Scottsdale Muscle Still Buffed

I fully expected Scottsdale to result in a dismal showing for muscle car prices. I couldn’t have been more wrong

Last year’s Arizona auctions proved that we were indeed due for a well deserved and most predictable “adjustment” in many segments of the muscle car market. As such, 2007 brought us more headlines about the muscle car market “crash” than those of Britney Spears’s need for psychiatric care.

The last twelve Read More

Where Are Ferrari’s Future Classics?

One of the frequent questions that crosses my desk is “Which current Ferraris will become classics like the Lusso, 275 GTB, or any of the collectible earlier Ferraris?” Sadly, the answer is very few, if any.

Win on Domenica, sell on Lunedi

From the first Ferraris built in 1947, the Ferrari reputation was built on wins at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Tour de France, Le Mans, and other races. Almost every early Ferrari was a V12 one-off, Read More

Keeper or Flipper?

Ever notice the guy at your cousin’s wedding, endlessly scrolling through his Blackberry during the service?

Are you a collector or flipper? I find it makes all the difference to your enjoyment of the hobby to understand who you are and what you are doing. To see how you rate, take this little test. Don’t worry about the outcome, as both collectors and flippers can live happily ever after.

Check your Read More

Is Your Snake a Replicant?

Unless you are building an S/C or Comp car replica, just say “no” to scoops, roll bars, sidepipes, stripes, and other incorrect items

Okay, I’ll freely admit I am a Cobra snob. I’m not as bad as one I witnessed at a Cobra gathering, running toward a replica yelling “I’m going to kick the lid off the Tupperware.” Or another who wears a T-shirt that says, “Oh, you have a Cobra too? Read More

An MG That Fits You to a ‘T’

The fastest TF takes 18.9 seconds to reach 60 mph and you run the risk of being rear-ended by a soccer mom in her SUV

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The MG TC, TD, and TF brought top-down British sports car motoring to America, and all three are now affordable collectibles that give you an authentic taste of a bygone era.

In the beginning. well almost

Bankrupted by WWII, Britain faced “export or die” Read More

A Costly 911 Dream

Don’t let a shop bill you for the time it takes them to gain experience on a complex set of pressed-steel stampings

We got plenty of mail on McKeel Hagerty’s 1967 911S restoration story (December, p. 58), including this letter from Pete Zimmermann, longtime SCMer and author of The Used 911 Story. He writes:

I had to scratch my head when I read about the $150,000 restoration of a 1967 911S. I Read More

Shelby Sacks SAAC

After 32 years, Carroll Shelby no longer officially recognizes SAAC

In my May 2007 column (p. 60), I wrote about the 32-year relationship between automotive icon Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC).

I said then that SAAC is the best friend that Shelby ever had; it has steadfastly preserved the legacy of Shelby American and made Ol’ Shel a celebrity in the process.

To recap the history of Read More

Extras, Extras, Read All About It!

How about fitted luggage, a child seat that mounted over the center
armrest, and leopard-skin seat covers?

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“Comes equipped with clock, luggage rack, driving lights, detachable hard top, AM/FM radio, and air conditioning.”

That’s pretty typical equipment for any new sports car today, and in the 1960s, high-end Jaguars and Aston Martins offered similar options, but did you know that you could have bought all that equipment for Read More

A Dose of Reality in Your Ferrari Dreams

Recently, one early-morning caller wanted an “F1 Ferrari.” That afternoon, another emailed wanting “a race car,” and a later caller wanted either a 246 GTS or a 550. While buying a Ferrari is an inexact science, I start by explaining that all Ferraris are in some way “mission specific.”
To the first-time buyer who wanted a Ferrari F1 car, I simply asked “Why?” and followed with a series of questions:

    • “Have you every driven a Formula car Read More

Decoding Early 911 Values

Contrary to myth, 1965-68 SWB cars are not rare, with 44,943 units made-that’s 40% of production from 1965 to 1973

This chart of 911 data has never been seen before. This is because the Porsche records are a mess, there are several massive typographical errors in the published data, and no one had taken the time to put all the conflicting data together over the past 25 years and try a “best Read More