1959 Lister-Chevrolet

Numerous privateer racing drivers got it in their mind to build their own car in the 1950s, with each experiencing varying degrees of luck on the track. Brian Lister had the money and the engineering know-how, so his first racing car, which was built in the mid-1950s with the able assistance of Don Moore and Archie Scott-Brown, was an incredible success, collecting a 1st- or 2nd-place finish wherever it roamed. Its success with MG and Bristol was such that Lister Read More

1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster

A legend in its own — relatively short — lifetime, the car offered here is the first example built of the fabulous Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR roadster, an even more-exclusive, limited-edition, open-topped variant of the already super-exclusive CLK GTR coupe with which Mercedes-Benz had re-entered international sports car racing in 1997. At the time of its introduction, the CLK GTR roadster was the world’s most expensive production car, with a price tag of $1.5 million, a figure exceeded only recently by Read More

1925 Bugatti Type 13 Brescia

The first 16-valve Bugatti cars were built from 1920 to 1923. Among these cars, a few rare racing models stand out. The Bugatti sales ledgers provide us with information on approximately 22 twin-magneto Type 13s, and seven single-magneto cars in 1923. In 1924, only 19 Type 13 twin-magneto models were built, and 40 or so were built in 1925. Out of a total production of 80 Type 13 twin-magneto cars, no more than 10 survive today.

Among the cars delivered 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

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

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

1966 DeTomaso Vallelunga

The Vallelunga prototype was styled and constructed by Carrozzeria Fissore. An alloy-bodied spider and a pair of closed coupes were completed in 1963/64. The Vallelunga was assembled around a backbone chassis frame and was powered by a 1.5-liter Ford Kent 4-cylinder engine which performed double-duty as a stressed chassis member, a practice becoming accepted in competition car construction of the time but rare within road cars.

DeTomaso’s long racing experience was also reflected in the design of the Vallelunga’s running Read More

If I Were King of a Concours

One of the magnificent spectacles in the collector car world occurs as the morning mists lift off a concours field. Dozens of rare and important machines that trace the history of the automobile are revealed.

From diminutive Hupmobile roadsters to imposing Cadillac phaetons, our love affair with cars is on display.

But like all aspects of car collecting, concours face challenges in attracting new faces. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in many concours and shows as 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

1933 Cadillac Series 355 Roadster

Offered here to the discriminating collector of fine luxury cars is a Cadillac that has splendor, luxury, and rarity all in the same package. In fact, this 1933 Series 355 Cadillac Roadster is number two of only three V8 roadsters produced — and the only one in existence today. It presents in the present day just as it did from the factory back in 1933. It still retains all of its original body and fenders, and also is a nicely Read More