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

1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Roadster

Standard-Triumph entered four Triumph TR3As for the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally. The cars carried near-sequential registration numbers: VRW 220 for Paddy Hopkirk/Jack Scott, VRW 221 for John Waddington/Mike Wood, VRW 223 for Maurice Gatsonides/Marcel Becquart and VRW 219 for Annie Soisbault/Tish Ozanne.

Poor weather delayed Waddington in VRW 221 — this car — and he was excluded from the event before reaching Lyon. However, excluded parties could continue to Monte Carlo to compete in the Driving Tests on the promenade Read More

1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

This Ford Mustang is very special thanks to its finish and history. It was made especially for Henry Ford II, as confirmed by a certificate from Ford France, dated January 3, 1991, which states: “The Ford Mustang serial number 6F08K285715 was the vehicle commissioned by Ford for Henry Ford II during his stays in France. It benefited from a special finish, paint and leather upholstery. This Ford Mustang also served as the course-opening car for the 24 Hours of Le Read More