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1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

First shown at the London Motor Show in October 1965, the Aston Martin DB6 proudly followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, now famous for starring alongside James Bond on the silver screen. The drop-top DB6 Volante was released a year later. Adding the thrill of open-air motoring to an […]

2004 Mercedes-Benz Brabus T12

Sold at $28,600 RM Sotheby’s, Online Only: Palm Beach March 20–28, 2020, Lot 452 Chassis number: WDBNG76J54A387363 SCM Condition for this Car: 2- Two things I am an absolute sucker for are V12-powered cars and luxury super sedans. This Mercedes-Benz T12 Brabus is both of those things. That is likely […]

Bring a Trailer’s Big Step

There’s someone I’d like you to meet.” That’s how Martin Swig introduced me to Randy Nonnenberg, co-founder of Bring a Trailer. We were in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where the cars for the California Mille were staged. “Randy has created this great website called Bring a […]

There Can Be Only One

German collector “Dieter” was intrigued when he spotted an Internet ad offering Porsche 904 GTS chassis 904054 for sale. “That’s odd,” he thought. “That’s the same chassis number of my 904 GTS that is sitting in my garage.” The ad had been posted by TPE Ltd., a Japanese collector-car dealer […]

Finding Perspective Through Your Passion

The past few months have given me, as they have to many others, time to reflect on what is truly important and meaningful in my life — and the way I interact with the community of the world. That’s sort of a grand statement, but it actually brings home to […]

Mundane No More

There’s a moment in time when mundane cars become something more. I’m fascinated by that moment, because the turning point of interest is the absolute cutting edge of the classic-car market. It’s where new trends are born. If you want to understand where we’re going as a market, you have […]

The Pleasure and the Pain

You don’t have to dig around very much to find horror stories about the Lotus Europa. Colin Chapman’s strange mid-engine “bread van” design is known for major structural problems, dodgy fiberglass and the kind of mechanical troubles only Lotus enthusiasts can tolerate. The car’s reputation has kept prices low, but […]

2000 Honda Civic Si

5,600 miles shown 1.6-L B16A2 inline 4-cylinder engine 5-speed manual transaxle Electron Blue over patterned gray cloth Air conditioning Sunroof Cruise control Pioneer stereo Window sticker Partial service records