Serio’s Gang of Five $50k Buy-Nows

Allow me to fire up Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine for some personal perspective on a chronic, serious car-collecting habit.

Maintaining such a habit for 35 years is certainly (albeit marginally) better than being a fall-down alcoholic, a street-punk heroin addict or a perpetual gambler-loser. The aforementioned addictions are generally shunned by society — and wreak a terrible impact on those who are involved in their terrible wake.

Hold on… they leave you chronically broke, looking for the next high and Read More

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

The 2002 Turbo upped the game again. Engine designer Alex von Falkenhausen eschewed the option of a larger engine shoehorned into the lightweight 2002 and instead developed the successful Group Five turbocharging idea for a fast road car. By using a KKK turbo coupled to the tii Kugelfischer fuel injection, he created a 170-hp engine that offered Porsche 911-beating performance: 0–60 mph in 7 seconds, with a top speed of 131 mph.” — Octane magazine

Produced for the 1973/74 season Read More

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon Project

Courtesy of Bonhams

Undoubtedly one of the “must-have” cars as well as James Bond’s iconic vehicle, the DB5 continues to generate immense interest among car collectors, owners and users. Understandably so, as the total production of all DB5s over a two-year period was only a little over 1,000 cars.

Born of the frustration that Harold Beach had encountered with the DB4, which he claimed was rushed into production ahead of proper development, the DB5 remains the pinnacle of his achievements as a designer. Read More

The Perfect Pairing

As the SCM fleet continues to grow, I am beginning to wonder just why we need so many old cars.

We currently have eight collector vehicles, ranging from a 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce to a 2000 Viper GTS ACR. That means eight insurance bills, eight parking stalls, eight sets of maintenance records, eight battery chargers and more.

The cars spend most of their time sitting, like a faithful dog looking out the window hoping his master will soon be home Read More

2012 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta and 2012 Ferrari 599 GTO

All photos, Neil Fraser ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

The SA Aperta was announced at the Paris International Motor Show in 2010. It carried on Ferrari’s tradition of creating limited-edition, drop-top V12 grand tourers, which included the 550 Barchetta and the 575 Superamerica. Only 80 examples would be made, and they had all been spoken for by the time they were announced publicly.

The SA Aperta offered here wears the distinction of being the last SA Aperta constructed, number 80 of 80. It shows just 290 kilometers (180 miles) Read More

1934 Chrysler Custom Imperial CX Airflow

Courtesy of Auctions America

The Chrysler Airflow was a brilliant and revolutionary creation with the promise of cutting-edge design and technology. Easy flowing lines swept to the rear and allowed air currents to slip by while passengers relaxed and settled into seats as big and soft as divans. Artistry of the highest order was apparent in every detail of the refreshing, new-style interior. Chrysler was proud to proclaim that the new Airflow was the result of master craftsmen working with untiring hands to set Read More

Finding Fakes, Stolen Cars and Corvette Lawsuits

Last month’s Legal Files suggested that there are epidemic proportions of “matching-numbers” Corvettes (and other cars) that really aren’t matching-numbers cars.

That attracted a lot of attention and comments, but what people say is not as important as what they don’t say. No one said the suggestion was sometimes wrong.

First, let’s put “matching numbers” into perspective. Say we have a 1965 Pontiac LeMans with a 4-speed transmission. We source a correct 1965 Pontiac 389-ci GTO motor, a Tri-Power setup, Read More

1993 Bugatti EB110 GT

Bernard Canonne ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

Italian Ferrari dealer Romano Artioli dreamed of resurrecting one of the most storied marques in automotive history: Bugatti. Artioli’s Bugatti Automobile SpA was established in October 1987, and construction of a new, state-of-the-art factory in Campogalliano, Italy, began the following year. When it was ready, the EB110 — Ettore Bugatti 110, honoring the great man’s 110th birthday — debuted on September 15, 1991, in front of the Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris.

The EB110 GT was a supercar Read More

The Long-Lived, Never-Loved Porsche

Courtesy of Auctions America

The 928 occupies a peculiar place in Porsche history. Conceived as a replacement for the venerable 911, the factory soon discovered that their customers would never prize a front-engined, water-cooled alternative — even if it did make more power than the company’s bread-and-butter sports car.

Maybe the 928, with its upward-staring headlights, was too strange-looking to appeal to Porsche buyers. This is really an accomplishment in itself, given the unique designs common to the marque. Maybe it was obvious that, Read More

1983 Porsche 930 Turbo 935 Spec. Coupe

Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams

A prolific collector of fine automobiles, Mansour Ojjeh was ideally placed to secure for himself from Porsche a specially modified version of the German manufacturer’s ultimate road car: the fearsome 911 Turbo.

Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built, had spurred the development of Project 930 — the original 911 Turbo. In production from April 1975, the Turbo married a KKK turbocharger to the 3.0-liter RSR engine, a combination which, in road trim, delivered 260 Read More