SPORTS CARS

A sports car (sportscar) is a small, usually two seater, two door automobile designed for spirited performance and nimble handling.[2][3]According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the first known use of the term was in 1928.[2]

Sports cars may be spartan or luxurious, but high maneuverability and minimum weight are requisite.[4] They may be equipped for racing, “especially an aerodynamically shaped one-passenger or two-passenger vehicle having a low center of gravity and steering and suspension designed for precise control at high speeds

The definition of a sports car is not precise, but from the earliest first automobiles “people have found ways to make them go faster, round corners better, and look more beautiful” than the ordinary models inspiring an “emotional relationship” with a car that is fun to drive and use for the sake of driving.[6] The basis for the sports car is traced to the early 20th century touring cars and roadsters. These raced in early rallys, such as the Herkomer Cup, Prinz Heinrich Fahrt, and Monte Carlo.[7]

Though the term sports car would not be coined until after World War One,[2] the first sports cars are considered to be the 3 litre 1910Prince Henry (Prinz Heinrich) Vauxhall 20 hp (tax rating) and the 27/80PS Austro-Daimler designed by Ferdinand Porsche.[7]

These would shortly be joined by the French DFP (which became sporters after tuning by H.M. and W. O. Bentley) and the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. In the U.S., where the type was variously called roadster, speedster, runabout, or raceabout, there was Apperson, Kissel, Marion, Midland, National, Overland, Stoddard-Dayton, and Thomas among small models, while Chadwick, Mercer, Stutz, and Simplexwere among large models.[7]