The Rare Italian/American Apollo 3500 GT

The Apollo 3500 GT is an American/Italian grand tourer that was intended to compete with the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, and Maserati. It featured an all-American drivetrain and running gear mostly supplied by Buick, with an American-designed body that was built by Italians. Although we often associate global supply chains with the modern…

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1 of 5 Ever Made: The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider

Just 5 examples of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider were ever built, the car was a special order from Italian racing driver turned US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, it has the underpinnings of a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona with a sleek body penned by celebrated Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti. Chinetti commissioned the first Michelotti…

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The Bimota SB2 – The First Road-Legal Bimota

The Bimota SB2 was a significant evolutionary step forward for motorcycles when it was released in 1977. Massimo Tamburini had designed not just a superbike, but the future of superbikes. His new creation featured an ultra-lightweight chromium molybdenum trellis perimeter frame, a bulletproof Suzuki GS750 DOHC engine that doubled as a stressed member, and handling…

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Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica – The Mighty MHR

The Ducati 900 Mike Hailwood Replica was the best-selling Ducati of its time, both because of its sporting abilities and its close association with Mike “The Bike” Hailwood who had ridden a Ducati 900SS to a hugely popular comeback win at the 1978 Isle of Man TT in the Formula I class. Mike Hailwood –…

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Alpinestars Distance Fleece – A New Retro Mid-Layer

The Alpinestars Distance Fleece is a retro sweater from the Italian motorcycle gear manufacturer designed to reference the styling of the ’60s and ’70s – the era when the company was first established and making a name for itself. Alpinestars was founded by Sante Mazzarolo in the early 1960s in the Northern Italian town of…

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Spidi X-Village Boots – Daily-Wearable Motorcycle Boots

The Spidi X-Village Boots are daily-wearable motorcycle boots that offer protection while riding, without compromising on comfort while walking. The Daily-Wearable Motorcycle Boot Problem With motorcycle boots there’s always a trade-off between safety and comfort, at one extreme you have MotoGP-level boots that are almost impossible to walk in, and at the other extreme you have…

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A Rare Maserati Motorcycle – 1955 Maserati T2

Whenever I see a Maserati motorcycle at a show I have to go over for a closer look and chat to the owner, they’re a rare sight nowadays, and there are many who have no idea that motorcycles were ever built by the Italian company far more famous for their performance cars. Maserati Moto – Fabbrica…

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