Columns (2007)

  Almost every classic car enthusiast has owned an air-cooled Volkswagen somewhere along the line — generally very early along the line. But even though most of us soon moved on to more rarefied marques, the old rattletrap VWs with stinky exhaust heat, iffy brakes and glacial acceleration still hold a special place in our hearts — the glad memories of youth. Introduced in 1953 and first produced for the 1955 model year, the VW Type 14 — better known as the Karmann Ghia — was designed to be Volkswagen’s first two-seat sports car. It came with sleek Italian styling,…
The culmination of Aston Martin’s long-running line of DB 6-cylinder sports saloons and thus considered by many to be the last real Aston, the DB6 had been introduced in 1965, updating the DB5. Although recognizably related to the Touring-styled DB4 of 1958, the DB6 abandoned the Carrozzeria Touring-developed Superleggera body structure of its predecessors in favour of a conventional steel fabrication while retaining the aluminum outer panels. Increased rear-seat space was the prime DB6 objective, so the wheelbase was now four inches longer than before, resulting in an extensive restyle with a more-raked windscreen, raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter…
Only 495 actual miles. This car is one of four cars built in the Burnt Almond Orange color. The interior features black leather with orange quilted stitching, turned aluminum accents and dash. It has 19-inch Aeroblade wheels, books, keys, original window sticker with $235,000 MSRP. It has 400 horsepower and an exposed shifter with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Only about 300 Spykers have been produced. Completely hand-built in the Netherlands with all-aluminum coachwork and chassis, Koni shocks. This car was designed by a fighter pilot, as evidenced by the propeller references all over the car. SCM AnalysisThis car, Lot 409,…
Making its debut at the 1967 Paris Auto Show, the 365 GT 2+2 emerged as the most luxurious and best-equipped Ferrari model in the hallowed company’s history. In addition to its sleek Pininfarina bodywork, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari equipped with power steering and brakes as standard equipment — and Ferrari’s first self-leveling rear suspension. Unlike the balance of the product line, which used transaxles, the gearbox of the 365 GT 2+2 was mounted behind the engine and routed power to a conventional differential. The SOHC 320-bhp, 4.4-liter V12 included triple twin-choke Weber carburetors, good for sprints…
This superb Mercedes-Benz 500SL was purchased by the owner from Mercedes-Benz Young Classics in October 2011 and since then has formed part of his private collection. Finished in Diamantblau metallic with black leather interior, it comes complete with factory hard top and black canvas convertible hood. Factory-fitted optional extras include a driver’s airbag, external temperature gauge, limited-slip differential, heated external rear-view mirrors, theft alarm, armrest, air conditioning, headlights washing system, and heated seats for driver and passenger. A true time-warp classic, still retaining its original underseal, this exceptional 500SL convertible is offered with German registration documents and TüV valid until…
  We’ve read about many court cases involving collector cars, but here is a new one — a father and son in a bitter court battle over the ownership of a four-car Lancia Stratos collection. The cars are a 1971 HF, a 1975 HF Silhouette Turbo, a 1975 Stradale street car and a 1975 Safari. After successfully defending himself against criminal charges in Austria and Germany, the son lost the ultimate battle in the London High Court, which ruled that the father was the rightful owner of the Lancias. The disappointed son has vowed to appeal, and to seek redress…
The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise took movie car chase scenes to new levels of intensity, with an array of automotive stunts that helped make it an over-the-top success. One of the star cars of “The Fast and the Furious” is the Toyota Supra driven by the late actor Paul Walker, who portrayed undercover police officer Brian O’Conner. Like any movie involving car stunts, more than one version of this car was built, including a “hero” car for close-up scenes and others designed and built to perform the actual stunts. This 1993 Toyota Supra was built for “The Fast…
As they faced a relative failure at Sebring in 1963, MG was hoping that 1964 would bring a change in fortune for the proud marque. By this time, the MGB had been on sale for over a year, and MG was hoping to add to the car’s image with some success at international racing events. Abingdon took note of the success that Kjell Qvale, of British Motor Cars Distributors, experienced in San Francisco in 1963, where they had finished 7th overall behind a streak of Ferraris, and he hoped that Qvale and his team could bring the success they were…

Modena Cento Ore 2015

Written by August 2015
  It was 6 p.m., and we were driving towards Perugia, the capital city of Umbria, in central Italy. It was 100 degrees, and we were in the thick of rush-hour traffic. Our day had started in Rome, and we had completed four laps at the Vallelunga track as well as three timed hillclimbs on closed roads. The interior of our 1974 Porsche Carrera was stifling, and we were tired and sweaty. Our group of four cars, including Team SCM in the 911, a 1975 Lancia Stratos, a 1973 Ferrari 246 GT and a 1961 Ferrari SWB, was barely moving.…
1970 Ford Mustang R-code fastback 428-ci Cobra Jet V8 engine 4-speed manual transmission Complete frame-up restoration just completed Power disc brakes Steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps One of one factory black/black with console R-code car One of four factory black/black R-code cars Elite Marti Report with window sticker SCM AnalysisThis car, Lot 2459, sold for $97,000, including buyer’s premium, at Leake’s Dallas, TX, auction on April 17, 2015. And then it wasn’t sold. Although this car is back on the market — more on that later — it still has an interesting story. If we dive into the evolution of…
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