300 SL Gullwing

By Gerard Thomas
300 s gullwing

“The large and luxurious type 300 series was a trademark series for Mercedes-Benz through the 1950s. Elegant, expansive, exclusive and elite, these cars bore the name of the then German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer; Adenauer even used six of them himself and to own an Adenauer Coupe set you apart from everyone else. But they weren’t racing cars, not even sports cars, despite the fact that they did have more than enough power. Alfred Neubauer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Hermann Lang wanted…

405 – T16 Pike’s Peak

By Gerard Thomas
405 t16 pike's peak

Backed by a $1 million-plus budget direct from from factory, the Peugeot 405 T16 was built by Peugeot Talbot Sport and was derived from the Peugeot 405 and the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 in 1988 for African rally raids. With four wheel steering, a feature never before seen on a rally or hillclimb car, the engine sat very low in front of the right rear wheel with the turbo charger on the opposite side. Boasting exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the car…

Alfa Romeo SZ

By Gerard Thomas
Alfa Romeo SZ

Il Monstro is the car that captivated me while studying Industrial Design in the late 80’s; , with its uncompromising design, there simply had been nothing like it since the Contach. A prime example of early CAD design, which may have had something to do with its brutalistic aesthetics, even today, some 30+ years on, it looks as fresh as the day it was revealed and is still equally as polarising… “Not least due to a brutal styling and hence…

Auto Union Type C

By Gerard Thomas
auto union type c

Porsche threw all caution to the wind and increased the V16’s displacement to just over six litres; boosting the power to a staggering 520 bhp for the Type C. Although this was an obvious improvement, it also made the Auto Unions even more difficult to control. At the time and for years to come the tricky handling was attributed to the engine’s location, but as Cooper proved two decades later there was nothing wrong with that. The unpredictability of the…

BMW 2002 tii

By Gerard Thomas
2002 tii

“It’s here at long-awaited last . . . with all of the high-priced, understated functionality of a Hardy Amies hair shirt. The BMW 2002 tii, exquisite penance for the unrehabilitated car addict. No matter how you try, you can’t help but like it. It is the essence of motoring truth: no strobe stripes, no phony teardrop racing mirrors, no triple turret taillights. Just finely honed machinery in the simplest steel and glass case. And it works. It handles—with the agility…

Bugatti Type 35

By Gerard Thomas
bugatti type 35

“If the little T35 had never won a damn thing, it would still stand as one of the most effortlessly beautiful motor cars ever built, even if pre-War vintage cars aren’t generally your thing. But the fact is, it was almost comically successful in the Roaring Twenties, the decade in which Grand Prix racers really were heroes. Ettore Bugatti was born in Milan in September 1881, and as a young man swiftly turned his natural talent to the fast evolving machine…

Die Sau

By Gerard Thomas
die sau

“For the 1971 running of the 24 Heurs du Mans, Porsche teamed with SERA, a French aerospace consultancy firm, to produce the most aerodynamically advanced race car of the time. With bulbous fenders, sunken wheel arches, and tail fins, the car was definitely a departure from the norm, a bit unorthodox, and a bit ungainly in appearance. So ungainly, in fact, that the mechanics had taken to calling the car “der Truffeljager von Zuffenhausen”, a derogatory term referring to the…

Ford GT40 Mk II

By Gerard Thomas
gt40 mk ii

In the mid-to-late 1960s, Ford made company history by winning the famous 24-hour race four years in a row. It was an almost unprecedented stretch of dominance in international long-distance racing by a single make and model. Most historians would agree that none of these victories was as important as the first, the 1966 contest in which the GT40 conquered all before it with a 1-2-3 sweep at La Sarthe. In the weeks leading up to the 1966 Le Mans…

HDT ‘Big Banger’ VK

By Gerard Thomas
hdt 'big banger' vk

It put a Day-Glo orange full stop on the local Group C era of Australian touring car racing in 1984 prior to the introduction of all-new cars under new international Group A rules the following year. The HDT ‘Big Bangers’ dominated the 1984 Bathurst classic, Brock and Larry Perkins leading home teammates John Harvey/David Parsons in a unique 1-2 formation finish. It was the third straight win by Brock and Perkins and the sixth from seven years for Brock and…

Jaguar Special GT E-Type

By Gerard Thomas
special gt e type

Jaguar needed the E-Type to be a success. But on the track, the steel bodied E-Type, especially when pitted against the likes of the aluminium-bodied Ferrari 250 GTO, Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato and Shelby Daytona Coupes, proved too heavy to be competitive. Jaguar needed something… more. Enter the legendary ‘Lightweights’. Built using aluminium monocoque bodies, with aluminium doors, bonnet and boot lid, the car dropped 250lbs making it not only lighter than the production road car, but also 100…

Lancia Stratos HF

By Gerard Thomas
lancia stratos hf

“The Stratos was a monster, but it was, at the same time, easy to understand.” — Sandro Munari, Former Lancia Rally Driver “Fiorio envisioned a purpose-built rally car inspired by the Stratos Zero and the result a year later was the Stratos HF, or “High-Fidelity.” The stubby, lightweight car had a short wheelbase to help it rotate with style on tight dirt-road corners, a central steel monocoque with tubular rear sub-frame, and a fiberglass body that still stirs the imagination.…

Land Rover Series 1

By Gerard Thomas
land rover series 1

The Land Rover was designed to only be in production for two or three years to gain some cash flow and export orders for the Rover Company so it could restart up-market car production. Once car production restarted, however, it was greatly outsold by the off-road Land Rover, which developed into its own brand that remains successful today. Many of the defining and successful features of the Land Rover design were in fact the result of Rover’s drive to simplify…

LP-400 – Countach

By Gerard Thomas

Museum-quality posters printed on thick archival matte paper.

• Paper thickness: 0.26mm | 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 189 g/m² | 5.57 oz/y²
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%
• Paper is sourced from Japan

This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!

McLaren MP4/5

By Gerard Thomas
mclaren mp4/5

“1989 was the first year where naturally aspirated engines were compulsory for all teams after the banning of the turbocharged units at the end of the previous season. To this end, Honda built a 3.5 litre V10 engine, developed throughout most of the latter half of 1987 and through 1988. The MP4/5 was unveiled for pre-season testing and it was instantly on the pace, as well as reliable. Developed by Neil Oatley, the MP4/5 looked like the car to beat in the new season. While…