Duemila Ruote: From Scandal to Windfall

Luigi Compiano is an Italian businessman who inherited a substantial security company from his father, Arnaldo.

Based in Treviso in the northeastern corner of Italy, North East Services was founded in 1929 by Mr. Compiano’s grandfather.

Arnaldo Compiano developed this small business into one of the market leaders in the secure handling and movement of cash and valuables by armored trucks. He died at age 79 in 2010, by which time he was known not only as a successful businessman Read More

Cool Runnings

We do these things to ourselves.

On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness.

When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise.

They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are Read More

Spend a Little More — Get a Lot More

If you want to put an all-wheel-drive sports car into your collection, but you don’t want to pay the ticket price for an exotic and you don’t want the boy-racer styling of a sport compact, there aren’t a lot of options. Fortunately, the obvious choice is also a good one. The Audi TT is a car you can drive every day, and it is likely to age well in your collection.

The TT badge recalls the Tourist Trophy races, where Read More

1977 Datsun 280Z

  • Original paint
  • Original drivetrain
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 89,000 actual miles
  • Original interior with pristine dash
  • Rust-free
  • Factory a/c converted to R134A
  • New tires and recent alignment
  • Dealer optional rocker-panel trim
  • Chrome sport mirrors
  • Two original keys
  • Original owner’s manual
  • New fuel, vacuum, brake and coolant hoses
  • New fuel filter, lines, pump, Read More

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

  • 57,890 miles
  • Matching-numbers 3.6L flat 6-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Grand Prix White with Black leather interior
  • Velour floor mats
  • White wheels with Porsche crests
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Headlight washers
  • AM/FM four-speaker radio with cassette deck and remote CD player
  • Sport seat with electric height adjustment
  • Air conditioning with climate control
  • On-board computer
  • Original MSRP and service history dating back to 1995
  • Clean CARFAX and Autocheck

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta “Plexi”

Representing a paradigm shift in Ferrari’s design language, the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta, later nicknamed the “Daytona,” was first introduced to the world at the 1968 Paris Motor Show.

An early European-specification example with Plexiglas headlight covers, this Daytona was originally finished in Blu Dino over a Nero interior. Completed by the factory in September of 1969, it was immediately shipped to Maranello Concessionaires in England. It is believed that when new, this car was likely used personally by Colonel Ronnie Read More

1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder by Frua

An original, matching-numbers example, chassis 707 boasts a totally original interior. The leather seats display a light patina commensurate with the limited mileage covered. Incredibly, all carpets, including the boot, are original to the car, as are the Maserati-embossed floor mats, and under-bonnet and boot lid quilting.

There are 26,103 miles on the odometer.

The hood and hood cover are original, and the car also comes with an additional new hood cover for everyday use to avoid possible damage to Read More

2004 Noble M12 GTO 2.5

British entrepreneur, car designer and engineer Lee Noble founded Noble Automotive Ltd. in 1999.

Using experience from his time spent at Ascari, Noble quickly established his company’s commitment to designing and manufacturing high-performance sports cars with a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. As chief designer, he oversaw the evolution of the company’s first model, the M10, into the M12, which was first produced in 2000. This soon became a benchmark for its incredibly compliant ride, pin-sharp handling and impressive power delivery, receiving Read More

1918 Stutz Bearcat Rumble-Seat Roadster

Built in just five weeks, Harry Clayton Stutz’s first car did sufficiently well at the 1911 Indianapolis 500, finishing 11th, despite numerous stops for fresh tires, to prompt its creator to set up the Ideal Motor Car Company to manufacture the Stutz.

The first production models were closely based on the successful Indianapolis car and featured proprietary Wisconsin engines and Stutz’s own rear 3-speed transaxle. The Bearcat remained a fixture of the range until the end of the 1924 season, Read More

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