Raising the SCM Family

I’ve raised a family of three over the past 30 years.

They include my daughter, Alexandra, 26, my son Bradley, 10, and Sports Car Market, which is nearly full-grown at 30.

Just as I’ve watched Alex and Bradley mature and develop, I’ve seen SCM go from a little black-and-white newsletter that we printed on our own presses to a magazine now on the newsstand at Grand Central Station.

In 1988, I never imagined that I’d be writing about SCM in Read More

Shoddy Repair Costs Shop $42m

A lot of people will be surprised to learn that a dealer body shop’s shoddy repair work resulted in a $42m negligence verdict. And it wasn’t even the shop’s customer who sued, but a downstream purchaser of the car.

Matthew and Marcia Seebachan purchased a used 2010 Honda Fit from a Texas Kia dealer in August 2013. They told the salesperson that they were looking for a low-mile, high-condition, accident-free car. With a clean CARFAX report, the Seebachans were confident Read More

Swingin’ Gullwing

1975 Bricklin SV-1 coupe

If you were to think of a sports car that epitomized the mid-1970s, the Bricklin SV-1 would be the perfect choice. The car was the brainchild of Malcolm Bricklin, a somewhat eccentric auto-industry executive whose resumé includes bringing Subaru to North America. His idea was to build a much safer V8-powered sports car to compete with the Corvette, and to build it in low-overhead New Brunswick, Canada.

The story of the Bricklin company is sadly familiar. The upstart automaker had Read More

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

1963 Ford Galaxie 500

Here we offer the John Willment Automobiles Ltd. racing team’s Ford Galaxie 500 — the landmark car in which the late, great, hugely popular driver Jack Sears stood the racing record on its head and shattered those long years of Jaguar domination. The Galaxie was a 400-horsepower 7-liter “Lightweight,” built by NASCAR stock-car racing specialists Holman & Moody in Charlotte, NC. It would be the first of three destined for the British saloon car-racing scene.

We commend Gentleman Jack’s 1963 Read More

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

Developed by BMW Motorsport and announced in December 2010, the 1M coupe used a tuned version of the N54 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine producing 335 hp, which was delivered to the road via a 6-speed manual gearbox and electronic limited-slip differential.

With its front-engine/rear-drive layout, traditional sports-car handling and colossal amounts of low-down torque, the 1M was enthusiastically received, particularly by those who felt that BMW’s image had become diluted by too many SUVs; indeed, Richard Hammond of “Top Gear” Read More

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

This 280SL was delivered new with the rare and desirable optional 5-speed ZF gearbox and fitted with the even rarer option of a limited-slip differential (Mercedes-Benz Datenkarte on file). It was sold new to Mr. Herman Kaiser in Duisburg, Germany on September 3, 1968, receiving the registration number DUAZ10. Then on January 21, 1972, the car passed to Erna Kaffenberger, a resident of Trier, Germany. The car was reregistered as TREK65.

In July 1983, Mrs. Kaffenberger moved to Saarbrücken and Read More

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Alloy

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Alloy

Over 1,200 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytonas” were produced. Five were lightweight Alloy competition cars, which dominated the 24 Hours of Daytona. Further to those, Ferrari commissioned two aluminum-body street versions of the Daytona, chassis 12547 and this car, 12653.

Chassis 12547 existed for many years as a road car but has subsequently been converted to competition specs. This car is the only surviving road specification Alloy Daytona.

A unique car that no other collector can claim ownership to, this Daytona Read More

1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupe

1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupe

Inspired by Bertone’s Alfa-based styling exercise penned by Marcello Gandini exhibited at the 1967 Montreal Expo, the two-seater Montreal coupe debuted at the Geneva Salon in 1970. Unlike the Expo prototype that used Alfa’s 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, the production Montreal used a “civilized” version of the T33 sports prototype’s four-cam V8. Designed with the classic endurance races in mind, this unit had started life in 2.0-liter form back in 1967 and would demonstrate considerable scope for enlargement. An opportunity to Read More

1962 Daimler SP250 “Police Spec” Convertible

This beautiful SP250 is one of 26 purchased by the Metropolitan Police, and details of its acquisition and service record are on file together with a charming photograph showing the Daimler on parade.

For 13 seasons, 670 ELL was used as a course car at the Goodwood Revival Meeting, being driven around the circuit before and after each race or ahead of the featured parades. Considered one of the best and most reliable of Goodwood’s “official” cars, the Daimler has Read More

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow

This Silver Arrow is recognized as being body number 1, the first Silver Arrow produced, and was used to debut the wild new ideas at East Coast auto shows during 1933, including both New York and Boston. Pierce-Arrow clientele were notoriously conservative and not really the people who bought super-streamlined dream machines — something Pierce-Arrow would realize in the months that followed.

When it came time to disperse the Silver Arrows, one was sold to a flamboyant doctor, and yet Read More

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