While lacking the race-winning cachet of later cars, this little Isotta will get its owner into every vintage race, tour, and concours he fancies
Perhaps the most influential light car design of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Tipo FENC Isotta Fraschini was derived from the Tipo FE Isottas built for the 1908 Grand Prix des Voiturettes at Dieppe.
They were so advanced that for many years it was thought Read More
The contentious world of Alfa historians and experts had a moment of rare consensus on this TZ, and no one questioned its parentage
Though immensely successful as a competition car, Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta Sprint Zagato had been based on the road-going Giulietta Spider platform, a compromise that suited clients who wanted a touring car that could be raced on weekends.
But as the 1960s dawned, the need to keep Read More
The Strada had dramatic looks, a competition pedigree, and abundant
power, and it was not finicky to run
Giotto Bizzarrini was hired by Enzo Ferrari in 1957 for his test-driving and engineering skills. In the midst of developing the 250 GTO, however, Bizzarrini left the company in the infamous “palace revolt” of 1961.
Together, the defectors formed ATS to rival Ferrari in both sports car and single-seater racing, Read More
Hand-built and extremely rare, it’s the last example of the kind of cars that made the company’s reputation between the wars
In 1935, Alfa Romeo introduced a new model, the 6C 2300B. Once again, the work of the great Vittorio Jano was to take Alfa Romeo in a new direction by offering one of the first cars available with fully independent suspension-pure racing technology from the current Grand Prix car. Read More
Unless and until a U.S. owner wants to ship a car to Europe to sell, don’t
consider this the price you can get here
Last of the classic 6-cylinder Maseratis, the Pietro Frua-styled Mistral commenced production in 1963. The 3.7-liter version of the Modena manufacturer’s long-stroke engine was fitted to most cars, with other power options being the 3.5-liter or-from 1966-the 4-liter unit. A handsome two-seater on a shortened, Read More
The historic competition record of these cars cannot be overlooked; they are eligible and welcome just about everywhere
Despite the fact the Lancia nameplate continues to exist over one hundred years after it was established in Italy, this builder of fast, refined automobiles is relatively unknown outside sporting circles. Lancia cars competing over the past century have won everything from F1 races to World Rally Championships.
Vincenzo Lancia began working as Read More
“La bella figura” means presenting the best face to the world. Mussolini wore tailored uniforms and was equally attentive to his cars
By the early 1930s, Alfa Romeo was accumulating silverware and losing money in seemingly equal measure. It was rescued by the state-backed I.R.I. (Institute for Industrial Reconstruction). To attract new customers while maintaining the marque’s sporting credentials, the 6C 2300 was launched at the 1934 Milan Motor Show. Read More
There are quite a few Delahaye 135M chassis with this body, which makes the car seem like a guest at the Ascot Races wearing a rented tux
Ettore Bugatti never recovered from the tragic death of his 29-year-old son Jean, shortly before WWII in 1939. Neither did his company. The war and its aftermath left the Molsheim factory devastated, and then on August 21, 1947, Ettore Bugatti died, leaving six Read More
Values have been rising steadily for the least expensive coachbuilt Italian racing car with a decent history
Abarth was an Italian tuning company founded in 1950 by engineer and designer Carlo Abarth. His 750 Zagato was designed to be equally at home on the track as on the street.
The cars were built on the Fiat 600 platform, then heavily modified by Abarth and bodied by Zagato, which was Read More
Sbarro’s interpretation of the 1957 Ferrari 335S is in some ways prettier than the one Scaglietti built in the 1950s
At the age of 17, Franco Sbarro, whose real name is Francesco Zefferino Sbarro, left his native Italy for Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in order to live his dream of being an auto mechanic.
In 1957, he found employment in the field and met Georges Filipinetti, owner of the famous auto racing team. Sbarro Read More