A Survivor Worth Exploring

Muscle cars dominated my Southern California high-school parking lot at the end of the 1960s.

There were Mustangs, Camaros and even the odd Road Runner. Then there were my friends, tweed caps and all, with our Sprites, TR3s and MGAs. There was even a Mini. We were too young for briar pipes, but we could dream, couldn’t we?

But for some reason there were no Triumph Spitfires. So I never sat in one in period, and only saw a few. Read More

What Could Possibly Go Right?

If you are a lawyer who works in the collector-car field, you get a lot of clients who are disappointed with cars they purchased from Internet ads.

They aren’t all stories with unhappy endings, but they are a treasure trove of legal work.

A recent victim, “Frank,” purchased a Porsche 930 from a dealer 2,000 miles away. The Turbo looked perfect in the many photos on the website, but Frank knew that little pictures can lie.

So he called the Read More

Like a Kid in a Candy Store

I grew up in the Parkside District of San Francisco, with a view of the Pacific Ocean from the bedroom in the back of our house.

There was a bakery shop around the corner on Taraval Street. Each day on the way home from elementary school, I would stop in. The baker would squirt some icing into my mouth. I can still recall the sugar high when it hit my taste buds.

It’s no different now when I’m at a Read More

1956 Elva Mk 1/B Sports Racer

Elva sports racers — designed by Frank Nichols — enjoyed considerable success during the 1950s and 1960s on both sides of the Atlantic. A Kentish garage owner, Nichols had commissioned a Ford-engined special with which to go racing, and the result, the CSM, was first seen in 1954.

Nichols put his next creation into production under the name Elva. The Elva featured a simple, light and rigid tubular chassis. Major departures from the CSM were the Standard Ten-based front suspension Read More

1997 Acura Integra Type R

This one-owner, unmodified 1997 Acura Integra Type R is number 37 of the 320 made for the U.S. market that year and has 1,191 actual miles.

It has its original Championship White paint, and the interior is black suede with red stitching. The Type R engine comes hand-ported by factory Acura tuners to produce nearly 200 horsepower from the normally aspirated 1.8-liter 4-cylinder VTEC engine.

These front-wheel-drive cars were outfitted with several unique components, all with performance in mind. A Read More

1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

The 6.3 we are proud to offer recently received extensive mechanical work, which was conducted to bring an already well-preserved car to tip-top shape. The drivetrain was an area of particular focus for those involved in the project, and the engine was taken out to be thoroughly overhauled. The transmission was also treated to a similar procedure. With both removed, it provided an opportunity to refinish the engine compartment, and as such, a fresh coat of paint was sprayed within. Read More

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe

  • Matching-numbers car (chassis, engine, gearbox, rear axle)
  • Cognolato restored the car in the mid-2000s, and the engine was done by Corrado Patella
  • Winner of the Prix d’Élégance at the 2014 Zoute Concours d’Élégance

By the early 1960s, road-car production had ceased to be a sideline for Ferrari and was seen as vitally important to the company’s future stability. Thus the 250, Ferrari’s first volume-produced model, can be seen as critically important, although production of the first of the Read More

1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupe

Aright-hand-drive car, like all Alfa Romeos prior to the 1900 model, chassis 915910 was completed with a Villa d’Este coupé body by Carrozzeria Touring. It is believed to have stayed in Sicily for most of its life, although its early history is not known.

In 2006 the car was discovered in Sicily in barn-find condition and purchased as a restoration project by the previous owner, Mr. Dambacher.

Mr. Dambacher then commissioned a total restoration with Read More

1934 Aston Martin 1½ Litre Mark II Short Chassis

Manufactured by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, the first Aston-Martins (the hyphen is correct for the period) rapidly established a reputation for high performance and sporting prowess in the years immediately following The Great War.

Unfortunately, the management’s concentration on motor sport, while accruing invaluable publicity, distracted it from the business of manufacturing cars for sale, the result being just 50 or so sold by 1925 when the company underwent the first of what would be many changes of ownership.

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