The SCM Volvo Could Be Yours!

We’ve spent more than two years and thousands of dollars fully developing and sorting out the SCM 1967 Volvo 122S “Amazon.” It’s now for sale on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/391452529684

We purchased it from noted Volvo racer Jim Perry; it had been his personal car, and he took it on some hot laps at Road America.

It came with extremely rare factory a/c that blows ice cold. Add to that the overdrive we had installed, and the full IPD suspension Read More

Here Comes the Judge

What do a 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III, a 1967 Porsche 911S, a 1972 4.9 Ghibli Spider SS, a Toyota 2000GT, a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT and a 1968 DeTomaso Mangusta prototype have in common?

These are exotics with 6- and 8-cylinder engines placed in the front, middle and rear of their chassis. The GT40 is a barely disguised race car, and the Dino is a high-speed grand touring car. Imagine the 911 as an extraordinarily original survivor, and the Read More

Should the Alfa Spider be Restored for Concours or Driving?

Here’s a quick update on the 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce.

It went to Alfa guru Bill Gillham for some rust repair in the rockers and trunk a few months ago.

As he disassembled the car, he found corrosion in nearly every nook and cranny. While the car looked good at first glance, it actually bent when you put it up on the lift.

Although I wanted to keep the patina the car had developed in my decades of ownership, it Read More

Keels and Wheels Gives Back

There are many ways to measure the success of a concours. They range from number of entries to spectator counts to the elegance of the cars.

But there is one element that I think outshines the rest – how much money is raised for charity.

Those who have cars entered at concours are likely to be very successful in their day jobs, and they have exquisite cars as their playthings.

So it makes sense that at a gathering of these Read More

A Tail of Two Auburns: The First Kiawah Island Motoring Festival Concours

Kiawah Island, located 25 miles southwest of Charleston, SC, was settled in 1670 by British colonists.

In 1974, the Kuwaiti Investment Corporation decided to fund the development of the 13.4-square-mile island. It has since become a nationally recognized nature conservancy.

While the Kuwaitis have since sold their investment, the island continues to focus on recreational activities and nature preservation.

This year was the debut of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat’s Concours d’Elegance. Under the leadership of Bruce Stemerman and Read More

What would we do without French cars?

Bugatti, Delahaye, Delage. These names are almost synonymous with “Best of Show” at prestigious concours all over the world.

The 12th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance was no exception.

Best of show was awarded to Ken and Ann Smith’s 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible. Its coachwork was, as you might expect, by Figoni & Falaschi.

This was the sixth time I have been the emcee of the La Jolla Concours, and I have watched as it has Read More

The Three Cars I Should Have Bought Last Weekend

This was my fifth year at the Auctions America sale at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. Each time, I have been shooting episodes for “What’s My Car Worth?” – our new season begins May 12 on Velocity.

The inventory at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale is always an engaging mix of the eclectic and the commonplace — from affordable to extravagant.

Last year, I ended up falling for and purchasing a 1961 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale. While Read More

How Fast Is Too Fast?

It was October of 2004. I was watching the speedometer hold steady at 140 mph as I rocketed down Highway 395 in Nevada headed toward the Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley.

I was reviewing the new Ford GT for The New York Times, and I was the first journalist turned loose with the car without a horde of Ford handlers observing every move.

Accompanying me was SCM “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas. In the review, I wrote, “My co-pilot Read More

Hitting the Road for Spring Car Season

Bradley and I just returned from spring break in California. We saw Legoland and Universal Studios, and we even crossed the border for a car show in Tijuana. Now it’s time to hit the road again. Spring car season is here, which means I’ve got places to go and people to see.

I’m on my way to Auctions America Fort Lauderdale to shoot episodes of  “What’s My Car Worth?” The new season begins in May. Then I return to California to emcee the La Read More

Tar Pits, Concours and a Seminar at the Petersen

I can’t think of a better way to spend a nice Sunday morning than chatting with good friends about old cars.

Noted collector Bruce Meyer is a board member at the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum, and he hosted a panel discussion there last weekend.

I was the moderator, and with me were Aaron Weiss of the San Marino Motor Classic, collector Brad Du Coing, Gooding & Company Senior Specialist David Brynan, and Bruce.

The Petersen’s Read More