This is an introductory article about the Ford Mustang where Ford created a new type of sports coupé – the pony car with the “long hood, short deck”.
The Mustang has been in continued production since 1964 although, unlike the
Porsche 911, it has gone through some big design changes.
American cars have made little impact on the UK and Europe in the 1960s and 70s. The Mustang and Corvette were at least recognised and treated with interest while the larger cars were dismissed.
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Where do you start with the development of the Porsche 911?
Porsche 911E from 1969, photo by Charles01
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The BMW 8 Series (code: E31) is a two seat Grand Touring coupe built between 1989 to 1999 with either a V8 or V12 engine. In some ways, it is both a replacement and upgrade on the 6 series.
BMW 840i Ci Sport, photo by The Car Spy
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The mid-engined, rear wheel drive Ferrari 348 is the replacement for the Ferrari 328. It was launched in 1989 and continued in production until 1995 when it was replaced by the Ferrari F355.
It came in two forms, the 348 tb for the coupé and the 348 ts for the convertible.
Ferrari 348, photo details
Unlike the move from the 308 to the 328, this was a bigger change in the “small Ferrari”.
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The Ferrari 328 GTB and GTS replaced the
308 GTB and GTS in 1985. It was itself replaced by the 348 in 1989.
The designs were very similar to the 308 although the 328 had more rounded front and rear.
Ferrari 328 GTS, photo details
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The Ferrari Mondial is a Pininfarina designed 2+2 mid-engined coupé and roadster that was produced between 1980 and 1993. It replaced the Bertone designed
Unusually for Ferrari it has a name (after the 500 Mondial race) rather than a number which indicates its engine type and size.
Ferrari Mondial T introduced in 1989, photo by Tennen-Gas
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The Alfa Romeo SZ is a high performance, limited edition sports car produced in partnership with Zagato between 1989 and 1991. The SZ stands for Sprint Zagato.
Alfa Romeo SZ, photo by Supermac1961
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The Ferrari Testarossa and its clone replacement the 512, are the V12 mid-engined replacement for the
Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. They were produced between 1984 and 1996. Originally its main competition was the dated Lamborghini Countach and then the Diablo.
Ferrari 512 TR, photo by Mutari
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Ferrari decided to soup up their popular 308GTB to compete in Group B races. That meant that at least 200 cars needed to be produced for road use to meet the homologation requirements.
In total 272 cars were produced between 1984 and 1987 but the Group B races were cancelled before the car could ever be raced.
Ferrari 288GTO, photo by Karrmann
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John DeLorean, a highly successful General Motors executive had a dream, to produce a small two seater sports car.
He left GM and with large financial incentives from the British government, he built a manufacturing plant in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland to produce his car, the DeLorean DMC12.
DeLorean DMC12, photo by Grenex
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