1984 Lamborghini Jalpa 3.5 Targa

  • 3.5-liter V8 engine; 5-speed manual transmission, beneficiary of a professional restoration completed in 2016
  • Odometer displays 80,021 kilometers (about 49,723 miles).
  • Removable targa top, Carello fog lights, and Ruote O.Z. wheels
  • Equipped with Alpine radio with cassette and Alpine car phone; retains $5,000 optional rear wing
  • Accompanied by owner’s manual and binder of documentation
  • One of just 410 produced from 1982 to 1988

1971 Trident Clipper Coupe

The Trident Clipper started out as a Trevor Fiore styling exercise commissioned by TVR and exhibited at the Geneva Salon in 1965.

When the Blackpool-based sports-car maker went through one of its many financial crises, the Clipper project was acquired by Bill Last, one of its dealers. Early Clippers used the TVR Grantura chassis before Last switched first to the Austin-Healey 3000 frame and then to that of the Triumph TR6 for the related Venturer and Tycoon models. Ford V8 Read More

Acura NSX, Nissan Skyline NISMO, Honda Civic

1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition

# 29964. S/N JH4NA2124XT000170. 57k miles. “3.2-liter VTEC V6, 6-speed manual transaxle, #43 of 51 Zanardi Edition Models, fixed-roof hard top, new Formula Red over Onyx, staggered-diameter BBS wheels, recent timing-belt service, new water pump, recent service records.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $135,000. Bring a Trailer, 4/9/2020.

Brian’s take: The NSX isn’t a new car entering the collectible scene. It is Honda’s closest thing to a supercar. Not long ago, a nice, Read More

An Endless Summer

Fourteen years at SCM has taken me to some interesting places. I’ve been to Monterey, Scottsdale and Amelia countless times. I’ve run down the PCH in brand-new BMWs, studied Alfas under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais in Paris, and buzzed a cornfield full of Corvettes in Illinois while leaning out of a doorless, rickety, trailer-towed helicopter and holding an SCM camera. I’ve driven everything from new Gallardos to Keith’s dead Volvo du jour and have written about them Read More

Cars in the Courts

The COVID-19 lockdown has had a dramatic effect on our society. Among the many dislocations are that people are driving less, interacting less — and trying to stay out of trouble. Also, the courts are pretty much shut down except for essential business.

As a result, there haven’t been any juicy legal files popping up lately. So, in a bit of a back-to-basics approach, we’re going to look at a number of legal vignettes where collector cars have found themselves Read More

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0

Sold at $390,000
RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL
March 6, 2020, Lot 160
Chassis number: WDB1269451A476006
SCM Condition for this car: 2-

Of all the recent Mercedes-Benz AMG sales, this is the blockbuster.

The premium that this example generated, however, is no accident.

AMG built this car at their Affalterbach, Germany, workshop, which means it is as authentic as it could be. Just when this writer began to give up on his theory that cars Read More

Color Madness

I named this column “Unconventional Wisdom” for a specific reason. So often through the years, I have been involved in situations in which statements were made that were considered absolute by the speaker. “They never did that.” Or its inevitable twin, “They always did that.”

The topics that engender these absolutes can wildly vary, but one that comes up time and again is that of color. Since the first impression a motor vehicle makes on us is an aesthetic one — and in some cases Read More

A Time of Transformation

This pandemic sucker-punched all of us.

In the past 30 days, the collector-car world has gone from hoping that things might stay the same to realizing they are changed forever.

The cancellation of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Queen Mother of all car events, sent a clear signal.

Is our future uncertain? Yes. Are we afraid? Yes.

But it is okay to be nervous and worried when facing the unknown.

Ultimately, we will pull through this and recover, moving Read More

The Amazing, Affordable Alfa Spider

The affordable European sports-car pantheon usually comes down to just four cars: the MGB, the Triumph Spitfire, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, and the Alfa Romeo Spider.

I can already hear the seismic rumble of readers jumping up to mention the MG/Austin-Healey Spridget, Triumph TR-series, Opel GT, Sunbeam Alpine, Volvo P1800 and, God help us, the Jensen-Healey. Truly, there’s a case to be made for each of those and others besides, but if you ask any enthusiast, it’s almost certain Read More