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

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

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa

• Very rare Carrera 2.7-liter Targa model

• All the original manuals

• Recent engine rebuild

• Just 630 examples built

The series “G” of the 911 appeared in the autumn of 1973, the seventh generation of the 911 since it was first presented in 1963. The consistently high-performing Carrera, now minus the “RS” in its name, sat at the very top of the 1974–75 range.

An external difference to the previous year’s model was the addition of more imposing 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

1962 Porsche 356B T-6 Super 90 Cabriolet

Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

In September of 1959, Porsche revealed their fully updated 356 known as the 356B. This had a completely revised body that was more suitable for the American market. The 356B used the new T-5 body style, which raised the front and rear bumpers nearly four inches. Furthermore, the headlights were also repositioned higher to meet American regulations. Inside, Porsche fitted a new deep-dish steering wheel and deeper front seats.

New to the model was the Type 616/7 Super 90 engine, Read More

The Best Kadett of All

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Ask any American to name an Opel product, and they’re overwhelmingly likely to name the GT — often known as the “Baby Corvette” that arrived in America in 1969.

But few could tell you that General Motors bought most of Opel in 1929 — and took complete ownership in 1931. By the end of the 1930s, Opel was the second-biggest automaker in Germany. Relations with the parent corporation were severed during the World War II years, but after 1945, Opel Read More

The Frankenstein Mercedes-Benz 280SL

George felt his time was coming. He was through with his studies and was just getting established in his career. Unburdened by a wife or kids, he had been able to save up some money and he was ready to have some fun with it. His interest in collector cars beckoned, and he was quite a fan of the Mercedes-Benz “Pagoda” cars.

A lengthy Internet search led him to the website of a dealer a long airplane ride away. The Read More

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

Courtesy of Bonhams

Introduced in 1965, the GTA — the A stood for Alleggerita (lightened) — was the official competition version of the Giulia Sprint GT, and it was produced in both road and race variants. The latter, as usual, was the responsibility of the factory’s Autodelta competitions department, which had been founded in 1961 as an independent company by Carlo Chiti and Ludovico Chizzola, and subsequently absorbed by Alfa Romeo.

Visually almost indistinguishable from the road-going Sprint GT, the GTA differed by Read More

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe

Tom Wood Photography, courtesy of Bonhams

At the 1971 Geneva Salon de L’Automobile exhibition, Ferrari launched another new model. This was the GTC/4 as offered here, which was presented as a more sober and discreet alternative to the blisteringly high-performance Daytona. But the GTC/4 was really more closely related to the 365 GT 2+2, which it had replaced on the Pininfarina assembly line.

The GTC/4 had two small rear seats tailored for small children or perhaps for short-distance use by one adult, sitting across the car. Read More

1905 Fiat 60 HP 5-Passenger Tourer

Teddy Pieper ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

According to the Registro Storico Fiat, chassis 3003 was accepted on June 7, 1905, by Fiat’s sole American importer, Hollander and Tangeman of New York City. It was the third of only 20 examples of the 4-cylinder 60 HP built on the 2,985-millimeter wheelbase chassis (the shorter of two offerings for the model), and it is the only example known to survive today.

The car was fitted at the Turin factory with upgraded racing sprockets and a unique clutch that Read More