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
The Fiat 1100 TV offered here participated in the Mille Miglia in two years — 1954 and 1955 — crewed by Ing. Guglielmo Franchi and Rafaello Zanasi. On file is a copy of the car’s original Automobile Club d’Italia identity document showing that it was registered new to Guglielmo Franchi in February 1954 with the Bologna registration 64215 BO. This registration can be seen clearly in accompanying photographs showing the Fiat on the Mille Miglia start ramp in 1954 and Read More
Aright-hand-drive car, like all Alfa Romeos prior to the 1900 model, chassis 915910 was completed with a Villa d’Este coupé body by Carrozzeria Touring. It is believed to have stayed in Sicily for most of its life, although its early history is not known.
In 2006 the car was discovered in Sicily in barn-find condition and purchased as a restoration project by the previous owner, Mr. Dambacher.
Mr. Dambacher then commissioned a total restoration with Read More
The car offered here, chassis MF1010100, is a well-known example of this Japanese rarity, recognized for its exceptional originality and integrity. One of only 62 examples imported into the U.S. during the model’s production, this original left-hand-drive car is finished in the popular shade of Solar Red.
This 2000GT is one of three examples originally sold to legendary American tuner, racer and Toyota dealer Otto Linton of Devon, PA. Mr. Linton, an aficionado of fine sports cars, stated that this Read More
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
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
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