AUTOROTICA: Five Sensuous and Stimulating Rides

We get turned on by the throaty growl of the V8 engine of the 450SL; the lines of a Corvair, and the sexy ugly of the Fiat Jolly. Each week, we share our AUTOROTICA with regular weekend readers of FIVE THOT. If you’ve missed any of the sensuous goodness of our favorite cars, jeeps and even the Batmobile, check out these favorites and remember to check back every weekend for more AUTOROTICA

1). The BMW 3200 CS by Bertone

Only 603 of these OHV V8 coupes were made, and only between 1962 and 1965. The sexy Italian-influenced coupe had a low beltline, tall greenhouse and thin pillars, and is considered the last of BMW's early postwar luxury cars. Take a look at these beauties and tell me you can resist falling in love. More here.

2). The Vespa 400 Microcar

Most of us think of Vespa as the maker of the ubiquitous, chubby-faced city scooter, but back in the day, Vespa also manufactured a microcar—the forefather of today’s City Cars—like the Smart Car, and the Fiat 500. The Vespa 400 was produced by ACMA (Ateliers de construction de motocycles et d’automobiles) in France, from 1957 to 1961. Check this little puppy out.

 


3). The 22 Foot-Long 1956/57 Chrysler Diablo Convertible Concept Car

There is something magical about a vintage concept car. Maybe it is because it is one of a kind. Maybe it is because it is often a mirror of the progressive design of the time, and a harbinger of the future. Maybe it is because it is a showcase of sheer design whimsy and creativity not broken by practicality. In the 1956/57 Chrysler Diablo convertible concept car, there’s all of that.


4). The Volkswagen Microbus Made a Market Where There Was None Before

Microbus’ were an icon of the 1960’s hippie movement, of California surfer culture and served as camping vehicles, panel vans and ambulances. Simple in design, they became iconic in their stance. Go for a ride here.

 

5). Toyota 2000GT, Possibly the Greatest Japanese Car of All Time

The 2000GT helped revolutionize the automotive world's view of Japan. The 2000GT demonstrated that Japanese auto manufacturers could produce a sports car to rival those of Europe. Today, the 2000GT is seen as the first seriously collectible Japanese car, with a 2000GT recently selling through RM Auctions for over $1 million. Look under the hood by going to the article.

 


 

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