1961 Aston Martin DB4GT “Lightweight”

The sixth-from-last Aston Martin DB4GT, chassis number 0169R, is one of only nine cars completed to lightweight specification by the factory, as evidenced by the accompanying copy guarantee form, which lists the body type as Saloon (Lightweight).

Despite its tremendous rarity and value, the DB4GT remains a popular entrant at major historic racing events such as the Goodwood Revival and the numerous (and highly competitive) Aston Martin Owners Club Championship race meetings in the U.K. The DB4GT was designed for Read More

1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I

This 1979 Countach is a Series I LP400 S, and it is noteworthy for its optional V-shaped rear wing and its engine upgrades. Lamborghini had experienced reliability issues with early Countach prototypes, and the original intention to launch the car with a 5.0-liter version of the V12 was scrapped in favor of using the same 3.9-liter V12 as used in the Miura. However, due to the packaging requirements of the engine bay, the downdraft Webers were changed for side-draft Weber Read More

2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ by Zagato

The completion of the three Ferrari 550 GTZ barchetta sports cars bodied by Carrozzeria Zagato successfully concluded the so-called Zero Project. The project was instigated when Zagato received a request from Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi asking if it would be possible to create a body for his Ferrari 575M, in the style of the famous 250 GTZ berlinetta of 1956. That started the rebodying of six Ferrari 575 GTs and three Ferrari 550 Barchettas. These nine very special Zero Project Read More

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible

The 230SL offered here was delivered new in the U.K. and is a rare original right-hand-drive model. Noteworthy features include power-assisted steering and a factory third seat. LWY 43D has had only two previous keepers, and there is a 2013 letter on file from the second — a Dr. Firth — testifying to the “very little mileage.”

The odometer reads 24,878 miles, which we cannot confirm but believe to be genuine. Restored in 2012, the car is described by the Read More

Culling the Collection

I’m thinning the SCM collection.

My mentor Martin Swig once said, “We don’t choose the cars, the cars choose us.” As I prepare to send these cars on to their next caretaker, I reflect about how each car chose me and came into my life.

Why now? I just have too many cars and not enough time to drive them all. I’d rather focus on the ones that mean the most to me.

As for the ones that must go, Read More

Legal Traps for the Unwary Seller

They say that all good things come to an end — and now it’s time to sell your collector car. While it may seem like an easy thing to do, there are a lot of potential legal land mines waiting for you when you become a collector-car seller.

Auctions

The first thing to come to the mind of an SCMer is to consign the car to an auction. For some cars, that is the best option. For some, it’s a Read More

The Car That Made BMW

If there was one car that did the most to cement BMW’s reputation in North America, it was the 2002.

Actually, scratch that. There is one car that made BMW’s reputation, and it’s the pretty-much-legendary 2002. This still-affordable and very plentiful 2-door sport sedan transformed staid BMW into an affordable performance brand.

The 2002 family tree

The roots of the 2002 go back to the early 1960s, when BMW was struggling. For 1962, the company produced a compact 4-door sedan Read More