1965 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato

The $169,000 achieved in Geneva for #99 represents an 82% appreciation in 48 months

Just before the outbreak of WWII, the Maserati brothers sold their company to industrialist Adolfo Orsi. Not long after the war was over, they decided their real interests lay in racing, and together they formed OSCA-short for the rather more cumbersome Officina Specializzata Costruzione Automobili Maserati.

A variety of racing endeavors followed-including an ambitious V12 Formula One Read More

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari

This car owes its name to Nuvolari’s heroic drive in the 1947 Mille Miglia, while its aggressive shape owes a great deal to pre-WWII aerodynamics

Italian industrialist Piero Dusio built up the Consorzio Industriale Sportivo Italia into a successful conglomerate before WWII. He was also an uncommonly good amateur racing driver and like many successful racing drivers, he dreamed of creating a car of his own.

When the war ended, super salesman Read More

1960 Autobianchi Bianchina Cabriolet

Originally a bicycle manufacturer, and probably best known as a maker of fine racing motorcycles, Edoardo Bianchi built his first automobile in the early 1900s. A wide variety of models followed over the next 30 years, though by 1940 the firm was concentrating on motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

Car manufacture resumed in 1957 under Fiat auspices, Autobianchi’s debut model being the Bianchina, based on Fiat’s new 500. Positioned up market from the Fiat, the Bianchina debuted as the Trasformabile Read More

1964 Lancia Flaminia 3C 2800 SS

This car needs someone to sort it out and drive it. When these are right, they make superb vintage rally and tour mounts

Vincenzo Lancia loved automobiles, driving and motoring competition. The delectable machines that flowed from the factory were the expression of his passion. There were many great designs pre-War: the Lambda V4 of the vintage years; the Augusta, Lancia’s first small family car; the nimble little Aprilia of the late Read More

1977 Lamborghini Urraco

Positioning a V8 against the 6-cylinders of Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati must have seemed like a good idea at the time

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The note from the previous owner that accompanied this 1977 Lamborghini Urraco to auction was brief and to the point.
“There were only 520 P250s built. This is a one-owner Lamborghini bought by a lady in Pittsburgh. After several years of negotiations I purchased the vehicle. We did Read More

1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza

In 1970, after just 7,136 km, this unique V12 Granturismo was bricked up in a garage on a busy street

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Lamborghini’s first model-the 350 GT-wowed the motoring press and public at its 1964 launch. Not content to rest on their laurels, Lamborghini’s engineers were already at work on the 400 GT, which was in road testers’ hands by the end of the year.
The series-produced 350 GT/400 GT coupé Read More

1963 Fiat 750/850 Abarth Berlina

Lack of records makes it very difficult to tell a factory Abarth from one built by Uncle Giorgio’s Garage

(Note: In the auction catalog, there was an addendum that declared that this particular car was in fact a Fiat 750 rather than an 850. As its model year was appropriate for an 850, we can only assume that an earlier 750 engine had been retrofitted. The historical information about the 850 model Read More

1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

Alfa Romeo’s reputation is built on performance. From the earliest days as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobile (ALFA), the company dedicated itself to racing as a way to improve its road cars and earn a reputation among enthusiasts.

A long string of superb cars followed-the 22/90 RLSS, 6C 1750 Gran Sport, Tipo B (P3), the 8C 2300 Monza, and the legendary 8C 2900.
In the post-war period, Alfa’s racing success led to the introduction of a new generation of road Read More

1962 Maserati 3500 GT

Like all bottom feeders and wanna-bees, I hoped to steal this unrestored car

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As the first volume-built production Maseratis, marketed from 1957 to 1964, these extremely handsome Grand Touring coupes became the company’s financial saviors during a particularly difficult period. Like Ferrari, Maserati tended to focus on its racing cars rather than road cars and the resulting irregular cash flow had put the company on a shaky financial footing by Read More

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet

Alfa Romeo offered a full range of models within the 6C 2500 line, from the Freccia d’Oro sedans to lightweight competition spiders. Although prewar in its basic design, the post-war 6C 2500s were boldly innovative among their competitors and contemporaries. Introduced in 1939 as a successor to the highly successful 6C 2300, the 6C 2500 was already a highly developed and competent automobile when production resumed in 1946.

The modest Turismo single-carbureted version produced 87 bhp, while the triple-carbureted SS Read More

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