Waking From a Litigation Nightmare

Last month, “Legal Files” gave a behind-the-scenes report on the settlement of the Cunningham Corvette case, explaining how hard it is to really be a winner in litigation and why settlements almost always make sense (September 2015, p. 70). This month, it’s the other side of the story — an example of a plaintiff taking it all the way and coming out on top.

Five years ago, “The Nightmare of Litigation” (May 2010, “Legal Files,” p. 32) reported on a Read More

1974 Jensen Interceptor Series III Sports Saloon

With the Interceptor saloon’s introduction in 1967, Jensen had switched from glassfibre to steel for its car bodies. Underneath, the preceding C-V8’s robust chassis, running gear and 6,276-cc Chrysler engine remained substantially unchanged. With around 280 bhp on tap, performance was more than adequate, The Motor recording a top speed of 140 mph with 100 mph arriving in 19 seconds. Four-wheel, servo-assisted Dunlop discs looked after the braking, while ride quality could be varied by the Armstrong Selectaride dampers’ dashboard Read More

1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

This 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster is exceptionally rare by virtue of its special-order Titanium Silver Metallic paint, which is matched with a black leather interior with gray piping and accent stitching. Sparingly driven and showing just 30,188 miles, it features the visually stunning mid-mounted V12, 5-speed manual transmission, hydraulic front lift system for ramp clearance, an aftermarket exhaust system, aftermarket stereo head unit with six-disc CD player with remotes, and on-board navigation. The Diablo’s polished alloy wheels, which closely Read More

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta

Ferraris have always been campaigned frequently and with ferocity by both the factory and wealthy privateers. The company’s reputation during its early days hinged on the success of its race cars. Whilst numerous road-going “Inter” models would be built afterwards by Ferrari, this 212 Barchetta would be the final Touring-bodied, race-ready “Export” model built by the factory and fitted with the potent Tipo 212 engine.

The new 212 would be destined for the race track. After great success at the Read More

A Supercar for the Ages

During the 900 miles I drove a McLaren 650S Spider, my heart only stopped twice.

Once was at a gas station at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde near the Oregon coast.

When you come to a halt in the McLaren, it takes the transmission a couple of seconds to realize you really are stopped, and then it shifts into neutral. But for a brief moment, the car continues to edge forward.

I had taken my eyes off the road, Read More

1953 Fiat 8V Cabriolet by Vignale

Vignale bodied 10 8V chassis, all to Michelotti designs, of which the car offered here, number 000050, is the only cabriolet and one of very few open bodies produced for the 8V by any coachbuilder. The drawing for the cabriolet notes that it was an exclusive design created for a Sig. Leone. It bears a remarkable resemblance to a similar coupe built by Vignale on another 8V chassis, but it has the breezy nonchalance that only a convertible top can Read More

1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 Speedster

This 1927 Falcon-Knight Model 10 has a one-off 2-seat speedster body believed to have been commissioned by James Harvey Howe III, grandson of the inventor of Tums. He donated it to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in the 1970s. The car was later part of the John O’Quinn Collection before being acquired by the Evergreen Collection.

The body is as elemental as a good speedster should be, light in weight and burdened with only essential features, such as electric Read More

Judge Prompts Settlement in Cunningham Corvette Case

The long legal battle over ownership of the #1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette is over.

When we last wrote about this fascinating case (January 2014, p. 42), the parties were about to argue a motion to dismiss the lawsuit entirely, which was not granted.

A few weeks ago, they went to court to argue another motion about storage of the Corvette. The judge, in a surprise move, took them into his chambers and told them they should find Read More

1938 Jaguar SS 100 2½-Liter Roadster

Launched in 1936 alongside the 2½-liter saloon, the SS 100 Jaguar sports car marked the company’s first use of the Jaguar name. Beautifully styled in the manner of its SS 90 predecessor, the newcomer employed a shorter, 102-inch wheelbase chassis and a revised version of the 2,663-cc Standard Six which produced 104 bhp. In 1938, a 3½-liter version producing 125 bhp was added to the range, making the SS 100 a genuine 100-mph car.

Although a fine touring car, the Read More

2012 Lexus LFA

  •  Number 487 of 500 built
  • One of last imported into the United States and one of two remaining White Pearl (code 77) new cars in country
  • This is an MSO car with no prior registration, with less than 140 miles. The car is fully exportable
  • The car has Starfire Pearl paint with black leather interior/red accents, red brake-caliper package (optional), speed-sensing rear spoiler with side spoilers (optional), polished factory alloy wheels (optional), head-lamp washers (optional), Mark Levinson sound system, Read More
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