1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster

Launched in 1954, the Jaguar XK 140 was broadly similar to — although more refined than — its sensational XK 120 predecessor. The major engineering changes were confined to the repositioning of the engine three inches farther forward and the adoption of rack-and-pinion steering as used on the racing C-type. The suspension and brakes remained much as before, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and telescopic shock absorbers replacing the previous lever type at the rear.

Like its Read More

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Barn Find

Presented in as-found cosmetic condition, the dust and patina of long-term static storage remain, visually conveying its nearly 30-year slumber. This 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra retains many features that are often lost to time or restoration. These include the remains of the warning sticker on the speedometer, its Beclawat windshield badge and its fuse-box covers. The chassis number is hand-etched on its Shelby American foot-box tag and remains on the hood and trunk latches and the transmission tunnel.

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The Siren Song of an MGA

I was about 30 miles south of Twin Falls, ID, when a connecting rod broke and exploded through the side of the engine block.

I coasted silently to the side of the road in the late-afternoon sun. I was on State Highway 93 — right in the middle of nowhere.

Although this happened 50 years ago, my memory is as clear as if it occurred this morning.

I opened the hood of my 1958 MGA roadster and saw a hole Read More

The Peril of Pay-to-Play

It seems to be the latest craze. If you’ve ever dreamed of driving an exotic car the way it was built to perform, if you’ve ever had delusions that you could compete with a Formula One driver, or if you just think it would be a kick in the pants — you can do it affordably.

At an increasing number of racetracks around the country, you can live that high-speed dream in a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche Read More

The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal

It didn’t take long for the Army’s quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car to catch the fancy of the American soldier during World War II — and of the American public in general.

The Jeep as made by Ford (GPW) and Willys (MB) was often an object of desire for when the war would be over.

Willys began experimenting with a post-war civilian Jeep in secret — as much from the government as the industry — as early as 1944. Prototypes were Read More

1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder

It was in 1953 that the Maserati A6GCS found its perfect form. Having left Maserati for Stanguellini, Alberto Massimino left a space that was filled by Gioacchino Colombo, known for his work at Alfa Romeo, and the designer of the V12 Ferrari engine that took his name.

Colombo perfected the development of the twin-cam, twin-ignition 6-cylinder engine adapted for the sports version, and with its lightly modified suspension, this became the A6GCS/53.

Marketed as the Maserati Sport 2000, the car Read More

1995 Mercedes-Benz AMG E36 Sports Estate

This very rare AMG-converted E36 sports estate was first registered on July 1, 1995, in Germany, and on May 31, 1996, it arrived in Japan (old Japanese registration document on file).

The car is finished in Polar White with blue leather interior, and comes fully optioned with sunroof, Becker radio with six speakers, comfortable seating for seven with electric front seats, blue leather and wooden steering wheel, electric steering column.

Well documented, the Mercedes has had only three owners, the Read More

1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 Coupe

According to the Kardex build sheet, this car left the factory at the end of 1951. It was one of the first of its type (the model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949), and still had the split windscreen and the integrated body bumpers. It was delivered new in Germany to a U.S. Army soldier.

The Kardex specified that the engine was number 20774, a 1300 Type 506 model. It is now equipped with a 3300 Read More

2006 Ferrari FXX Coupe

The Ferrari FXX was special for being sold as part of a development program, and it was not registered for road use. Buyers were hand-picked to participate in the car’s development. They became test drivers, and as such, had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the most prestigious sports car manufacturer in the world.

The car was based on the Ferrari Enzo, but it incorporated significant developments. The Enzo’s 5-liter V12 engine was bumped to 6,262 cc. The output was 800 hp Read More

1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I

Building on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge — to produce a 4-seater supercar that would combine sportiness and roominess.

The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer.

The car boasted very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9-liter Read More