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1987 Rolls-Royce Camargue

As the ultimate model featured in Rolls-Royce’s 1987 catalog, the Camargue represented a pinnacle of styling, technical innovation and — of course — price for the storied marque. The Camargue’s distinctive styling is the result of collaboration with Pininfarina, a unique design decision which certainly produced a unique outcome. The […]

1987 Audi Quattro

Audi’s Quattro is a legend that rewrote the book in international rallying, as well as causing rival manufacturers to rethink their offerings. It was, quite literally, a trailblazer. The story began with Audi chassis engineer Jörg Bensinger, who spent a Finnish winter testing the Volkswagen Iltis — a 4-wheel-drive West […]

1969 Ferrari 365 GTC

The car offered here, chassis number 12141, was completed by the factory on January 31, 1969, and had been delivered new to Motor S.a.s. di Carla Allegretti e C, the famous official Ferrari dealer in Bologna, by the end of February. The 49th 365 GTC example built, it was thereafter […]

1926 Bugatti Type 37

The fascinating history of this example is chronicled in a report on file by renowned Bugatti historian Pierre-Yves Laugier. On December 1, 1926, chassis 37227 was invoiced for the amount of 46,400 French francs to Mr. René Bacon in the city of Luxey in southwest France. The Bugatti was delivered […]

1956 Austin-Healey 100M

The 100M “Le Mans” was introduced in 1955 as a higher-performance version of the Austin-Healey BN2, featuring larger carburetors and a high-lift camshaft, as well as high-compression pistons and a number of other upgrades that increased engine output from 90 to 110 horsepower. It was also equipped with an upgraded […]

1965 Shelby Cobra 427

One of the crown jewels of Carroll Shelby’s personal collection, this 1965 Shelby Cobra 427, CSX3178, was owned by him from the day it was assembled in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012. One of just five 427 Cobras finished in gorgeous Charcoal Gray, the car arrived at […]

Datsun 280Z, Mazda Miata, Toyota Celica

1976 Datsun 280Z #39365. S/N HLS30301659. 355 miles. “Numbers-matching 2.8-L L28 inline-6, 4-speed manual transmission, light blue metallic over black vinyl, replacement steel wheels with Z hubcaps, factory 14-inch wheels with Toyo Z tires included, removed parts included, factory tools and manuals, ZCON 2020 awards and memorabilia.” Condition: 1+. SOLD […]

The Rise of the Collector-Car “Influencer”

Many of us enthusiasts who enjoy performing basic repairs on our collector cars have discovered that a play-by-play tutorial is usually only a click away on YouTube. Indeed, the Google-owned video website has become a go-to for open exchange of information and opinions among fans of nearly everything. Videos about […]

The Safe Choice

The Honda S2000 debuted in 1999, 10 years after Mazda’s Miata reinvigorated a sedentary roadster market in America. It offered more power than its topless German competitors (BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK 320), along with a stiffer, more responsive chassis. It also undercut the competition with a $32,000 asking […]

Salvage-Title Ferrari: Bargain or a Bad Deal?

Recently, SCMer Bruce Cochran wrote me with an interesting suggestion: “I thought this particular listing for a Ferrari F12 might be of possible interest for a future dissertation. Without knowing anything about ‘salvage titles,’ my first instinct has always been to run in the other direction. My assumption has always […]