A Fast Life — and Career — With Porsche

Few of us get a clear vision of the future when we’re 9 years old, but that happened to Ray Shaffer when he spotted a Porsche 356 in a garage. Porsche has been part of Shaffer’s life for a long time, and now, at age 49, he’s living the dream as Porsche Classic’s market development manager. Shaffer now dreams of owning the Straßenversion of the Porsche 911 GT1. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview:

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Incredible India

I have always connected to the world of cars with a passion and level of enthusiasm that was sometimes embarrassing.

I recall occasions as a child when I felt that no one else was moved as deeply as I was when I saw a car that excited me.

I recently participated as a judge for the 2020 21 Gun Salute Concours in Delhi, India. The brainchild of Madan Mohan, a very successful entrepreneur and passionate vintage-car collector, this was the ninth Read More

Nissan Skyline, Nissan Figaro, Honda Civic CVCC

1976 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX

#28804. S/N KGC110XXX862. Unknown kilometers. “2.8-L L28 (block N42, head N42), Solex 44 carburetors, Takoashi exhaust, Kameari ignition box, stainless-steel muffler, fiberglass hood, Skyline R32 GTR seats, Hayashi Street wheels.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT ¥4,000,000 ($39,100). Yahoo Auctions, 12/8/2019.

Brian’s take: After being disappointed that the 1975 Skyline 2-door on Bring a Trailer didn’t meet reserve after it was bid to $35,000, I went searching for a comparable car. These cars Read More

1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile

Chassis number: 2382043540
SCM Condition for this car: 1-

A couple of years ago, I spotted a mid-1970s Volkswagen camper van with a big sticker across the back that read, “HILLS ARE HARD.” With a whopping 70 horsepower pushing that brick up a grade, the sticker was a bit of an understatement.

But one thing that hasn’t slowed to a crawl is the upmarket climb of the VW Transporter.

We’ve all gotten used to seeing six-figure prices on vintage Sambas, Read More

1984 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo

The 208 Turbo, introduced in 1982, was the first time that Ferrari fitted a turbocharger on a marketed model. The 219-hp Ferrari delivers a performance that lives up to its attractiveness.

This specific example is in wonderful, well-preserved condition, with flawless bodywork and original beige leather highlighted by pleasant patina. This 208 GTS Turbo was sold new in Italy and includes a stamped logbook with various services carried out at the time. It’s been in the hands of a collector Read More