Our old cars haven’t changed in the past 30 years.
What has changed is the world around them.
In 1988, when we produced the first issue of The Alfa Romeo Market Letter on a mimeograph machine, our 1967 GTV would have been 21 years old.
Most GTVs in 1988 were just tired used cars that nobody cared about. They were complicated, with dual-overhead camshafts and Weber carburetors — and expensive to maintain.
I was buying running-and-driving GTVs for $5,000 and Read More
Houston attorney Tony Buzbee found himself in a war of words with his Homeowners Association — the River Oaks Property Owners. For some reason, the HOA isn’t very keen on his authentic World War II Sherman tank.
In Buzbee’s words, “This particular tank landed at Normandy, it liberated Paris… and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. This is a piece of American history. But for this type of vehicle, we would not have won the war.”
Buzbee purchased the Read More
The 996 is the pit bull of 911s — but not in a dispositional or aesthetic sense.
However, like the odd pit bull that inexplicably snaps, the 996 can be a car that’s perfectly fine — until it’s not fine.
An infamous bearing
The source of the Porsche 996’s reputation is well known to readers of SCM and to class-action attorneys alike: The bearing on the intermediate shaft (IMS) that drives the four camshafts of the M96 and M97.1 Read More
The latest in Ferrari’s illustrious line of rear-engine V8 GT cars, the 488 GTE made its competition debut in the 2016 Daytona 24 Hours. With one car each from SMP Racing, Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa, it was Scuderia Corsa — with the sister car to that offered here — which defied expectations to take an excellent 10th place overall and 4th in class, behind established GT class grandees Corvette Racing and Porsche.
Scuderia Corsa purchased a second 488 — Read More
Delivered new to its first and only owner in Bahrain, this particular C63 AMG Black Series was produced for the 2013 model year in Bremen and shipped to Bahrain on October 10, 2012. The car was ordered in a classic and refined color combination of Diamond White Metallic over a black leather and Alcantara interior.
However, the Black Series’ performance is anything but subtle. It boasts the same 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 as found in the standard C63 AMG; however, Read More
Chassis number 0081S was the first of 25 195 chassis produced, and one of just three bodied by the renowned Milanese coachbuilder Touring.
Distinctive features included a lack of the usual Superleggera script on the hood, as well as small Italian lights, similar to those on early barchettas. In April 1951, the car, finished in its original hue of Oro Metallizzato, was shown by Franco Cornacchia’s Societá Agenzia Internazionale Commerciale Auto Ricambi (AICAR) on behalf of Ferrari at the 33rd Read More
The car carries Chapron body number 9347 and was delivered new in Germany in 1970.
In 1979, the original owner sold the Citroën to the second owner, a well-known property developer, who owned the car until he died in 2016. It was always kept in his garage and only driven in summer months. The DS was serviced regularly and subjected to Classic Data appraisals throughout his ownership. These are all on file, testifying to the fact that the car was Read More
Eleven LaGrande “sweep panel” phaetons were produced for the long-wheelbase Duesenberg Model J chassis. Of these, just three were supercharged SJ models, and only one of these, the car offered here, boasted unique styling features, most prominently the lack of a full second cowl.
Instead, a folding windshield was fitted. That windshield collapsed behind the front seat when not in use. The result, along with the potent supercharged engine and its signature side exhaust, produced a true 4-passenger American sports Read More