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Stop for a moment and consider the plight of the Porsche 924. If ever there was a car that was born on the wrong side of the blanket, the 924 is it. Coming onto the scene as a 1977 model, the 924 was Porsche’s first attempt at a conventional, water-cooled, inline 4-cylinder car. The 924 was created to replace the 914, which had suffered under the stigma of its Volkswagen heritage — the factory couldn’t even manage to put a Porsche crest on its nose. The new 924 had the same problem. VW had asked Porsche to design a sports…
We had just crested the 4,311-foot Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass, crossing from Argentina into Chile. The 1969 Series 1.5 Jaguar XKE we were driving was performing brilliantly. It was a clear day, and we were surrounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Andes. This was the second day of the 26th Annual 1000 Millas Sport de la República Argentina — the premier classic-car rally in South America. SCMer Martin Sucari introduced me to this rally eight years ago. This year, the Club de Automóviles Sport, which hosts the rally, invited me back for another go. Damian Pozzoli graciously provided us…
DPE 608B was purchased new by the current vendor on August 12, 1964, from BMC dealer Jackson’s Garages of Godalming, Surrey. The Mini was primarily his road car but was raced whenever the opportunity arose. Early outings included Rufforth and Cadwell Park, both in September 1964, and Goodwood on March 13, 1965 (original program on file). The Mini then passed through the hands of various other owners. In 2004, the vendor was able to buy it from Gordon Cameron, who had been campaigning the car very successfully in historic rallies. Its previous owners were almost all members of the Bognor…
Legal Files” gets a lot of questions, but the most frequent is: “How can I do a 1031 exchange with my collector car?” This is not much of a surprise. Many readers who have owned their collector cars for some time have realized significant appreciation they want to cash in on. Then they discover that income taxes will take a very large bite out of the successful sale. Fortunately, for those who have owned their collector car for at least a year, the profit on the sale is taxed as a long-term capital gain. That allows the collector to take…
• Very rare Carrera 2.7-liter Targa model • All the original manuals • Recent engine rebuild • Just 630 examples built The series “G” of the 911 appeared in the autumn of 1973, the seventh generation of the 911 since it was first presented in 1963. The consistently high-performing Carrera, now minus the “RS” in its name, sat at the very top of the 1974–75 range. An external difference to the previous year’s model was the addition of more imposing aluminum bumpers front and rear, and fitted with shock-absorbing bellow-style boots. Mechanically the car stayed the same. The car presented…
1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Chassis number 20271; engine number 00441 This superb fiberglass Ferrari 308 has always been fastidiously maintained. During its restoration it showed no signs of previous repair. The engine was refurbished in 2000. The car has therefore been completely overhauled and fitted with a high-performance exhaust. The current owner sent the car to Ferrari after purchasing, where they found no significant faults. The original rims with four new Michelin XWX tires were installed after our photos were taken. The rims seen in our photos will be supplied with the car. The “polyester” or “glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)”…
The first Series I cars produced between late 1969 and early 1970 are identified by the fresh-air exhaust vents located on the rear hatch. Datsun quickly realized that they had hit the mark with the modern lines and overhead-cam 6-cylinder that redlined at 7,000 rpm. Restored to like-new condition, this 240Z is one of the most pristine examples on the market. The only thing this car lacks to be a ZCCA gold-medallion car is the factory wheels and hubcaps, as the restorer chose a period centerline wheel to complete the sportier look. From the paint to the interior, great attention…

1958 AC Aceca Bristol

Written by February 2015
1958 Aceca Bristol chassis BEX678 The Aceca Bristol offered here has its original Bristol engine, the number of which matches the car’s original firewall tag. According to the consignor, John Moir, the car’s original owner was Peter Winston, the son of renowned New York City jeweler Harry Winston. Young Mr. Winston used the car as an everyday driver in Manhattan for some years, after which he sold it through an acquaintance to Tom Hickey, a well-known motorcycle and sports car racer from Cambridge, MA. Mr. Hickey sent the Aceca Bristol back to AC Cars in Thames-Ditton, where it was totally…
  Like a surface vein of gold in the Sierra Nevada of California in 1848, Lancias have suddenly been discovered by the larger collector car world. Long hidden in plain sight, these superbly over-engineered, pioneering and championship-winning cars are leaving behind their reputation for being woefully undervalued. Lancias are setting new auction records, and prices have hit levels scarcely imaginable by long-term Lancisti just a few years ago. In point of fact, a very good argument could be raised for the inappropriateness of including the Lancia Fulvia HF as an Affordable Classic at all. While the factory-designed-and-built 1.2-liter and 1.3-liter…
Chassis number: 9F03R483249 • 360 horsepower, 428-ci Cobra Jet Ram Air V8 engine with twin Holley 4-barrel carburetors • Ford C-6 3-speed automatic transmission • Independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and an anti-roll bar • Live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers • Power front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes • Wheelbase: 108 inches • One of just 75 GT500 convertibles finished in Grabber Yellow • Documented by a Marti Report, original invoice and order form • Beautifully restored and perfect for MCA and SCCA events SCM AnalysisThis car, Lot 153, sold for $280,500, with buyer’s premium, at…