Nothing more clearly shows the evolution of Ferrari into the premier constructor of grand touring automobiles than the 1966 Geneva Auto Show debut of the 330 GTC. It offered a 4-liter engine in a chassis closely patterned after the 275 GTB with coachwork by Pininfarina. The design combined a gorgeous nose reminiscent of the 400 Superamerica with a prominent beltline from the doors back, culminating in a tail that paid homage to the 275 GTS.
The thin-pillared, airy greenhouse Read More
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
Conceived in the early 1980s as a 4-wheel-drive Group B competitor, the Porsche 959 was first displayed in concept car form at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite the subsequent abandonment of Group B, the 959 entered limited production in 1987 as a machine that successfully adapted state-of-the art racing technology for road use.
At the car’s heart was a unique, 2,849-cc version of the classic, 6-cylinder, air-cooled boxer engine equipped with water-cooled, double-overhead-camshaft, 4-valve cylinder heads. Developed for the Read More
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
The car was converted to aluminum wheels to bring it to 35B specs, but it is more authentic as a road car
Chassis number: BC31 (not original Bugatti number)
Engine number: 70
If ever there was a name synonymous with the Bugatti Owners’ Club, it is that of aficionado Jack Perkins. As a past editor of Bugantics, a director of the Bugatti Owners’ Club and chairman of the Competitions Committee, he knew one or two things about making a Read More
The extraordinary Ferrari presented here, 1425GT, is the 27th of 50 California Spyders built on the long-wheelbase 250 GT chassis. Consistent with its May 1959 build date, this California Spyder benefits from a number of significant evolutionary improvements introduced throughout the model’s two-year production run.
Although more than 55 years have passed since it left the factory, 1425GT has never warranted a full restoration. Simply maintained as required, the Ferrari is largely unchanged since the seller acquired it over 45 Read More
Old cars are admission tickets to old car events. You can’t go on the Mille Miglia unless you have a pre-1958 car similar to one that was raced in the event. Pre-1968 Alfa convertibles are the preferred ride for the local Alfa Club’s annual “Old Spider Tour.” Think horses for courses.
So when the National MG Register announced that its annual convention would be in Reno, 600 miles away, and a local MG group decided they would caravan down with Read More
One of the most influential and widely imitated classic sports car designs ever is that of the AC Ace roadster—although, of course, much of the world associates its appearance with the later Shelby Cobra derivative, which resulted when the Ace received Ford V8 power and a Carroll Shelby performance makeover in 1962.
The original Ace was itself a derivative. It all began with a one-off sports racer designed by John Tojeiro for driver Cliff Davis in 1952. From the very Read More
It’s tempting to speculate what this car might have brought if it had retired after the 1964 season instead of being raced for years
One of the most desirable of all of the postwar Alfas, TZs were—and continue to be—considered as Alfa Romeo’s version of Ferrari’s GTO. Ranking in rarity with the very best sports cars, only about 112 were built between 1963 and 1967. TZs raced in the most important races, were driven by some of the best Read More
The last volume-produced traditional British roadster was the Triumph TR6. Even in 1969 when it was introduced, it was obsolete. Magazines such as Road & Track clamored for better, newer sports cars with modern engines, chassis and unibody construction—cars that would finally dispense with antiquated features like lever-action shocks and feeble heaters.
In early 1975, Triumph finally introduced such a car in the TR7, which would be sold alongside the TR6 for about a year. Dubbed in ads as “the Read More