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2017 Jaguar XKSS Continuation

There are few modern sports cars around which legends gather more thickly than the Jaguar XKSS. Following the company’s withdrawal from racing after the 1956 season, a number of both completed and incomplete D-types remained in factory stock and unsold. The decision was made to convert these cars to road-going […]

1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1

This 1970 Buick GS Stage 1’s full frame-off restoration was completed by Thornton Autoworks of Telford, PA, and is one of 2,465 Stage 1 hard tops produced in 1970. It’s powered by its matching-numbers 455-cid/360-hp V8, which puts out 510 ft-lb of torque backed by the matching-numbers M21 close-ratio 4-speed […]

SCM’s Oregon Odyssey

To celebrate his magazine’s 30th anniversary, SCM Founder and Publisher Keith Martin, a veteran of countless driving tours in vintage cars, planned a tour of his own — and invited magazine subscribers to join him. Keith’s impressive guest list included Miles Collier, SCM columnist and founder of the Revs Institute; […]

America’s Bargain

Rip Van Winkle wasn’t a car guy, but if he had been, his longform napping would’ve put him in good stead as a collector. By most reckoning, new cars depreciate for the first decade or two of life, then after they’ve bottomed out for a while, they start to climb […]

1959 Cooper-Climax Monaco T49 Mk I

Successor to Cooper’s center-seat “Bobtail,” the Cooper Monaco T49 was named for the win at the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix by famed British privateer Rob Walker’s Cooper-Climax Formula 1 car. The Monaco was Cooper’s first production rear-mid-engined sports-racing model, designed expressly to meet FIA requirements of two seats, two doors […]

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL70 AMG

At a time when the price of a standard Mercedes-Benz SL600 was just 5% less than a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit, it is unsurprising that the SL70 always was an extremely rare car; the engine upgrade alone cost roughly the equivalent of $60,000. Nevertheless, the reward was staggering: a hand-built 7.1-liter […]

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet

The elegant 300Sc cabriolet presented here was dispatched to the New York Mercedes-Benz distributorship in early 1956 and, according to a copy of its factory build record, was finished in dark brown with a beige leather interior. While little has been documented about its earlier years, in about 2001, the […]

1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale

The 225 S was envisioned as a fiercely performing model with competition capabilities. These were race cars and were thus assigned even-numbered chassis numbers. They were also fitted with more competition-appropriate right-hand drive and triple Weber carburetors. Campaigned extensively in Europe during 1952, and later in SCCA events, the 225 […]

1956 Maserati A6G54 Spyder

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1954, the A6G54 represented the ultimate evolution of Maserati’s first post-war sports car. Developed from the highly successful A6GCS racing cars and the earlier single-cam A6G2000 road car, the A6G54 was an exclusive gran turismo; its fine engineering and exquisite attention to detail […]

1962 Lotus Elite Series II

The important origin of the Lotus street car Desirable Series II model with ZF close-ratio gearbox Coventry Climax FWE engine with twin Weber carburetors Cosmetically restored; engine rebuilt for former owner by Tony Mantle