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Everett Morrison Cobra Replica

There can be little doubt that British sports car maker AC Cars did not foresee that their modest little classic British sports car would become an American V8 fire-breathing track burner. AC Cars had its origins way back in 1903 when the company became known as "Auto-Carrier", a manufacturer of "cycle cars. AC went on ...

AC Greyhound Project

Introduction: the AC Greyhound The British sports car maker AC may not be greatly familiar to North American car aficionados until it is realized that AC Cars were the creators of the AC Ace, that Carroll Shelby shoehorned a V8 engine into to create the Shelby Cobra. The AC Ace, that was turned into the Shelby ...

The .300 Holland & Holland Magnum

Introduction: The Dawn of the Belted Cartridge Case The story of the .300 Holland & Holland Magnum traces all the way back to 1905 when British rifle-maker Holland & Holland wanted to make .375" caliber magazine rifles (i.e. bolt action rifles) to compete with the 9.5 Mannlicher and the .375 Flanged Nitro Express 2½" Velopex. The ...

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé

Background: A Nation in Recovery In the wake of the Second World War, following on as it did from the Great Depression and the First World War, ordinary people were still trying to build a new life for themselves and the industries shattered by war were trying to rebuild for a new era, an era people ...

Australian Smith & Wesson No.3 Revolver

Introduction The Smith & Wesson No. 3 revolver became one of the most well traveled revolvers to spring from the United States. These revolvers were among the first cartridge revolvers made, Smith & Wesson having patented their invention of a bored through revolver cylinder for metallic cartridge loading, thus preventing rival Colt from using a design ...

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