1960 Aston Martin DB4GT “Jet” coupe

Coachbuilt examples of the DB4/5/6 family of Aston Martins are extremely rare, making the unique Bertone-bodied car offered here all the more precious and desirable. Chassis 0201L is the last DB4GT chassis completed in period and was first displayed on Bertone’s stand at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, followed by an appearance at Turin that same year.

Its designer was none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro, one of the 20th century’s foremost automotive stylists and then only 22 years of Read More

A Tale of Two 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB 2-Cams

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta

Chassis number 06663 was originally built as a short-nose model with a steel body. Factory records show that the car was originally finished in Azzurro (blue) with Pelle Nera (black leather) interior.

Less than two weeks after it was sold to its first owner, 06663 was sold again. The new owner quickly put the car to work on the hillclimb circuit. Around the end of 1966, the owner ordered a long-nose front section from Scaglietti Read More

1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta

Giovanni Moretti made his name with racing engines for motorcycles. Following World War II, he began making small automobiles, the first powered by his own vertical twin-cylinder engine. In 1950, he developed a 4-cylinder overhead-cam engine, in both 600-cc and 750-cc sizes. Built on a backbone chassis, it was a lively package and available in several body styles.

Morettis achieved significant competition success, particularly those fitted with the twin-cam version of the 750 engine. Bodies came from Read More

1950 Nash-Healey Roadster

What emerged from this two-year restoration process is nothing short of remarkable — Donald Healey’s own Nash-Healey, exactly as he built it, with no expense spared to ensure 100% historical accuracy. Restored by Tsikuris Classics — under the supervision by noted authority Bill Emerson. All major components are original to this car. With ownership history that begins with Donald Healey himself, there is no collection in the world, no matter how grand, that this car will not enhance.

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-Liter Supersport Cabriolet

Porsche revived the Carrera name — previously used for the competition-orientated versions of the preceding 356 — for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. It applied the evocative title to all 911 models, coincidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-liter engine, from 1984. Not merely enlarged, the new engine was also extensively revised and produced 231 horsepower, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor. The 911 Carrera’s top speed was now 152 mph, with 100 mph reachable in a Read More

1967 Toyota 2000GT

The Toyota 2000GT is perhaps the best sports car you’ve never heard of. Developed in conjunction with Yamaha, this slinky 2-passenger coupe packed a 2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with a cast-iron block and double overhead cams, good for 150 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and a top speed of over 135 mph.

The luxurious interior fittings, including a rosewood veneer dashboard and a signal-seeking radio, were described as “up to par for a luxurious GT — an impressive car in which Read More

1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

Restored Bugeye finished in British Racing Green with new black interior and new black top. Mechanical upgrades include a fresh rebuilt 1,275-cc motor, disc brakes, aluminum flywheel, aluminum radiator, dual SU carburetors, free-flow exhaust, alternator, high torque starter and spin-on oil filter.

A Hit, a Run and Six Errors

On April 28, Publisher Martin hosted the Round Fendered Volvo Club at his home for a viewing of the movie “Swedish Auto.” A few days later, a club member who drove his Volvo 122 wagon to the affair wrote this interesting account of the demise of his Volvo. “Legal Files” has added comments — with the club member’s permission.

I was driving on a one-plus mile stretch of residential road in Portland, OR. I was at the 25 mph Read More

F40 and F50 Showdown in Amelia

1990 Ferrari F40

• The last Enzo-era Ferrari

• One of only 213 U.S.-specification F40s

• Displayed at Concorso Italiano in 1991 and 1993

• Approximately 7,050 miles from new

• Very original, unmodified example

• Recently serviced at Norbert Hofer’s Grand Touring Classics

• Offered with owner handbooks and tool kit

• Ferrari historian Marcel Massini documentation

• Recent $22,000 service at Grand Touring Classics Inc.

1995 Ferrari F50

• A groundbreaking Ferrari supercar

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A Pop Culture Icon on the Rise

When Datsun’s 510 came onto the scene late in 1968, it looked like Japan’s attempt at emulating the BMW 1600-2, which had debuted two years earlier.

Utilizing a 1600-cc SOHC engine and a drivetrain layout similar to the BMW, the Datsun offered technical sophistication and reliability that was nearly on par with its German competitor — but at a much lower cost. It was not as quick as the BMW in stock form — and it was not as good of a drive — but its price was roughly two-thirds that of the German, making it a compelling proposition.

In the United States, the 510 remained technically mostly the same during its five-year production run, with only minor model-year cosmetic differences. 510s were offered as 2- and 4-door sedans and as a station wagon. The sedans employed four-wheel independent suspension, while wagons had a live rear axle with leaf springs.

1968 model cars are the rarest, due to their introduction toward the end of the model year — and have trim differences, including different grilles and American-style instrument clusters with a sweep speedometer.

Cars from the 1969 model year retain many of the early design details. In 1970, Datsun introduced a round-gauge dashboard and headrests — not much else changed through 1972. In 1973 the 2-door was the only model offered, and 1973 cars sport rubber bumper overriders front and rear.

Some non-U.S. mar­kets received performance-oriented twin-carbureted versions of the 510 (known worldwide as the Datsun 1600), and the home Japanese market was blessed with the sleek fastback Bluebird coupe. Unfortunately, these versions were never officially sold in the United States. However, in recent years, imports of Japanese vintage cars have been on the rise, and this means that a handful of Bluebird coupes have made their way to our shores.

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