It’s the Memories That Matter

My son Bradley was 10 when I bought him a 1960 Bugeye Sprite two years ago. I was setting us up to make father-and-son memories together.

I chose a Bugeye because that was my first car. The day I turned 16, I was first in line to take my driving test. An hour later, after shelling out $30, I owned my first sports car.

Getting Bradley a Bugeye was no different than a father wanting his son to play the Read More

Where Should Your Cars Live?

As Baby Boomers ease into retirement, they are becoming a very mobile generation. Many are migrating to other states, not just in search of a sunnier climate — but also for tax planning considerations.

We’ve just seen federal income tax rates drop to historic lows, with ordinary rates peaking at 37% and capital gain rates at 20%.

But there is an important understory — your deductions for state and local taxes are now limited to $10,000 per year.

Tax refugees

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The Rick Astley of Z-Cars

Everyone has a Z-car story. If you didn’t own one yourself, you knew someone who did. Datsun (later Nissan) built an affordable 2-seat fastback sports car with respectable power and handling — and enthusiasts bought them in large numbers.

However, the evolution of the Z-car is a cautionary tale for automakers because Nissan was too quick to listen to focus groups of sedan buyers.

By 1974, the single-year 260Z came with a 2+2 version that destroyed the roofline. By the Read More

1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 Can-Am Racer

Bruce McLaren’s first sports prototype was the M1A. The team’s first self-designed car, the M1A was another simple space-frame design featuring the Oldsmobile V8 engine via a Hewland transaxle.

Frank Nichols’ Elva Cars was already building its own highly successful sports racers, and he expressed an interest in the new McLaren prototype. The result was an agreement for Trojan (Elva’s parent company) to build a production version: the McLaren-Elva, 24 of which were completed.

For 1965, the design was refined Read More

2004 BMW M3 CSL

  • Delivered new to Japan
  • One of 841 LHD M3 CSLs produced
  • Accompanied by its original service book

Truly one of the most desirable BMWs built thus far into the 21st century, the M3 CSL is a must-have automobile in any collection of BMWs, and this example will not disappoint.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS

  • The fourth of only 200 examples built.
  • Displayed on the Ferrari Stand at the 1965 Brussels Motor Show.
  • First owned by noted Ferrari enthusiast Donald Andrews.
  • Presented in original colors and retains matching-numbers engine.
  • Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

Lancia’s production records coordinate chassis 829AR0001832 with Bertone Body 397 and confirm the original colors of Azzurro with “Sereno” carpets, black Alcantara seating surfaces, black seat shells and dashboard and black flocked door panels.

Body 397 left Bertone’s Grugliasco Works on October 21, 1974, and Lancia completed assembly about 12 weeks later, on January 9, 1975.

The car has never been restored, remains original throughout and appears as-delivered without the optional roof spoiler and roof-mounted air deflector. The paint appears Read More

1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer

This is one of six WO Bentley 4½ Litre cars assembled by the Service Department from New Old Stock and reconditioned parts in 1936.

Of the six RC Series 4½ Litre cars completed, chassis RC41 is the only one to retain its original coachwork (the other five have been rebodied as Le Mans-style Tourers). As such, EMF 113 is utterly unique. We believe it to be a matching-numbers car and doubt that another “garage find” WO Bentley of such rarity Read More

1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan

Steve McQueen, at one time the world’s highest-paid actor, a racing driver, motorcycle enthusiast and pop-culture icon, needs little introduction here or anywhere else. McQueen acquired, drove and raced dozens of fabulous cars.

McQueen purchased this Hudson Hornet 7C sedan in the mid-1970s, and it was registered in his name in August 1977. This Twin H-Power Hudson was in his possession and ownership at the time of his passing on November 7, 1980.