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

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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

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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

An E-Ticket Ride at the Best Place on Earth

If I had to sum up my trip to Monterey for the “big car week” in two words, they would be “exhilarating” and “exhausting.” And at most times, it really was a combination of the two.

It’s not like I hadn’t been before. This was actually my fourth time to Monterey in August over the past 25 years. But what made this trip entirely different was that this was my first as an SCM staffer.

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Alex’s Blog: Robert Brooks Discusses the 250 GTO — Exclusive!

I went to London in early July with my father, SCM Publisher Keith Martin, to attend a special anniversary dinner at Bonhams’ headquarters — and to witness the unveiling of the Ferrari 250 GTO consigned for Bonhams’ August 14-15 auction in Carmel, CA.

Last week I spoke with Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks. Brooks discussed the historic significance of the car, why it’s being offered without reserve, and what it feels like to sell such a Read More

Alex’s Blog: The Essence of BMW Throttles Through the Generations

The Ultimate Driving Machine has been my automotive drug of choice since I turned 16. My first Bimmer was a reliable 1977 320i. Soon after, I upgraded to power steering with my Alpine White 1995 318i, which I still drive today. My love for my car is renewed every time I hear the engine turn over and start right up. (It probably has something to do with a childhood spent bump-starting stubborn Alfas.)

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A Nimble Backroad Whale

Flying all the way from Oregon to Texas to drive a car sounds a little bit crazy, but we’re talking about BMW’s 2014 M6 Gran Coupe — on the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin.

Once I reached the track, the BMW instructor waved his arm at the array of 2014 M6 Gran Coupes lined up in the pits and uttered my favorite sentence: “Take your pick.”

And there she was, with her carbon-fiber roof, my M6, whispering promises Read More

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