Uncorking Two Top-Shelf Supercars

Irecently had a chance to drive two state-of-the-art supercars — a McLaren 720S and a Ferrari GTC4Lusso T.

The press kits that accompanied each car were full of cutting-edge technobabble. Lightweight turbines capable of 160,000 rpm. Twin injectors improving fuel nebulization. Magnetorheological dampers.

They carry price tags worthy of their prowess. The 720S that I drove stickers at $324,135, while the Lusso is at $347,930.

If this seems like a lot of money to you, you’re probably not a target Read More

The Other Side of the Stolen Ferrari Case

Recently, “Legal Files” wrote about the end — or perhaps temporary cessation — of the litigation involving Barney Hallingby’s 1957 Ferrari 250 GT (October 2018, p. 50).

The Ferrari was once the property of Andreas Gerber and Bernhard Friedli. They claimed that it was stolen in Spain in 1991. Friedli litigated the matter in Spain and lost, with the Spanish court deciding it was a civil business dispute and not a theft.

Fast forward to this year, and Hallingby was Read More

Bringing Back Performance

Aman named Rob Van Winkle once sang, “Rollin’ in my five-point-oh, with my ragtop down so my hair can blow.”

Although Vanilla Ice was a self-proclaimed lyrical poet, the pop song “Ice,
Ice Baby” doesn’t quite reach the poetic depths of say, Bob Dylan. The irony is that Ice had so much product in that skunk-striped pompadour that there was no way that hair was blowing.

What the song did do in 1990 was quickly showcase an all-white Mustang Read More

1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout

  • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection
  • Owned by only two families since new
  • Wonderful preservation throughout, including paint and upholstery
  • Dated as a 1901 by the Veteran Motor Car Club of Great Britain
  • Ideal for the Antique Automobile Club of America Historic Preservation of Original Features class

This iconic, instantly recognizable Curved Dash Oldsmobile has the significance of having had perhaps the youngest original owner of any of its brethren. Indiana resident Victor F. Hitz, attending the Read More

2010 Aston Martin Rapide

Our Rapide is particularly well preserved. Its clear history, as well as its low mileage, explain its excellent state of conservation. This car was bought new by its current owner in August 2010 at Aston Martin Paris.

The odometer reading is just 7,780 km. The equipment list is most comprehensive, and the interior comfort sometimes makes you forget the magnificent sound of the 6-liter V12, mated to an automatic gearbox. In superb condition, this exceptional car, with its impressive sound, Read More

1954 Fiat 1100 TV Sports Saloon

The Fiat 1100 TV offered here participated in the Mille Miglia in two years — 1954 and 1955 — crewed by Ing. Guglielmo Franchi and Rafaello Zanasi. On file is a copy of the car’s original Automobile Club d’Italia identity document showing that it was registered new to Guglielmo Franchi in February 1954 with the Bologna registration 64215 BO. This registration can be seen clearly in accompanying photographs showing the Fiat on the Mille Miglia start ramp in 1954 and Read More

1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Targa

One of only about 184 right-hand-drive models manufactured, and representing the 308 in its ultimate, Quattrovalvole form, this example was supplied via the U.K. importer, Maranello Concessionaires, and delivered new to the first owner in Perth, Australia.

This Ferrari has been in the present ownership for five years, impeccably maintained. Driven to the sale, it comes with full service history and all receipts for maintenance. All the original tools and the original radio are included.

1998/2018 Porsche 993 Turbo S “Project Gold”

Porsche Classic has manufactured the last 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine — 20 years after the last one left the assembly line! The result of years of meticulous work and attention to the very smallest of details by the expert craftsmen at Porsche Classic, this very special show car, the only one of its kind that will ever be completed, is offered at the Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta on 27 October, after having Read More

1996 BMW 850 CSi

The BMW 850 CSi was the factory’s flagship model in the mid-1990s. It featured the silky-smooth S70 V12 engine mated to a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first cars to offer drive-by-wire throttle control.

Developed from the M70, the S70 increased the bore and stroke and utilized more-aggressive valve timings, resulting in an increase in maximum power to an impressive 380 hp at 5,300 and torque to 402 ft-lb at 4,000 rpm. With the hydraulic control Read More

1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar

Despite the enormous success of its production-based race cars throughout its history, Porsche rarely developed such models as official factory entries, preferring instead to support them in the hands of privateer customers. One of the notable exceptions occurred in the mid-1980s with the advent of one of Stuttgart’s most celebrated and advanced models, the 959.

Longtime Porsche driver Jacky Ickx clarified his interest in developing a 959-based entrant in the Paris-Dakar Rally. Ickx was already driving Porsche 956 examples to Read More