La Vita Riprendo

As many who read this column know, I am a retired opera singer. One of my favorite composers is Giuseppe Verdi — not least because he wrote amazing music for the baritone voice.

Verdi loved Shakespeare, and one of the best baritone roles he created was that of Macbeth.

In Act Two of the opera, there is a scene set at a lavish banquet Macbeth and his lady are giving for the assembled nobles. Missing, of course, is Banquo — Read More

Every Car Is a Book

Think of the world of collectible cars as a giant lending library.

While every book is different, most have just five chapters.

Aware. Acquire. Activate. Exult. Farewell.

These are the five chapters that mark the relationship with every collector car that comes into your life. When the last chapter is completed, it’s time to close the book and return it to the shelf.

When its next caretaker selects the same volume, it is new to him or her — and Read More

Toyota MR2, Acura Integra Type R, Honda Civic

1989 Toyota MR2

# 31550. S/N JT2AW16JXK0148631. 49k miles. “Supercharged and intercooled 1.6-L inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, Super Red over black leather, sport seats,14-inch Teardrop wheels, $3k service in January 2019.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $23,500. Bring a Trailer 5/11/2020.

Brian’s take: This MR2, short for Mid-ship Runabout 2-seater, sold for what seems like a lot of money. Most first-gen MR2s, if you can find one in decent shape, tend to sell for $2,000–$5,000. Another MR2 Read More

2007 Subaru Impreza WRC S12B

Sold at $244,448
Silverstone Race Retro, Silverstone, U.K.
February 22, 2020, Lot 220
Chassis number: PR0GDB06014
SCM Condition for this car: 2-

This car is something very special because WRC cars are semi-contained insanity. Think Formula One, but run on snow, gravel, dirt and tarmac. With grassroots participation throughout the world, the World Rally Championship provides an exciting driving and spectating experience. Here in Michigan, cars at the Sno*Drift National Rally are loud, fast, and Read More

Changing Market Presents Challenges

Everyone has their opinion about where the collector-car market is headed, and no one can honestly claim that their crystal ball is clearer than anyone else’s.

“Legal Files” won’t claim to know more about the market than the real market experts, whose words appear on other pages of this issue. But conducting a legal practice in the collector-car arena puts us in touch with a variety of market players, leading to what may well be useful insights for consideration.

Multiple Read More

Ignore Your Inner Chad

“Midgets suck. Get an MGB.”

That was the considered opinion of my friend Chad when I expressed my intention to buy a rather crusty 1970 MG Midget back in the late 1980s. Luckily, I resisted peer pressure and bought the car. It turned out to be one of the best automotive decisions I ever made. Take that, foolish Chad!

However mistaken he may have been, Chad’s viewpoint illustrates the challenge that the MG Midget — and its alt-badge doppelgänger, the Read More

2012 Ferrari FF

Making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari FF was a shooting-brake-style four-seater offering buyers a Ferrari first: a full-size Grand Tourer with a 650-bhp V12 engine and 4-wheel drive.

The car was designed by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s own chief designer, Flavio Manzoni. Ferrari had previously dabbled with four driven wheels with the 1987 408 Integrale concept, but the V12-engined FF is the first Ferrari to make series production with such a system.