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Little Classics News: 10 June 2015

F40, 911, C-Type and Range Rover as Trailblazing Cars

Ferrari F40

Coventry Transport Museum has named the Ferrari F40, Porsche 911 Turbo, original Range Rover and Jaguar C-type as the first entries in a special Trailblazing Cars of the World display, as part of the museum’s re-launch celebrations on Saturday 20 June 2015.

Porsche 911

The legend that is the Ferrari F40 was the fastest and most expensive Ferrari of its time and was the first road-legal production car to break the 200mph barrier, while the Porsche 911 has been in production since 1963, making it one of the Cars of the 20th Century and one of only two cars in history to have remained in continuous production for more than 50 years. The Turbo derivative of the 911 was the first commercially successful turbo performance car, becoming an instant automotive icon.

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar’s classic C-type, in production from 1951 to 1953, pioneered the use of disc brakes, first used in the 1952 Le Mans 24-hour race, which the car won. Disc brakes went on to replace the traditional drum brakes on almost all new cars produced, saving countless lives and winning races all over the world with the same basic concept as pioneered on the C-type still being used today. The original Range Rover of 1970 established a whole new sector of all-terrain vehicle for Europe, and remains in production today as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs the world over.

Land Rover Range Rover

The Trailblazing Cars of the World display will showcase a line-up of these and many other of the most pioneering and iconic cars of the past 70 years, and is open to the public as a free live show from 1pm on Saturday the 20th June 2015 on Millennium Place outside the Museum.

The red carpet will be rolled out to celebrate the unique Car Catwalk, presented by petrolhead duo Harry Metcalfe, EVO magazine and Harry’s Garage founder, and television presenter Amanda Stretton.

Culture Coventry chief executive Gary Hall says: “The Trailblazing Cars of the World line-up is one of the highlights of the re-launch celebrations following the Museum’s £9.5m Redevelopment. We’ve been really excited to be able to name just some of the cars that will be on display – many of which were made here in Coventry.

Full details at www.transport-museum.com.



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