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1960 Chrysler Dual-Ghia L6-4 coupe by melkorius
1960 Chrysler Dual-Ghia L6-4 coupe
No one can deny that Eugene Casaroll fought the good fight. The Detroit businessman had taken a Chrysler concept car and developed it into a limited-production convertible, employing reliable MoPar mechanicals and svelte hand-built Ghia coachwork. Not only had the car been successfully produced, but it had, in only three short years since its 1956 introduction, become the favored automobile of Hollywood royalty. Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, and Peter Lawford all had Dual-Ghias in their driveways.

Nonetheless, by 1958, Casaroll was ailing, and business for the shipping line, which was his bread and butter, had slowed. He was not in the market to continue his success, but Ghia designer Paul Farago was, and he drew up a second-generation model, a “two-plus-two” fastback coupe with lines refined by Chrysler’s Virgil Exner. Ghia would hand-build not only the body but virtually the entire car, including the chassis, which was based on 1960 Chrysler suspension and a 383-cubic inch “Wedge” V-8. As the involvement of Casaroll’s Dual Motors shrunk, the new model was simply christened the Ghia L6.4, or “6.4 liter,” which is the metric displacement of its engine.

Priced at an astonishing $13,500, the L6.4 nonetheless brought back Sinatra and Ball as return customers, and no one could deny that the buyer didn’t get his or her money’s worth: the Ghia was among the finest-finished automobiles in the world. It wasn’t the price that was the problem. It was the cost of production, and the complications of building a car in Italy and selling it in the United States, that was the problem. In the end, the L6.4 was doomed to a brief yet glorious existence, with only 26 built and sold.

As confirmed by noted Dual-Ghia historian Dr. Paul Sable, this car, chassis number 0305, was the factory’s New York Auto Show car in 1962. It was sold off the show floor to Bernard Berman, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, a noted enthusiast and car collector who acquired several Dual-Ghias over the years. While in Berman’s care, the pristine L6.4 appeared in Dr. Sable and John Matras’s benchmark Dual-Ghia history that was published in Automobile Quarterly, Volume 35, Number 3.

Berman retained this car until the early 2000s, when it was sold to its second owner; it has traded hands only twice since, most recently to a noted collector of 1950s Chrysler products, from whose hands it is offered today.

What makes this L6.4 spectacular is not only its long-term original ownership by an enthusiast, but how beautifully it has been preserved as decades passed. The term “time capsule” is perhaps overused, but one cannot help but bring it to mind when examining the nearly perfect original paint, interior, and chrome of this car, all of which is much as it was in 1962. All the original Sekurit glass is in place, as is all the original wiring and decals under the hood. Even the factory air conditioning still keeps things cool. The car is filled with abundantly fine detail, including beautifully finished trim on the dashboard and headliner.

Behind the front seat is a set of the original fitted luggage, with which this car was supplied new; the luggage is also preserved in near-perfect condition, and it appears to have never been used in the 28,000 miles that the Ghia has been driven since 1962.

All great automobiles are a reflection of their time and place. The Ghia L6.4 was built at a time when American automobiles were at the peak of their grandeur and when European design was beginning to make inroads in the field of American good taste. It was an era when successful people of a certain income could, thanks to Eugene Casaroll, Paul Farago, and some very talented craftsmen in Turin, buy themselves the next best thing to a concept car.

The L6.4 offered today, kept for all these years virtually exactly as it was when it was new, represents an opportunity for a lucky bidder to revisit that time and place, to capture that feeling again, and to enjoy hand-built motoring at its finest, just as 26 lucky jet-setters did at the start of the Space Age.

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB by melkorius
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB
Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of swoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment, and life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari, one Juan Wang Lipschitz or somebody, will pull the sheet off an SUV with matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch and then, what the hell, we’re in Mad Max and the whole world is fried.

All right, let’s cut the crap. Ferrari’s bestselling model line, the mid-engine V-8, needed more power. It’s not Ferrari pushing this so much as the customers, those Ferragamo-shod masters of the universe who see progress only in numbers that go up. More power equals more speed equals more grip equals more, well, more. With Lamborghini and especially McLaren breathing down its neck, Ferrari felt it had to make a power and performance statement, but without turning the model into a big-bore gas hog. So it went shopping for turbos.

2016 BMW M6 GT3 by melkorius
2016 BMW M6 GT3
BMW Motorsport will add a new chapter to its success story in GT racing in 2016. The BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3, which has been in action since 2010. Customers will be able to purchase the BMW M6 GT3 from the end of 2015, allowing them to compete in the 2016 BMW Sports Trophy with the new car.

In 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3, which has been in action since 2010. The new car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which has been modified for use in motor racing. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms.

Further technical characteristics of the BMW M6 GT3 are the drive concept, six-speed sequential racing transmission, and high-performance motorsport electronics. The aerodynamic properties of the chassis have been optimised in the BMW wind tunnel. The engineers worked meticulously to fine-tune the BMW M6 Coupé, which formed the basis for the new car and was already perfectly suited to outings on the racetrack.

Priority was given to ensuring maximum driver safety. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against the effects of an accident, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great importance on efficiency and ease of maintenance, as well as reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 incorporated all the experience that BMW Motorsport gained with the car’s successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3. For example, the new GT3 racing car boasts many improvements, particularly when it comes to driveability and economy. The positioning of the driver’s seat towards the centre of the car and the long wheelbase make driving the BMW M6 GT3 a unique experience in the world of motor racing. The net price for the car is 379,000 Euros.


2009 Renault Megane Trophy V6 Serie 3 by melkorius
2009 Renault Megane Trophy V6 Serie 3
The Renault Eurocup Mégane Trophy was a one-make racing series created and managed by Renault Sport. The series has raced with the Renault Mégane Renault Sport since 2005 as part of the World Series by Renault. The Renault Eurocup has run with various models under differing names since 1976.



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PaulV3Design Featured By Owner May 25, 2016   Digital Artist
Hey buddy hows everything going? Since I started my new job I've not had much time for any personal projects and my pc is dying on me. I intend to upgrade asap but for now I'm just doing a little bit of artwork.

I wanted to ask what set up do you have now, you scene renders are becoming more and more awesome in detail with a lot of meshes, anything special in your pc? :)
melkorius Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hi mate! Good that everything is well with you. I still have the same pc, the only upgrade I've did was Ram. 
I have a i7 2630QM CPU @2.00GHz with 16G Ram, it works fine with the things I do. It really depends how you make the meshes. If you push a lot of the turbo smooth you are doom. I don't have more that 2 levels on turboSmooth. What are the characteristics of your pc?
PaulV3Design Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   Digital Artist
I think my ram and hard drive are starting to go, loading times are getting much slower so until I get a new pc then I'm getting some new ram to keep my pc alive. I have 16gb hof ram now and will probably get the same size but new version.

my graphics card and power supply are decent with an Intel i5. I think I'll get the new i7 and another graphics card but that's not until I have the money.

Keep up the great work buddy.

OmegaEGG-RS Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, buddy. :)
Estherella Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Happy birthday! :D
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