1934 Talbot AV105 “Alpine Racer”

Simply the best. No other phrase better sums up BGH 23. In its day, this was the outstanding British sports touring car.

Georges Roesch’s long line of “Invincible Talbots” needs little introduction to the discerning car connoisseur, and only a combination of poor luck and poor timing meant they never achieved the big-race overall victory which would have made the Talbots from Barlby Road, London, W10, much more widely appreciated.

Talbot competed so widely within their period that BGH 23, Read More

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

The original, immortal Ferrari 250 GTO had been developed for the FIA GT Championship, duly taking the manufacturer’s title for Ferrari in 1962, 1963 and 1964. So, clearly, any revival of the GTO name could only be permitted for a very special car indeed.

Enter the 288 GTO. Like its illustrious forebear, the 288 GTO (the initials stand for Gran Turismo Omologato) was conceived as a limited-edition model, just 200 units being planned to meet the then-existing Group B homologation Read More

1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible

The 1958–60 Lincolns and Lincoln Continentals were the most massive American passenger cars produced since World War II, as they were built on a 131-inch wheelbase and had an overall length of 229 inches. The Mark III convertible tips the scales at an impressive 4,928 pounds, and only 3,048 were produced.

This stunning Mark III Continental received a nut-and-bolt restoration about a dozen years ago and has been driven very little since. The Matador Red paint is complemented by a Read More

1969 DeTomaso Mangusta

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ghia, the DeTomaso Mangusta was first introduced in 1967. Only 401 cars were manufactured until production ceased in 1971, with its successor being the well-known DeTomaso Pantera.

Housing a 289-ci Ford V8, mated to a 5-speed ZF manual transmission, the Mangusta served out over 300 bhp. In standard trim, the specification included all-around disc brakes, four-wheel independent suspension and electric windows — a luxury for a supercar of its time. When opened to reveal the Read More

1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible

Chassis number: 9F03R483249

  • 360 horsepower, 428-ci Cobra Jet Ram Air V8 engine with twin Holley 4-barrel carburetors
  • Ford C-6 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and an anti-roll bar
  • Live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers
  • Power front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes
  • Wheelbase: 108 inches
  • One of just 75 GT500 convertibles finished in Grabber Yellow
  • Documented by a Marti Report, original invoice and order form
  • Beautifully restored and perfect for MCA and SCCA events
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To Patagonia and Beyond In an E-type

We had just crested the 4,311-foot Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass, crossing from Argentina into Chile. The 1969 Series 1.5 Jaguar XKE we were driving was performing brilliantly.

It was a clear day, and we were surrounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Andes.

This was the second day of the 26th Annual 1000 Millas Sport de la República Argentina — the premier classic-car rally in South America. SCMer Martin Sucari introduced me to this rally eight years ago. This year, Read More

No Longer Hidden in Plain Sight

Like a surface vein of gold in the Sierra Nevada of California in 1848, Lancias have suddenly been discovered by the larger collector car world.

Long hidden in plain sight, these superbly over-engineered, pioneering and championship-winning cars are leaving behind their reputation for being woefully undervalued. Lancias are setting new auction records, and prices have hit levels scarcely imaginable by long-term Lancisti just a few years ago.

In point of fact, a very good argument could be raised for the Read More

1958 AC Aceca Bristol

1958 Aceca Bristol chassis BEX678

The Aceca Bristol offered here has its original Bristol engine, the number of which matches the car’s original firewall tag. According to the consignor, John Moir, the car’s original owner was Peter Winston, the son of renowned New York City jeweler Harry Winston.

Young Mr. Winston used the car as an everyday driver in Manhattan for some years, after which he sold it through an acquaintance to Tom Hickey, a well-known motorcycle and sports car Read More

Trading Cars to Avoid Taxes

Legal Files” gets a lot of questions, but the most frequent is: “How can I do a 1031 exchange with my collector car?”

This is not much of a surprise. Many readers who have owned their collector cars for some time have realized significant appreciation they want to cash in on. Then they discover that income taxes will take a very large bite out of the successful sale.

Fortunately, for those who have owned their collector car for at least Read More