1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Coupe

The Duesenberg presented here, one of six Model Js that Capt. George Whittell Jr. purchased new, is arguably the finest example of the coachbuilt American automobile. Penned by legendary designer Franklin Hershey and executed by Murphy, the coachwork is a study in elegance and individualization, distinguished by Whittell’s inimitable motifs.

At its foundation is Duesenberg’s long-wheelbase chassis, a full eleven inches longer and more expensive than the standard Model J. Generally reserved for the most lavish and Read More

1931 Miller Bowes Seal Fast Special

The Bowes Seal Fast Special was first piloted at Indy by Louis Schneider in 1930, with Clyde Terry as riding mechanic. The car qualified 4th at a speed of 106 mph and finished 3rd on the lead lap (finished 200 laps). It ran with a Miller 8 122-ci engine.

The car is restored to its most famous livery as car number 23 and winner of the 1931 Indianapolis 500. Schneider again drove the car, this time with riding mechanic “Jigger” Read More

Two 1953 Siata 208S Sales in Monterey

RM Lot 255     
Chassis number: BS 523    
Engine number: BS 070
Gooding Lot 121
Chassis number: BS 514
Engine number: BS 071

Siata 208S BS 523/RM Auctions

Siata 208S Spyder BS 523 was sold new in Los Angeles by Ernie McAfee. Circa 1956, it was acquired from McAfee by the young acting sensation Steve McQueen, who attached Ferrari badges on the car and referred to it Read More

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 540K was one of the most prestigious and most beautiful automobiles of the interwar years. Its combination of power, light weight and sheer beauty made it the master of the road, and it was a testimonial to the astonishing capabilities of the German automotive engineers of the day. It was also breathtakingly expensive, guaranteeing exclusivity amongst its owners. Just 419 chassis were built, and of those, only 25 carried the superlative long-tail Special Roadster coachwork that may well Read More

Did You See That ’58 Aston Martin DB Mark III?

Is there such a thing as an affordable classic or a good deal during Monterey auction week? Watching collectors and enthusiasts flock to the numerous auctions searching for a special, once-in-a-lifetime deal is like watching a professional goat rodeo. If you are a chaos junkie, this is for you, but making sense of this madness can be taxing, perplexing and exhausting — even for seasoned pros.

Imagine every dealer, collector, punter, enthusiast and wannabe all gathering under a tent, vying Read More

1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Supersports

W.O. Bentley proudly showed the new 3 Litre car bearing his name on Stand 126 at the 1919 Olympia Motor Exhibition, the prototype engine having fired up for the first time just a few weeks earlier. In only mildly developed form, this was the model that was to become a legend in motor racing history and which, with its leather-strapped bonnet, classical radiator design and British Racing Green livery has become the archetypal vintage sports car.

For the demanding Read More

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype


Chassis number: 0666 TR

The development of the Ferrari 250 TR began in early 1957 with the car presented here, 0666 TR, which has the distinction of serving as the first prototype for the 250 Testa Rossa series.

0666 TR made its debut at the Nürburgring 1,000 Km, coming 6th in qualifying and 10th in the race. It then underwent development and appeared at the Swedish Grand Prix equipped with an experimental 3.1-liter engine, but this gave out, and Read More

The Demise of the SCM Ponton

It happened in the blink of an eye. I was standing in the repair shop, VISA in hand to pay a $4,500 repair bill, and the next moment I watched as my 1959 Mercedes 220S rolled backwards down a ramp from the second floor, sans brakes, and slammed into another car.

This was our second ponton. Deciding that the best SCM family car would be this classic Mercedes model, due to its attractive shape and robust mechanicals, we bought Read More

1970 Ford Torino GT 429 SCJ

From the Dave’s Garage Car Collection. One of one, fully documented, ultra-rare car. Matching-numbers 429-ci CJ engine. Fully documented with Marti Report, invoice, two build sheets, original owner’s manual and warranty book. Only 241 Torinos were produced with the SCJ 429 engine with drag pack, and only one with this option combination. C-6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission, 3.91 Traction-Lok. Complete frame-up restoration, with excellent correct code white paint with correct red blazer stripe interior and laser stripe. Power steering, power disc brakes, Read More

1973 Datsun 240Z “Super Samuri”

Among U.K. Datsun enthusiasts, particularly those with a fondness for the 6-cylinder Z series, there is no bigger name than that of Spike Anderson, legendary proprietor of Samuri Conversions and the man responsible for a succession of Z-based racers in the 1970s, most notably Win Percy’s famous “Big Sam.” Very few cars are so famous that they are commonly referred to by their registration number, but FFA196L is one such and rightly so, as it was the first Datsun 240Z Read More