Zytek multi-point fuel injection with duel injectors, and Zytek electronic engine management. The V-6 achieved power and speed, setting a record of 213 mph and 217.1 mph with the catalytic converters disconnected, making it the fastest production car in the world, an impressive technological advance for Jaguar. Consequently, the XJ220 became the record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest run ever attained by a standard production car from 1994 to 1999. It was also one of the first production cars to intentionally use underbody airflow and the venturi effect to generate downforce.

1968 Lamborghini Miura

  • Top speed of 170 mph
  • 350 hp, 3929cc V-12 with 5-speed gearbox
  • $20,000 to buy in 1966 (approximately $114,000 today)

Few cars achieve legendary status, while ever fewer maintain it, but the Lamborghini Miura is just such a car. In 1966 Lamborghini debuted the Miura, the car that established the modern supercar standard as we know it today. Designed by Lamborghini engineers in their spare time with bodywork by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, the Miura had a large, powerful, and complicated 12-cylinder engine positioned behind the driver. The automobile was expensive, costing around $20,000 (approximately $114,000 today), and exclusive, with less than 1,000 ever built in its seven year run. In a 1,000 mile test drive of the Miura for the British magazine Car, journalist L.J.K. Setright repurposed an old term to categorize this new breed of Italian exotic, calling it a supercar. In the supercar market, the Miura is one of the greatest and most influential models, many calling it the first true supercar.

The Lamborghini P400 Miura first appeared as a prototype in the spring of 1966 at the Geneva motor show, and it set the motoring world on its head. In that time, many thought that it was inevitable for mid-engine racing cars to influence commercial sports cars, and it was the Miura that made the first serious attempt. When it was released, the Miura was the fastest production road car made. The vehicle was named “Miura” after the famous Spanish fighting bull breed, which was later featured on the company’s new badge. The car gained worldwide attention when it was featured in the opening sequence to the 1969 movie The Italian Job. Two subsequent Miuras, the P400s and P400SV were later released.

1959 Aston Martin DB4

  • Top speed of 140 mph
  • 0-100-0 mph in 27 seconds
  • 3.7 liter inline six-cylinder engine

“It is unique. This exciting car is fast. It is safe. It is comfortable. It is gracious. It is engineered. It is complete,” an old brochure for the Aston Martin DB4 reads. Named after owner David Brown, the DB4 was the first truly modern Aston Martin. The iconic car propelled a new era for the car company, firmly placing them back into competition with other high performance sports car manufacturers. The superleggera, or “superlight”, body was designed by Carrozzeria Touring based in Milan, Italy. Its innovative tubular frame, which was built onto a platform chassis, would continue to be used at Aston Martin for over a decade. The 3.7 liter inline six-cylinder dual-overhead-camshaft engine, created by Tadek Marek, produced between 240 and 266 horsepower. The DB4’s high horsepower coupled with its low weight of only 2,885 pounds allowed the car to reach a speed of 100 mph and come to a complete stop in a matter of 27 seconds – an accomplishment which no other American car could match. Produced between 1958 and 1963, five distinct versions, or “series,” of the DB4 were created; each faster, better equipped, and grander than the last. The Series 1 DB4 was in production from October 1958 to January 1960, manufacturing a total of 149 cars with only 73 built with left hand drive. The DB4’s design laid the groundwork for later Aston Martin Classics, such as the DB4 GT Zagato, the Lagonda Rapide, and then later the Aston Martin DB5. With only 1,110 DB4s ever manufactured, this car has become one of the most exclusive classic sports cars.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

  • Top speed of 206 mph
  • 4 liter, supercharged 617 hp V-8 engine
  • 0-60 in 3.4 seconds

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is one of the world’s most desired supercars, epitomizing Formula 1 technology, AMG performance, and Mercedes-Benz style. Built in England between 2003 and 2010, the grand tourer was jointly developed between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. The SLR, or Sport Light Racing, weighs in at nearly two tons, but this front mid-engined car boasts a top speed of 206 mph.

A concept car was presented in 1999, inspired by the 1955 Mercedes- Benz 300 SLR, the iconic 2-seat sports racer that took sportscar racing by storm when it won the World Sportscar Championship in 1955, and the design of closed-wheel Formula One cars. The concept car boasted an AMG 5.5 liter V-8 engine supercharged with a mechanical compressor, able to deliver 557 hp at 4,000 rpm and paired with a 5-speed automatic gearbox with Touchshift control. Wanting to bring the car to fruition, Mercedes joined with their Formula One partner, McLaren. The final production model was presented in 2003 with minor design adjustments, such as more complex vents in the sides and a redesign of the front.

The SLR sports a hand-built 5.4 liter, supercharged 617 hp all-aluminum V-8 engine. The cylinders are angled at 90 degrees with three valves per cylinder and lubricated by a dry sump system. It uses AMG Speedshift R five-speed automatic transmission with three manual modes. The body shell and chassis are made entirely from high-strength carbon fiber composites.

The SLR competes with the Lamborghini Murcielago, Aston Martin DB9, and Ferrari F430.

2005 MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini

  • Top speed of 190.6 mph
  • First F4 to be equipped with TSS

In 1998, the release of the MV Agusta F4 launched the revival of MV Agusta, the famed and iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1945. Created by motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini following his work on the Ducati 916, the F4 was the very definition of the term superbike. The F4 has a four pipe under tail exhaust, single-sided swing-arm, large front forks, and is one of the few production superbikes to have a hemispherical chamber 4 valves per cylinder engine. The engine is a liquid cooled inline four cylinder four-stroke with two overhead camshafts.

The F4 1000 Tamburini, is a very special, limited-production version of the F4 1000 S. Only 300 Tamburinis were released, with only 59 to the United States. This was the first F4 in the series to be equipped with the Torque Shift System (TSS), which varies the length of the intake trumpets with speed, in order to provide optimum torque at both low and high speeds. All of the bodywork is made of carbon fiber, with the exception of the fuel tank.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT

  • 5 liter V10 engine, producing 612 hp
  • Top speed of 208 mph
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 6.8 seconds

The Porsche Carrera GT, which was manufactured between 2004 and 2007, is arguably one of the finest supercars Porsche has ever produced. Sports Car International named the Carrera GT number one of its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and number eight on Top Sports Cars of All Time list. It was presented with the “Best of What’s New” award in 2003 by Popular Science for its advanced technology and the development of its chassis.

The origins of the Carrera GT can be traced back to a 5.5 liter V-10 Le Mans prototype developed between 1998 and 2000, but never raced. Years later, a concept car with the same engine was shown at the 2000 Paris Motor Show. Due to a surprising interest in the vehicle, Porsche decided to produce the car, with a plan to only release 1,500 units. The first Carrera GT went on sale in the United States on January 31, 2004. With a change in airbag regulations in the United States, Porsche announced that they would discontinue production of the automobile in 2006. In total, more than 1,270 GTs had been sold, 644 in the United States.

Powered by a 5.7 liter V-10 engine, the Carrera can produce 612 hp at 8,400 rpm and is capable of reaching speeds up to 208 mph. Large side inlets and air dams help cool the V-10 engine. The Carrera featured a world-first component in its Ceramic Composite Clutch, which was not only compact, but helped give the engine and transmission a very low center of gravity. It was also the first production car with a monocoque chassis (single shell) and module frame made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, now a common technology in the automotive industry.