During the 1970s light, rugged utility cars were very popular with the public in Europe. Vehicles in this category included the Volkswagen Thing, the Citroën Méhari, the Mini Moke, and this model, the Honda Vamos.
Honda was becoming increasingly well-known in the USA for its line of fun and reliable motorcycles in the 1950s. The N600 was the first sedan Honda sold in the United States in 1967. The same car with a smaller 360cc engine satisfied Japan’s Kei (light automobile) class, and was popular there.
IFA is not a brand name of a particular automobile, but rather the state-owned company to which all the automobile factories belonged (such as Audi, DKW, Horch, Wanderer, and Phanomen). The f9 was jointly produced by Horsch (who produced the bodywork) and Audi (who assembled the vehicle) and was based on a pre-war DKW design. This rare convertible IFA is a very close copy of the DKW Auto Union 1000.
Ferdinand Innocenti’s company started in 1931 as a major steel tubing manufacturer. His patented “Innocenti pipe” is still used in scaffolding today. Before the war, the company also developed heavy press machinery. After World War II, Innocenti was mainly known for their Lambretta scooters until they began production of a license-built Austin A40 in 1960.
The Jaguar XJ Series began production in 1968 as a large luxurious sedan. The original XJ was available with the famous 4.2 liter XKE engine. Production continued until 1992, with updating about every 10 years.
Based mechanically and aerodynamically on the racing D-Type, the E-type was originally conceived as a race car, but with the changes in Jaguar’s attitudes on racing during development, it became a street car.
Ferruccio Lamborghini was a manufacturer of air conditioning and tractors. Legend tells he bought a Ferrari but was not satisfied with it. When his complaints were dismissed, he vowed to make a better car.
Lancia’s Ardea model was replaced by the Appia in 1953, which remained in production for ten years. Produced in three Series during its run, improvements along the way included a larger trunk, larger rear glass, longer wheelbase, more power, and a larger bench seat.
The Ardea, introduced in 1939, was a “luxury utility” model a size down from its big brother, the Aprillia. The car is similar in layout, but simpler in design, with a solid rear axle and no trunk opening.