You Gotta Know When to Hold ’em.

One good way to judge when a car becomes collectible is to simply note when its value rises above the original purchase price

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Part I: Defining the Collectible Porsche

Why do some Porsches accelerate quickly in value, while others languish? We can all agree that pedestrian models, such as the 924, will never be worth big money. But how do we identify the interesting Porsche variants that will appreciate modestly, Read More

1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout

Mercers remain four to five times more expensive than a comparable Stutz, proving that a Raceabout is the most desirable pre-WWI car built in America

Restored from a highly original and complete car, this is one of very few authentic Mercer Raceabouts. Like the 1911 Simplex in the Chandler Collection, it was once owned by Rhode Island collector Webster Knight III, then acquired by Ed Saczawa in Connecticut, who planned to restore Read More

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Last month in Part I, we examined why some Porsche values accelerate like an early 911S, while others lag behind like a 924 with a bad head gasket. Except for a few celebrity connections-such as Speedsters driven in the movies by the likes of Paul Newman and Steve McQueen-probable values can be established by answers to some basic questions.

There are two value patterns of interest to car collectors. One, the “strong value” pattern, shows a price that rises Read More

1946-47 Frazer Nash-BMW 328

This car is accepted by the Vintage Sports Car Club as a pre-WWII example, which is a big plus as it can race (and beat up on) lesser sports cars

Before we examine this unique car, let’s take a look at its origins. In 1934 BMW’s first sports car, the very nimble 315, made mincemeat out of the British Aldington brothers and their “chain gang,” chain-drive Frazer Nash sports cars in the Read More

1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider

Alfa Romeo’s reputation is built on performance. From the earliest days as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobile (ALFA), the company dedicated itself to racing as a way to improve its road cars and earn a reputation among enthusiasts.

A long string of superb cars followed-the 22/90 RLSS, 6C 1750 Gran Sport, Tipo B (P3), the 8C 2300 Monza, and the legendary 8C 2900.
In the post-war period, Alfa’s racing success led to the introduction of a new generation of road Read More

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet

Alfa Romeo offered a full range of models within the 6C 2500 line, from the Freccia d’Oro sedans to lightweight competition spiders. Although prewar in its basic design, the post-war 6C 2500s were boldly innovative among their competitors and contemporaries. Introduced in 1939 as a successor to the highly successful 6C 2300, the 6C 2500 was already a highly developed and competent automobile when production resumed in 1946.

The modest Turismo single-carbureted version produced 87 bhp, while the triple-carbureted SS Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

As described by the seller on eBay Motors: Up for auction, a beautiful 1965 SS. She is one of the few in the world. She is just lovely-anywhere she goes all heads turn on her.

This 1965 Giulia Sprint Speciale was in the family for 18 years in south Orange County and kept in a garage most of the time.
She looks and runs great, starts right up. Paint is old but nice, all lights, gauges are in good Read More

Alfa Romeos: 1956 Giulietta Berlina, 1966 2600 Sprint Zagato, 1971 GTV, 1991 164S

Four different Alfas grace this month’s profile section as Alfas are highlighted marque this year in Monterey.

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1956 Giulietta Berlina
Chassis number: AR148801774
This is an original early 1956 Alfa Romeo 750C 4-door Berlina with a column-shifted four-speed shifter and its original, numbers-matching engine. This car is quite complete, however it is missing a hubcap and a tail light lens and does not have the correct carb and air cleaner. Read More

1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto

Green may work for the Emerald City or the Wicked Witch of the West; however, it’s anything but wicked on a Duetto

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In the early 1960s, auto enthusiasts were aware of the nimble, small Italian spider made by Alfa Romeo, but it wasn’t until 1967, when a Duetto appeared in the movie “The Graduate” that Alfa Romeos became widely recognized.
Alfa’s 105 Series range was introduced at the Monza Read More

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Ghia coupe

Unlike most European manufacturers, Alfa raced all over the world, winning its class in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana with a four-door 1900

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As Alfa Romeo’s first post-war design, the 1900 was considered a lightweight, compact model at its introduction in 1950. A turning point for the marque, gone were the straight-eight and supercharged projectiles that had written so much motor racing history. Now Alfa replaced them with a new four-cylinder Read More