When Will It Be Time to Sell?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Baby-Boomer collectors “thinning their collections” and “right-sizing them.”

Whether you have six cars, 60 or 600 — the dilemma is the same. Over the decades you’ve been collecting, as you’ve found the specific model you’ve been looking for, you acquire it — often paying above market — and tuck it away.

However, now, as you look over your garage, you realize that you can’t possibly drive them all. Further, the longer they Read More

Ford GT Speeds Into Litigation

Ford just started delivering its brand-new supercar: the Ford GT.

The car makes 647 horsepower — the most ever out of a V6 engine — yet it still carries Ford’s EcoBoost label. Built entirely out of carbon fiber, this spectacular supercar weighs in at 3,054 pounds, a lightweight by today’s standards. With an estimated 216 mph top speed, it should immediately vault Ford into the major leagues of automotive performance.

Perhaps the only thing faster than the new Ford GT’s Read More

An X1/9 Sold for What?

Fiat/Bertone X1/9

Arecent result from the Bonhams Padua auction on October 28, 2017, caused a bit of a stir here at the “Affordable Classic” desk.

Actually, it wasn’t a stir, but more like a big messy spit-take, a coffee-spewing, head-shaking explosion of disbelief.

A late-in-the-run 1988 Bertone X1/9 1500 coupe went out the door for just a skosh more than $30,000.

I’ll wait while you clean up your coffee.

Admittedly, Read More

1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix Two Seater

1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix Two Seater

All dual-overhead-camshaft engines trace their origins back to a few Peugeots built a hundred years ago by a trio of racers, Jules Goux, Georges Boillot and Paolo Zuccarelli — and their engineer collaborator Ernest Henry.

The race cars they built had several variations to comply with changing regulations, but today only two examples of these pioneering cars exist. This is one of them, while the other has a secure position in a Florida collection.

The Lindley Bothwell Peugeot L45 has Read More

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina

The 14th of 40 Series I 250 GT cabriolets built, chassis 0791GT was delivered new in a very attractive colour combination of Bianco over Blu Connolly leather. Its color scheme perfectly suited the car’s personality as a fashionable open-top Ferrari.

First owner John R. Fulp Jr. of Greenville, SC, was a gentleman racer with respectable showings at both Sebring and Le Mans. Fulp kept the car until the fall of 1959, when it was traded back to Luigi Chinetti for Read More

1968 Porsche 912

1968 Porsche 912
  • 1,582-cc OHV air-cooled opposed 4-cylinder engine
  • Two Solex downdraft carburetors
  • 102 horsepower at 5,800 rpm
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Independent front and rear suspension
  • Four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
  • 89,194 miles on the odometer
  • Well-documented service history
  • An excellent candidate for restoration

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

1958 Facel Vega FVS Series 4

It’s hard to believe that the beautiful Facel Vega automobiles evolved from a company that specialized in building office equipment.

By the late 1950s, these limited-production vehicles, which had depended upon powerplants supplied by Chrysler from the start, had grown quite a fan base among those who knew quality automobiles. In 1958, a powerful Hemi V8 from Chrysler powered the FVS.

Shifting the new Franco-American design was a choice of 4-speed manual transmission or the push-button-operated Power-Flite automatic. This car Read More

1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe

1993 Jaguar XJ 220 Coupe

The words “supercar” and “sensational” are often to be found in conjunction, and no more justifiably so than in the case of Jaguar’s fabulous XJ 220.

Worthy successor to the multiple Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type Jaguars of the 1950s, the XJ 220 grabbed the headlines just as its illustrious forebears had done in previous decades, when the prototype burst upon an astonished world in 1988.

A planned limited-production run of a minimum of 220 and a maximum of 350 Read More

1936 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan

1936 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan

The 1936 Cadillac Series 90 convertible sedan was one of only six built that year, the second-to-last season for Cadillac’s original V16.

The original build sheet notes that it was shipped to New York City and then directed to Brooklyn for its original owner. The body was finished in wonderfully named Phantom Metallic, with Vincennes Red wire wheels with full discs, dual sidemounts with painted covers, a Master radio and gold Goddess mascot.

The significance of this V16 amongst its Read More