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Overviews of Exotic Makers

Overviews of exotic car manufacturers from the well-known to the obscure.

History of Lotus
From the first garage-built racer to the four-place Evora of the 21st century, Lotus has been building lightweight little speed freaks for road and track since 1948.

History of the DeLorean Motor Company
The long rise and fast descent of John Z. DeLorean and his DeLorean Motor Company, maker of exactly one car, the DMC-12.

Exotic Car Logos
Bulls, horses, tridents, coats of arms, wheels and propellers -- what are all these exotic car logos, anyway? Find when each of these maker's signature hood ornaments first appeared and why these logos were chosen to represent the company.

History of Bugatti
Ettore Bugatti established Bugatti's history with fast cars and exotic cars. The name -- not to mention the speed and luxury -- is carried on today by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

History of Koenigsegg Automotive
Swedish supercar maker Christian von Koenigsegg got started his company with a dream -- and a lot of money.

History of Maybach: Ultra-Luxury for Two Eras
The history of Maybach is divided into two short sections. It first built cars in the 1920s and 1930s, and then Mercedes-Benz resurrected the company for the 21st century with two models, the 57 and 62.

The Rolls-Royce Century: 1904 to Today
For more than a century, Rolls-Royce has been building luxury cars for the rich and famous. Find out how they got started and how they keep going in the new millennium.

A History (However Brief) of Fisker Automotive
Though the company has only been around since September 2007, the plug-in hybrid supercars built by Fisker Automotive have already earned a place in exotic car history.

Porsche, Porsche, Porsche!: The History of the Porsche Company
Father and son Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche started their German car company in 1948 with the humble Porsche 356. Since then, Porsche has built legendary cars like the 911 and 908, and less legendary models, like the 914. Learn all about the company from its beginnings to today.

The Cat's Meow: A History of Jaguar
The history of Jaguar automobiles includes the D-type racers of the '60s and the XJ 220 supercar of the '90s--and it all started with a man who built motorcycle sidecars.

Ferruccio's Fighting Bull: A History of Lamborghini
Ferruccio Lamborghini started building Lamborghinis in Sant'Agata in Italy in 1963, and his legacy continues under the badge of the bull today.

The Italian Stallion: A History of Ferrari
Enzo Ferrari is more than a car -- he's a character in the history of Ferrari. He built the Ferrari company from a stable of race cars in the late 1940s and 50s to the international sports car powerhouse we know today. The history is convoluted, but this outline of Ferrari's story gives a basic overview of the legendary Italian car maker.

The Flying B: A History of Bentley Cars
The history of Bentley cars covers nearly a century and includes both racing and refinement in its development of these luxury cars.

Maserati's Family History
From its creation in 1914 to its latest Quattroporte, Maserati has been at the forefront of Italian design and horsepower. It's been owned by Fiat, Ferrari, and Fiat again -- and that's just in the last 15 years. Learn the century-long history behind the trident badge.

A History of Spyker Cars
A history of Spyker Cars from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today.

A History of Alfa Romeo
From the four-leaf clover painted on race cars to the cross and snake emblem, Alfa's history stretches back nearly a century.

Ferrari Central
Welcome to Ferrari central, with Ferrari history, models, and more.

Aston Martin History
Aston Martin gained its worldwide fame in the 1960s, thanks to James Bond, but it's been around much, much longer than that.

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