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That Sinking Feeling

Longtime client “Pete” called recently with a problem. He was selling his boat, and what he thought was a simple deal had started to go sideways. The situation resembled some scary car deals we’ve seen over the years. Pete had found a buyer who was willing to buy both his […]

That’s Show Business

In early August, Barrett-Jackson announced that IMG had acquired a 55% interest in the collector-car auction company. The sale price of $261,250,000 gives Barrett-Jackson a total valuation of $475m. However, what makes this story about more than money is the strategic fit between IMG and Barrett-Jackson and how that will […]

Driving Outside the Box

Though it may be hard to believe, Porsche’s first-generation 986-series Boxster is now 25 years old. While the Boxster was considered by many to be the Porsche you bought if you couldn’t afford a 911, in truth it was among the sharpest, purest sports cars the brand has ever built. […]

1935 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Rollston

The Rollston Company was inarguably New York’s finest coachbuilder — renowned for the proficiency of its designers in both open and convertible styles, with conservative or rakish lines. Few American shops of any era were so skilled at so diverse a catalog, all built with outstanding craftsmanship and rock-solid quality. […]

1964 Aston Martin DB5

Clothed in aluminum “saloon” bodywork by Milanese design house Carrozzeria Touring, Aston Martin chassis DB51681R is resplendent in Snow Shadow Grey over red Connolly leather. Delivered new to Mr. A. White on July 7, 1964, this 5-speed DB5 spent much of its life in the U.K. until it was purchased […]

1969 Monteverdi 375S Coupe

During the 1960s, American V8 power was seen by independent European manufacturers as a means of creating a luxury Grand Tourer to compete with the more exotic offerings of long-established firms like Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. AC, Jensen, Facel and Iso, among others, all went down this route, as […]

1995 Ferrari F50

Creating a successful movie sequel, producing a follow-up album or becoming a repeat champion in sports can be the challenge of a lifetime. Think about being asked to improve on the Ferrari F40. For the F50, named as Ferrari’s 50th birthday present to itself, Ferrari elected to start with a […]

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport

Porsche sporadically released special derivatives of its 911 flagship including the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, 1974 Carrera RS 3.0, and 1984 911 SC/RS. Continuing this tradition, Porsche introduced a 911 Carrera 3.2 Club Sport model at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show. Built with a “less is more” ethos, the Club […]

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0-L AMG Hammer Coupe

At the time this car was built, AMG was still an independent tuning company separate from Mercedes-Benz. This particular car was built by AMG North America in Westmont, IL, during an era when, infamously, “The only limitation on what could be done to your Mercedes-Benz was the size of your […]

1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider

Enzo Ferrari was determined to secure the FIA World Sportscar championship in 1955, with the final leg being the Carrera Panamericana. A grueling five-day rally, it traversed the Mexican wilderness en route to the border near El Paso, TX. For the 1955 Carrera, Ferrari designed an all-new chassis, the type […]