Although this section is called Fast Forward, sometimes it's nice to look back and celebrate a birthday or two. That favorite of surfers, hippies, and counter-culture-vultures everywhere-the VW bus, aka Type 2-was born 60 years ago with a rear-mounted flat four that made all of 25 hp. The "bloodline" continues today in the form of the California. Ironically, it isn't for sale in California.
This second anniversary is more hip than hippie: It's the 40th birthday of the Citroën SM, that strangely beautiful offspring of Citroën's fling with Maserati. As well as a 2.7- or 3.0-liter 90-degree V6 (depending on the version) Maserati engine, it also packed some futuristic kit for the time: self-levelling suspension, variable rate steering, and moving headlights. Furthermore, that sleek body has a slippery drag coefficient of 0.26. Race ace Mike Hailwood was an SM owner. So was Comrade Leonid Brezhnev.