Two 1953 Siata 208S Sales in Monterey

RM Lot 255     
Chassis number: BS 523    
Engine number: BS 070
Gooding Lot 121
Chassis number: BS 514
Engine number: BS 071

Siata 208S BS 523/RM Auctions

Siata 208S Spyder BS 523 was sold new in Los Angeles by Ernie McAfee. Circa 1956, it was acquired from McAfee by the young acting sensation Steve McQueen, who attached Ferrari badges on the car and referred to it Read More

Doing the 105 Series Alfa Axle Hop

The 105 Series Alfa Romeos are the cars most non-Alfisti think of when you say “Alfa.” And that’s not surprising, as all of them — coupe (GTV), convertible (Spider) or sedan (Berlina) — offer a level of mechanical sophistication, build quality and pure driving fun which is hard to beat in their price ranges. In addition, any of these Alfas can be used without fear in modern traffic. While your collector-car insurance agency might not appreciate it, these cars could Read More

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

That windshield does tilt up, and once inside, a turn of the key starts the engine, and you can drive off across town. It’s the future come to vivid life

Chassis number: C1160

With the Stratos Zero, Bertone transcended the limits of automotive styling and chiseled a shape that appeared as though it were made of a solid block of metal, evoking speed and the sensation of travel. More remarkable still was the fact that the Zero was not only Read More

1953 Siata 208 CS Berlinetta

It was with the remarkable Daina series, launched in 1950, that Siata introduced their first in-house chassis. The timing was ripe for the company’s fortunes when Fiat management made the decision to produce a limited number of high-end sports cars powered by an innovative, all-alloy V8 engine. With this power plant, Siata saw the opportunity to create a car that could be homologated for the prestigious two-liter class. The chassis was mated to a tuned 8V engine, Read More

1957 BMW Isetta 300 Convertible

This car has undergone a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by a 298-cc 1-cylinder, 4-stroke motor with 13 horsepower. The car has a 4-speed manual transmission with reverse, rack and pinion steering, coil springs in the front and leaf springs in the rear. Has a 12-volt electrical system and weighs approximately 780 pounds with a top speed of 53 mph and 50 mpg. Titled as a 1957 Isetta.

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Prototipo Berlinetta

In response to Alfa Romeo’s request for a TZ successor, Autodelta’s co-founder Ludovico Chizzola built this prototype for Alfa Romeo to opt for its own design—the TZ2—so the car remained a one-off. After completion, this unique Alfa Romeo remained the Chizzola family’s property until it was bought by the current vendor at Bonhams’ Nürburgring Sale in August 2000.

Known in the Chizzola family as the “TZ1½,” the car is a development of the original TZ. The un-numbered Read More

1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic

This car is a stunning styling statement, a jet-age objet d’art very much of its time that has also proven timeless

One of Ghia’s most famous designs, the Supersonic was not merely a brilliant fashion statement; it was, in many ways, the result of economic necessity. The two-seat sports car featured stylized, streamlined forms, subtle tail fins, a delicate use of brightwork and a taut, swept-back roofline.

During the fall of 1953, Luigi Serge traveled to Detroit to Read More

1913 Adler 1.3-Liter Kleinwagen

Provided you can acclimate yourself to the leisurely pace of this type of very small, very old car, the motoring can be delightful

Frankfurt-based Adler was a bicycle manufacturer in the nineteenth century, turning later to the production of motorcycles, cars and the typewriters with which the Adler name is most commonly associated today. A highly respected firm in its native Germany, Adler was already manufacturing automobile components for others when it introduced its first motor car—a Renault-influenced, Read More

1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo

Despite being short-lived in production, the Vector W8 was the product of nearly two decades of design and development, beginning in 1972. The driving force was Gerald Weigert, who founded a design firm called Vehicle Design Force. Working with designer Lee Brown, the fledgling company’s first design was the Vector, imagined as an American alternative to the radical, mid-engine Italian “supercars” of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A non-running prototype debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1972, Read More

1969 Lamborghini Islero S

One of the least-known Lamborghini models, the Islero GT is generally agreed to be the company’s hidden gem. Only 226 were built—including 100 of the powerful “S” editions—and the model was named after the legendary bull that killed Manolete, the best matador in the world. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself even drove an Islero. The Islero was a revision of the quirky 400 GT by ex-Touring designer Mario Marazzi.  This conservative notchback coupe with hidden headlights was overshadowed by the glamorous Espada Read More