1971 De Tomaso Pantera
Completed 8 July 2018
Mid-engined and fierce, the De Tomaso Pantera stood apart from other cars at the time due to its unique appearance and abundance of standard features not commonly found on other cars. Many people associate Pantera with Ford, mostly due to the Ford 351 V8 engine that the first Panteras were powered by and Ford's role in importing Panteras to the States.
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
Completed 17 July 2017
Next to the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette was one of the iconic sports cars of the 1960s. The C2 bodystyle built on the previous racing pedigree of the first generation, using a wind tunnel to help refine the final contours of the car. Increased steel bracing made the chassis both stronger and lighter, thanks to a reduction in the thickness of the fiberglass body panels. The 1964 model introduced variable-rate springs in the front suspension to improve ride quality without sacrificing handling.
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Completed 31 January 2016
The Mazda MX-5, known as the Miata in North America, is the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history. The NC, or third-generation model, is a continuation of a fifteen year tradition of lightweight, small engined, nimble little cars. While it is bigger and heavier than the previous two generations, the NC brings slightly more power to the table, and in the hands of a proper driver is nothing less than formidable on the track. NC Miatas frequently outpace much larger and more powerful cars on tracks like WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca due to their ability to carry speed well through corners.
Ferrari 512i BB
Completed 10 June 2014
The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer (BB) was a mid-engined sports car with a flat-12 powerhouse mounted directly behind the seats. The 512i specifically introduced fuel injection, producing cleaner emissions as well as giving the Italian horses slightly friendlier dispositions. They were limited production, with just over one thousand specimens rolled off of the assembly line.
1938 REO Speedwagon
Completed 31 May 2014
The REO Motor Company, in business from 1905 to 1975, was based in Lansing, MI and was well-respected for its commercial vehicles ranging from panel delivery trucks to fire trucks. While the styling of their trucks didn’t change significantly through the years, they outfitted their trucks for virtually any commercial need. There were also aftermarket kits available if the REO Motor Company didn’t provide the specific configuration you wanted. Speed Wagons were nearly bulletproof; their build quality and engineering was leaps and bounds beyond many of their competitors.
Completed 15 February 2014
The Lamborghini Miura - iconic, truly beautiful, and instantly recognizable. It effectively revolutionized performance cars, bringing the mid-engine supercar into its own as a viable configuration. Produced for nearly ten years, it wasn't replaced in Lamborghini's lineup until the Countach hit the markets in 1974.
2009 Porsche Cayman
Completed 13 January 2014
Some people summarize the Cayman as basically just a coupe version of the Boxster, or a poor man's Carrera... but it is so, so much more. With a stiffer chassis, this mid-engine sports car combines the handling characteristics of the Boxster with the convenience of the Carrera coupe. This particular Cayman was commissioned by a racing team to help them visualize their team's livery on the car.
25th Anniversary Edition
Completed 10 December 2013
The Countach is one of those space-age mid-engined supercars from the 1908s - something that you either love irrationally or hate irrationally. With a powerful V12, the Countach is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
However, the design of the car does present one small problem: visibility, or a lack thereof. In the Lamborghini factory, workers actually developed a technique to back the cars up into parking spots that involved opening a door, leaning out, and looking over the top of the car.
1966 Ford Fastback Mustang
Completed 9 December 2013
The Mustang is quite possibly one of the most iconic cars of all time. It's been around since 1964, and comes with a racing pedigree and looks to match. Given the unparalleled success of the Mustang, it's safe to say that by releasing the aggressive, no-nonsense, affordable sports car, Ford effectively fathered the pony car and its place in American automotive history.
Ferrari 250 GTO
Completed 9 March 2013
Only 39 of the 250 GTO were ever made, placing it among the rare and beautiful sports cars of its day. Due to its rarity, the 250 GTO has been reproduced on more modern Ferrarri chassis, not all of which are true to the original car. A good example of how rare these are is how a particular 1962 specimen was sold for a record total of $35 million in May of 2012.
2013 BMW M3 (E92)
Completed 22 January 2013
This particular 2013 BMW M3 (E92) is named Chase. Chase is an aggressive machine full of lots of personality; this is definitely a 'he' and not a 'she.' Chase has a carbon fiber lip, diffuser, and spoiler, as well as a carbon fiber roof. All in all, a fantastic looking car.
Completed 29 November 2012
The Maserati 300S is regarded by some as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. With its smooth, graceful contours, it looks stunning in Italian Racing Red. This particular Maserati is a (slightly) modified specimen from 1956. I've omitted her number decals in my rendering, as well as her bonnet straps. The gills on the side are different from many of her sisters, illustrating how every classic Maserati is unique.
Completed 15 November 2012
Datsun's 240Z, dubbed the 'Fairlady,' was a graceful, clean-lined coupe that drew from the aesthetics of the Jaguar E-type coupe. With its long bonnet, aggressive, sharp nose profile, and the angled quarter windows, the 240Z redefined what sports cars were in the early 1970s. Elements of the 240Z can be easily seen in its modern counterpart, the Nissan 370Z.
1994 Mazda Miata
Completed 26 October 2012
The Mazda MX-5, known as the Miata in North America, is the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history. The NA, or first-generation model, is known for its happy looking 'smile' and pop-up headlights. The Miata also has world-class suspension geometry that allows it to handle spectacularly when fitted with a high quality suspension.