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1955 Hudson Italia

Always one for creative thinking, Hudson designer Frank Spring thought he had just the right idea to improve sales of the small Jet. Spring worked with Italian coachbuilder Touring to design the Super Jet, a prototype that looked like nothing else on American roads in 1953, with its wraparound windshield, […]

Risky Business

Some shy away from doors that open to unknown places. I have always been drawn to them. I don’t recall what caused my instant and all-consuming obsession to own a 928, this most-unloved of exotic Porsches. But once I got onto the roller coaster and the safety bar clicked down, […]

Toyota Corolla, Mitsubishi 3000GT, Datsun 240Z

1986 Toyota Corolla SR5 #37232. S/N JT2AE86C8G0227932. 229k miles. “1.6-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, red over gray cloth, Nardi steering wheel, aftermarket stereo, Konig wheels, Weber carburetor, window sticker.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $10,695. Bring a Trailer, 10/2/2020. Brian’s take: The Toyota Corolla SR5, one of the icons in […]

A Busy, If Not Boisterous, Market

Enthusiasts are buying and selling cars. Although the market is not boisterous, it is busy. The current COVID-19 situation has not eliminated or diminished our love of cranky old cars. Rather, it has caused us to find appropriate, safe ways to enjoy our cars and each other, all while modifying […]

1986 BMW M5

Sold at $102,359 (€90,200)RM Sotheby’s Online-Only — The European SaleFeaturing the Petitjean CollectionJune 3–11, 2020, Lot 358 Chassis number: WBSDC910401018399SCM Condition for this car: 2- I was shopping for a new car in 1988 and never considered the M5 until I started poking around my local dealer’s inventory of 535is […]

Understanding Auction Theory

Dear Legal Files: I read your article on shill bidding (“Legal Files,” November 2020) this week. It was funny because I had just bid at auction for a piece of art that I didn’t win. The bidding went to my bid limit, which was me, and then $20k higher on […]

Type Righter

The motoring press went wild when Jaguar brought out the F-type in 2013. Normally sober critics such as Car and Driver described it as “the car you want to be seen in.” Even my own spouse went a little starry-eyed over the F-type the first time I brought one home. […]

Artistic Drive

“A roaring motor car … is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.” — Filippo Marinetti, a founder of the Futurist art movement Picture the scene: a quaint cobbled London mews that once housed the horse stables of the Kensington aristocracy but had since become a mecca for classic-car collectors, […]

1959 Tojeiro California Spyder

A unique post-war racing car conceived by famed race engineer John Tojeiro Completed to a very high standard in accordance with Tojeiro’s original vision Hand-formed body to original designs by Coachsmithing of Blair, WI 300-plus-hp, 302-cubic-inch GMC inline 6-cylinder engine; Muncie “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission Accompanied by history files, […]

1991 GMC Syclone

One of 2,995 produced for 1991 280-hp, turbocharged and intercooled 4.3-liter fuel-injected V6 engine GMC claimed a 4.6-second 0–60 mph time and 124-mph top speed Odometer displays 2,228 miles Automatic transmission; full-time all-wheel drive Finished in black over a matching black interior with red accents Air conditioning and numerous power […]