Fast and Fabulous

Our three favorite super stylish vehicles from the The Miles Collier Collections at the REV Institute

1995 McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 was the ultimate street car of the twentieth century. Built from 1993 to 1998, it was designed by Gordon Murray who used innovative aerodynamics to maximize the F1’s speed and optimize its handling. The vehicle’s body, styled by Peter Stevens,features a monocoque hull made wholly of carbon fiber and a one-plus-two seating configuration. Designed for experienced connoisseurs, the F1 does not have active suspension, four-wheel drive, power steering, or anti-lock brakes. But with a top speed of 240 mph and 0-60 capability in 3.4 seconds, the avidly anticipated F1 did not disappoint McLaren’s market or the motoring press.

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

No sports car in the 1930s was faster, or arguably more elegant, than the immortal Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B.Built to continue its dominance in Italy’s Mille Miglia open road endurance race, the 2900 chassis and its supercharged engine came from Alfa Romeo’s most recent Grand Prix car. Roughly thirty of the road-going 2900Bs were produced from 1937-1939. This includes the car on display at Revs Institute, which was exhibited at the 1938 Paris Automobile Salon. In 1947, Alfa dealer Emilio Romano and veteran driver Clemente Biondetti won the Mille Miglia with this car. It was the fourth victory for the 2900 and the eleventh and last for Alfa Romeo.

1937 Delahaye Type 135 MS Special Roadster

Parisian automaker Delahaye produced some of the most glamorous cars of the 1930s. One such example, the 1937 Delahaye Type 135 MS Special Roadster wasthe most talked-about automobile at the 1937 Paris Automobile Salon.Coachbuilders Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi’s design features aluminum coachwork and a Hermès leather interior. They also introduced new ideas for a Delahaye roadster, such as wheel-enveloping fenders, an ultralight tubular seat, and a windshield that recedes into the body. While aerodynamics was the intended purpose of this Delahaye’s design, its sheer sensuality, which sold more cars than science among Europe’s elite, was a prominent motivation for the final product.

Revs Institute® is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, working museum and library. It is regarded as one of the greatest car museums, and sources of automobile resources in the world. The Miles Collier Collections contains over 100 influential automobiles that meet rigid standards for historic importance, rarity, technical, aesthetic or social significance.

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