BMW i8: The Shape of Things to Come

I’ve just spent a weekend with BMW’s current vision of the future.

There are some rough edges to smooth out, but the hybrid i8 represents the most important effort by a major car company to define what the performance car of the future can be.

Recently I drove a McLaren 650S Spider for a week and got a good feel for what that car is about. It’s an old-line supercar with the typical responsive powerplant, typical responsive chassis and typical Read More

In the Montana Dirt in a 1927 Vauxhall

“Vauxhalls were built for the wealthy to take them grouse-hunting in Scotland. So these dirt roads are what it was built for.” That was Peter Stevens’ first comment as four of piled into Miles Collier’s 1927 Vauxhall Type OE 30/98 Velox.

Peter knows a thing or two about cars; his portfolio as a designer includes being responsible for the interior and exterior of the McLaren F1. I was visiting Miles, a long-time collector and SCM contributor, in Montana. Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance – A Celebration of Cars and People

As I write this, the engine on the SCM 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce has barely cooled down from the 30-mile run home from the 43rd annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance.

All of the cars that were so carefully displayed are gone, and the fencing surrounding the concours field has been taken down.

Held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, this concours is the largest event of its type in Oregon, and it brings thousands of car enthusiasts Read More

When Did A Ferrari 328 Become a Classic?

Miles Collier’s Collecting Thoughts in the July issue of SCM discussed a 1989 Ferrari 328 with only 1,200 miles that sold at auction for $140,000. Five years ago, this would have been a $50,000 car. What’s happened?

A 1989 328 is now a 26-year-old car. I sold them new when I was at Ron Tonkin Grand Turismo. I recall learning that the updates for this last year of the now long-in-the-tooth V8 Ferrari included Read More

A Very Good Day Indeed

Last week, I had just arrived home from several days in Boston and wasn’t looking forward to the pile of work waiting on my desk.

A text message popped up from my daughter Alexandra. “Dad, I have the week off from Daimler, and I thought we should take the Duetto up to Mt. Hood tomorrow morning for a father-daughter drive.”

“Yep,” I texted back. There was nothing on my desk that couldn’t wait.

In the morning, Alexandra met the Duetto Read More