Go Find Another (Good) One

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The imported mini-truck surged in popularity in the wake of the first 1970s fuel crisis and rising gas prices. The 4-cylinder engines in the import trucks were more economical than the V8 and straight-6 engines that powered the bigger domestic models.

The little trucks from Toyota, Datsun/Nissan, and Mazda offered more responsive handling than their larger cousins. The Big Three got into the import truck market as well. Ford sold a Mazda pickup as the Courier, while Chrysler sourced its Read More

A Drug-Fueled Car Auction

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It’s safe to say that SCM has never before reported on an Apple Auctioneering Company sale — until now.

Apple Auctioneering Company is an affiliate of Apple Towing Company, Houston’s largest towing company, and it bills itself as the “nation’s leader in seized asset management & government liquidation.”

Apple seemed to hit the jackpot on July 7, when it completed the sale of 10 high-end vehicles that had been seized from convicted drug kingpin Alvaro Lopez Tardon. Top sales were Read More

Money is Big, But Passion Drives the Hobby

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Each year, this issue falls in the lull just before the great Super Bowl contest that is Monterey Car Week. Each of the auction companies on the Peninsula has its lineups set. All the seven- and eight-figure, market-defining cars have been extensively promoted and the potential bidders courted.

Within a few days after you read this, we’ll all know if this year’s totals exceed the $400m of last year (I predict they will, by at least $25m), and like a Read More

1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater

1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater

Some of the world’s most evocative Grand Prix cars are those originally manufactured during the 1920s, not necessarily for racing team use, but primarily for sale to private customers, providing them with the equipment necessary to take the plunge and go motor racing upon their own account, potentially at the very highest level.

Of course, it was the marque Bugatti that most prominently provided that service, and most notably with its magnificent family of compact, light and powerful straight-eight-engined Bugatti Read More

1996 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Coupe

1996 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Coupe
  • One of seven RHD examples
  • Right-hand drive
  • Full service history
  • 23,667 miles from new

The exciting car offered here is an example of one of the rarest of Porsche 911 Type 993 variants: the Carrera RS Clubsport with the 3.8-liter engine, which was built for homologation in FIA GT2 events. It is one of only seven right-hand-drive Clubsports believed sold new in the U.K.

One of the designated C16 U.K.-market cars, this ultra-rare right-hand-drive Clubsport was purchased by Read More

2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica

2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica

When Ferrari reintroduced the two-place, front-engined grand touring cars into their lineup in 1996 with Pininfarina’s 550 Maranello as the spiritual successor to the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, it was evident that there would also be demand for a convertible version of the car — just like the 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder before it.

The car that followed was the 550 Barchetta, which was identical in every way to the 550 Maranello but was intended to be a pure roadster, Read More

1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car

1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car

This extremely significant Aston Martin Grand Touring coupe is none other than a Le Mans 24-Hour race finisher, having been driven into 7th place (3rd in class) in the first post-war Grand Prix d’Endurance — run on June 25–26, 1949 — at the legendary Sarthe circuit.

Two weeks later, on July 10–11, 1949, it was driven to a fine 5th place overall in the Spa 24-Hour race on the daunting Francorchamps road circuit in Belgium.

This car was also the Read More

1920 Detroit Electric Model 82 Brougham

1920 Detroit Electric Model 82 Brougham

This Detroit Electric Model 82 has a 4.3-horspower, 84-volt DC motor, direct shaft drive, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. The wheelbase is 100 inches.

Over the course of its 30-year lifespan, the Anderson Electric Car Company, builders of the Detroit Electric, produced more electric automobiles than any other American passenger-car manufacturer. Somewhat in vain, they tried to keep up with modern fashions, and by 1920 had updated their charmingly Read More

1988 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa

1988 Lamborghini Jalpa

Produced between 1982 and 1990, the Lamborghini Jalpa was the junior Lamborghini of the 1980s, and was designed to rejoin the battle with Ferrari’s similarly sized 308 series.

Major changes involved the quad-cam V8 engine with a capacity increase to 3.5 liters, and somewhat more aggressive styling, mainly in the side treatment of the body, which was again conceived and executed by Bertone.

Maximum power was 255 bhp at 7,000 rpm, good enough to give the aerodynamic Jalpa a top Read More

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