Making Old Cars Safer

You’ve probably seen news reports about comedian Kevin Hart’s car crash and his extensive injuries. Despite Internet reports that all involved have “lawyered up” and that a “lawsuit’s almost certain,” we haven’t seen an actual lawsuit filed.

Maybe it’s getting filed as you read this, but the lack of a lawsuit doesn’t mean we can’t use this as an example of how insurance and legal liability work.

In case you’ve missed the hubbub, Hart is a very popular 40-year-old actor Read More

1994 McLaren F1

This F1 was built in 1994 and originally finished in Midnight Blue Pearl over a black interior and dispatched to its first owner in Japan. In 1999 the F1 was sold to a collector in Germany, and he returned the car to the factory in 2000 for a series of upgrades to LM specifications.

This work included installation of the High Downforce Kit, a transmission cooler, two additional radiators, and a modified exhaust system. The air conditioning was upgraded, a Read More

1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34

  • Rare Type 34, never sold in U.S.
  • Recently serviced
  • Numbers-matching
  • De Luxe package

This matching-numbers 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34 De Luxe has 63,889 original miles and is finished in Lotus White with a red interior. This Karmann Ghia drives well, powered by a 1,600-cc 4-cylinder engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. It features a working original Emden radio, whitewall tires, speedometer, hazard warning system, padded dash, indicator light for dual-braking system, reverse lights and a Read More

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0 AMG

Among AMG’s pre-merger hierarchy, the 300CE 6.0 AMG “Hammer” is considered by many to be one of the most desirable models. First registered in Japan in November of 1995, according to the accompanying Japanese Export Certificate, the car remained there until 2014, when it was purchased and exported to Europe. At this time the car was noted as having 75,100 km (46,6664 miles) on the odometer and was wearing white paintwork. After leaving Japan, the car was shipped to the Read More

1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

  • Desirable “non-cat” and “non-adjustable” model
  • Three private owners and fewer than 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) from new
  • Single private ownership for over 25 years
  • Air conditioning, wind-up windows, Sabelt harnesses
  • Ferrari Classiche certified

The ultimate Ferrari of the 1980s, the F40 was one of the company’s original true supercars. Pioneering the use of carbon fiber in a road car, it was designed with lightness and aerodynamics in mind, with no concessions made for luxury.

Most remarkable was the Read More

1964 Apollo 3500 GT Spider

  • The first Apollo Spider produced
  • One of just five remaining and the only aluminum-block example built
  • Impeccable bodylines, striking European styling and all-alloy V8 power
  • Designed by Franco Scaglione
  • Restored by IMC engineer and co-founder Milt Brown

1915 Stutz Model 4F Bearcat

  • An authentic Bearcat, as noted by the late historian/restorer Paul Freehill
  • Well-preserved, award-winning restoration
  • Formerly part of the Charles LeMaitre and James Bradley Collections
  • Open Best of Show and class winner at 2011 Ironstone Concours
  • One of America’s earliest sports cars; a performance icon of its time

From Auction House to Courthouse

Falcon Woods LLC, a Nevis, West Indies, limited-liability company, was about to cut a fat hog. It had consigned its 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa GT coupe, chassis number 0379GT, to Gooding & Company for its 2018 Scottsdale auction. The estimated sales price for Lot 116 was $1.6m to $2m. Just before the auction started, Falcon Woods received an alarming phone call. Gooding had been contacted by a Peter Piper, who claimed that the Ferrari still belonged to the estate of Read More

Hands-On Experience

I first met Gary Bartlett at a small gathering of Americans participating in the Mille Miglia in 1992.

We were in the small town of Soragna, near Brescia, Italy. Longtime SCMer Joe Tomasetti organized the dinner.

This was before the “MM” became a bucket-list event for wealthy enthusiasts from all over the world. There were few Americans. We were strangers in a strange land as we piloted our old cars across the Italian landscape.

Our little group included Cindy Banzer and Read More