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2002 Ferrari Enzo

Written by September 2015
Luca di Montezemolo dedicated the Ferrari Enzo to the founder of the company, “who always thought racing should lay the foundations for our road car designs,” at the Paris Auto Show in September 2002. He described the car as “the best of which our technology is capable.” The Enzo Ferrari would be the successor to the F50. The world was waiting with bated breath, as the F50’s successor had very big shoes to fill. At the Enzo’s heart is its 660-horsepower, naturally aspirated V12 engine. This is an all-new unit that has been developed specifically for use in this car,…

1968 Porsche 911 Coupe

Written by September 2015
First presented to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the Porsche 911 replaced the 356 and was styled by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche and Erwin Komenda, who was then head of the Porsche design department. The 911 retained the air-cooled, rear-engine layout and independent rear suspension and would not only see a continuous production run right up to the present day, but it would also become the most successful road-derived race car in history. None of the top motorsport events in the world — from Le Mans, Daytona, the Targa Florio, and International rallies to national grass-roots events…
  The long legal battle over ownership of the #1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette is over. When we last wrote about this fascinating case (January 2014, p. 42), the parties were about to argue a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely, which was not granted. A few weeks ago, they went to court to argue another motion about storage of the Corvette. The judge, in a surprise move, took them into his chambers and told them they should find a way to settle the case. Just 4½ hours later, they reached a final settlement under which the Corvette…

2012 Lexus LFA

Written by September 2015
 Number 487 of 500 built One of last imported into the United States and one of two remaining White Pearl (code 77) new cars in country This is an MSO car with no prior registration, with less than 140 miles. The car is fully exportable The car has Starfire Pearl paint with black leather interior/red accents, red brake-caliper package (optional), speed-sensing rear spoiler with side spoilers (optional), polished factory alloy wheels (optional), head-lamp washers (optional), Mark Levinson sound system, navigation, XM with weather and traffic, LFA badges This very collectible car has been in storage and on display only. No…

1959 Lister-Chevrolet

Written by September 2015
Numerous privateer racing drivers got it in their mind to build their own car in the 1950s, with each experiencing varying degrees of luck on the track. Brian Lister had the money and the engineering know-how, so his first racing car, which was built in the mid-1950s with the able assistance of Don Moore and Archie Scott-Brown, was an incredible success, collecting a 1st- or 2nd-place finish wherever it roamed. Its success with MG and Bristol was such that Lister soon had the financial backing of Shell/BP, as well as a deal with Jaguar to supply engines for a car…
  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…