Keith’s Blog: Buying the GTV

Eight years ago, on June 18, 2011, I was sitting in my office cleaning off my desk.

I was about to throw away a three-month old copy of the local Alfa Romeo Club Newsletter, “Alfa Bits.”

An ad for a Daytona Blue 1967 GTV caught my attention. It had a 1750 engine and an upgraded Rugh suspension. I knew the car instantly.

The seller was local Alfa engineering legend Dave Rugh. The price was $18,000. It didn’t say “firm,” but Read More

Keith’s Blog: 10 Years with Land Rovers

According to my notes, on June 18, 2009 — 10 years ago — I bought a 1973 Land Rover Series III 88.

The crude-but-entertaining 88 was the beginning of our exploration of the world of Rovers.

The Rover saga started with the 2009 annual Porsche Northwest Passage 1,000-mile tour. I was driving our 2002 Boxster S.

At the final dinner, the owner of the Rover came up to me and said, “I’m thinking of selling our Land Rover, and John Read More

Keith’s Blog: Bye-Bye Bugeye

As I wrote in my last column, I have decided that it is time for the SCM Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite to go. I’ll be sad to see it leave, as we have done so much to make it exactly the excellent driver that we wanted.

At the same time, chances are it will go to a new home — one where it is a better fit in someone’s collection.

I’ve asked Matt Crandall at Avant-Garde Collection to sell the Read More

Keith’s Blog: Summer and the SCM Fleet

“Value in use.” That’s always been the motto of the cars in the SCM collection. What’s the point in having classic cars if you are not going to use them?

Most of the SCM cars were built more than 50 years ago. They were never designed to be in service this many years after they left their factories of origin. Consequently, keeping them roadworthy, comfortable and visually attractive has required a substantial investment in mechanical and cosmetic refurbishments.

It’s these Read More

Keith’s Blog: My Life With Cars: The 1963 Giulia Spider, Part III

This is the continuing saga of my first Alfa Romeo. It was a red 1963 Giulia Spider Normale. I bought it in 1968 when I was 17 years old.

It was an exotic, alloy-engine, twin-camshaft sports car. I tried to maintain it on a shoestring budget. This  lead to many types of improvised roadside repairs.

During the summer of 1968 I was following my friend Bjarne Holm, who was driving his mother’s white 1958 Giulietta Spider Normale. We started out Read More