How Fast Is Too Fast?

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It was October of 2004. I was watching the speedometer hold steady at 140 mph as I rocketed down Highway 395 in Nevada headed toward the Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley.

I was reviewing the new Ford GT for The New York Times, and I was the first journalist turned loose with the car without a horde of Ford handlers observing every move.

Accompanying me was SCM “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas. In the review, I wrote, “My co-pilot Read More

The Shops’ Side of Restos Gone Bad

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The ink was barely dry on “When Restorations Go Bad” (March 2016, p. 42) when Legal Files received an email from George Medynski: “Nice article. But call me anytime if you want the other side of the story.”

I’m always happy to start a quest with a thrown gauntlet, so I gave Medynski a call.

Medynski is the founder and owner of Tuxedo Motor Sport in Tuxedo, NY. His shop specializes in English car restoration, and it was the first Read More

1975 Fiat-Abarth 124 Sport Rally Group 4 Spider

1975 Fiat-Abarth 124 Sport Rally Group 4 Spider

The Fiat 124 Abarth Rally was a high-performance homologation special based on the 124 Sport Spider. First introduced in 1966 at the Turin Show and based on a shortened 124 saloon floor pan and running gear, the attractive Pininfarina-styled Sport Spider and its derivatives would prove an outstanding success for Fiat, over 200,000 being sold before production ended in 1982.

The Abarth Rally first became available in November 1972, having been seen previously in prototype form at the Geneva Salon. Read More

1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo

1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider Valeo

Ferrari never developed the Testarossa into a spider version for production. There were a handful of wealthy collectors who, wanting to own a convertible version of this sublime model, commissioned a derivative from coachbuilders such as Richard Straman in the United States.

The Ferrari Testarossa on offer is exceptionally unique. It was built specially at Maranello for l’Avvocato Gianni Agnelli, to mark the anniversary of his taking over the multinational company Fiat.

According to Ferrari archives, the construction of the Read More

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

In the 21st century, more than ever, cutting-edge automotive technology has been playing a massive role in the design and development of supercars. While the century’s first batch of supercars — the Porsche Carrera GT, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and Ferrari Enzo — all sported large, naturally aspirated engines, the next 10 years would see sweeping changes and developments in hybrid technology.

Manufacturers quickly realized that hybrid powertrains could not only be used to reduce emissions and create highly fuel-efficient vehicles Read More

1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti

1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti

With its outstanding engineering, perfectly sketched lines, charismatic proportions, breathtaking race results and great drivers, the 335 S perfectly symbolizes Ferrari in the 1950s.

The heart of sporting Italians beat to the rhythm of the Mille Miglia, which was to them “the greatest race in the world.” In 1956, Ferrari entered a new V12 sports racer along with their 4-cylinder cars to contest the event. The new 290 MM featured an overhead-cam, dual-ignition, 340-hp, 3.5-liter V12 engine derived from Ferrari’s Read More

1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato

1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato

The 1600 Junior Zagato we are offering has had only three owners. The most recent is a passionate collector of Italian cars, particularly sports models, that are light and pleasant to drive.

This car still has the “Blu Francia” color with which it left the factory. The body was repainted in 2010, with very careful detailing. The interior is in a very good original condition and still has its period Zagato carpet, which is impossible to find nowadays.

The matching Read More

1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe

1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe

In October 1954, the Jaguar XK 120’s replacement was launched and given the name XK 140. The new car offered more interior space — a result of the engine being moved forward three inches — and more precise rack-and-pinion steering was fitted.

The fixed-head coupe iteration offered 2+2 seating. The standard engine produced 190 horsepower, whilst the Special Equipment (SE) version, with the C-type head, produced 210 horsepower and had a top speed in excess of 135 mph.

The XK Read More

The Joys of Depreciation

2004 Maybach 57

Top-level luxury saloons are rarely purchased as an investment, but they hold their place in the market because they are status symbols. Among status symbols, Mercedes has long been at the top, with the Maybach brand creating even more exclusivity than Rolls-Royce or Aston Martin.

A 2004 Maybach 57 sedan sold for $93,500, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale auction. The car has fewer than 20,000 miles on the clock. Was this a stratosphere car gliding downward into Affordable Read More

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