The pedigree of every one of the 15 Ghia 8V Supersonic automobiles is unequivocal. However, this example comes with a celebrated history and provenance, rendering it ultimately rare.
Conceived as the sports car for the elite, chassis 0043 was completed alongside its stablemate, 0039, by Ghia in 1953. Car 0039 was painted ivory, while 0043 was finished in white with red leather, a front grille with additional lights and no bumpers. The two Supersonics were shipped from Genoa, Italy, to Read More
Like many Gordini barquette sports-racers, chassis number 018 is a former single-seater, one of the five Type 11 chassis built in 1946 and 1947.
On July 18, 1947, at the Reims ACF Grand Prix, 04GC was driven by the future quintuple Formula One World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
For the beginning of the 1952 season, Gordini 04GC, fitted with a Type-18 twin-cam engine, was leased to Prince Bira. It was totally disassembled in Gordini’s premises in Paris. All the Type-15S-specific Read More
The current owner has driven the ASA alongside his 250 Series Ferrari and comments, “The ASA is a proper little rocket compared to my Ferrari. Although horsepower is 40% of the V12 and the weight of the car represents about 60%, it feels quite light and sporty, helped by its short wheelbase, very direct steering and the surefooted feel of the amazing chassis.”
As one of only 90 1000 GTs built, this immaculate example is a proper Italian sports car Read More
Offered here is an early-production Series III 750 GT. While the first owner is not known, the car was in the hands of Harris J. Sobin by the early 1970s. Sobin, an architect and University of Arizona professor, displayed the Abarth at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1992. Dissatisfied with not winning a prize, he commissioned a complete restoration, spending years gathering parts and information from sources in Italy.
This car has a correct 750 GT engine, with high-compression Read More
Lancia’s production records coordinate chassis 829AR0001832 with Bertone Body 397 and confirm the original colors of Azzurro with “Sereno” carpets, black Alcantara seating surfaces, black seat shells and dashboard and black flocked door panels.
Body 397 left Bertone’s Grugliasco Works on October 21, 1974, and Lancia completed assembly about 12 weeks later, on January 9, 1975.
The car has never been restored, remains original throughout and appears as-delivered without the optional roof spoiler and roof-mounted air deflector. The paint appears Read More
The car offered here, chassis 006, is an early example of these limited-production coupes and is one of approximately 100 Zagato-bodied cars that were slated to be produced. Designed by the legendary Ercole Spada, the construction utilized hand-formed lightweight alloy coachwork over a tube-frame assembly. Its iconic “double-bubble” roofline is both distinctive and functional, providing extra headroom for taller drivers while incorporating air extractors to shed cabin heat during racing conditions.
The automobile that we present today is just as we found it, belonging to Jan Willem Martens, and is just as we love to discover a car: in used, original condition.
The car runs well, with surprising acceleration. You can hear the superchargers whistling, communicating the personality and potential of this beast. You are behind the wheel of a real race car, built to adapt to circuits or road races such as the Mille Miglia.
The car has never been Read More
Editor’s note: Publisher Keith Martin is making steady, strong progress on his stroke rehab. In fact, he’s back to writing his weekly blog for the SCM Email Newsletter. That said, we’ve invited a few friends to fill in for Publisher Martin’s “Shifting Gears” column until he’s ready to return. This month, Donald Osborne is here to share his thoughts.
On January 17, I moderated SCM’s Sixth Annual Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar at Gooding & Company. Panelists Carl Bomstead; Mark Hyman, owner Read More
In 2001, chassis 57469 was sold to the current owner, a passionate enthusiast and longstanding member of the American Bugatti Club. Early in his ownership, it was finished in an appropriate two-tone dark blue and black paint scheme.
Although the car benefited from some cosmetic and mechanical attention, a concerted effort was made to preserve the many outstanding original details, particularly in the interior, which retains nearly all of its unrestored and beautifully patinated upholstery, trim and instrumentation.
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Glamorous and ultra-rare, this beautiful Series II example was delivered new on January 27, 1958, to the BMW agent Wolfgang Denzel in Vienna, Austria — as confirmed in a letter from BMW Group Classic. On February 10, 1958, the BMW was registered to Kommerzienrat Fritz Quester, Vienna. The original exterior color was silver-gray. No records exist for the succeeding decade or so.
By mid-June 1971, the BMW was owned by no less a person than its designer, Count Albrecht Graf Read More