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Sidestepping the Broker

This month’s “Legal Files” concerns a recent situation in which a friend bought a car that was listed in an online auction. Except that “Bob” didn’t win the auction; he wound up as the underbidder. The high bidder did not meet the seller’s reserve, however, and the auction was a […]

A Capital Idea

The collector-car world is experiencing a metamorphosis. Over the past six years, we have witnessed the maturation of the industry. The transition began in earnest when RM Auctions announced a strategic partnership with publicly traded Sotheby’s in 2015. Next, in 2020, media giant Hearst acquired Bring a Trailer for an […]

Status Symbol

So this Bentley owner is getting out of his car and he gets sideswiped, ripping the door clean off its hinges. The police show up and he starts yelling about the damage, and the cop says, “Sir, your left arm is torn off!” The Bentley owner looks down and says, […]

1962 Ferrari 268 SP

In 1960, following the lead taken by Cooper and Lotus, Ferrari began to experiment with rear-engine placement in its Formula One and sports-racing cars. The dual overhead-cam V6 engine co-engineered by Vittorio Jano and credited to the late Dino Ferrari was the powerplant of choice, and potential applications ranged from […]

2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package

Offered from the Fox Collection The legendary LFA’s most exclusive and desirable edition; one of 25 U.S.-delivery Nürburgring Package examples Features 562-hp, 4.8-liter V10 with 9,000 rpm redline, lightweight BBS wheels and numerous aerodynamic enhancements Rarely seen black over a black interior; driven fewer than 930 miles from new Accompanied […]

1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 Type S

The Mercedes-Benz “S” was created in a magical period for the company, shortly after the merger of Daimler and Benz, while Ferdinand Porsche was chief engineer. He built a powerful-yet-versatile automobile — a true all-rounder, at home on the racetrack, at hillclimbs and providing exhilirating driving for the road. The […]

1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series II Aerodinamico Coupe

Amagnificent expression of power and exclusivity, the 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico exudes the individual character and artistry of a bygone era in custom coachbuilding. These exotic, large-displacement Ferraris were the most expensive and refined road-going automobiles of the early 1960s, built in extremely limited numbers for Enzo’s most important […]

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet

Factory archives note this to be a T26 with the potent Grand Sport 4.5-liter power unit, and specifically the more-desirable aluminum-head version, of which a mere three dozen were equipped. Talbot-Lago’s designation for these was T26 Record Sport. Figoni’s production record states that they received the Record Sport chassis from […]

1968 AC 428 Spider by Frua

AC often seemed doomed to being left in the lurch by events not of its own making, yet each time, the Hurlock family’s company demonstrated a resilience largely unprecedented in automobile history. Several of these “snatched from the jaws of defeat” moments are reflected in the collection of Jim Feldman, […]

1963 Shelby Cobra 289

The end of 1962 brought major revisions which rendered the Cobra into its third — and most illustrious — form to which the model owes its revered status. Now utilizing rack-and-pinion steering and Ford’s new 289-cubic-inch V8, the 289 Cobra harnessed the perfect balance of handling and raw power for […]