Our unseasonably long, hot summer is finally coming to an end. The temperatures today are in the 60s with overcast skies and a light drizzle. While this would be considered summer weather in my native San Francisco, here in Portland it’s time to start prepping for winter.
I’ve begun shuffling the SCM fleet around, in some instances to take care of deferred maintenance after a summer of use, and in others to make major improvements.
Also, as I am still Read More
As I’m still recovering from rotator-cuff surgery, I’ve become a passenger in the cars in the SCM collection.
This weekend I rode in two of them: the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce and the 2000 Dodge Viper GTS ACR.
Aside from the snakes they each have in their logos, they have little in common – except that they each offer a distinct approach to motoring.
The Alfa was pressed into service as a frontispiece for the Oregon Ballet Theater’s Read More
Editor’s Note: A buyer paid a record $583,000 for a very neglected 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction. Did the sale — the highest-ever auction price for a 356A Speedster — signal a shift in values? Are non-restored cars now more valuable than restored cars? Miles Collier and Donald Osborne share their opinions below:
An abused, neglected car sells for silly money
The sale of a Porsche 356A Speedster at Gooding & Company over Pebble Read More
This is a question that comes up all the time. Sometimes I’m asked, “What’s the best first Alfa Romeo or Ferrari?” Other times it is just, “I’m thinking of getting into vintage sports cars. Which one would I have the most fun with?”
There are many layers to these types of questions.
My first answer is always, “Buy the best example you can afford.”
Most people buying their first sports cars today are looking for a driving experience — not Read More
Mitch Silver was ready for me last Saturday at the Portland Expo Center. I asked if I could have a left-arm bidder’s paddle, and he said yes. Tuesday I’d had rotator-cuff surgery, and my right arm was in a sling. That wasn’t going to stop me from seeing if the collector car of my dreams was waiting for me at Mitch’s auction.
I’ve always enjoyed going to Silver’s auctions. There’s something there for every budget and taste, from Read More
Fall is here. It’s time to start shuffling the SCM cars around, putting the convertibles away for the winter and making sure the coupes and sedans are ready to go.
Here’s a quick look at the status of the cars in the SCM fleet:
The 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce (pictured above) went to Bill Gillham’s for minor rocker repair. That has turned into major surgery, as there was rust lurking that needed to be addressed. Also, Gillham is replacing the trunk Read More