RUF’s ascension from little-known Porsche tuner to household name came after the publication of the July 1987 issue of Road & Track magazine. In an article titled, “The World’s Fastest Cars,” the Road & Track staff assembled a venerable “who’s who” of the world’s most incredible street-legal supercars, of which the Ferrari 288 GTO and Lamborghini Countach sat at the slower end of the spectrum — with top speeds of 179 mph. Rocketing past the Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG “Hammer” and Read More
On May 7, 1951, chassis 0116A was sent to Carrozzeria Touring to be fitted with its elegant Barchetta coachwork. On June 14, it was returned. Two days later it was delivered to its first owner, Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a resident of Paris, a World War II hero, and founder of the Louis-Dreyfus Financial Group.
In his spare time, Mr. Louis-Dreyfus was an enthusiastic racing driver and sportsman.
A regular entrant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Louis-Dreyfus sent his new Read More
One of the great names in post-war French motorsport, Alpine was the brainchild of Jean Rédélé, who began in the early 1950s by developing a competition version of the popular little Renault 4CV, which won its class in the Mille Miglia three years running.
By 1958, Rédélé was using a sophisticated tubular steel chassis, and in 1961 he introduced the A108 Berlinette Tour de France, which featured a tubular backbone frame, double wishbone front suspension and a Renault Dauphine swing-axle Read More
- Flathead V8 engine with modern upgrades
- Floor-shift manual transmission
- Mild custom with bucket seats
- Dash and gauges period-correct
- Ford step plates
- Chromed bumpers
- Beautiful finish
The brilliant blue paint immediately draws your attention to this restored and mildly customized 1949 Ford pickup. The interior features complementary blue cloth bucket seats in an otherwise seemingly period-correct cabin in mainly a gray tone with the period dashboard and instruments onboard. The truck has a flathead V8 that looks to Read More
The name “Bentley Boys” was given to the group of wealthy young sportsmen who single-handedly kept W.O. Bentley’s company alive in its early years by buying, promoting and racing its products.
Mike Couper, a new-car distributor and gentleman sportsman of some renown, was one of these, partnering with “Tim” Birkin to build the famous supercharged Blower Bentleys, and he remained faithful to the marque long after it passed out of W.O. Bentley’s ownership. He may well have been the final Read More
It was two years ago that we watched our 1967 Volvo 122S arrive on a car hauler from Madison, WI. And now we’re going to watch it leave.
Owning the Amazon has been a delightful and enlightening experience. It was a good car when it arrived (unlike so many of the cars that I acquire), and we spent two years making it even better.
We took it on tours, to cars and coffees, to Volvo club meetings and more. Wherever Read More
As you read this, the 2006 Lotus Elise that we sold in May of 2013 is in a car transporter and headed from Connecticut back to SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR.
We first drove an Elise in 2009; Legal Files contributor John Draneas has one. We were entranced. Weighing just 1,984 pounds, and propelled by a 190-horsepower, 1.8-liter Toyota engine with a Yamaha-tuned cylinder head, the Elise was very quick indeed. The spartan — yet purposeful — interior made Read More
There have been several stories too big to fit into one “Legal Files” column, but the biggest of them all is the 2004 Ferrari Enzo that Stefan Eriksson crashed into a power pole at 199 miles per hour on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.
That story was in “Legal Files” in September 2006 (p. 28) and October 2006 (p. 26), and it resurfaced in the March 2007 (p. 30) and November 2007 (p. 36) issues.
Photographs of the Read More
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried asked, “Too soon?” after telling a 9/11 joke just weeks after the Twin Towers fell — and he heard boos instead of laughs.
The first reaction to the notion of the “new” Mini being an Affordable Classic might well be a chorus of jeering “Too soon!” from owners of the original Mini.
After all, the first generation of the newly reimagined, redesigned and relaunched BMW/Rover Mini, produced 42 years after the inarguably classic Mini, might be nothing Read More
From the Ground Force Collection, this 1991 authentic military M998 Humvee/M998 Humvee cargo/troop carrier is built for almost every terrain imaginable and gets to its final destination. It has automatic transmission, a strong 6.2-liter diesel engine, a removable cargo cover, and was upgraded throughout its military life. Due to U.S. military rules, this vehicle cannot be exported and must be purchased by a U.S. citizen.