I took our 1967 Alfa Romeo GTV out for a drive through downtown traffic last week.
It was like bringing a knife to a gunfight.
The weather was overcast — but not raining — when I left SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR.
The last time I had put miles on the GTV was when I drove it to Monterey last August. With Robert Cumberford as my co-pilot, it was a delightful trip.
The car never skipped a beat — Read More
For the first time in ten years, I’ve just had a holiday in Scottsdale.
As there was no Arizona Concours this year, and shooting for “What’s My Car Worth” is on hold, my only official duties during Arizona Car Week were to host the SCM Insider’s Seminar at the Gooding Auction.
Aside from that, I spent the rest of my time doing exactly what I did before we started SCM — I lollygagged around the various auctions, kicked tires and Read More
Last week I wrote about the decisions I was making concerning the restoration of our 1961 Giulietta Sprint Speciale.
We need the car ready by the SCM 30th Anniversary Tour in July. Which means it should be on the road by the 1st of June to have time to shake it down before the tour.
Which further means that we need to start making decisions about the direction we want the restoration to take now.
Materials have to be Read More
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The SCM 1961 Alfa Sprint Speciale is in transition.
When we bought it at Auctions America in Fort Lauderdale in March of 2015, it had been stored for at least 30 years in the Cayman Motor Museum.
Its engine was frozen — upon disassembly, it appeared the head gasket blew, and the car was pushed into a corner to sit for decades.
At least it had the correct engine (AR00120.00778) for the chassis (10120.177277).
It appears the car had been Read More
It’s a new year and a time for a fresh start.
For some of us, car collecting is like being stuck in a pounding surf, where each wave that hits sucks $5,000 out of your pocket.
For others, it’s a daily lesson in collector car math — buy a car for $50,000, put $50,000 into it just to make it decent — and then sell it for $50,000.
But maybe if we are just a little smarter and more thoughtful Read More