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Only two SSJs were made; actor Gary Cooper owned one and the other was lent to Clark Gable who already owned a Duesenberg J.
The term SSJ has never officially been used by the company but has been commonly used amongst car lovers.
“It’s a Duesy” was a catchphrase for anything extraordinary.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is best known for its distinctive gull wing doors.
The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the fastest production car of its time.
Customers could choose to have the whole body made from light alloy, which took 80kgs off the car’s weight. Only 29 such cars were produced and are now highly collectable.
The Ford GT40 was built after Ford failed to acquire Ferrari in 1963.
The GT40 Mark I is the road version of Ford’s successful track racing cars.
The contemporary Ford GT is homage to the original GT40.
The word countach is a Piedmontese expression of amazement when a man sees a beautiful woman.
The Countach were the first production car to feature scissor doors.
The Countach series saw 2,042 cars built over its 5 model and 16 year lifetime.
The Porsche 959 was one of the first high performance vehicles with all-wheel drive.
Porsche used aerospace technology to manufacture the bodywork.
Jerry Seinfeld was one of the first people to buy a Porsche 959, followed by Microsoft partners Paul Allen and Bill Gates.
The F1 three seat layouts were designed to fix the common supercar problems of pedal offset and difficult visibility.
The leather in the F1 cockpit was shaved to half its usual thickness, saving 5kg.
George Harrison’s F1 has 14 Indian symbols included in the build.
Horacio Pagani was the chief engineer at Lamborghini before founding Pagani in 1992.
The Pagani Zonda’s construction is mainly of carbon fibre.
The Pagani Zonda features a 555hp Mercedes-AMG engine.
The Bugatti Veyron currently holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Fastest Production Car.
The Bugatti Veyron can maintain a top speed of 253mph for 12 minutes before all its fuel is gone.
A special key is required to ‘unlock’ the Bugatti Veyron’s top speed, where the car is then lowered to 3.5 inches from the ground.