I was born in 1954, a rather unremarkable year wherein not much momentous happened other than the aforementioned (yeah, I know, “Enough of the damn solipsism, Kim” ).
I wish I could say that some great cars were also born in 1954, but it seems like all the cool ones came either before (Mercedes Gullwing, 1952) or afterwards (Ferrari 250). So I can’t even say that. Nevertheless, let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane and look at some spectacular sports cars which were around during that year. In no specific order:
Aston Martin DB2-4 Spider (Bertone)
Bristol Model 403
…and its “near-twin”, the BMW 502 convertible
Daimler Conquest Drophead
Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider
Fiat 8V Vignale
Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia
Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Austin Healey 100-4
Then there was the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
But my favorite of all of them?
Lancia B24 Aurelia Spider (which, by the way, had the first-ever production V6 engine) and which was introduced in 1954. Here’s Jay Leno’s take on the later 1958 model.
Maybe I’m just prejudiced… but are these sports cars not stunningly beautiful? Next week we’ll look at some passenger cars of the era — which were definitely not the equal of the sports cars.
Update: My eyes aren’t what they used to be, either: here’s the Morgan +4: