1953 Siata 208S Spider

Under the guidance of several marque experts, this beautifully restored example of the rare Motto-bodied spider benefits from a recent restoration to factory specifications. According to the amalgamated data of John De Boer’s Italian Car Registry, and other anecdotal sources, chassis BS518 was sold new in 1957 from the backyard of the Beverly Hills-based oilman Bill Doheny, who famously financed the local Siata importer (and Carrera Panamericana driver) Ernie McAfee. This late delivery does indeed indicate that BS518 might have Read More

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupe

This Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3649, left the factory in Sant’Agata on August 7, 1968. Sold new in France, it arrived at the premises of Voitures Paris Monceau, 114 Rue Cardinet Paris 17e, on September 16, 1968. It was painted silver gray with mustard leather interior and electric windows.

The car had been so successful since its launch at the Motor Show in October 1966 that by September 1968, the list of clients driving around in a Lamborghini Miura Read More

1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupe by Touring

The example offered here is one of 11 Corto Gara (Short, Competition) models built, of which only three were Stradale (road-going) versions like this car. Only two of the Stradale models survive (this car and chassis 01361), with chassis 01047 being the sole surviving Corto Gara. All were supplied with an up-rated engine.

Built exclusively for racing, the lightweight Corto Gara models boasted a split windscreen, Plexiglas rear windows, a special dashboard and a fixed boot lid. The bumpers were Read More

1971 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 by Ghia

The Ghibli was Maserati’s first supercar. Launched in 1966 and named after a hot wind blowing across the Sahara Desert, the Ghibli was styled by the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, then working at Ghia. The mechanical design was the work of Maserati’s chief engineer, Giulio Alfieri.

This example, a 4.9-liter SS version, was delivered new in Rome in April 1971, having been ordered by a Mrs. Pasquini through Maserati’s flagship dealership, Autosport in Bologna. Mrs. Pasquini specified a particularly lurid shade Read More

1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Pinin Farina

This unique car dates from the transitional 1940s/50s period for Pinin Farina, and demonstrates the strengths of abandoning the constraints of the stock design components of the manufacturer.

Where other coachbuilders elected to build a front aspect that incorporated Delahaye’s own grille, not so Farina, who took the influence, but rolled it into the body to maintain its sleek and vertically aerodynamic front. In this way it is incredibly advanced, and while the nose may be reminiscent of Jaguar’s sedans, Read More

1965 Lamborghini 350GT

Between 1964 and 1966, just 120 of the magnificent, alloy-bodied Lamborghini 350GTs were made, and the car on offer, chassis 0343, is one of the more original survivors. According to factory records, 0343 was delivered in Grigio St. Vincent with a Tobacco pigskin interior. The car was registered on Madrid plates, M589925, and would remain in Spain for over 40 years. It reportedly was kept by just two owners and remained continuously registered on these same plates that were issued Read More

1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I

Building on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge — to produce a 4-seater supercar that would combine sportiness and roominess.

The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer.

The car boasted very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9-liter Read More

1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype

At the 1963 Torino Motor Show, one of the decade’s most celebrated berlinettas, the Iso Grifo A3/L, was introduced on Bertone’s stand.

Powered by a Corvette V8 and built on the Iso Rivolta’s short-wheelbase chassis, the Grifo was designed by legendary engineer Giotto Bizzarrini with substantial input from Bertone stylist Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Company principal Renzo Rivolta was so impressed with the prototype that he immediately approved production, and the model quickly achieved a faithful following for its handsome aesthetics and Read More

1974 DeTomaso Pantera L

Ford Motor Company president Lee Iacocca was a man who fostered bold new ideas and had the clout to turn them into reality. Among his wildest notions was that of a mid-engine supercar that could be sold by a Ford dealer, cooked into being with his great friend and former Argentinean racing driver Alejandro DeTomaso, in a storied collaboration with noted sports car designer Tom Tjaarda on behalf of respected Italian coachbuilder Ghia.

The resulting DeTomaso Pantera was built in Read More

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

It’s hard to believe that the beautiful Facel Vega automobiles evolved from a company that specialized in building office equipment.

By the late 1950s, these limited-production vehicles, which had depended upon powerplants supplied by Chrysler from the start, had grown quite a fan base among those who knew quality automobiles. In 1958, a powerful Hemi V8 from Chrysler powered the FVS.

Shifting the new Franco-American design was a choice of 4-speed manual transmission or the push-button-operated Power-Flite automatic. This car Read More

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