The Simeone Museum’s Innovative Design Day celebrated 4 cars famous for individual innovations. Some of these fine examples changed the course of automotive history while others disappeared forgotten…
1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer
According to Dr. Simeone, this was the first car to feature a load bearing monocoque body which, ultimately, became the standard of auto manufacturing a decade later.
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged
Back in 1937, the Cord set a new speed record of 107.66 miles per hour for the flying mile. The run took place on a circular course of ten-mile radius, so the two-way runs were not needed…
1950 Allard J2
In 1951, Bill Pollack drove a Allard J2 with a Cadillac V8 to victory at the Pebble Beach Road Race. Sydney Allard and Tom Cole drove a J2 with a Cadillac engine to third place in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans.They achieved this even though the first and second gears of the 3-speed gearbox were broken.
1965 Ferrari 365P “Tre Posti” Berlinetta Speciale
The 365 P was a radical platform for a new design study as it was intended as a Le Mans contender. Located midship, the 4.4 liter V12 which powered this car, produced 380 horsepower, and that was in detuned form.
Internally at Pininfarina the car was known as Coupe Ferrari Tre Posti for its unique three seat design. Much like the McLaren F1, it has a central driver’s position with two seats at each side of the driver.