The Bidders of the Future

In the years that SCM has been reporting on Monterey, we’ve watched the auction sales totals go from $10.8m in 1996 to this year’s $374.4m.

From just 209 cars being offered in 1996 at Monterey (Rick Cole and Christie’s), there were 1,389 cars looking for new buyers this year at six auctions.

The 2018 results mark this as “only the third-best Monterey,” with $396.7m in 2015 and $463.7m in 2014 holding the top positions for exuberant spending.

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This Dino Was a Deal

When is a Ferrari not a Ferrari? Generally speaking, when it’s a Dino.

These vehicles were created because Ferrari needed to build a production V6 in sufficient numbers to homologate the engine for racing in the mid-1960s. However, Ferrari didn’t want to offer a downsized engine in its own road-going cars, so another solution had to be found.

The answer was to produce the Dino as its own marque. Check the Ferrari Profile “1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder” by Read More

Clever Internet Crooks Want Your Money

When was the last time you spent Sunday morning reading the classified section of your newspaper looking for a car to buy?

Been a while? Yeah, me too.

The Internet has pretty much replaced newspapers as the central marketplace for used cars. That is understandable, as the Internet allows easy access to buyers and sellers all over the world with a few clicks of the mouse.

But the electronic pipeline also provides equally easy access to scam artists of every Read More

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

A1964 Targa Florio class winner, chassis 3413 was just the third production Ferrari 250 GTO built. A fierce competitor, it racked up 15 overall and class victories between 1962 and 1965 including two Targa Florio class wins.

After retirement from serious competition, chassis 3413 passed through the hands of several enthusiast owners who continued to exercise the car in numerous vintage events.

Examples of the 250 GTO are very rarely offered for sale. Chassis 3413 is now available for the Read More

1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Prototype

  • The most significant one-off Works Aston Martin
  • A unique Works Design Project, developed to compete at Le Mans
  • Driven by Lucien Bianchi and Phil Hill at Le Mans, 1963
  • Clocked at 198.6 mph on the Mulsanne Straight
  • Restored with the consultation of Ted Cutting, the original designer
  • Fitted with its original engine and correct-type 5-speed gearbox
  • 1963 Works-built Hiduminium body
  • An exceptional and important part of Aston Martin racing heritage
  • The final David Brown competition Aston Martin

1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S

  • Comprehensive restoration with extensive receipt file
  • $23,000 paint by Stuart’s Paint & Body Specialists of Dallas, TX
  • $80,000-plus in mechanicals by Norwood Auto Italia of Carrollton, TX
  • New leather interior panels and carpet from marque specialists
  • Factory tools and manual included

1953 Siata 208S Spider

Under the guidance of several marque experts, this beautifully restored example of the rare Motto-bodied spider benefits from a recent restoration to factory specifications. According to the amalgamated data of John De Boer’s Italian Car Registry, and other anecdotal sources, chassis BS518 was sold new in 1957 from the backyard of the Beverly Hills-based oilman Bill Doheny, who famously financed the local Siata importer (and Carrera Panamericana driver) Ernie McAfee. This late delivery does indeed indicate that BS518 might have Read More

1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Coupe

Holman-Moody was initially allocated three GT40s for the 1966 season: chassis P1016 (the car offered here), P1031 and P1032. Although the chassis numbers were among the sequence used for production GT40 road and racing cars, they were each built to new Mk II specifications. The GT40 Mk II was the product of Kar Kraft, Ford’s stateside sports car facility, which took the initially British-built GT40 and problem-solved its weaker aspects. The chassis was made stiffer from thicker-gauge steel, and it Read More

1935 Duesenberg SSJ

  • This car is the ultimate Model J Duesenberg, one of only two SSJs built
  • Special short-wheelbase chassis and supercharged twin-carb engine
  • Sporting open coachwork designed by J. Herbert Newport Jr.
  • Originally delivered to Hollywood legend Gary Cooper
  • The car is in unrestored condition. It retains the original chassis, engine and bodywork.
  • Just two owners — Briggs Cunningham and Miles Collier — since 1949