People, Places and Things

Lighting up Museum Row in Los Angeles

Forty years ago, when I lived in a gritty section of New York City near Canal Street and Avenue of the Americas, I was happy when the cockroaches didn’t dance on my toothbrush at night. My space was so small that the refrigerator doubled as the headboard of my bed.

I couldn’t have imagined that one day, just a few blocks from my tiny studio apartment at 24 Thompson Street, I’d be looking at cars worth millions of dollars being Read More

Choose Wisely — or Not at All

1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider, sold for $8,250 at Auctions America’s California sale in July

From the beginning, the Fiat 850 Spider has been overshadowed by its big sister, the 124 Spider. The 124 was prettier, more powerful and arranged as a proper sports car with the engine in front and the drive wheels in back. In contrast, the 850 Spider had its engine in the back. Although the little Fiat still pushed from the rear wheels, it never pushed very hard.

The Fiat 850 was developed in the early 1960s from the same underpinnings Read More

1972 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible

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  • Rocket 455-cid V8 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Restored by Thornton Brothers
  • Copy of window sticker
  • Copy of broadcast sheet
  • Restored to original specs
  • Factory air conditioning
  • Rare 8-track tape player
  • Sports console
  • Generously appointed from the factory

The popular and respected 442 Package included FE2 suspension with heavy-duty front and rear stabilizer bars, wide 14-by-7-inch wheels, louvered hood, special 442 grille, hood and body painted stripes, and 442 badging. You could choose from four body styles and you could Read More

1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7 Coupe

1966 Maserati Sebring 3.7 Coupe

Introduced in 1962, the Sebring was one of the final manifestations of the landmark 3500 GT, which had been the linchpin of Maserati’s program to establish itself as a manufacturer of road cars. The Modena marque’s new era began in 1957 with the launch of the Touring-bodied 3500 GT, its first road car built in significant numbers. A luxury 2+2, the 3500 GT drew heavily on Maserati’s competition experience, employing a tubular chassis frame and an engine derived from the Read More

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso

Ferrari’s breathtaking 250 GT/L was designed as a new offering to fill the market between the sporting 250 GT SWB and its more luxurious sibling, the 250 GTE 2+2, by combining the best features of both. The Lusso was first seen by the public at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962, and many enthusiasts simply fell head over heels for the beautiful body and Kamm tail that adorned the newest 250.

Under the aluminum bonnet was Ferrari’s 3.0-liter V12, Read More

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

This SLR is effectively a brand-new car. With only 4,300 miles over 10 years, this SLR is virtually flawless. Amenities include a Bose surround-sound stereo system with six-disk changer, F1 paddle shift, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control. Also included are the optional 19-inch silver forged aluminum wheels. This car is absolutely spectacular in Crystal Laurite Silver exterior with a flawless leather interior in 300SL Red. Carefully stored and maintained since new, this is an incredible opportunity Read More

1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 306 Race Car Transporter

1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 306 Race Car Transporter with cars

This is the Maserati factory team’s transporter of its World Championship-winning Fangio 250F season of 1957 — and which would also have taken Fangio’s Piccolo 250F (Chassis 2533) to the last race of his glittering career at Reims in 1958.

It was subsequently acquired by Lance Reventlow for his Team America Scarab assault upon the European Grand Prix series in 1960–61.

The transporter’s next American owners then made the most massive impact of the post-war period upon the European road-racing Read More

1996 Subaru Impreza WRC97 Rally Car

1996 Subaru Impreza WRC97 Rally Car

Initially road registered as P555 WRC but better known by its long-term moniker P18 WRC, this car had been given a superficial cosmetic refurbishment prior to entering the current ownership. Drawn to “first editions,” the vendor not only had Prodrive validate chassis 001 but also commissioned them to restore it to “original” condition (becoming the Banbury outfit’s first heritage customer in the process). The car was renovated using only original SRT parts, many of which would be even more difficult Read More

1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4 Seater Tourer

1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4 Seater Tourer Drivers Profile

Manufactured by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, the first Aston-Martins (the hyphen is correct for the period) rapidly established a reputation for high performance and sporting prowess in the years immediately following World War I.

The foundations were laid for proper series production with the formation of Aston Martin Motors Ltd. in 1926 under the stewardship of Augustus “Bert” Bertelli and William Renwick. Bertelli understood the effect of competition success on sales and sanctioned the construction of two Works racers Read More

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione TdF

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta  Competizione TdF

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta is one of the most influential and impressive automobiles ever produced. It is the most successful competition 250 GT Ferrari model, having garnered more victories than any other model, including the revered 250 GTO. With the 3.0-liter Colombo V12 engine fitted to Ferrari’s 2,600-millimeter wheelbase chassis, this car was the first of numerous highly desirable Ferraris including the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and the 250 GTO.

With incredible alloy coachwork that was designed by Read More

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