1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe

It may not have been quite the “discovery” that the press suggested, but it was eagerly awaited

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Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon succeeded to the peerage in 1929 on the death of his father, becoming the Fifth Earl Howe. At that time he resigned his seat in the House of Commons and began a long association with motor racing.

Howe’s place in the history of motorsport was assured by his Read More

1932 Daimler 40/50 Double Six Sport Saloon

The long hood is a bit like a padded medieval codpiece

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This 1932 Daimler Double Six 40/50 Sport Saloon is, without question, one of the most imposing automobiles ever constructed by the legendary British marque-or any maker of exclusive luxury vehicles. While only 26 Double Sixes were built over a decade, the vast majority had a smaller displacement and short chassis. Among this rarified group, this 1932 Daimler Double Six Read More

Making Sense of $43 Million at Maranello

Buyers will pay over the odds for a perfect, no stories road car just to feel they have the best available

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Machiavelli was Italian. So were Mussolini and Enzo Ferrari (not that I’m comparing them). And although he isn’t, Scuderia Ferrari’s director Jean Todt has probably lived there long enough to qualify. I grew up in Italy, and sometimes even I find it hard to decipher Italian political and business Read More

1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type Saoutchik Roadster

The underbidders stopped bidding when they thought the car wasn’t selling-bad luck, as it was

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The 6.8-liter S-type was produced in four series from 1927 to 1930, with a total output of some 170 cars. This car is from the original 1927-28 series, of which just 26 were built. It was ordered new from Mercedes-Benz Inc. in New York by Mrs. Charles Levine, believed to be the wife of the Read More

1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Tourer by Vanden Plas

I’d put this price down to the mystique of an auction and congratulate the owner on courage worthy of a Bentley Boy

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Walter Owen Bentley’s automotive efforts were directed from the outset toward sporting motor cars, and the initial 4-cylinder, 3-liter models proved lively until burdened with saloon bodies. Bentley’s solution was to double displacement and horsepower to 6½ liters, but disappointing sales figures and steep production costs threatened the Read More

1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp Two-Seater

Such luxury was the equivalent of today’s private jet, a powerful symbol of its owner’s status and forward thinking

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The Midland Hotel, Manchester, was the site of a significant meeting in automotive history on May 4, 1904, when the Hon. Charles Rolls arrived by train with his business associate Henry Edmunds, to meet Frederick Henry Royce.

Both parties knew each other by repute and their partnership was to be one Read More

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

The last SVs finally received separate lubrication for engine and gearbox,
so the engine didn’t have to swallow metal shavings from missed shifts

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Factory records indicate that chassis 4882 was finished on November 29, 1971, as production number 627. The original paint color was Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. The car was originally delivered to Lamborghini dealer Carpanelli in Rome, who reportedly sold it new to a Read More

1931 Bentley 4½ Liter Supercharged Boattail

It never won a major race and proved almost sale-proof, but the macho Blower Bentley is Britain’s ultimate vintage sports car

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Though only 50 production Blower Bentleys were built, experts estimate that 43 still exist. Of that number, few if any are as untouched as this car. Indeed, no less a vintage Bentley authority than Clare Hay has written about SM3916: “[It is] in such original order that the felt Read More

1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 1/2-Liter Roadster

Once favored by impecunious young Spitfire pilots and cads about town, the SS 100 is now a blue chip collectible with price to match

Founded in Blackpool by William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926, its first major success being an attractive sports saloon on the Austin Seven chassis. The design was the work of Walmsley’s partner, William Lyons.

Ten years later, in Read More

1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider by Vignale

The 225 S should be on every Ferrarista’s shopping list: it has 12 cylinders, a five-speed gearbox, egg-crate grille, and it makes all the right noises

Developed in a period of triumph and passion, Ferrari’s big-engine sports racers from the mid-1950s personify the company’s racing legend.

Tipo 340 Tuboscocca chassis 0160ED was assembled on January 10, 1952, the only 225 Sport fitted with double parallel springs on the rear axle, probably to Read More