Thursday, 31 October 2013

Fiat 600 Multipla

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

To many, the 'Multipla' name evokes images of bug-eyed early 21st-century MPVs with bench seats and strangely positioned handbrakes. But that model's inception centred around the revival of a historic name, and here we see the Multipla genesis from way back in 1956.
Based on the platform of the popular 600 city car, this larger variant managed to seat six people within a footprint just 50cm longer than that of a Mini. Its enormous practicality - as well as seating six, you could fold everything flat to turn into a handy load-lugger - saw it being widely used as a taxi in Italy. And that's why this particular one can be seen every year at the Goodwood Revival, nosing at the perimeter of the Glamcabs area.
Oh, and here's a fun fact... the Multipla's 0-60mph time? Forty-three seconds. Leisurely.

Click here for more photos from the 2013 Revival.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Fiat 8V Zagato Berlinetta

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Last week we looked at the indescribably beautiful Fiat 8V Vignale Mille Miglia, soaking wet at the St. James's Concours. And here we have its rakish Lombardy sibling, the 8V Zagato Berlinetta. The chromed sidestrakes around the iconic Z emblem would be a dead giveaway on their own, but you really can't miss the trademark double-bubble roof. A magnificent vision in white, this, with the '8' in the 8V badge on the tail looking as if it were hewn from a solid billet of silver. Even dripping on the wet London grass, doesn't it evoke the carefree motoring of the sunkissed Riviera...? Makes you want to leap in, point the nose toward southern Europe and leave the rain behind. Magical little thing.

Click here for more photos from the 2013 St. James's Concours.

Monday, 28 October 2013

GT40s of the Revival

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Goodwood Revival's Whitsun Trophy this year represented something unique and breathtaking: the world's first all-GT40 race grid. Commemorating half a century since the birth of Ford's GT40 programme, the Le Mans racer that was created entirely out of spite (and, more specifically, to annoy Enzo Ferrari) dominated Les Vingt-Quatre Heures between 1966-9. Various examples of the mkI, II, III and even the obscure, swoopy mkIV coalesced at Goodwood to create a frankly terrifying gaggle of thunderous fury and thudding sixties pistons. In the end, Adrian Newey and Kenny Brack claimed the honours in the 45-minute spectacular; Brack's footage has become rather famous - click here for that. So, here's a chunky wedge of GT40 photos for you. Enjoy! (And there's plenty more from the 2013 Revival here.)

Friday, 25 October 2013

Ratty Mark X

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This Jaguar Mark X is the spiritual big brother to Bruce Holder's '68 Daimler. Completely standard and wearing the hard-worn signs of a life well-lived, its aesthetic has arguably begun to transcend patina and move into ratty-ness. Rustiness, even. Nevertheless, there's something majestic about the manner in which this crazed and crumbling old warhorse ploughs belligerently onward through the generations like some kind of unstoppable old-empire colonel at a summer fĂȘte buffet.
So, if it were yours, what would you do? Restore it and make it all solid and shiny, or let it keep its stories and wear its history on its sleeve...?

Spotted at the 2013 Goodwood Revival - click here for more photos.