SCM Blog: The Bradley GT Makes it to Monterey!

Despite Executive Editor Chester Allen’s repeated predictions of catastrophic failure, the SCM Bradley GT made it from Miami to Monterey.

The Bradley GT fought through 100-degree heat, undiagnosed electrical problems, stacks of mechanic bills and its own determination to give up at any point over its 4,000 mile journey.

The Bradley GT is now poised to tool around in Monterey, CA during Monterey Car Week.

Todd Wilson, the final driver to Monterey, reaped the benefits of all the Bradley’s professional Read More

SCM Blog: Despite Hot Weather and High Altitude, SCM’s Bradley GT Soldiers On

At the beginning of its Miami to Monterey Drive, SCM’s Bradley GT could barely go 100 miles without mechanical meltdowns. Breakdowns were constant, and we got to know — on a first-name basis — mechanics from Florida through Kansas.

The latest driver, Don Welch, drove one of the loneliest stints in the car — from Vail, CO to Las Vegas, NV. His route included one leg up to 120 miles between gas stations, with spotty cell service most of the Read More

SCM Blog: Bradley GT Makes The Midwest Checkpoint

When I was planning the Bradley route, I saw McPherson College’s restoration school as the metaphorical halfway point. Assistant professor Luke Chennell offered to give it a once-over and fix any stubborn issues with the help of the capable staff and students at the school. For a car that spends as much time breaking as it does running, I could not have hand picked a more equipped or capable location.

Luke performed an “exorcism” on the Bradley’s electrics and banished Read More

SCM’s Bradley GT Miami to Monterey Update

In the car-collecting world, we talk a lot about cars with “soul,” “honesty” and “character.” And despite not having seen the SCM Bradley GT kit car in person, I have already seen deeply into its vengeful, dark, deceptive soul.

Paul Dell’Aira was driving the Bradley all around Cincinnati without any trouble. The Bradley looked like it was moving past its problematic — and expensive — history.

So color me surprised when the damn Bradley broke down before Paul had made Read More

The Drive Home

Three vintage cars departed LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA on December 27 and immediately headed into multiple winter snow storms. The 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, the ‘61 Chrysler 300G and the ‘66 Ford Mustang — all in shiny red — were on a 2,900-mile road trip that would take them across America to Detroit. The trio would finish their trek with a grand drive down historic Woodward Avenue to open the North American International Auto Show.

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Is the Age of the Original Beater at Hand?

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

The Heavy Price Paid for a Pickled Car

A 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS sold for $140,000 at the Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 28, 2015. The car showed a mere 1,248 kilometers (775 miles) on the odometer, which was the focal point of this extraordinary transaction.

Now, does it make any sense to pay well over the odds for a rather mundane automobile — assuming we can call any Ferrari mundane — just because it has hardly been driven? The implication is that somehow, Read More

Artcurial Unveils Huge Barn-Find Collection for Rétromobile 2015 Auction

Artcurial

Includes Long-Lost Ferrari California Spyder

A huge automotive archeological treasure trove — including a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder — will star at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction on February 6, 2015.

Likened by some to the famed “reserve collection” of the brothers Schlumpf, this barn-find hoard includes cars ranging from humble Amilcars, Citroëns and an Innocenti to grand routiers such as a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, a number of Delahaye 135s, a Talbot Lago T26 Saoutchik cabriolet delivered to King Read More

A Glimpse of Pure Passion

The SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar is always a good experience, but this year it was a great deal better than good — it was fascinating, inspiring, and — of course — highly instructive.

This year’s theme, “Preserve or Restore? The Three Tipping Points to Making the Decision” brought out principal speaker Miles Collier’s intense passion on the subject. Collier’s evangelical comments about unmolested cars providing “documentary evidence” of the times in which they were created — in terms of technology, Read More

Flying High Without Leaving the Ground

The Motorworks Revival — known simply as the Jet Center Party — has been hosted for the past 23 years by Gordon McCall and takes place on the Wednesday preceding the Pebble Beach Concours.

In the beginning, it was a low-key, invitation-only party for concours entrants and select friends that set the tone for the coming week. It was the unofficial kickoff for the week, but things have certainly changed. Tickets are still hard to get — and not cheap. Read More

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