1966 Lola T70 Mk II Can-Am Spyder

Darin Schnabel ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

Lola Cars was founded in 1958 by former Quantity Surveyor Eric Broadley, who was located in Huntingdon, England. His first “production car,” the Lola Mark I, was so superior that it immediately made obsolete Colin Chapman’s previously unbeatable Lotus 11s — as well as all Elvas and Coopers. One of Broadley’s most interesting cars was, of course, the Lola Mk 6 GT, which the Ford Motor Company later successfully raced as their GT40. Lola cars have claimed hundreds of victories Read More

Two BMW 507 Sales at Amelia Island

Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company

BMW 507 Chassis 70134 (Gooding & Co.)

Constructed in late 1957, it is believed that this 507 was sold new to the United States through Hoffman Motors of New York. According to the research of marque experts, just 34 examples of BMW’s 507 were officially exported new to the U.S.

Over the years, the 507 was a frequent participant in many BMW Vintage and Classic Car Club of America events, taking part in a variety of shows, tours, and special Read More

Amelia Island 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas

©2013 Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of RM Auctions

 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

Chassis 15569

An original sales invoice indicates chassis number 15569 was sold new by Luigi Chinetti Motors to Verby Equipment Company in New York. Ensuing maintenance invoices extending to 1976 demonstrate that Mr. Verby conscientiously serviced his Ferrari at the famous Greenwich importer.

Mr. Verby kept the Daytona for close to 30 years and just 27,000 miles before passing it along to a couple of owners. It landed with well-known collector Lawrence Simon in Read More

1968 Datsun 1600 Roadster

Adam Kurtz, courtesy of Gooding & Company

The Datsun roadster, lovingly dubbed “the Fairlady” in its Japanese home market, was built from 1963 to 1970. Although legend has it that it was designed as a copy of the MGB, in actual fact the Datsun model was launched several months prior to the MGB and therefore, any design resemblance is happenstance. Nevertheless, the car’s main competitors were considered to be the offerings of MG, Triumph and Fiat.

The Datsun roadster was extremely popular, with over 40,000 being built Read More

1958 Devin Special

Mark Staff © 2014, courtesy of Auctions America

The Devin Special is a serious sports car. It has a tube frame, lightweight fiberglass body, aluminum interior, complete instrumentation, individual windscreens, functional hood scoop, aluminum headrest, egg-crate grille, quick-fill fuel cap and sport mirrors. The Devin is finished in white and blue, which represented American racing colors of the period.

Devin Enterprises in El Monte, CA, built this exciting open-cockpit, two-seater car. A Chevrolet 283-ci V8 engine powers this car, and it carries dual Carter AFB carburetors — with Read More

Buy, Sell or Bubble?

Drew Shipley ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions

The collector car market is steamrolling along with the largest price increases we’ve ever seen.

From 2009 to 2013, combined sales of all the auctions in Monterey jumped from $120m to $308m. That $188m increase in four years represents a 157% change, and a return of 26.6% per year.

For Scottsdale, from 2010 to 2014, combined sales went from $126m to $253m. That’s a 101% increase, and an annualized return of 19%.

The Dow Jones Index, which has reached record Read More

Same Plaintiff, Different Corvette

We recently reported on the status of a lawsuit involving the Briggs Cunningham Corvette, which is ongoing (December 2013, p. 40 and January 2014, p. 42). Domenico M. Idoni, one of the plaintiffs in that case, is now the plaintiff in another lawsuit involving another Corvette, the “Real McCoy.” That’s either bad luck or quite an appetite for litigation!

The story is taken from the parties’ court filings.

The Real McCoy is a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR prototype that Chevrolet Read More

A Luxury Cat with Claws

While it is common today to think that the introduction of Jaguar’s new “sporting” model in 1975 was greeted with jeers, the truth is rather different.

Certainly the XJ-S (the name carried a hyphen until 1991, when it became the XJS) was a notable departure from the XKE. The nomenclature clearly indicated that it was the top of the XJ sedan line rather than the latest in a line of XK sports cars.

Nevertheless, the XJ-S was very much the Read More

1980 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4

Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars

In 1979, the modest Renault Sport division, responsible for the R5 Turbo rally program led by engineers François Bernard and Michel Têtu, only had the Group 5 prototype that had appeared on the Tour of Italy, the famous “Black” R5, assembled from specific Renault and Alpine parts.

Gérard Larrousse and his team had to wait for 400 examples of the production series to be built for homologation in Group 4 that would allow the R5 Turbo to compete in major Read More

1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman Landaulet

Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

This Mercedes-Benz 600 is powered by the distinctive M100 6,332-cc overhead-valve V8 engine developed specifically for the Grand 600s. The engine produces 245 horsepower. The car is equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission; double-wishbone air-spring independent front suspension; swing-axle rear suspension with air springs; and four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. The car is built on the 600 Pullman wheelbase of 3,900 mm (153.5 inches).

The Landaulet Pullmans are considered the “holy grail” for collectors. Making this one even rarer, it Read More