A Cheap, Fast, Fun Alfa Romeo

Picture a sunny summer afternoon on the Pacific Coast Highway north of Santa Cruz, CA. It’s the late 1980s, and two new sport sedans are cruising to the spot where a passing lane opens up.

The challenge is to be ahead of the other car by the end of that passing lane. The contestants are a Saab 900 Turbo driven by your humble narrator and a 2.5-liter Alfa Romeo Milano driven by a friend who shall go nameless, even though Read More

Who Pays for Short-Lived Cars?

We’ve all been here before. You’ve just bought a new collector car — one you’ve wanted for some time.

You write the check, sign the paperwork, shake the seller’s hand, jump in the car and take off for some immediate fun.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t stop to think that we might be in a risky situation.

$4,800 per minute

At the end of July, a British enthusiast took delivery of a new Ferrari F430 Scuderia and gleefully left the Read More

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Tourer

  • 2,996-cc, SOHC 4-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder
  • Two SU “Sloper” carburetors
  • 70 bhp at 3,500 rpm
  • 4-speed close-ratio gearbox

Offered here is a very handsome, well-presented and highly usable Bentley.

The car is a proper matching-number example (with a most distinctive chassis number) and it is turned out with delightfully sporting coachwork.

Bentley 3-liter cars are wonderful drivers, with lightness and nimbleness not found in their bigger brothers. Today, Vintage Bentley (pre-1932) rallying is more popular Read More

1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Special Coupe

Talbot-Lago introduced a sensational new 2.5-liter model at the 1955 Paris Salon — the T14 LS — an altogether superior sports car with a 4-cylinder, twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine. In standard tune, the engine developed 120 bhp, which was transmitted via an all-synchromesh ZF gearbox. The chassis frame was fabricated from large-diameter tubes and featured independent front suspension. The styling borrowed much from the Record Grand Sport, the sleek 2+2 coachwork being a wonderful example of Gallic elegance.

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1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

This Motorama-inspired Buick Skylark has undergone a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration. It is finished in correct and desirable Reef Blue. Powered by a 322-ci V8 engine with automatic transmission, it’s fully sorted and ready to drive.

1990 Ferrari F40

“The take-up into the next gear is flawless and with the turbos cranking hard the blast of acceleration just goes on again; you seem to be in a blur of time, conquering distance, gearshifts and noise.”

“It has the tonal quality of an F1 engine, if not the sheer ferocity.”

“On a smooth road it is a scintillatingly fast car that is docile and charming in its nature, demanding but not difficult to drive, Read More

1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

This 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL has benefited from a meticulous, well-executed restoration. Presented in black, with a black soft top and tan leather interior, the car shows beautifully.

A 1.9-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired to a 4-speed manual transmission powers this Mercedes-Benz.

The car is well-sorted mechanically and features the optional wind-up clock and Becker Mexico radio. This 190SL comes from a very prominent Southern California collection and is ready for future ownership to enjoy.

1988 BMW M6 Coupe

Derived from the classically elegant 2800/3.0/635CS/CSi series, the BMW M6 coupe is a rare and brilliantly fast grand tourer. The M6 and M6 35CSi were nearly identical in specification but were labeled differently for marketing reasons. The M6 was the second-fastest BMW ever built at 158 mph — only the equally rare high-performance M1 coupe boasted a higher maximum speed. Although the factory did not release official production numbers, it is believed that 1,632 examples of the E24-series M6 were Read More

1959 W.R.E.-Maserati

The 1950s saw a surge in the popularity of small-displacement 4-cylinder engines. Few were as influential as the engine that powered Maserati’s 200S sports racer. The competition-proven Modena powerplant attracted significant interest from privateers running other makes, and the company was only too happy to sell engines to such concerns, paving the way for race cars like the Cooper- and Lotus-Maserati.

In 1959, an American driver, Tony Settember, purchased a 200S engine with the intention of using it in his Read More

Two-Lane Tour de Force

2018 marks SCM’s 30th Anniversary. When we published our first issue of the Alfa Romeo Market Letter — quick-printed on blue paper — we never imagined the roller coaster ride that was ahead of us.

To celebrate this anniversary, we are going to have a five-day, 1,000-mile tour of Oregon’s best back roads. Dates are July 8 through July 13, 2018. The tour will begin and end in Portland, OR.

While many of the details are still being finalized, we Read More

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