1984 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo

The 208 Turbo, introduced in 1982, was the first time that Ferrari fitted a turbocharger on a marketed model. The 219-hp Ferrari delivers a performance that lives up to its attractiveness.

This specific example is in wonderful, well-preserved condition, with flawless bodywork and original beige leather highlighted by pleasant patina. This 208 GTS Turbo was sold new in Italy and includes a stamped logbook with various services carried out at the time. It’s been in the hands of a collector Read More

1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport

This magnificent high-performance, post-vintage thoroughbred two-seater began life as a Works-backed Bugatti entry in the 1932 Le Mans 24-Hour race. It was co-driven there by two of France’s most capable and charismatic drivers, the aristocratic Sarthois (from Le Mans) Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart and the renowned Monegasque future French Champion, Louis Chiron.

While this 2.3-liter supercharged straight-8 Bugatti originated with a spartan lightweight racing body tailored to that year’s Le Mans 24-Hour regulations, following its post-race sale to Parisian magazine publisher Read More

1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low-Chassis Sports “Scout”

In an era when most cars stood tall, the 4½-Litre S-type Invicta, with its dramatically lowered chassis, caused a sensation. Few sports cars before or since have so looked the part.

The Invicta Company’s origins go back to 1924, when Noel Macklin and Oliver Lyle, both of whom had motor-industry experience, got together to create a car combining American levels of flexibility and performance with European quality and roadholding.

Apart from a handful of prototypes, all Invictas were powered by Read More

1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible

  • Top-of-the-line 427/435 convertible finished in Marina Blue over Bright Blue
  • Highly optioned with desirable cast-aluminum bolt-on wheels, hard top, F41 suspension and off-road exhaust
  • Well-documented chain of ownership dating back to 1967
  • Bloomington Gold Certified, Survivor, Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight Award Winner
  • Exceptionally well-preserved, unrestored example with original Protect-O-Plate. Among the finest examples known to exist.

Traps for the Unwary Buyer

Two months ago (February 2020, p. 60), “Legal Files” focused on several traps that unwary sellers might fall into when selling collector cars. This month, we turn the tables and look at ways that a buyer can get into trouble.

Get what you’re paying for

Perhaps the most critical thing is to be sure that the car you are buying is actually what it is supposed to be.

Condition problems can always be corrected, but authenticity cannot be created — Read More

Two-Pedal Mettle

I broke “The Draneas Rules.” Again.

Our “Legal Files” columnist, John Draneas, constantly says that you should never buy a car without an inspection — and you should never send money to someone you don’t know (for a refresher, see this month’s column on p. 48).

After willfully and intentionally disregarding both these maxims, I added a new car to the SCM fleet. From finding to owning took less than four hours.

While my clutch leg is coming along nicely, Read More

Back to the Future With the SR5

If you were a young man in the mid-1980s, you wanted a 4×4 Toyota SR5 pickup truck. By any name, these trucks embodied the virtues of the mid-1980s — they were stylish, a little bit boastful and a lot of fun.

It’s no coincidence that young Marty McFly dreamed of owning a tricked-out Toyota SR5 in “Back to the Future.” McFly represented the Everyman of the era.

Affordable and functional

Japanese automakers sold mini trucks in America since Datsun brought Read More