Will Taxes Get Trumped?

Ihave to think I was in the clear majority of the country — I didn’t see much chance that Donald Trump was going to be elected president.

What may have been even more astounding was that the Republican Party gained control of both chambers of the Congress. That sets the stage for some pretty major changes to our tax system that will have substantial effects on car collectors.

Before getting into details, one important qualification Read More

One Fun Econo-Box

When Honda brought the first Civic subcompact to America in the middle of 1972, the car was not very well received.

Honda’s previous cars had been far too small and idiosyncratic for the American buyer, and early Civics had a tendency to rust so badly that the U.S. government forced Honda to recall and repair them with new fenders.

For a short time it looked as though the Civic might not catch on, even though Datsun and Toyota were making Read More

Duemila Ruote: From Scandal to Windfall

Luigi Compiano is an Italian businessman who inherited a substantial security company from his father, Arnaldo.

Based in Treviso in the northeastern corner of Italy, North East Services was founded in 1929 by Mr. Compiano’s grandfather.

Arnaldo Compiano developed this small business into one of the market leaders in the secure handling and movement of cash and valuables by armored trucks. He died at age 79 in 2010, by which time he was known not only as a successful businessman Read More

Cool Runnings

We do these things to ourselves.

On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness.

When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise.

They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are Read More

Spend a Little More — Get a Lot More

If you want to put an all-wheel-drive sports car into your collection, but you don’t want to pay the ticket price for an exotic and you don’t want the boy-racer styling of a sport compact, there aren’t a lot of options. Fortunately, the obvious choice is also a good one. The Audi TT is a car you can drive every day, and it is likely to age well in your collection.

The TT badge recalls the Tourist Trophy races, where Read More

1977 Datsun 280Z

  • Original paint
  • Original drivetrain
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • 89,000 actual miles
  • Original interior with pristine dash
  • Rust-free
  • Factory a/c converted to R134A
  • New tires and recent alignment
  • Dealer optional rocker-panel trim
  • Chrome sport mirrors
  • Two original keys
  • Original owner’s manual
  • New fuel, vacuum, brake and coolant hoses
  • New fuel filter, lines, pump, Read More

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

  • 57,890 miles
  • Matching-numbers 3.6L flat 6-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Grand Prix White with Black leather interior
  • Velour floor mats
  • White wheels with Porsche crests
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Headlight washers
  • AM/FM four-speaker radio with cassette deck and remote CD player
  • Sport seat with electric height adjustment
  • Air conditioning with climate control
  • On-board computer
  • Original MSRP and service history dating back to 1995
  • Clean CARFAX and Autocheck

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta “Plexi”

Representing a paradigm shift in Ferrari’s design language, the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta, later nicknamed the “Daytona,” was first introduced to the world at the 1968 Paris Motor Show.

An early European-specification example with Plexiglas headlight covers, this Daytona was originally finished in Blu Dino over a Nero interior. Completed by the factory in September of 1969, it was immediately shipped to Maranello Concessionaires in England. It is believed that when new, this car was likely used personally by Colonel Ronnie Read More

1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder by Frua

An original, matching-numbers example, chassis 707 boasts a totally original interior. The leather seats display a light patina commensurate with the limited mileage covered. Incredibly, all carpets, including the boot, are original to the car, as are the Maserati-embossed floor mats, and under-bonnet and boot lid quilting.

There are 26,103 miles on the odometer.

The hood and hood cover are original, and the car also comes with an additional new hood cover for everyday use to avoid possible damage to Read More