2002 BMW M5

Chassis number: WBSDE93402CF91563
SCM Condition for this car: 2+

Over the past several years, we have seen BMW E39 M5 cars steadily rising in value. The price increase is valid and justified for many reasons — these are great cars to own, drive and enjoy.

The E39 represents the end of an era and the dawn of a new day. At the turn of the millennium, these V8 cars made plenty of power, had a 6-speed manual transmission and Read More

A Young Man and His Old Cars

At 6 years old, J.R. Amantea got hooked on cars — his first solo restoration was on his Power Wheels Jeep. At age 8, he helped his dad restore a Corvette. NCRS judging documents were his reading of choice during middle school. He was an NCRS judge at age 12. After college, he embarked on a career in finance, but cars kept calling. He started his business, GT Motor Cars, in 2014, and he’s now a fixture in the collector-car Read More

The Road Forward

“Despite the challenges we all face today, we believe the Pebble Beach Concours will be able to take place on August 16, as originally scheduled…”

The email from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance selection committee arrived like a flashing beacon in my inbox.

It was an early sign that there is a New Normal ahead. There surely is, but we just don’t know what it will look like. And we don’t know when it will arrive.

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Coronavirus Infects the Car Market

As I write this, most of us are working from home, practicing safe social distancing and hoping for a speedy return to “normal.” The COVID-19 pandemic has not only cost many lives, but it has caused severe damage to the world economy. No one knows how long it will be before life is “normal” once again.

In the overall scheme of things, the collector-car market is far from the most important thing in the world. But it is still important Read More

A Fun Copycat

In 1958, Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman came up with a design for a basic sports car that could be road-driven all week and then raced on the weekend. His previous (and very similar) design was called the Lotus Mark VI, so this new model was naturally called the Seven. Chapman wasn’t overly impressed with his work, remarking, “There wasn’t much to it, really. It was all well-known stuff, the sort of thing you could dash off in a weekend.”

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2009 Aston Martin DBS

The Aston Martin DBS catapulted into the public spotlight with appearances in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” — Daniel Craig’s first two films as James Bond.

The Aston Martin DBS played a perfect supporting role to the iconic secret agent. Suave and sophisticated, the DBS boasted supercar performance wrapped in breathtaking coachwork. At its heart was a 6.0-liter V12 pumping out 510 hp, perfect-tuned for a spirited Sunday drive or crossing the Continent in leaps and bounds.

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1991 DeTomaso Pantera 90 Si

In 1990, DeTomaso unveiled the completely re-engineered Pantera 90 Si, which featured updated Marcello Gandini styling. Substantially revised in all respects, the 90 Si benefited from a new tube-frame chassis and reworked suspension, creating a lighter, more-rigid platform.

The updated Pantera also featured a fuel-injected Ford 302 engine, which gave the car a top speed of 150 mph. Nearly all Si models were equipped with the proven ZF transaxle, ventilated Brembo disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a well-appointed cabin Read More

1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta

The Ferrari 250 GT/L berlinetta, simply known as the Lusso, is without a doubt one of the most successful and visually arresting grand-touring cars ever built, as the apogee of the 250 GT platform’s mechanical development and claiming a sporting exterior that is aesthetically among the most acclaimed designs of all time. Introduced at the 1962 Paris Salon as a replacement for the 250 GT coupe, the Lusso (Italian for “luxury”) featured an all-new interior arrangement highlighted by a revised Read More